LBJ Tree Lighting

48th Annual LBJ Tree Lighting

Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, 6-9 p.m.

View a larger version of this image.It’s that wonderful time of year here at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site; the 48th Annual LBJ Tree Lighting will be Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 at 6 p.m.

President and Mrs. Johnson started this tradition 48 years ago. Experience the heritage of the Texas Hill Country at this event, and continue the legacy of Lyndon B. Johnson and his family.

Come out to the park and enjoy the park's transition from daytime to nighttime in festive holiday fare. Lights, bows, luminaries, garland and wreaths adorn the buildings in the park. Even the nature trails are dressed in their holiday best. The evening is planned full with activities on the state park grounds that will put the entire family in the holiday spirit.


Video of a past LBJ Tree Lighting event.

That evening and into the night Lea Cundy, artist and potter of Blue Donkey Pottery, will host ornament decorating for children. Donna Albus from Keep Texas Beautiful will be on hand with their fabulous collection of ornaments including the newest 14th edition that celebrates 50 years of Keep Texas Beautiful History.  In the State Park Gift Shop, visitors will find a selection of one of kind gifts sure to please everyone on your list.

Take time to extend holiday wishes to patients at Hill Country Memorial Hospital by signing a holiday card for patients who will not be home for the holidays.

At 5 and 7:45 p.m. Author, Patricia Vermillian will host a book reading for “Hound Dawg” in the Auditorium Theater. 

At 5 p.m., holiday music will begin by the “Just Because Fun Bunch” Under the direction of Ed Creekmore. At 6 p.m., as the park transitions from dusk to darkness, 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.

Join the Hill Country Astronomers at a “Stars in the Park” viewing area of the night sky. As visitors continue down the trail, the chuck wagon and hearing storytelling through the night by the National Park Service. 

Next, step back to the early 1900s as you enter the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm. The farm has been transformed into the traditional Christmas holiday period enjoyed by the young Lyndon B. Johnson, his family and friends along the banks of the Pedernales. Costumed interpreters will be doing last minute activities in preparation for a traditional Eastern Gillespie German farm family holiday. Enjoy the music provided by the Fredericksburg Community Orchestra, directed by Theresa Britt; as well as harmonica player, Andy Laumann. In the farm kitchen select a sample from the many delicious cookies served by the local costumed volunteers. In the Victorian parlor stop and admire the traditional candlelit German Christmas tree. It would not be Christmas without the festive holiday music of Andy Laumann on the harmonica, accordion music by Ada Smerek with Pastor Smerek 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. For those unable to walk the trail to the Living History Farm, or those with special needs, the Fredericksburg Tours LLC will provide trolley transportation back and forth between the Visitor Center and the farmstead.

In the spirit of the season, this is a free event, but donations to the park are always 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.  We recommend touring the Living History Farm or Park Exhibit Hall before 3 p.m. that Sunday, as both will temporarily close to prepare for the evening festivities.    

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For travel directions or other information, please call (830) 644-2252.

Also a reminder,  the park will be open daily during the holidays except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. On those days,  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 to the park's website or go to the park's Facebook page.  This park is a great stop any time of year for families.