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Watch the Winner of the Kids’ Coloring Competition Light Up Llano

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The friendly Hill Country town of Llano may be small in size, but that doesn’t stop them from super-sizing their Christmas celebrations! Llano’s holiday festivities kick off at 6 p.m. November 27—the Wednesday before Thanksgiving—with the lighting of the town’s beautiful, historic courthouse.

A lucky 1st-3rd grader from Llano schools, one of the winners of the annual coloring contest, will have the honor of flipping the “Lighting Up Llano” switch. Elementary students from Llano ISD and Llano Christian School competed for the privilege of turning on the lights for their town’s Christmas extravaganza! Good luck to all the young artists who are competing in this exciting contest! The other contest winners will light up the charming downtown before the Lighted Christmas Parade on December 7, and at Starry Starry Nights on Snow Day, December 14.

Starry Starry Nights in Llano

Watch the Winner of the Kids' Coloring Competition Light Up Llano

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The lighting ceremony is only the beginning of Christmas festivities for this charming Hill Country town. The town’s famous “Starry Starry Nights” draws visitors from near and far to enjoy the beautiful lights in Badu Park. Starting the day after Thanksgiving, the spectacular light show runs from 6-9 p.m. until New Year’s Eve.

Expect to be wowed by the splendid spectacle of Christmas lights sparkling on the surface of Llano River as well as on the trail. Special displays and extravagantly lit archways invite visitors to stroll along the river path. Holiday favorite beverages like hot chocolate are available for sipping while you stroll. The lighting display stays open for families to enjoy even on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!

Another kid-favorite event, Llano Snow Day, is December 7. Children love sledding down the snow slide, while their parents can take priceless photos of them enjoying this wonderful event. While these events are free, kids need a wristband to sled. Hours are 1 to 9 p.m., and sleds will be provided.

Santa Claus at Badu Park

Watch the Winner of the Kids' Coloring Competition Light Up Llano

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A very special visitor, Santa Claus himself, will be at Badu Park, starting the day after Thanksgiving. He’ll be there every Friday and Saturday until December 21. Santa is available to hear Christmas wishes from 6-8 p.m., as well as pose for prized family photos.

Starry Starry Nights is free to attend, although donations are appreciated to help support the annual event.

Another popular annual event in town, the Reindeer Fun Run benefiting Meals on Wheels, is December 7. Donations are $10 for the 5K run, with a starting time of 9 a.m. at the Train Depot, 100 Train Station Drive.

Free Thanksgiving Day Meal

Watch the Winner of the Kids' Coloring Competition Light Up Llano

Photo: Dust Devil Diver

Dedicated volunteers on Llano’s Christmas Lighting Committee work tirelessly each year to create the magic and help make memories with Starry Starry Nights. They install over 100 spectacularly lighted displays along the Llano River and Badu Park.

Keeping that holiday spirit alive in Llano, a free community-wide meal is served on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2019. No donations are required, and everyone is welcome to attend. The meal is served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church, 1401 Ford Street in Llano.

For more info, visit or the Starry Starry Nights in Llano, Texas Facebook page.