LBJ Tree Lighting
It’s that wonderful time of year here at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site: The 47th Annual LBJ Tree Lighting will be on Sunday, Dec. 18th, 2016 at 6 p.m. Experience the heritage of the Texas Hill Country and continue the legacy of Lyndon B. Johnson and his family.
President and Mrs. Johnson started the LBJ Tree Lighting event 47 years ago. It is now a holiday tradition in the Texas Hill Country. Come enjoy a delightful experience!
The park will transition from daytime to nighttime in festive holiday attire. Lights, bows, luminaries, garland and wreaths adorn the buildings in the park. Even the nature trails are dressed in their holiday best. Activities on the state park grounds will put the entire family in the holiday spirit.
Lea Cundy, artist and potter of Blue Donkey Pottery, will host ornament decorating for the children. Representatives from Keep Texas Beautiful will be on hand with their fabulous collection of ornaments. The 13th edition features the “Dazzling Texas Natives.” You will find a wonderful selection of one-of-a-kind gifts in the State Park Gift Shop. Purchase the Annual LBJ Tree Lighting ornament to add to your tree.
The “Just Because Fun Bunch” Hill Country band members will perform holiday music beginning at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m., enjoy carolers, a live nativity, and the spectacular lighting of a beautiful native cedar tree. At the Behrens Cabin, Phil Friddell will present 1800s Cattle Trade History.
Enjoy refreshments sponsored by the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce and Fredericksburg HEB in the Exhibit Hall. Children can also visit with Santa there.
Extend holiday wishes to patients at Hill Country Memorial Hospital by signing a holiday card. We’ll deliver the cards to patients who will not be home for the holidays.
Take a walk down our lighted trail and visit the chuck wagon, where you’ll hear storytelling through the night. As you continue down the trail, visit with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Buffalo Soldiers.
Next, step back to the early 1900s as you enter the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm. The farm will feature decorations from the traditional Christmas holiday period enjoyed by the young Lyndon B. Johnson, his family and friends. Costumed interpreters will be preparing for a traditional Eastern Gillespie German farm family holiday. In the farm kitchen, try some of our delicious cookies. Admire the traditional candlelit German Christmas tree in the Victorian parlor. It would not be Christmas without the festive holiday music of Andy Laumann on the harmonica and the Fredericksburg Orchestra.
Many families have made a stop at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm an annual Christmas tradition. Remember to bring along a camera for that special family photo. A shuttle bus provided by the National Park Service is available for park visitors who need a ride between the Visitor Center and the farmstead.
In the spirit of the season, this is a free event, but donations are welcomed. This family holiday event is outside, so dress for the weather and bring a flashlight.
Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site is located 14 miles west of Johnson City and 13 miles east of Fredericksburg off Highway 290 in Stonewall, at 199 Park Road 52. The Living History Farm or Park Exhibit Hall will close at 3 p.m. that Sunday to get ready for the evening program. They will reopen after the main program in the courtyard.
Also a reminder during the holidays the park will be open daily except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day; there is limited access and the buildings and farm will be closed.
For more information about the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site and upcoming events and activities go to the park Facebook page or to the park website. This park is a great stop any time of year for the family.