On Friday, November 25th, the 22nd official lighting of the Blanco County Courthouse will begin with Santa’s arrival at 6:30 p.m. Along with the 100,000+ lights glowing as bright as the Star of Bethlehem will be a Chuck Wagon Food Court, live band music, horse drawn carriage rides, and the Johnson City Garden Club selling Christmas ornaments and crafts in the courthouse lobby. The festivities will continue every weekend until Christmas. The lighting celebration doesn’t stop on November 25th, but goes on through the weekend. On Saturday the 26th, the day starts out with the 10th-Annual Open House at Whittington’s Jerky and General Store from 9 am-4 pm. So much fun, including hourly door prizes of gift baskets, children’s activities, books signings, and wine tasting, are all free to the public. All products purchased that day will receive FREE SHIPPING! A gift of Whittington’s Jerky and/or other goodies is a gift that everyone will love -their jerky is sold worldwide but made right here in Johnson City.
At 5:30, the activities at the Courthouse Square begin with a performance by the Clickety Cloggers and the highlight of the evening after that, at 6:30 p.m., you can enjoy the Lighted Hooves and Wheels Parade along with pictures with Santa in Memorial Park on Main Street. Again, the Chuck Wagon Food Court will be open, and don’t forget to go into the Courthouse lobby which will be filled with ornaments and crafts available for purchase. In addition to all this there’s more: a Timeless Christmas at the Johnson Settlement, Boyhood Home & LBJ Visitor Center where along with the decked out LBJ Boyhood historic home, visitors can board a shuttle bus and ride to the Johnson Settlement where you’ll be guided by lantern light even further back in time to the late 1860’s Texas Christmas frontier and visit the frontier cabin of Sam Ealy Johnson. The LBJ Visitor Center will also be open for exhibit viewing and book/gift purchases. All activities and events are free of charge.
This is a perfect time to plan to spend the weekend with us; however, anytime through the Christmas holiday and beyond are great times as well. We offer numerous lodging facilities including the Best Western and Hill Country Inn, which are traditional hotels, along with numerous B & B’s including Chantilly Lace Country Inn, Sandy Road Guest Haus, Songbird Meadows, Hillside Acres, Exotic Zoo Resort, and Lighthouse Hill Ranch. Prefer to travel in your RV or camper? No problem there either as we have several parks to facilitate you, including Miller Creek RV Resort, Road Runner RV Park, and Pedernales Falls State Park. While you’re here, be sure to shop our boutiques, antique, and gift stores including Whittington’s, Suzy Q’s, Pieces of the Past, Country Collectibles, Times Ago Collectibles, DeLeon’s Outpost, and Black Spur Emporium, which are sure to help you work up an appetite! We’ve got you covered there also with everything from fine to casual dining as well as fast food including AJ’s Pizza Shoppe, Pecan Street Brewing, Silver K Café, Chrome Cactus, El Charros, El Ranchos, Hill Country Cupboard, Texas 290 Diner, Chantilly Lace Country Inn, Subway, Dairy Queen, Friendly Bar Bistro, The Historic Pearl Antique Mall & Tea Room, Al’s Grocery, Ronnie’s BBQ, and our brand new Black Spur Emporium Coffee Shop with the best espresso in town!
Beyond the courthouse lighting, there are many more light displays sure to delight you, from Christmas in the Park, to the numerous businesses and residences throughout the community, as well as a wonderland of lights at the PEC Headquarters - over 1 million lights to be specific, and it is absolutely breathtaking. The lights will be on nightly from Nov. 25th until Jan. 1st from dusk until midnight. Down the road, just to the north of town on Hwy 281 is the Hill Country Christmas Lights Display, which has over a half million lights that illuminate this drive-through Christmas light display every night from Nov. 19th - Jan. 1st. All light displays throughout the community are free of charge and are our Christmas gift to you!
Not only can you come to see the lights, but there are numerous events and activities that occur throughout the holiday season, including a 5K Run, Lamplight Tours of the LBJ Boyhood Home, A Timeless Christmas in Johnson City where you can experience an 1860 Christmas at the Cabin-Johnson Settlement, and more. There is a Living Story of Christmas performance every half hour on Dec. 2, 3, 9 & 10 at the United Methodist Church from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. This is an amazing event that is well-done and will have you mesmerized, remembering back to the days of the birth of Jesus. Bus tours are also welcome.
Daytime activities abound as well, so don’t just show up at dark, as you are invited to visit our many art galleries, vineyards, exotic zoo, and our State and National parks. We have plenty to offer from casual hikes to history to art exhibits, there’s something for everyone here in Johnson City. So grab a calendar, pick a date and come visit us... you’ll be glad you did! For more details visit our website at www.johnsoncitytexaschamber.com.