Prepare to delight yourself as you enjoy the spectacular light displays provided to you here in Johnson City. This year marks the 22nd anniversary of Lights Spectacular, Hill Country Style. It was proclaimed as “the Centerpiece of one of the biggest shows on the Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail” by Southern Living magazine with a courthouse that “shines brighter than the star of Bethlehem”. The entire town is bathed in lights, with 100,000 lights twinkling on the Blanco County Courthouse, while Pedernales Electric Coop’s Headquarters on Ave F boasts a lighted forest of over 1 million lights. Hayrides and carriage rides are available opening weekend, and carriage rides continue throughout the season. Each weekend, the Garden Club fills the Courthouse with Christmas ornaments and holiday crafts for purchase. Johnson City is located at the crossroads of the Hill Country.
Additionally, there is a fabulous drive-through light display for you to enjoy: the Hill Country Christmas Lights 2011 goes from November 19th 2011 - January 1st 2012. More than half a million lights illuminate this drive-thru Christmas Light Display. Bring your family and experience it this year! From the 25’ Tall Tree of light, the Holidazzle dancing light show, to the drive thru tunnel of light, this display is sure to fill you with the Christmas Spirit. Enjoy the lights from the warmth of your car as you listen to our very own radio station that plays non-stop Christmas music on 101.7 fm The STAR. Back by popular demand this year is “The One Silent Night” Live Nativity on Dec 9th & 10th. Hill Country Christmas Lights will be open nightly from Monday-Thursday 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 6:00 p.m.-midnight.
Come on the weekend and enjoy a hayride through the lights. Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, Starting November 25th and continuing throughout the Holiday Season, hayrides are sponsored by the Antique Tractor Club, and loading is at the Texas 290 Diner from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. every weekend throughout the Holiday Season (weather permitting). Payment is by donation.
Looking for a new holiday ornament or special gift? The Courthouse lobby will be open during the holiday on weekends and the Johnson City Garden Club will be selling Christmas ornaments, crafts, post cards, bird houses, bumper stickers, and local cook books. The ornaments are hand-made each Monday morning throughout the year at our nursing home by the residents, and they are excellent decorations for a very modest cost. Proceeds support local non-profit organizations. Shopping will be available on Saturdays and Sundays from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. through December 18th.
Be sure to visit the Christmases Past that will be celebrated at the National Historical park on 4 consecutive Saturdays. Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park invites everyone to experience “Lamplight Tours of the LBJ Boyhood Home” on November 28, and December 5, 12, & 19. National park rangers will provide an open house of this historic home, all decked out in a Christmas celebration in the 1920s, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. each evening. On these three Saturdays, the LBJ Boyhood Home will be lamp lit, giving visitors an opportunity to experience family life at the Johnsons’ house as it was more than eighty years ago. National park rangers and volunteers team up to portray a 1920s Christmas, complete with Christmas caroling, a cedar tree in the parlor adorned with handmade ornaments and a toy display beneath, and authentic decorations and seasonal goodies throughout the home. The Western National Parks Association bookstore in the park Visitor Center at 100 Ladybird Lane will also be open each Saturday evening. The bookstore has a variety of books for all ages and other products from children’s toys to notecards and calendars. Proceeds from the sales in the bookstore directly support education and research programs in the park. These park events are free of charge. The turn for the LBJ Boyhood Home is just three blocks (turn left onto Avenue G) west of the intersection of Highways 281 and 290 in Johnson City. Parking is available in the Visitor Center lot at Avenue G and Ladybird Lane. For detailed directions or additional information, please call (830) 868-7128, extension 244.
Friday & Saturday, December 9th & 10th, you’re invited to enjoy the 1st United Methodist Church Living Story of Christmas. Johnson City First United Methodist Church will put on its annual (over 25 years!) Christmas program. It is a show for all ages and a great part of anyone’s Christmas. There will be 5 free shows per night, starting at 6:00 p.m. and run on the hour and half hour; the last show being at 8:30 p.m. Each show lasts about 10 minutes. Bleacher seating is available and children are welcome to pet the animals after each show. In the Church Activity Center, there will be a large display of nativity scenes and free refreshments (cookies, hot chocolate and coffee). Additional information is available by calling 830-868-7414.
This is a perfect time to plan to spend the weekend with us; however, anytime through the year 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 Agave, 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 are many more light displays sure to delight you, from Christmas in the Park, to the numerous businesses and residences throughout the community. The Courthouse and Pedernales Electric Cooperative Headquarters lights will be on nightly from Nov. 25th until Jan. 1st from dusk until midnight. All light displays throughout the community are free of charge and our Christmas gift to you! Daytime activities abound as well, so don’t just show up at dark, as you are invited to visit our many art galleries, vineyards, shops, exotic zoo, and our State and National parks. We have plenty to offer from casual hikes to history to art exhibitions, 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.