christmas http://kut.org en Yes, Virginia, NORAD's 'Santa Tracker' Is On http://kut.org/post/yes-virginia-norads-santa-tracker Some critics — perhaps others would say Grinches? Tue, 24 Dec 2013 15:42:45 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 9432 at http://kut.org Yes, Virginia, NORAD's 'Santa Tracker' Is On Austin Crowds Welcome Trail of Lights' Return (PHOTOS) http://kut.org/post/austin-crowds-welcome-trail-lights-return-photos <p>With the Yuletide season in full swing, Austin turns into a wonderland of lights.</p><p>This holiday season, KUT&nbsp;made the trek to the Trail of Lights to ask Austinites&nbsp;what makes <a href="http://kut.org/post/should-austin-outsource-trail-lights">the recently-revived</a> light show a family tradition.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/125629553&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:30:00 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 9408 at http://kut.org Austin Crowds Welcome Trail of Lights' Return (PHOTOS) How the Salvation Army Brings Santa's Workshop to South Austin http://kut.org/post/how-salvation-army-brings-santas-workshop-south-austin <p>Christmas is fast approaching and Santa’s elves are hard at work – not just at the North Pole, but here in &nbsp;Austin.</p><p>For more than a century, the Salvation Army has been helping with Santa's mission. Back in the 1800s, the Salvation Army’s Christmas mission consisted of delivering food baskets to people who would otherwise go hungry.</p><p>But by the 1970s, Austin Salvation Army Major Shannon Winters recalls, the group’s focus turned to toys for children in need. Its humble mission grew into a project that, in Winters’ words, now covers “six thousand children in Austin that are depending on us.”</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F124709288&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:50:09 +0000 Joy Diaz 9369 at http://kut.org How the Salvation Army Brings Santa's Workshop to South Austin 'Santa to a Senior' Brings Holiday Cheer to Austin's Elderly http://kut.org/post/santa-senior-brings-holiday-cheer-austins-elderly <p>The holidays can be a difficult time of year for older people. Many live alone and are on fixed incomes.</p><p>The local Home Instead Senior Care offices are encouraging Central Texans to “<a href="http://www.homeinstead.com/496/aboutus/Pages/BeaSantatoaSenior.aspx" target="_blank">Be a Santa to a Senior</a>” by purchasing gifts for area seniors in need.</p><p>The group has identified more than 1,000 older people in the Austin area who could <a href="http://beasantatoasenior.com/default.asp" target="_blank">use a little holiday cheer</a>. Many have lost a spouse or don’t have immediate family in the area. Fri, 29 Nov 2013 17:11:48 +0000 Laura Rice 9289 at http://kut.org 'Santa to a Senior' Brings Holiday Cheer to Austin's Elderly Video: This 25,000-Bulb Christmas Light Show Brings 'Gangnam Style' to Cedar Park http://kut.org/post/video-25000-bulb-christmas-light-show-brings-gangnam-style-cedar-park <p>As of this writing, Korean pop smash “Gangnam Style” has <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7q19f0">over 840 million views</a> on YouTube. Back in Austin, Christmas fanatic John Storms isn’t doing “Gangnam” numbers, but a video of his holiday light display synced to the song has racked up over 1.2 million views.</p><p>There’s good reason, as it’s not just any light show: Storms spends hours each holiday season syncing seasonal favorites and pop hits alike to a 25,000-bulb light display adorning his house in Cedar Park.</p><p>“We pick songs that we like,” Storms tells KUT News. Regarding “Gangnam Style,” he says “my kids came home singing this song that they did in P.E. to exercise to. We listened to it, and were like, ‘Wow, this is a lot of fun.’”</p><p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 19:30:19 +0000 Wells Dunbar 5763 at http://kut.org Video: This 25,000-Bulb Christmas Light Show Brings 'Gangnam Style' to Cedar Park Traffic Jam at Auditorium Shores Over F1 Weekend? http://kut.org/post/traffic-jam-auditorium-shores-over-f1-weekend <p>The Austin City Council has <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/council-passes-short-term-rental-regulations-punts-concert-approvals" target="_blank">delayed a vote</a> on approving a concert put on by the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) during the <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/austin-ponders-winning-f1-formula" target="_blank">Formula One race weekend</a>.</p><p>The concert would <a href="http://austintexas.gov/council_meetings/action_notes.cfm" target="_blank">need special approval</a> because Auditorium Shores is already booked for the maximum number of event days for the year.</p><p>But that&rsquo;s not the only conflict. The concert would be the same weekend as, and just across the street from, the Junior League of Austin&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.jlaustin.org/?nd=2011aca" target="_blank">&ldquo;A Christmas Affair.&rdquo;</a></p><p>The decades-old shopping event is the Junior League&rsquo;s biggest fundraiser and planning for it starts two years in advance. Parking is already limited for the 30,000 or so anticipated attendees, and the Junior League believes adding another large event in the same area would be overwhelming. Fri, 03 Aug 2012 17:54:58 +0000 Laura Rice 4816 at http://kut.org Traffic Jam at Auditorium Shores Over F1 Weekend? What’s Open and Closed for the Holidays http://kut.org/post/what%E2%80%99s-open-and-closed-holidays <p>In case you want to plan ahead for the holiday, here&rsquo;s a look at what&rsquo;s open and closed over the holiday break. We&rsquo;ll add to this as we get more information.</p><p>Garbage, recycling and yard trimming <a href="http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/sws/sws_news_details.cfm?nwsid=4024">collection </a>will proceed as scheduled.</p><p>The city&rsquo;s <a href="http://cityofaustin.org/sws/residential_hazardous_waste.htm">Household Hazardous Waste Facility</a> will be closed Saturday, December 24 and Saturday, December 31.</p><p><a href="http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/library/">Public libraries</a> will be closed Friday, December 23 through Monday, December 26. They&rsquo;ll also be closed New Year&rsquo;s Day and Monday, January 2.</p><p> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 22:35:58 +0000 Nathan Bernier 3236 at http://kut.org What’s Open and Closed for the Holidays Where You Can Dump Your Christmas Tree in Austin http://kut.org/post/where-you-can-dump-your-christmas-tree-austin <P>Starting today, Austin Solid Waste Services <A href="http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/sws/residential_garbage_payasyouthrow.htm">pay-as-you-throw</A> customers can leave their trees on the curb for pickup. If you tree is 6-feet or taller, it must be cut in half.</P> <P>Everyone else can drop off their Christmas trees by the Polo Fields in Zilker Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following days:</P> <UL> <LI>Sunday, January 2</LI> <LI>Saturday, January 8</LI> <LI>Sunday, January 9</LI> <LI>Saturday, January 15</LI></UL> <P>Only residential customers allowed. Mon, 27 Dec 2010 15:50:50 +0000 Nathan Bernier 524 at http://kut.org Where You Can Dump Your Christmas Tree in Austin There Are Practically A Billion Ways To Track Santa Claus Online http://kut.org/post/there-are-practically-billion-ways-track-santa-claus-online <p>Probably no surprise that the guy credited with distributing gifts to millions of kids is getting more tech savvy. Here are some ways to track Santa's flight path on the WWW.</p><p>The official NORAD Santa Tracker is going mobile. Not only can you follow Saint Nick's path on <a href="http://www.noradsanta.org/en/index.html">their website</a>, but you can also follow his progress on your cell phone by visiting <a href="http://m.noradsanta.org/">m.noradsanta.org</a> or doing a search for "Santa" on your smartphone's <a href="http://www.google.com/mobile/maps/">Google Maps app</a>.</p> Fri, 24 Dec 2010 20:00:17 +0000 Nathan Bernier 496 at http://kut.org There Are Practically A Billion Ways To Track Santa Claus Online Enjoy Austin Christmas Light Displays From Your Desk http://kut.org/post/enjoy-austin-christmas-light-displays-your-desk <p>In case you haven't been able to explore all the Christmas lights in Austin, here are some YouTube videos of local light displays from this year. Should you feel inspired, you can follow <a href="http://www.austintexaschristmaslights.com/map/">this map</a> to see more great light displays in person.</p><p>Round Rock resident John Storms has received a lot of attention for his LED display that is synced to music. It was featured nationally on <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA8_Ov85jNQ">Good Morning America</a> and Storms was interviewed <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quJK22M_GNc">locally on Fox 7</a>.</p><p>Here are some of his sequences.</p><p><object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/0DHWBPPR4O4?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/0DHWBPPR4O4?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="344"></object> Thu, 23 Dec 2010 17:52:06 +0000 Nathan Bernier 491 at http://kut.org Enjoy Austin Christmas Light Displays From Your Desk Free Show Next To Zilker Tree Billed As Alternative To Trail Of Lights http://kut.org/post/free-show-next-zilker-tree-billed-alternative-trail-lights <p>The city had to cancel the Trail of Lights this year because of budget cuts, but there is another event going on in its place.&nbsp; It's not quite the Trail of Lights, but it is bright, it's holiday-themed, and it's next to the Zilker Tree.</p><p><a href="http://www.flippedonchristmas.com/">Flipped ON Christmas</a> runs through December 23<sup>rd</sup>. It's an "extraordinary, world-class, light and sound experience that's being produced by Austinites," according to spokesperson Jennifer Hill Robenalt.</p> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 17:22:54 +0000 Nathan Bernier 494 at http://kut.org Free Show Next To Zilker Tree Billed As Alternative To Trail Of Lights Four Fun Ways To Help The Less Fortunate This Holiday Season http://kut.org/post/four-fun-ways-help-less-fortunate-holiday-season <p>Austin's bustling non-profit community is brimming with need over the holidays. There's no way we can mention them all, but here are four charities that could use your help. Please add your favorite non-profit to support in the comments section below.</p> Mon, 20 Dec 2010 17:59:37 +0000 Nathan Bernier 493 at http://kut.org Four Fun Ways To Help The Less Fortunate This Holiday Season Get Your Picture Taken With Santa At The Airport For Free http://kut.org/post/get-your-picture-taken-santa-airport-free <p>If you want a picture of your kid with Santa but can't brave the mall before catching a flight out of town, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has got you covered.</p><p>ABIA is hosting Santa at the airport at various times throughout the day from December 17<sup><span>th</span></sup> until the 20<sup><span>th</span></sup>. He'll be behind security, so you'll have to be a ticketed passenger. There is no cost to having your picture taken, but you'll probably have to look at Southwest Airline's logo, as they're sponsoring the event.</p> Wed, 15 Dec 2010 22:32:05 +0000 Nathan Bernier 478 at http://kut.org Get Your Picture Taken With Santa At The Airport For Free KUT's John Aielli Wants To Sing Christmas Carols With You http://kut.org/post/kuts-john-aielli-wants-sing-christmas-carols-you <p>KUT's annual <a href="http://kut.org/items/show/23250">Christmas sing-along</a> is scheduled for this Saturday on the South Steps of the<a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;source=s_q&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=Texas+State+Capitol,+Austin,+TX&amp;sll=30.253192,-97.74828&amp;sspn=0.012789,0.01929&amp;g=1100+Congress+Avenue,+Austin,+TX&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=Texas+State+Capitol&amp;hnear=Texas+State+Capitol,+1100+Congress+Ave,+Austin,+Travis,+Texas+78701&amp;ll=30.274746,-97.740512&amp;spn=0.024647,0.038581&amp;z=15"> Capitol building</a>.</p> Thu, 02 Dec 2010 19:57:02 +0000 Nathan Bernier 387 at http://kut.org KUT's John Aielli Wants To Sing Christmas Carols With You