It’s been dubbed “the twinkliest town in Texas.”

Nothing gets us quite into the holiday spirit like piling into the car with the family and heading out on a drive through the neighborhood to see all the twinkling lights and decorations on display—and in downtown Johnson City, Texas, they do it up all that and a bag of bourbon balls. 

Just like a scene out of a snow globe, the town’s Christmas lights display has centered around the historic Blanco County courthouse, draped in thousands of twinkling lights, for over 30 years. Throughout the festive town square, towering old oak trees are draped with over a million twinkling lights on their own, for a most dreamy scene. Throughout town, local businesses and homes also get in on the fanfare, making it a holiday adventure for anyone visiting.

Christmas Lights in Johnson City, Texas
Christmas Lights in Johnson City, Texas
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It’s been dubbed the “twinkliest town in Texas,” and NASA has even reported in the past being able to see the Johnson City Lights Spectacular from the International Space Center. So it’s literally so bright you can see it from space—as in, out of this world with Christmas spirit! If that’s not reason enough to grab a hot chocolate and hop in the car, call us Kris Kringle. 

This year, you can enjoy a drive through the town square and neighboring streets to take in the good old-fashioned Christmas celebration or participate in a socially distanced tour of the lights spectacular on foot. Either way, you can experience one of the most magical small towns in the Texas Hill Country during Christmastime, and that’s something that might tempt even Santa himself. Visit for more information. 

Johnson City Lights
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Someone call up Hallmark ASAP, because this town is just primed and ready to host a holiday romance under the twinkling lights.