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Lights Spectacular Tradition Continues in Johnson City
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012

Prepare to delight yourself as you enjoy the spectacular light displays provided to you here in Johnson City. This year marks the 23nd anniversary of Lights Spectacular, Hill Country Style. Proclaimed as “the Centerpiece of one of the biggest shows on the Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail” by Southern Living magazine, the Lights Spectacular features a courthouse that “shines brighter than the star of Bethlehem”. The entire town is bathed in lights with 100,000 lights twinkling on the Blanco County Courthouse, while Pedernales Electric Coop’s Headquarters on Ave F boasts a lighted forest of over 1 million lights. Hayrides are available opening weekend and carriage rides go on throughout the season.

On Friday, November 23, we will celebrate the official lighting of the Blanco County Courthouse beginning with fireworks and Santa’s arrival at 6:30 p.m. After the lighting, the Chuck Wagon Food Court will be open next to the Johnson City Bank. Live music will continue throughout the evenings festivities. Carriage rides are available throughout the season at a reasonable cost. By donation, hayrides, sponsored by the Antique Tractor Club, will operate until approximately 10 p.m. weather permitting.

On Saturday, November 24, plan to enjoy our annual Lighted Hooves and Wheels Parade. The Clickety Cloggers will begin performing in the street in front of the Courthouse on the Square at 5:30 p.m. and the parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. The Chuck Wagon Food Court will be open along with the Garden Club Christmas Shop which is located inside the Blanco County Courthouse.

Looking for a new holiday ornament or special gift? The Courthouse lobby will be open during the holiday on weekends and the Johnson City Garden Club will be selling Christmas ornaments, crafts, post cards, bird houses, bumper stickers, and local cook books. The ornaments are handmade each Monday morning throughout the year at our nursing home by the residents and are excellent decorations for a very modest cost. Proceeds support local non-profit organizations. Shopping will be available opening weekend from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays thereafter from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. through December 23.

Be sure to visit the Christmases Past that will be celebrated at the National Historical Park on four consecutive Saturdays. Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park invites everyone to experience “Lamplight Tours of the LBJ Boyhood Home” on November 24, December 1, December 8, and December 15. National Park Rangers will provide an open house of this historic home, all decked out for a Christmas celebration in the 1920s from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. each evening. On these three Saturdays, the LBJ Boyhood Home will be lamp lit, giving visitors an opportunity to experience family life at the Johnsons’ house as it was more than eighty years ago. National Park Rangers and volunteers team up to portray a 1920s Christmas, complete with Christmas caroling, a cedar tree in the parlor adorned with handmade ornaments and a toy display beneath, and authentic decorations and seasonal goodies throughout the home. The Western National Parks Association bookstore in the park Visitor Center at 100 Ladybird Lane will also be open each Saturday evening. The bookstore has a variety of books for all ages and other products from children’s toys to notecards and calendars. Proceeds from the sales in the bookstore directly support education and research programs in the park. These park events are free of charge. The turn for the LBJ Boyhood Home is just three blocks (turn left onto Avenue G) west of the intersection of Highways 281 and 290 in Johnson City. Parking is available in the Visitor Center lot at Avenue G and Ladybird Lane. For detailed directions or additional information, please call (830) 868-7128, extension 244.

Friday and Saturday, December 7 & 8, you’re invited to enjoy the First United Methodist Church Living Story of Christmas. Johnson City First United Methodist Church will put on its annual (over 26 years!) Christmas program. It is a show for all ages and a great part of anyone’s Christmas. There will be 5 free shows per night, starting at 6:00 p.m. and run on the hour and half hour; the last show being at 8:30 p.m. Each show lasts about 10 minutes. Bleacher seating is available and children are welcome to pet the animals after each show. In the Church Activity Center there will be a large display of nativity scenes, free refreshments (cookies, hot chocolate and coffee).

Go to our website at johnsoncitytexaschamber.com for details and events calendar.

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