The Twinkliest Drive in Texas

From spectacular lights in Johnson City to the bulbs that set San Antonio aglow, check out our top stops for high-wattage whimsy.
Article: Paula Disbrowe

1. Best mug o' cheer: Wash down a lamb burger and sweet potato fries with a County Jail Pale Ale at Pecan St. Brewing in Johnson City. pecanstreetbrewing.com

2. Best Friday night lights: Johnson City and Pedernales Electric cloak themselves in more than a million bulbs. Carriage rides add to the fun.

3. Best shortbread stop: See why Rebecca Rather's pig cookies have a cult following at The Pink Pig, her rustic-chic new spot that overlooks a horse pasture. pinkpigtexas.com

4. Best stocking stuffers: Fredericksburg celebrates its German heritage at the St. Nikolausmarkt (stnikolausmarkt.com). Visit the awesome boutique Red (redinfred.com).

5. Best long winter's nap: Settlers Crossing features seven historic guest houses, massive oak trees...and pet donkeys. Rooms from $165; settlerscrossing.com

6. Best comfort food: The charming town of Comfort is festive and garland-strewn this month. Take a shopping break at High's Cafe & Store. highscafeandstore.com

7. Best cowboy treasures: In historic downtown Boerne, don't miss The Green Bull jewelry store (thegreenbull.com) and Billy's Western Wear (billyswesternwear.com).

8. Best elixir: The Esquire Tavern's balcony overlooks San Antonio's dazzling River Walk lights. Try the Mas Chignoni cocktail. (Trust us.) esquiretavern-sa.com

9. Best spot for sugar plum sueños: At the Cuban-inspired Hotel Havana, every room is unique. Use code SLREADER for a 20% discount Sunday through Thursday. Rooms from $135; havanasanantonio.com