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Holidays in the Hill Country: Johnson City

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By Spring Sault

William Shakespeare is quoted as saying, “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”

If that truly is the case, then Johnson City is overflowing with good-deed-doers and then some! With one of the largest holiday light displays in all of Texas it’s hard to miss this town! And you won’t want to. Between a spectacular lighting ceremony happening at the Blanco County Courthouse, visits from Santa, carriage and hay rides, and annual toy and fundraising drive for a children’s home, if there was a soundtrack for your time spent here it would almost seem like something by Rodgers & Hammerstein! These are the Holidays in Hill Country – Johnson City:

1. Things to Do

Holidays in the Hill Country Johnson City


If you’re into sight-seeing, hop on your motorcycle (or in your car)! Contact the folks involved with the Johnson City Hill Country Toy Run. This event takes place in the month of December (for date and full specifics please email [email protected]) in which a caravan of motorcycles and vehicles, led by Santa, rallies to the Cherokee Home for Children in Cherokee, TX. Leaving from Johnson City, they bring with them toys for the kids and donations for the home that have been collected through numerous contributors and at various events such as the Hill Country Pig Roast, held at the Blanco County Fairgrounds annually.

Volunteers work to have all individual gifts purchased and wrapped by December 1st based on a wish list that each child at the home has written themselves. Remaining funds are presented to the executive director for the purpose of meeting the home’s operation and maintenance needs or specific needs of the kids. After watching the children open their gifts, motorcycle enthusiasts (and others) share a meal with the kids that is provided by the home and spend the afternoon with them, including giving free bike rides. Interested individuals that would like to participate in such a worthwhile event are encouraged to contact the organizers via email (listed above) at their earliest convenience. It’s a heartwarming holiday event highlighting the spirit of the season – giving rather than receiving!

2. The Namesake

Holidays in the Hill Country Johnson City

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