Annual Christmas parade, tree lighting takes place Friday in Austin

The Austin Chamber of Commerce’s 18th annual community Christmas tree lighting and parade will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. The holiday parade will start at 5 p.m. at the corner of Madison Street and Laramie Avenue and end at the 15th Police District, 5701 W. Madison Ave., where the tree lighting will be held at 6 p.m.

Also Friday night, there will be a “Christmas around the world” event held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the 600 Block of Lorel Community Gardens. The event, which will include free refreshments, is sponsored by the 600 Block of Lorel Book Club and Austin Coming Together.

Toy, coat drive Sunday in Austin

The second annual drive-by giveaway will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 19 at 5932 W. Lake St. The event is sponsored by the Upsilon Sigma and Iota Nu Sigma chapters of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.

Visit Santa room at Legal Prep

Elementary-age youth from South Austin and Garfield Park are invited to stop by the Santa room at Legal Prep Charter Academy, 4319 W. Washington Blvd. from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 9 and Dec. 10.

Register for toy giveaway

Wednesday, Dec. 8th is the deadline to register for the 37th Ward annual toy giveaway. The event is hosted by Ald. Emma Mitts and Global Outreach MInistries. Call (773) 379-0960.

Attend Christmas tree lighting Saturday

The tree lighting will be Dec. 4 at Assumption Church, 601 S. Central. Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m. followed by the lighting at 6 p.m. All are welcome at this free event, which will include Christmas carols.