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What We Do

The Williamson County Brown Santa program provides assistance to families in Williamson County living outside the geographical city limits of any town or city within Williamson County that does not provide a similar program. Brown Santa donations are utilized to purchase toys, books and other items needed to make the children’s Christmas brighter. It is a registered corporation in the State of Texas that is operated under the direction of the Brown Santa Board of Directors and was granted non-profit tax exemption under 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
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Brown Santa Mission Statement

Brown Santa provides low income or poverty stricken families with children from age 0 to 17 with toys, books, and other items needed to make Christmas merrier and to positively impact families that without our assistance, will not have what others in the world often take for granted.

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6th Annual Nightmare on Jail Hill Haunted Jail

For four days in October and November we will be working hard to scare Williamson County at our

6th Annual Nightmare on Jail Hill Haunted Jail!

Volunteers and sponsors are still needed to make the event a success. To become a sponsor, contact Mary Johnson at mjohnson@wilco.org or 512-943-1313. To volunteer, contact J.C. Weaver at jweaver@wilco.org.

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Announcements


4th Annual Sertoma Celebriduck Race for Charities - Friday, February 14, 2014

Chinati Court Donations - Thursday, November 21, 2013
Starting on December 1st the residents of Chinati Court are again lighting up their street to support Brown Santa.  On Fridays and Saturdays there will be a fire pit, hot chocolate and popcorn.  Santa will also be there from 7-9pm on December 7th and 14th  and from 8-9pm on December 21st.  Chinati Court is located off of Sun Chase Boulevard in Cedar Park.

2013 Brown Santa Events - Friday, November 15, 2013
Kick-off at Wolf Ranch
Santa rides into Wolf Ranch Town Center, IH-35 and SH 29 in Georgetown, on Saturday, November 23, to light the Christmas tree and take photos with all of his friends! The event includes music at the Christmas tree by the fireplace. Santa will be available for photos after lighting the tree at 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Photos are $8 and benefit the Williamson County Brown Santa program and the Simon Youth Foundation. Santa will be escorted into Wolf Ranch Town Center by the Blue Knights law enforcement motorcycle club.

Brown Santa Toy Motorcycle Toy Run
Join fellow motorcycle enthusiasts on a Brown Santa Toy Ride on Saturday, November 16, sponsored by the “Knight Crew, Law Enforcement MC”. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, 508 S. Rock Street, Georgetown, Texas. Kick stands are up at 11 a.m. with a ride to a local restaurant and photos with Santa. The cost of the event is a $20 toy donation or $20 cash donation to Williamson County Brown Santa. Cars are welcome to follow the motorcycles. For more information, see the flyer below.

Photos with Santa
The Williamson County Brown Santa program will continue to offer photos with Santa at Wolf Ranch Town Center on weekends. Photos with Santa will be available starting on Sunday, December 1, 1-4 p.m. and continue on weekends until December 22. Photos will be Saturdays from 12 to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, visit the Brown Santa website at www.wilcobrownsanta.com.

Lighting of the Square
Celebrate the holiday season on the day after Thanksgiving at the annual Lighting of the Square event on Friday, November 29. The event will be held on the east steps of the historic Williamson County Courthouse, 710 S. Main Street, in downtown Georgetown. The festivities include entertainment from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Williamson County Brown Santa will offer pictures with Santa in the historic Courthouse after the lighting event from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Enter the courthouse on the south side. Photos are for a $7 donation. Toy donations to Williamson County Brown Santa are encouraged and a donation barrel will be located at the Courthouse.

Brown Santa Mayhem Softball Tournament
This softball tournament has been cancelled due to wet fields at the McMaster Athletic Complex in Georgetown, Texas.

Christmas Open House with Commissioner Birkman benefitting Brown Santa
Commissioner Lisa Birkman, Pct. 1, and her staff will host a Christmas party benefiting WCSO Brown Santa on Thursday, December 5, from 4-6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Attendees are asked to please bring an unwrapped toy or a cash donation to Brown Santa.

Toy Drive at Avery Ranch Dec. 4
The Office of Williamson County Constable Robert Chody, Precinct 1, will be conducting their annual Brown Santa Toy Drive Wednesday, December 4, at the intersection of Avery Ranch/Parmer Lane (Walgreen's). Cash donations and unwrapped toys for all ages and genders would be graciously accepted.



Brown Santa Mayhem

- Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Brown Santa Toy Ride

- Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Nightmare on Jaill Hill Sneek Peek Video!

- Friday, October 18, 2013

Nightmare on Jaill Hill

- Monday, October 07, 2013

Nightmare on Jail Hill Has a Facebook!

- Friday, October 04, 2013

Nightmare on Jail Hill Haunted House

- Monday, September 23, 2013
For the fifth year, Williamson County Brown Santa will transform the century old Williamson County historic jail into “Nightmare on Jail Hill” Haunted House.  The event will be held two weekends on October 18 and 19 and October 25 and 26 from 7 to 11 p.m.  The price is $10/adults and $5/8-12 years.  Speed Pass tickets will be $20.  Children under 8 are not allowed.  Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  No refunds will be given.

The jail is located on the corner of 4th and Main Street in Georgetown.  The haunted house is not handicapped accessible and will require climbing four flights of stairs and walking for approximately 20 minutes.  Refreshments will be available for sale.  T-shirts will be sold for $10.
The jail was built in the 1800s and has housed several infamous criminals -- the most notable being the serial killer Henry Lee Lucas.  The jail opened for prisoners in 1888 and closed in 1992.  It was since been the site for “ghost hunter” shows and paranormal investigators, as well as backdrop for movies, commercials and music videos. 

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Williamson County Brown Santa program, which provides assistance to families in Williamson County living outside the geographical city limits of any town or city within Williamson County that does not provide a similar program.  Brown Santa donations are utilized to purchase toys, books and other items needed to make the children’s Christmas brighter.  It is a registered corporation in the State of Texas that is operated under the direction of the Brown Santa Board of Directors and was granted non-profit tax exemption under 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 



Round Rock Sertoma Club Donates to Williamson County Brown Santa

- Tuesday, December 04, 2012




Santa, Terry Swets (President-RR Sertoma) , and Capt. Gleason accept a check for Brown Santa from the Round Rock Sertoma Club! Thank you from all of the families in Williamson County!  http://rrsertoma.org/








Kapital City Customs Presents Brown Santa Toy Drive and Car, Truck and Bike Show

- Thursday, November 29, 2012











Please come out and support Williamson County Brown Santa, December 8th.  The more toys the marrier for families in need.  Come join in on the fun and check out all of the cool classic cars, trucks and bikes!  We look forward to seeing you there!




















Volunteers are needed to help with the Brown Santa Nightmare on Jail Hill Haunted House

- Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Haunted House will be open Friday & Saturday, Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 26-27, 7 to 11 p.m.

Groups and individuals are invited to decorate an entire cell in whatever frightening theme they can imagine!!  When decorating a cell you have the opportunity to put up your own decorations and bring your own costumed volunteers to work your cell.

A contest will be held for the scariest cell among County departments.

If you would like to decorate a cell, volunteer to be a creepy character, be a tour guide or just help Brown Santa set up the Haunted Jail, please send us an e-mail at brownsantawilco@gmail.com.








New Board Members Join Brown Santa

- Thursday, February 02, 2012
Two new board members have been appointed to the Williamson County Brown Santa Board of Directors.  Captain Mike Gleason of the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office is the new Board President.  Joining him for a first term is Lieutenant Pat Erickson, also with the Sheriff’s Office.  Continuing on the Board for another term are Peggy Braun and Tammy Smith.  They join Donna Colburn, Chris Herndon, Pat Cardona and Robert Chody.  The remaining board position will be filled by a member of Williamson County Emergency Communications.

In 2011, Brown Santa assisted more than 500 families and approximately 1,600 children this year.  Brown Santa collects toys and donations for children who live at or under the US poverty level in unincorporated areas of the county or in cities that do not have a similar program.

Williamson County Brown Santa will host its annual Volunteer and Sponsor Appreciation Breakfast on Wednesday, February 15, at 9 a.m. in the Harrell Community Room at the J.B. and Hallie Jester Annex, 1801 E. Old Settlers Boulevard in Round Rock.   Major Sponsors for 2011 donating $500 or more were: Deep in the Heart, Al Clawson Disposal, Precinct 1 Constable Robert Chody, Gary Galbraith w/SWCA, Beancounter, Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union, American Business Women’s Association Treaty Oak Chapter, Kohl’s, Mendoza Maintenance, Precinct 1 Commissioner Birkman, Round Rock Sertoma, The Worship Place, Pervasive Software, Durcon, S.A.L.T., Wolf Ranch Town Center, KEYE-TV, Williamson County Sun, Chinati Court, and the Brushy Creek Women’s Association.






Brown Santa Assists 500 Families

- Friday, January 06, 2012
Williamson County Brown Santa made Christmas brighter for more than 500 families and approximately 1,600 children this year.  Brown Santa collects toys and donations for children who live at or under the US poverty level in unincorporated areas of the county or in cities that do not have a similar program.

“We were very thankful to have had enough donations that we were able to give at least two toys, a book and stuffed animal to each child along with a gift card to purchase food for each family’s Christmas dinner,” stated Captain Fred Thomas, chair of the Williamson County Brown Santa Board of Directors.

Brown Santa’s Major Sponsors for 2011 donating $500 or more were: Deep in the Heart, Al Clawson Disposal, Precinct 1 Constable Robert Chody, Gary Galbraith w/SWCA, Beancounter, Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union, American Business Women’s Association Treaty Oak Chapter, Kohl’s, Mendoza Maintenance, Precinct 1 Commissioner Birkman, Round Rock Sertoma, The Worship Place, Pervasive Software, Durcon, S.A.L.T., Wolf Ranch Town Center, KEYE-TV, Williamson County Sun, Chinati Court, and the Brushy Creek Women’s Association.

Haunted House Raises $17,000

- Thursday, September 22, 2011
This year’s “Nightmare on Jail Hill” haunted house was even more successful than last year’s event raising almost $17,000 for the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Brown Santa Program, an increase of more than $3,000.  The money is used to assist them in purchasing presents for needy children this Christmas holiday.   
“Last year, we helped 800 families and more than 2,000 children,” stated Captain Fred Thomas, president of the Brown Santa Board of Directors.  “These funds will help us to meet the growing needs of our county so that every child feels the hope and love that Christmas brings.”
Several county departments and others assisted with the haunted jail by decorating cells and volunteering at the haunted house.  Trophies were awarded for the most creative cell from the volunteers participating.  The county department with the most creative cell was Williamson County Juvenile Medical Health Care Services.  The non-county group with the most creative cell was Lee and Marilyn Bankston for the jail graveyard.
Williamson County Brown Santa assists families living in unincorporated areas of the county or in cities that do not have a similar program.  They provide each participating family with two gifts and a stuffed toy per child.  To be eligible for the program, families must be living at or below the U.S. Poverty level or have extenuating circumstances within the family that have caused substantial inconvenience to be able to provide for basic necessities over the past year.  
Williamson County Brown Santa is a registered corporation in the State of Texas that is operated under the direction of the Brown Santa Board of Directors and was granted non-profit tax exemption under 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  
Brown Santa thanks its “Nightmare on Jail Hill” major sponsors for 2011 that include:   American Business Women’s Association, Pct. 1 Commissioner Lisa Birkman, Pct. 1 Constable Robert Chody, Pct. 2 Constable Rick Coffman, Mendoza Maintenance Group, Texas Municipal Police Association, Williamson County Sun, Round Rock Sertoma, Preferred ATM Services, Modern Renovations, B&L Portable Toilets, Eric and Diane Hale, First Texas Bank, RockSports, and KEYE TV.  

Introduction to the Brown Santa Haunted Jail - Monday, October 25, 2010

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