Oh, Christmas Tree

Our favorite place in Austin is The Domain shopping center. It reminds us of Old Pasadena and Irvine Spectrum and we wish that it wasn't one hour and fifteen minutes away. We headed over there on November 20th for their fourth annual tree lighting ceremony. It was incredibly crowded, but there was a spectacular fireworks show and a free live performance by Sahara Smith who made her national television debut on Letterman the next Wednesday.

This past Saturday, we made a trip to the state capitol in Austin for the Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll.  Thousands of Texans gathered together to get into the holiday spirit.

The caroling began at 6:00pm on the south steps of the Capitol. Guests were handed song books so that they could follow along. The Hubby and I arrived early so we took a stroll down Congress for the first time. There was not too much to see, but we did fall in love with the beautiful Driskill Hotel with their horse-drawn carriages parked in front. 

We ventured down Sixth Street, which is famous for its bars, pubs, and clubs. Even though it was only about 6:30 at night, I felt unsafe and wanted to turn my engagement ring around to hide my diamond. Definitely not my scene at all.

After getting our fill, we decided to join the sing-along. There were huge crowds of people, mostly families. Children were having a great time by rolling down the hills. Up and down they went and parents lost all control. 

An Austin bike club had these amazingly creative bikes in the shape of butterflies, grasshoppers, and a long snake that took numerous people to move. I've never seen anything like it.

And finally at seven in the evening, we all counted down for the tree to light up. There was a great community feeling.

We were considering bring Bella along, but thought against it. And of course we saw dozens of happy dogs with their owners and felt incredibly guilty for leaving her behind. After all, Bella had a wonderful time on the last trip we took with her to Austin.

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