Every Weekend, Sat. - Sun. in December: 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 on Saturdays and Sundays from 6p-9p through 12/23. Info: contact Joycelyn Carter, 868-7010.
Now – Tuesday, January 1: Lights Spectacular: This year marks the 23rd 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.
Now - Tuesday January 1 [to be confirmed]: Hill Country Christmas Lights Display: Hill Country Christmas Lights 2012! More than half-a million lights illuminate this Drive Thru Christmas Light Display nightly. Bring your family and experience it this year! From the 25' Tall Tree of light, and the Holidazzle Dancing Light show, to the drive thru tunnel of light, this display is sure to fill you with the Christmas Spirit. Enjoy the lights from the warmth of your car as you listen to our very own radio station that plays non-stop Christmas music. 101.7 fm The STAR. Back by popular demand this year "The One Silent Night" Live nativity on Dec 8 & 9. Hill Country Christmas Lights will be open Nightly Mon-Thur 6:00pm-10:00pm and Friday & Saturday 6:00pm-Midnight. Come see us this year! 1685 N US Hwy 281 (1 mile north of Johnson City) Dexter Haynes at (830) 992-7646. www.hillcountrychristmaslights.com
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, Starting November 23 [to be confirmed] & 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, December 1: Hill Country Toy Run: Celebrating our 29th year! Starting at the Johnson City Courthouse at 9 a.m. (arrive early for social time with coffee and donuts), the Bikers Toy Run heads west and swings through Fredericksburg, then up Hwy 16 north through Llano to the small town of Cherokee, picking up bikers along the way. With Santa and a sleigh full of wrapped presents purchased through donations and proceeds from the Johnson City Pig Roast, the children of the Cherokee Home will be wide-eyed and smiling as Christmas joy is delivered and the motorcycle enthusiasts share a meal with the children and spend the afternoon with them to make their day special. Event open to all. No fee. Motorcycle encouraged. Contact: Kevin Martin, 830-868-4007 or Lisa Lusk 830-868-7693. www.jcpigroast.org/HillCountryToyRunAssoc
Saturday, December 1 & 15: Lamplight Tours of the LBJ Boyhood Home – 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. each evening. 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.
Friday & Saturday, December 7 & 8: 1st 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. Seewww.fumcjctx.org
Friday & Saturday, December 7 & 8: "The One Silent Night" Live Nativity – Hill Country Christmas Lights will be open Nightly Mon-Thur 6:00pm-10:00pm and Friday & Saturday 6:00pm-Midnight. Come see us this year! 1685 N US Hwy 281 (2 miles north of Johnson City) Dexter Haynes at (830) 992-7646. www.hillcountrychristmaslights.com
Saturday, December 8: Timeless Christmas in Johnson City at the Johnson Settlement, Boyhood Home & Visitor Center – 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. In addition to the Christmas celebration in the decked out LBJ Boyhood historic home located on Elm Street, one block south of Hwy 290 (Main Street) in Johnson City visitors can board a shuttle bus and ride to the Johnson Settlement, where they will be guided by lantern light even further back in time to the late 1860s Christmas frontier Texas and a visit to the frontier cabin of Sam Ealy Johnson. The Visitor Center will also be open for exhibit viewing and book/gift store shopping. Free. www.nps.gov/lyjo for more information or call the public affairs office at (830) 868-7128, ext. 244.
Sunday, December 22: 43rd 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
Wednesday, December 19 [to be confirmed]: 4th Annual "Sing Christmas" with Joni Topper and Scott Crofts at First Christian Church from 6:00 to 9:00pm.
Feel free to come and go, sit back and listen, or sing along as Joni and Scott celebrate the Christmas season with music. Complimentary hot chocolate will be provided.
Recurring Monthly Events
Every Tuesday: Dominoes at the First United Methodist Church
Dominoes played at 10 a.m.
at the First United Methodist Church. All are welcome.
Every Wednesday Evening: Miller Creek RV Resort
Miller Creek RV Resort hosts a $3 home cooked meal at 6:30 p.m. in the Rec Hall (bring your own drink of choice).
Every Weekend: Downtown Entertainment & Dining at Pecan Street Brewing
Enjoy good food, hand-crafted beers and live music on weekends. See entertainment and menu details at www.PecanStreetBrewing.com. Located at 106 E. Pecan Drive (across from the Courthouse Square). 830-868-2500.
1st Tuesday: Johnson City Writes
If you would like to enjoy sharing the creative experience of writing, join us at the Johnson City Library, each month at 9:30am. We'll have some fun, and it's free. For further info, contact Bambi Haley @ 830-868-9269 Web: www.jclibrarysite.org
2nd Tuesday: JC Chamber of Commerce Meeting
6:00 pm - Location to be announced. Call the Chamber for more info: 830-868-7684.
2nd Thursday: Johnson City Garden Club Craft Day
2 p.m. Contact Joycelyn Carter at 830-868-7010 for location.
2nd Sunday: TASTE Wine+Art
ART WINE & LIVE MUSIC. TASTE Wine +Art, 213 N. Nugent, Johnson City, across from the courthouse. Join us Noon - 3 p.m. Visit www.TASTEwineArt.com for more information.
4th Tuesday: Johnson City Library - Civil War Roundtable
Do you have an interest in the Civil War? Are you a Civil War collector? Do you like to read about or watch Civil War videos? One way to peak your enthusiasm is to participate in a Civil War Roundtable with other like-minded individuals. 7pm @ The Johnson City Library. Web: www.jclibrarysite.org
4th Tuesday: Alzheimer's Association - San Marcos
Noon - 1:15 in San Marco. Email HERE or call 800.367.2132 to sign up.
Last Saturday: Art Walk at the Galleries on Nugent: