City employees help Light up the Holidays
The Round Rock Police Department and City of Round Rock Community Development Division recently came together to bring holiday cheer to residents in need.

Neighborhood Services staff and officers assisted in hanging Christmas lights and doing yard work at four homes of Round Rock residents who are clients of Meals on Wheels and weren't able to do the work themselves.

Round Rock's growth earns Boomtown title
SmartAsset analyzed economic data for 500 cities nationwide in its study of America's boomtowns, and Round Rock ranked tenth overall in the study, coming two spots above Austin, which ranked 12th.

Round Rock's population and economic growth were listed as driving factors for the designation, saying the city experienced double the average rates for these categories.

New Downtown gathering spaces coming soon
Improvements are coming to East Main Street in early 2020. Six new “parklets” will be constructed along East Main Street from Mays Street to Sheppard Street in Downtown Round Rock.

The parklets will include new trees, benches, additional landscaping, lighting elements and expanded walkable space for pedestrians. The contract also includes design for additional lighting and sidewalks to allow pedestrians safer access to Main Street from adjacent underutilized parking lots. 

City offers free Christmas tree recycling service
You may have only just put up your freshly picked Christmas tree, but do you know what you'll do when it's time to take it down? Trees can be recycled at the Round Rock Recycling Center, 310 Deepwood Drive, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The trees will be shredded into mulch which can be picked up for free by Round Rock residents. Be sure to remove all decorations, nails, wires, ornaments, tree stands, lights and tinsel before bringing in your tree. Don't forget — garbage and recycling will be delayed by one day during the holidays!

Keep your family safe with these winter fire safety tips
Nearly half of holiday decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source. Be fire smart this holiday season with these tips:

·        Inspect holiday lights each year. Throw away light strands with frayed or pinched wires.
·        Water your Christmas tree every day. A dry tree is dangerous because it can catch on fire easily.
·        Consider using battery-operated flameless candles when possible. If you do use lit candles, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be knocked down easily.
·        Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

Holiday Hometown in full swing in Downtown Round Rock
Gather your family and friends for a festive stroll through Downtown Round Rock. During the entire month of December, enjoy the dazzle of holiday lights as they sparkle, twinkle and glow to life every evening at nightfall beginning Dec. 1.

After a delightful stroll, cap off the fun with some hot cocoa and a yummy bite at one of our many  hometown eateries.

The  Holiday Model Trains Exhibit will bring miniature landscapes and cityscapes to life through Saturday, Jan. 4, at the Downtowner Gallery, 231 E. Main St. Hosted by Round Rock Arts, this event is free and open to the public. Trains operate from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.

Check out these other Downtown holiday events:
Puppet show: The Year Santa Almost Forgot Christmas - 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Dec. 11 and 12 at the Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main St.
Santa at the Library - 6 p.m. Dec. 16 and 9:30 a.m. Dec. 18 at the Round Rock Public Library
Santa at The Mercantile on Main - 4-8 p.m. Dec. 20, 109 E. Main St.

Christmas Towne
Dec. 13-15, 19-29
Old Settlers Association
3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd.

Christmas Towne features amazing light displays including a walking tunnel of lights, full-scale carnival rides, holiday refreshments and more. Note: This year, Christmas Towne and the adjacent Thomas Carnival will have different hours of operation. Visit the link below for the full schedule.

PopUp Art Show
10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 14
Prete Plaza, 221 E. Main St.

Shop for original artwork and other art gifts created by local artists at this outdoor arts market at Prete Plaza in Downtown Round Rock. This will be the last one of the season so don't miss it!

Friends of the Library Afternoon Tea
1-3 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 18
Round Rock Public Library, Meeting Room A
216 E. Main St.

Have you ever wanted to know more about helping the Round Rock Public Library?
Are you a new or returning Friends member looking forward to jumping into the upcoming events? Join us for a fun afternoon of tea and cookies to learn all about the opportunities you can be a part of in 2020!

Local Author Fair
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 11
Round Rock Public Library, Meeting Room C
216 E. Main St.

Come and meet local authors, purchase some books and listen to readings from published works in the Gallery. More than 30 local authors will be in attendance to sell books, network and perform public readings of their works. The Local Author Fair is sponsored by the Friends of the Round Rock Public Library.