City of Elgin eNews

December 2015

City of Elgin Offices will be closed on Thursday & Friday, 12/24 & 12/25 for Christmas. Trash Service for Friday, 12/25 will be picked up Saturday. 
For utility or other emergency assistance, after business hours, call 512-285-5757

City Hall

Holiday by the Tracks!

Ring in the holidays with a downtown celebration that will fill you with the spirit of the season.  On Saturday, December 5th, young and old can enjoy pictures with Santa Claus, downtown shopping, a holiday Bazaar and more in downtown Elgin.  The day includes the River Valley Farmers Market, pictures with Santa Claus, the Quanah Parker Exhibit at Depot Museum, shopping and restaurant specials throughout downtown.  Jamie Hausladen, chairperson for Holiday by the Tracks, shared "the day promises to be great fun with something for everyone in our beautiful downtown!"  The River Valley Farmers’ Market will have fresh produce and baked goods available, in addition to handmade arts and crafts, unique items and one of a kind creations by artists from the Central Texas area.  Live music and entertainment throughout the day will spread more holiday cheer. 

The Elgin Volunteer Fire Department sponsors the Lighted Christmas Parade at dusk through downtown and a Live Nativity produced by St. Peter’s Lutheran Church follows the parade in Veterans Memorial Park downtown.   The parade is a collection point for the Blue Santa Toy Drive.   Bring an unwrapped new toy and help fill the trailers in the parade.  Toys are wrapped and distributed to local children in need through the Elgin Police Department.  Held at dusk the parade presents a magical lighted wonderland and Santa Claus waving from an antique fire engine through downtown Elgin.  The St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Live Nativity follows the parade at Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Elgin on Depot Street.  The Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Board, and City of Elgin Community Development Department organize Holiday by the Tracks as a community celebration of the holidays.  A complete schedule can be found at    
Elgin is home to two Christmas tree farms, both of which have gift shops, games for the kids, and beautiful scenery.  Elgin Christmas Tree Farm and Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm are locally owned and operated and are open throughout the fall and winter months.  Visit and  Down Home Ranch, located just east of Elgin, offers a holiday store and home grown poinsettias. Visit  

Celebrate the holidays in Elgin and remember when you Shop Elgin First, you are supporting the businesses and organizations that make Elgin a great place to live!  

We hope you will take some time to look around our City of Elgin Website and let us know what you think!  Read more at  News Flash

Save the Date

Community Calendar

Find all the upcoming events, meetings, and classes via the Community Calendar on the home page. 
The calendar lets you view all items or you can select a category, such as events, meetings, library or parks, etc. 
You can also sign up to get notifications when the calendar is updated and even specify the types of events you want to know about. 

Save the Date!
Farmers' Market: Open every Saturday at Veterans' Memorial Park - see more info below

Holiday Concert: Friday, December 4, 6:30 pm, Bring chairs or blankets and enjoy the sounds of Christmas from around the world at Veterans' Memorial Park. Downtown shops and restaurants open before and after with holiday specials. Quanah Parker Exhibit at Depot Museum open until 6:30 pm. 

Holiday by the Tracks - Saturday, December 5, See article above. Flyer

EVFD Lighted Christmas Parade - Saturday, December 5. The parade starts at dusk at Elgin Memorial Park and proceeds down Main Street to Austin Street. Flyer & Registration Form 

Pictures with Santa Multiple dates and locations, see article below.

Walk or Bike to School Day Wednesday, December 9 - Elgin ISD and the City of Elgin are promoting another Walk to School Day - see article below. Flyer

Sip, Shop & Stroll: Thursday, December 10, 5 – 8 pm in Historic Downtown Elgin. Holiday Stroll , Enjoy the sounds of Christmas while you Sip Shop & Stroll.  Pictures with Santa at G&M Drygoods, refreshments, holiday specials and extended store hours throughout downtown. In Store Specials updated each month.

Stocking Stuffer Saturday - December 19, Find all your last minutes gift needs, unique items, handcrafted one of a kind gifts and delightful stocking stuffers and holiday specials in Historic Downtown Elgin.   

Check out the Community Calendar on our website for more information about these events, and keep up with the fun in Elgin! 

Sign up for Notifications to get emails regarding events you want to know about!

Elgin City Council Meeting Information

  • City Council meets first Tuesday of the month. View Meeting Agendas for details
  • You may contact the City Secretary at 512-281-5724  with questions. 
Tuesday, December 1st - Regular Meeting
Tuesday, December 22nd - Special Meeting

Elgin City Council  2015-2016
Marc Holm, Mayor & Chris Cannon, Mayor Pro-Tem 
Jessica Bega & Mary Penson - Ward 1
Juan Gonzalez & Edward Maldonado  - Ward 2
Chris Cannon & Craig Fromme - Ward 3 
Sue Brashar & Keith Joesel - Ward 4 

Serve on a Community Board - Complete the Application for Community Boards and submit it online. Read more about all the Community Boards and Committees

Library News

Elgin Public Library 
Book Club, Story Times, Family Movie Nights, Arts and Crafts, Materials Galore, Free Wi-Fi!
Hours of Operation 
Tuesday & Thursday - 10 am to 7 pm
Wednesday & Friday - 10 am to 6 pm
Saturday - 10 am to 4 pm

The Elgin Public Library has activities, classes, children's programs and more every week. To find out what they have for You view their Library Newsletter or the Public-Library webpage.

Shop Elgin First

Shop Elgin FIRST

Support the businesses and organizations that make our community a great place to live! 
The sights and sounds of Christmas are all around us as the season swings into full gear. Elgin is home to world famous Sausage, Christmas tree Farms, and many organizations that are dedicated to sharing holiday cheer with those less fortunate. The Volunteer Fire Department Lighted Christmas Parade, held on Saturday at dusk, includes a great variety of lighted entries from floats to horses.  And it is a collection point for toys for the Blue Santa program.  In partnership with the Elgin Police department the toys collected are wrapped and distributed to local children in need.  As Texans, we are already proud of our state, but when you are from Elgin, you get to enjoy the added bonus of being the Sausage Capital of Texas.  Nothing compares to ordering Elgin sausage and having it shipped to friends and family around the country or simply bringing a plate of it to the office holiday party.  Two of the largest Christmas tree farms in Bastrop County are in Elgin.  Folks come from all over the greater Austin area to visit our Christmas tree farms where they make holiday memories together.  Free pictures with Santa Claus throughout December at downtown businesses, Christmas window displays, and a holiday concert all add to the joy of the holiday season. Our local businesses and organizations are helping make beautiful holiday memories for thousands of folks in Elgin and throughout the Austin area.  

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Businesses may submit their information for a FREE listing in the City of Elgin Business Directory by completing the Directory Request Form.  If you have any questions or need assistance please contact the Website Administrator at: 512-281-5724 or                                                                                                           

BBQ Receipts Welcome

Bring Your BBQ Receipts Downtown for Specials and Discounts! 
Now through December, participating downtown merchants are offering in store specials and/or discounts to customers with a receipt from Meyers Elgin Smokehouse or Southside Market & Barbeque.  Look for the sign, "BBQ Receipts Welcome Here!" to find participating merchants. 
Guests staying at the Elgin Holiday Inn can enjoy discounts and specials too when they bring their room card to participating merchants.  All this to say, if you have not been downtown lately, you need to check it out – there are lots of new businesses opening!

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Families who would like assistance with Christmas gifts for their children may sign up for the Blue Santa program.The program is for children ages 10 and under, living in Elgin or the surrounding area. Applications are being taken at the Elgin Police Department, 202 Depot Street. The deadline to register is Friday, December 11th. 

Donations are accepted year round.
Please call the Elgin PD for more information 512-285-5757


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Elgin ISD Libraries are open Monday's
From 4 - 7 pm. The public is welcome and can set up individual accounts to check out books. 

Neidig . Elgin . Booker T Washington Elementary . Elgin Middle School . Elgin High School .

Coffee & Conversation with the Superintendent - Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 7:45 - 8:45 am at the EISD Admin Bldg, 1002 N Avenue C.

Superintendent’s Social
Thursday, December 17,  6 pm to 7:30 pm, Elgin High School Cafetorium
Parents and students are welcome to visit with the Superintendent and Elgin ISD Administrators at the Superintendent’s Social at the high school. Refreshments, door prizes throughout the evening and entertainment make for a lovely celebration as we close the fall semester for Elgin ISD and look forward to holiday celebrations.   

Walk or Bike to School Day


Elgin ISD And the City of Elgin are promoting another Walk to School day on Wednesday, December 9.  Neidig Elementary,  Elgin Elementary, Elgin Middle School and Elgin High School have new sidewalks that provide safe routes to school for many of the students at those campuses.  Use this opportunity to check out the option of a safe route for your student and see if walking or biking will work for your family.  Booker T Washington Elementary school will be celebrating with morning recess and walking the track on campus.  

This is a great opportunity to review safe walking and biking practices with your family, and to remind us all about safe transit in general.  As a driver, choose to practice no texting or phone calls while you are driving, look for pedestrians and cyclists, and remember to stop when a school bus is loading or unloading.  Walking is one of the best things we can do to improve and maintain our health.  Everyone can take advantage of the sidewalks around town and find a favorite safe route!  For more information visit: Texas Safe Routes


Christmas Tree Recycling


December 26 to January 7 at the Elgin Park & Ride on Hwy 95 North adjacent to Elgin Memorial Park. 
In partnership with Bastrop County, trees will be mulched.  Please remove all ornaments and decorations.  No flocked trees.

Holiday by the Tracks
Pics with Santa

Pictures with Santa! 

On the following dates and times, you can bring your camera and take pictures of your loved ones - young and old - with Santa!  Don't miss out on the fun!

Saturday, December 5th
Veterans Memorial Park, 109 Depot St, 11 am – 1 pm 
Elgin Local Goods, 201 N Main St, 2 - 4 pm
se habla espanol
Santa will be able to share wishes in English and Spanish

Sunday, December 6th 
Ramona’s Rendezvous, 112 N Main St, 2 - 4 pm        

Thursday, December 10th 
G&M Drygoods, 20 N Main St, 5 - 8 pm with Sip Shop & Stroll  

Saturday, December 12th 
Tattered Shutter, 116 N Main St, 11 am - 1 pm   

Thursday, December 17th
The Lions Club Thrift Store, 108 N Main St, 11 am - 2 pm 
Elgin Medicine Shop, 15 N Main St, 3 - 6:30 pm
Se habla espanol
Santa will be able to share wishes in English and Spanish

Project ChildSafe

300 Firearm Safety Kits
to Be Distributed Locally

The Elgin Police Department will provide 300 free firearm safety kits to local residents through a partnership with Project ChildSafe, the nationwide firearms safety education program. The safety kits, include a gun lock.
Read more

River Valley Farmers' Market in Historic Downtown Elgin!

Every Saturday 9 am - 1 pm in Veterans’ Memorial Park - fresh produce, eggs, grass-fed beef, hand-made crafts, children’s activities, and more! The Farmers’ Market hosts live music and Sidewalk sales on First Saturdays. Follow the RVFM at their website or Follow them on their Facebook page. 
Check out local food options & Information at Local Food Network

Farmers Market Banner
A Row To Share

Stacey Van Landingham Community Cupboard Board Member
From Our Gardens to Your Table – Join a handful of Elginites who have decided to donate their own home-grown fresh produce to the Elgin Community Cupboard. Simply prepare an extra row, sow a few more seeds or plant an extra container of cherry tomatoes. When you're ready to harvest contact Carolyn Lanford with the Community Cupboard at 281-4011 for information on when to deliver your donation or arrange for pickup. You can also visit us online at for information.

Depot Museum

Depot Museum

The museum is open five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday, from 2 - 5 pm. Admission is free.

The Elgin Historical Assn. is excited to announce that a special traveling exhibit called, "Quanah & Cynthia Ann Parker: A Pictorial Exhibit of Their Story," is now open.  It consists of over 40 rarely seen photos as they make their way around Texas, initiated by the Texas Heritage Trails program.  In 1836 Cynthia Ann was taken by a Comanche raiding party, and over years, she became wife to a Comanche Chief and mother to children, including Quanah. Cynthia Ann was taken back by Texas Rangers. Quanah became a very important Comanche leader. Many people know the basic story, and this show will demonstrate the tragedy of these two courageous individuals.  The exhibit will remain in Elgin until the end of the year.

Rotating Mini-exhibits add some sparkle about current holidays and events. The Museum also has an extensive photo collection and souvenirs for purchase. For inquiries call 512-285-2000. Read more or Follow us on Facebook

Reduce - Reuse - Recycle

TRASH TALK - Reduce - Reuse - Recycle

For information on City of Elgin trash service, recycling, & bulk waste see our 

Upcoming Bulk Dates - Tuesday, December 1, 15 and 29.
Tires, Whole Trees, Construction Debris, and/or Piles over 3 cubic yards Do NOT Qualify for bulk pick up. These items must be disposed of by the resident. 

Links to information for trash and recycling services in the surrounding areas are also available.  For an interactive site that allows you to find resources for disposing of recyclables and hazardous waste items visit  
Keep Bastrop County Beautiful

Adopt A Spot

The Adopt a Spot program is sponsored by the City of Elgin to beautify our community.  The program offers two opportunities for you and your neighbors to play an ongoing role in maintaining an area that needs a little extra attention or beautification – Adopt A Spot Litter Control and Adopt a Spot Beautification. Read more and find out how you can participate!

Dog n Cat

Pets or Pests - We can help

Visit our Animal Control web page to read all about finding lost pets, reporting pest problems or pet concerns, pet care and more. 

To request assistance from the Animal Control Officer call the Elgin Police Department at 512-285-5757.

Get a Purple Wildcat Flag from Elgin Main Street. 
The full sized flags are great to hang any time, or to put out for events like Western Days, Homecoming and more.  Flags may be purchased for $20 at Elgin City Hall, 310 North Main Street or Dorothy’s Jewelry and Gifts, 104 Depot Street. 

Elgin has been a Main Street City since 1990. Purchase of these items supports this program which in turn supports downtown revitalization and preservation of our Historic Downtown District.

CARTS Rural Bus

Catch a Ride

Bus Stop Downtown & Hwy 95 North! 
Commuter Bus Service Available from Elgin to Austin via Cap Metro! Daily weekly and monthly passes are available. For information call 474-1200 or visit
Cap Metro

The CARTS buses pick up riders downtown on Depot Street & Ave C and at the Hwy 95 North Park & Ride at Elgin Memorial Park. CARTS provides many different transportation options for rural communities. Please check out their website at Ride Carts. Door to Door service is also available for qualified riders. 

For info on the Elgin Manor 990 route with service to Austin, please visit
Ride Carts - Metro Services

The Interurban Coach is a regional intercity route providing connections between Austin, Bastrop, Bertram, Burnet, Elgin, Georgetown, Giddings, LaGrange, Liberty Hill, Lockhart, Luling, Marble Falls, Paige, Round Rock, San Marcos, Smithville, Taylor and Texas State University and makes connections to Greyhound, Capital Metro and Amtrak. Read more here

Air Now

Air Quality Awareness!

Please consider signing up for Air Quality Alerts and Ozone Action Alerts and download the AirNow app. For More information visit our website.
Learn how residents and businesses across Central Texas can “Be Air Aware”:Explore additional information at
Air Quality Resources - CapCoG

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