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Holiday Events in the Texas Hill Country That Are Not to be Missed

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It’s that time of year again. From Halloween through New Year’s the holidays pour over us, and decorations light up the night as baking smells fill kitchens. This holiday season, make your way to the Texas Hill Country for some fun. These holiday events usually come each year, but if you miss one, you’ll have to wait until next winter for your next chance. Don’t miss these opportunities to see the Texas Hill Country come alive for the holiday season.

1. Christmas at LBJ’s Boyhood Home – Johnson City

LBJ Boyhood Home

Photo: Facebook/Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park

Each Saturday from the weekend after Thanksgiving through the weekend before Christmas, you can see what an old-fashioned Christmas is like. The boyhood home of former president Lyndon B. Johnson in Johnson City hosts a 1920s-era Christmas celebration during the holidays. If you prefer a quieter holiday event, check out this one that shows you what it was like before every radio played 24/7 Christmas carols from Halloween through New Year’s Day.

2. Carol of Lights – Lampasas

One of the many floats at the Carol of Lights Parade in Lampasas

Photo: Facebook/Vision Lampasas

On the first Saturday in December, get ready for an all-day Christmas festival in Lampasas. The Carol of Lights will feature activities for children and adults. Mrs. Claus will read stories, and Santa will see children. Children’s activities cost nothing, and adults can access the vendors inside the courthouse for a nominal $1 fee. Don’t miss the biggest part of the day, which is the 6:30 p.m. Christmas parade through downtown Lampasas. This small-town occasion has been a big part of the holiday events for many families for years.

3. Trail of Lights – Wimberley

Holiday events in the Hill Country include Wimberley's Trail of Lights

Photo: Facebook/Wimberley Ace Hardware and Gift

Visit a free event at the EmilyAnn Theatre and Gardens in Wimberley that lets you walk through enormous light displays for a holiday experience you won’t soon forget. The Trail of Lights is open every night, except when it is lightning, from the Saturday after Thanksgiving through the Thursday after Christmas. Though the event costs nothing to see the lights, bring extra cash to make a donation, purchase concessions, or shop in the store. Don’t worry about spending too much because this light show serves as one of EmilyAnn Theatre’s major fundraising events of the year.

4. Starry Starry Night Lighted Christmas Park – Llano

Starry Starry Nights Lighted Christmas Park in Llano is another of the Hill Country holiday events

Photo: Facebook/Llano General Store

Each year, a legion of volunteers transforms Llano’s Badu Park into a winter wonderland. You can see the finished result starting the Friday after Thanksgiving at 6 p.m. through New Year’s Eve at 9 p.m. Not only does this display attract people from the Highland Lakes area but it also draws people from all over the Hill Country. For even more holiday fun, check out Badu Park the second Saturday in December when there will be a 100 percent chance of snow. Though white Christmases are rare in the Hill Country, this snow day in Llano will give you the chance to experience one. Definitely, put this on your list of must-see holiday events.