With another cold snap in the future, it's beginning to look a lot like winter—and Christmas—in the Lone Star State. Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving brings out the twinkling holiday lights, and this year was no exception. As they've done in years past, almost a dozen communities in the Hill Country—Bandera, Blanco, Boerne, Burnet, Dripping Springs, Fredericksburg, Johnson City, Kerrville, Marble Falls, and Wimberley—have decked the halls (and courthouses and town squares) with thousands of lights as part of the Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail.
On Sunday, driving back from a Thanksgiving adventure in West Texas, my friends and I stopped in Johnson City to admire the lights festooning the courthouse and the grounds of the Pedernales Electric Coop Headquarters. We had been driving for hours and were ready to be home, yet the warm glow and convivial atmosphere gave us a second wind. You can view specifics of each town's lighting display, as well as download a map of the trail. at www.tex-fest.com/regional.