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Celebrate the Holidays at a Hill Country Area State Park

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Over the meadow and through the woods to a Texas State Park you should go. If you’re looking to celebrate Christmas in an outdoorsy kind of way, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has plenty on offer for this merry season. Here are some great ways to enjoy your Texas parks in a new kind of way.

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

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Join a few of Santa’s park elves for the Jingle Bell Hike at 9:30 a.m. on December 10 or wait until that afternoon to arrive at the park where you can jump on a hay ride with Santa and his elves. A cup of hot cocoa and cookies are the perfect complement to this mobile park tour. Then hike to the summit at night and huddle together while listening to the Christmas classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” To really get into the swing of things, show up in your own Grinch-y costume.

Guadalupe River State Park

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Ever dream of spending a night with Santa watching movies? Well, you can do just that and under the stars to boot at Guadalupe State Park December 10. Gather at the park’s amphitheater where Santa will read “T’was the Night Before Christmas” before firing up the motion picture entertainment. For more on what to expect Saturday night at Guadalupe River State Park, click on this video link: Facebook/Guadalupe River State Park.

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site

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Join the folks in Johnson City for the 47th Annual LBJ Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 18. The event originally hosted by the President and Ladybird will include carolers, a live nativity scene, Santa Claus, and of course, the magnificent tree-lighting itself. Afterward, experience Christmas with a German flair at the Sauer-Beckman Living History Farm where you’ll find German baked goodies and a traditional candlelit tree.

For a full listing of Texas state park holiday events, click here.