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Llano Turns Into Christmas Central for Festive Family Fun

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The picturesque Hill Country town of Llano turns into Christmas Central, with a calendar chock full of celebrations, festivals, and parades all through December. Christmas festivities in Llano kick off the day before Thanksgiving, with the dazzling lights on the historic courthouse turning on at the flip of a switch. Tanner from Llano Elementary School, a winner in the annual coloring contest, will flip the switch to officially open the town’s Christmas celebrations.

Two other young artists and coloring contest winners from Llano ISD or Llano Christian School will flip the switches for the next two big events. One lucky winner will turn on the city’s downtown lights to kick off the Christmas parade on December 7. The other student winner has the honor of turning on the lights for everyone’s favorite holiday event, Snow Day at Badu Park on December 14.

Starry Starry Nights Keep Sparkling

Llano Turns Into Christmas Central for Festive Family Fun

Photo: Dust Devil Diver

Starting at 6 p.m. November 29 and continuing all through December, those gorgeous Starry Starry Nights light displays are on view at Badu Park. The lights sparkle twice, first on the trail along Llano Lake, and then mirrored back from the lake’s surface for a truly dazzling display. Starry Starry Nights invite everyone in the family to enjoy a free, fabulous stroll down the lighted path for an unforgettable holiday memory. It’s one more reason why Llano is your Hill Country Christmas Central!

December holiday festivities continue in Llano with a Christmas Stroll at 5:30 p.m. on December 4. Then on Friday, December 6, at 5 p.m., the Christmas Bazaar holds its open house, hosted by the Llano Fine Arts Guild. But the party is just getting started, with myriad activities happening that weekend. In fact, there’s so much in store that Saturday you’ll need running shoes to keep up. Santa Paws Pet Portraits & Bake Sale starts at 8:30 a.m. on December 7.

Junk Hippy Vintage Market

Llano Turns Into Christmas Central for Festive Family Fun

Photo: Facebook/Sisters on the Fly

Sisters on the Fly (Sotf), an association of women-only camping and outdoor lovers, will send fifty of their RV-owner members to display some of their vintage travel trailers. Two real sisters in Montana who love the outdoors started the private group in 1999. There are now 6,200 active members and events planned almost daily somewhere in the U.S. or Canada. Events like antiquing, camping, cooking, dancing, fishing, hiking, junkin’, kayaking, or just about any excuse to get together are featured somewhere almost daily. Aspiring members are told they don’t need to own a trailer or even know how to fish to join the sisterhood. They only have to be over 21, with such rules as, “No men, no kids, be nice, and have fun.” More info about this women’s-only adventure-loving group is on their Facebook page.

Also on Saturday, December 7, the always popular Junk Hippy Vintage Market starts at 9 a.m. at John L. Kuykendall Arena & Events Center, 2200 W. Ranch Road 152 in Llano. About 150 vendors are expected to attend, including Marble Fall’s Flash and Trash Women’s Clothing Store. They sell handcrafted fashions by Texas Hill Country designer Libby Holder. Also featured will be Nuluv Goat Milk Products from Center Point Dairy Farm. Texas Tin Works home décor featuring “Rusty Junk Shabby Chic refinished furniture and décor, wall hangings, TTW tee shirts, canvas totes and more” will be showcased. Wrist bands are $5 for general admittance to Junk Hippy Vintage Market, with kids under 13 admitted free. Shop your heart out at this Christmas Central sensation!

Llano Celebrates Christmas Spirit All Day on December 7

Llano Turns Into Christmas Central for Festive Family Fun

Photo: Dust Devil Diver

Also on December 7, Reindeer 5K Fun Run invites everyone to come and cheer for the creatively costumed participants in the race that starts at 9 a.m. The fun run will raise money for Meals and Wheels, so it’s the perfect opportunity to give back to those in need this Christmas. Entry as a runner is a $10 donation per person. As always, costumes and families are very much encouraged! Get your blood pumping at the 5K in preparation for all the great fun still to be had later that day.

Then Llano Cowboy Church Charity Bazaar opens its doors at 10 a.m., also on Saturday, December 7. At 10 a.m., there will be a Gumbo Cookoff at Castell General Store, so don’t miss that tasty event! Llano Woman’s Culture Club starts their Home Tour at noon. Join in the fun at Sip and Stroll in downtown Llano starting at 3 p.m., and Llano Christian Academy’s “Let’s Go Caroling” starts at 5 p.m.

Llano’s gorgeous Lighted Christmas Parade hits the streets at 6 p.m., with Jolly old Santa expected to join the grand parade in a Llano Volunteer Fire Department truck. Other family-friendly activities that night include a free movie, with The Polar Express showing at Lantex at 7:30 p.m. Musical entertainment can be heard downtown at 8 p.m. with Waitin’ on Hayden (who describe their College Station-based group as “an unapologetic red dirt rock band”) and Michelle Kay will also be performing.

Head on out to Llano, one of the most charming towns in all of the Lone Star State, and find out for yourself why this community is the Hill Country Christmas Central!