Stonewall, Texas – Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site and the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm invites everyone to kick off the holiday season here at the park. The Annual Holiday Cookie Decorating and German Traditions is a family fun event. The activities begin Saturday morning at 10:00am, November 26, starting at the Visitor Complex. Bring your family and guests who are here for the Thanksgiving weekend and show them one of the jewels of the Hill Country, Lyndon B. Johnson State Park. Guests are sure to get into the holiday spirit watching and participating in many activities kicking off the holiday season. Enjoy watching confections come to life as local volunteer Charlie Randal constructs a beautiful gingerbread house. Children can enjoy decorating their own wooden gingerbread ornament to take home and hang on the tree. This ornament becomes an instant special treasure of children’s creativity. A great holiday photo opportunity awaits children of all ages as they pose for their holiday photo with one of our Park’s life-sized gingerbread men. Bring your camera and join in the photo fun!
Next, take advantage of the wonderful weather and walk the trail to the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm. Get caught up with the hustle and bustle of transforming the traditional German farmstead into a beautiful 1900s celebration of the holidays. Holiday traditions from the early 1900s are hand crafted and simple at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm. With the help of costumed interpreters, the entire family will find fun things to do, such as decorating cookies to adorn a German Christmas tree, participate in candle-making as it was done in holidays past, and see the traditional cedar wreaths. Smell the aroma of freshly baked cookies and holiday breads as they come out of the old wood-burning stove in the kitchen. See and tour the century old farm buildings and grounds. Hear the sounds of the cows, sheep, pigs and chickens. See why “Life is better outside” and walk the beautiful nature trail back to the Visitor Complex and see all of the wonderful fall colors and sights as well as the wildlife in the game enclosures. This is sure to be a day filled with history and fun for the family.
Don’t forget to stop by the State Park Gift Shop. The gift shop is one of the largest State Park Stores and one of the most unique. Shoppers will find extraordinary one of a kind pottery gifts, hand made ornaments and decorations.
Visitors are encouraged to make it a family day. Pack a picnic lunch, bring the family, a camera, and dress for outdoor holiday fun as you start a new tradition or continue an old one. Park staff recommends visitors come to the Visitor Complex first to get all the park daily event details, map, and free day park permit.
In addition to all the special holiday fun in the park, visitors can also enjoy a historical self-guided CD or GPS Ranger vehicle tour through the State Park and on to the LBJ Ranch, and Texas White House. Time permitting, enjoy the many seasonal lighted activities in the Texas Hill Country late into the evening.
Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site is located just one mile east of Stonewall, or 14 miles west of Johnson City, just off Highway 290 at 199 Park Road 52 in Stonewall. For more information on this event and coming park events visit www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/lbj or call the park at 830-644-2252.