The Texas Hill Country communities are comprised of 11 towns. Each of the communities participating in the Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail wraps its downtown area and important landmarks in Christmas decorations during the holiday season. During the Christmas season, visitors will see that the neighborhoods offer dazzling light displays among the rolling hills of Central Texas.
Many of these towns also have unique festivities going on, including carriage rides, carolers, and beverages for sightseers. These stage holiday-themed events typically occur on weekends during December.
The Towns of Hill Country Regional Lighting Trail
- Boerne: Sightseers will enjoy the Weinachts Fest Parade that illuminates the Historic District at night. Go here to see Santa and Mrs. Claus.
- Burnet: Burnet turns into Bethlehem for those who want to walk through the gates of costumed townspeople tending to their animals, making bread, and attending a live nativity scene.
- Dripping Springs: Shops, live entertainment, and Santa are the main attractions at this "Christmas on Mercer" celebration with extended hours at the stores.
- Fredericksburg: This three-day Christmas festival and market includes a Christmas parade, decorated tree forest, old-fashioned gingerbread houses, and authentic German foods like honey cakes and peppernuts.
- Goldwaite: This town is great for travelers who love arts and crafts. Local artisans showcase and sell their work at the Arts and Crafts Festival.
- Johnson City: Over 100,00 lights are on display at Johnson City's Blanco County Courthouse. There's also a lamplight tour of the LBJ Boyhood Home and other historic events that are perfect for history buffs.
- Llano: The lighting display at Llano, called the "Pathway of Arches," is beautifully viewed by the Llano River Park.
- Marble Falls: Travelers will enjoy the light sculptures and light tunnel here, including over 130 sculptures and 12,000 clear lights, creating a beautiful self-guided walk.
- New Braunfels: This stop has a lighting celebration, arts and crafts, and a market at the Old Gruene Christmas Festival.
- Round Mountain: History enthusiasts can look forward the old buildings here, like the 1876 church, covered in small and gorgeous lights.
- Wimberley: Visitors can get warm by the Yule log at EmilyAnn Theatre's Trail of Lights.
A Seasonal Lighting Trail
Although these towns are close together geographically, the lighting trail is certainly not something to take in on a single night. Rather, visitors should expect to spend several nights if they want to see everything the Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail has to offer.
In fact, some dedicated visitors head back to the Hill Country year after year and visit a different portion. With all of the events tied to the holiday trail, it is certainly possible to spend an entire evening in just one location. In-state visitors are at an advantage in that they can visit numerous times throughout the month and see one or more communities on each visit.
Out-of-state visitors are advised to plan ahead and pick a town or two to visit during a particular holiday event. They can also plan to go through a driving trail to take in each evening during their visit.