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Lights Spectacular

Lights Spectacular, Hill Country Style.

The season begins with turning on the lights the Friday night after Thanksgiving each year, followed by the "Lighted Hooves and Wheels Parade" on the Saturday night following Thanksgiving. The lights are on each night until January 1st.

Proclaimed as "the Centerpiece of one of the biggest shows on the Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail"  by Southern Living magazine with 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 and carriage rides are available throughout the season.

Each weekend, the Garden Club fills the Courthouse with Christmas ornaments and holiday crafts for purchase.   Johnson City is located at the crossroads of the Hill Country.

Spend your nights with us while taking in the Hill Country Lighting Trail.  For the entire trail, go to http://www.tex-fest.com/regional/  For additional information, call the Johnson City Visitors Center at 830-868-7684.

25th Annual Lights Spectacular Hill Country Style - Johnson City, Texas
2014 Lights Spectacular Schedule!

Johnson City invites you to the 25th Annual Lights Specatular - Hill Country Style!

Lights Spectacular Hill Country Style

Official lighting of the Blanco County Courthouse Friday, November 28th. Fireworks starting at 6:30 p.m. with the lighting at the end of the fireworks display! Chuckwagon Food Court, Hayrides, Carriage rides available, an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus and much more! Join the FUN!

Saturday, November 29th come enjoy the Clickety Cloggers and our Annual Hooves and Wheels Lighted Parade!
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Light Decorating Contest! Entry Deadline December 4 - Contest held on December 9th! !!! DECORATE !!!
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November 22 - January 1: Magic of Hill Country Christmas Lights
The Magic of Hill Country Christmas Lights drive thru light display returns to the Texas hill country for the 11th year. After 10 seasons of creating thousands of smiles and memories, the display went dark for what everyone thought would be the last time on New years day 2013. But this Christmas, the lights will be turned on again and with more than ever, over 2 MILLIONS lights will help make this the most exciting and beautiful Christmas display in the Texas hill country. Returning this year will be the 30' Mega Tree made up of 10,000 bright LED lights, the drive thru lighted tunnel covered with over 8,000 shining LEDs, and the leaping light arches, all of which will be once again animated to dance to the beat of everyones favorite Christmas songs, with the music broadcast on our very own radio station 101.7FM the STAR of Christmas. Also returning is the popular "Bethlehem Nights" live nativity on Dec 12th & 13th.This holiday season bring your family to enjoy the magic and beauty of over 2 million LED lights spread over a mile long drive thru light display, located 1 mile outside of Johnson City, TX on hwy 281. The display will be open nightly from Nov 22nd 2014 - Jan 1st 2015 from 6pm-11pm. Admission is FREE, but donations are accepted to help keep the display burning bright! To book a hayride through the lights for your family or group this Christmas season or if you have any questions, call us at 512-955-1706, or visit us online at www.hillcountrychristmaslights.com

Friday, November 28 – Tuesday, January 124th Annual Lights Spectacular: This year marks the 24th 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 with 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 and carriage rides are available throughout the season.   Each weekend, the Garden Club fills the Courthouse with Christmas ornaments and holiday crafts for purchase.   Johnson City is located at the crossroads of the Hill Country.  Spend your nights with us while taking in the Hill Country Lighting Trail.  For the entire trail, go to http://www.tex-fest.com/regional/  For additional information, call the Johnson City Visitors Center at 830-868-7684.

Friday, November 28th: The official lighting of the Blanco County Courthouse enjoy fireworks starting at 6:30 to be followed by the official lighting of the Blanco County Courthouse and an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Come out and enjoy the evening, Chuckwagon Food Court, Carriage rides available and much more!

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, Starting November 28 & continuing throughout the Holiday Season: Hayrides: Sponsored by the Antique Tractor Club and loading at Texas 290 Diner from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. every weekend throughout the Holiday Season (weather permitting) By Donation

Saturday, November 294th Annual Lights Spectacular 5K Run: The First Christian Church of Johnson City will be sponsoring the 4th ANNUAL Lights Spectacular 5K Run at 3 p.m. 100% of the net proceeds will be used to supplement the ministries of First Christian Church. Medals will be awarded for each age group and there will also be a drawing for door prizes.

If you have any questions, contact Lori or Walter Hudson at (830) 868-9131 and leave a message or Dawn Capra at (512) 577-4833 or email Dawn at dawn.capra@gmail.com.

To register online go the website: www.jcfirstchristian.org, or print [PDF] a registration form here and bring it the day of the race! Print [PDF] the flyer for more info.

Saturday, November 29th: Lighted Hooves and Wheels Parade, Clickety Cloggers begin the activities at 5:30 p.m. with the Lighted Hooves and Wheels Parade at 6:30 p.m. Clickety Cloggers will start of the second night of Lights Spectacular with a performance in the street in front of the Courthouse on the Square. The highlight of the evening will be the Lighted Hooves and Wheels Parade at 6:30 pm and pictures with Santa in Memorial Park on Main Street.  The Chuck Wagon  Food Court will be open, the Court House lobby will be filled with the Garden Club’s Christmas ornaments and crafts and carriage rides will be available.

Saturday, November 29Lamplight Tours of the LBJ Boyhood Home – 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. National Park Rangers will provide an open house and relive a 1920’s small town Christmas celebration in this decked out historic home located on Elm Street, one block south of Hwy 290 (Main Street) in Johnson City. Free. Complemented by stunning lighting display at the PEC, across the street.www.nps.gov/lyjo for more information or call the public affairs office at (830) 868-7128, ext. 244. also Saturday, December 6 & 13

Every Weekend, Sat. - Sun. in December (Starting Nov. 29)Johnson City Courthouse Ornaments Sale: The Courthouse lobby will be open during the holiday on weekends and the Garden Club will be selling Christmas ornaments, crafts, post cards, bird houses, bumper stickers and local cook books. The ornaments are hand made each Monday morning throughout the year at our nursing home by the residents, and they are excellent decorations for a very modest cost. Proceeds support local non-profit organizations. Opening weekend of Lights Spectacular the "store" is open 5p-9p on Friday through Sunday of opening weekend. Each weekend thereafter it is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 6p-9p through 13/21. Info: contact Joycelyn Carter, 868-7010.

Friday & Saturday, December 5 & 61st United Methodist Church Living Story of Christmas – Johnson City First United Methodist Church will put on its annual (over 25 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. 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). Info: 868-7414. See www.fumcjctx.org also December 12 & 13

Saturday, December 6Timeless Christmas at the LBJ Boyhood Home and Johnson Settlement
LBJ National Park in Johnson City
6 p.m. - 9 p.m. The LBJ Boyhood home will be lamp lit, giving visitors an opportunity to experience family life at the Johnson's house as it was during the 1920's. As a special treat on December 6 only, visitors can board the shuttle bus at the back gate for a 5-minute ride to the Johnson Settlement, where they are guided by lantern light even further back in time to a late 1860s Christmas in frontier Texas. The Exhibit Center will be open for visitors wanting to immerse themselves in what life was like on those cattle drives of long ago, or learn about Lyndon Johnson's ancestors and what their lives were like on the settlement lands and about other families who came after them and farmed this harsh land. Further up the path is the original Sam Ealy Johnson, Sr. cabin where Lyndon Johnson's grandparents first homesteaded in 1869. Here the lighting is provided by candles, oil lamps and two fireplaces. The decorations here are much simpler, but there is also a tree and some toys, as well as seasonal music. Just as strangers were welcomed in the past, visitors are offered refreshments before they strike out again on the trail home.

www.nps.gov/lyjo for more information or call the public affairs office at (830) 868-7128, ext. 231. 
Admission: Free

Friday & Saturday, December 12 & 131st United Methodist Church Living Story of Christmas – Johnson City First United Methodist Church will put on its annual (over 25 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. 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). Info: 868-7414. See www.fumcjctx.org

Friday & Saturday, December 12 & 13Bethlehem Nights Live Nativity - at Hill Country Lights
Questions, call us at 512-955-1706, or visit us online at www.hillcountrychristmaslights.com
Time: 7 pm - 10 pm - FREE

Saturday, December 13 & December 20Lamplight Tours of the LBJ Boyhood Home – 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. National Park Rangers will provide an open house and relive a 1920’s small town Christmas celebration in this decked out historic home located on Elm Street, one block south of Hwy 290 (Main Street) in Johnson City. Free. Complemented by stunning lighting display at the PEC, across the street.www.nps.gov/lyjo for more information or call the public affairs office at (830) 868-7128, ext. 244.

Sunday, December 2145th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Lighting at 6 p.m.! 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the LBJ State Park in Stonewall, TX. Celebrating the Season with an open house at the Sauer-Beckmann German farm (including a candlelit Christmas tree and delicious homemade refreshments) and a children's nativity scene. Yuletide music, courtesy of the Community Band of Fredericksburg and Stonewall school students, adds even more enjoyment As dusk turns to darkness, Johnson family members arrive and extend their holiday wishes, culminating in the lighting of a beautiful native cedar tree. Santa has always found time in his busy schedule to make an appearance as well. Join LBJ State Park & Historic Site, LBJ National Historical Park & Western National Parks Association for the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Stonewall. For more information call 830-644-2420 or 830-868-7128 x 245 or www.nps.gov/lyjo