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Eleven towns in the heart of the Texas Hill Country are gearing up to greet visitors. Main streets, historic buildings and more will be decked for the holidays with thousands of lights and other décor through December. The towns also have parades, markets and other events planned during the holiday season. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find along the historic Hill Country Trail.


First Baptist Church turns Burnet turns into Bethlehem on Dec. 1-3 and Dec. 8-10 from 6 to 9 p.m., weather permitting. Walk through gates of costumed townspeople tending to animals, making bread and view the live nativity scene to see what life was like in the ancient city at Christ’s birth. Admission is free, though donations are accepted. Free cookies and hot chocolate are served at the exit. No pets are allowed, except certified service dogs. For more information, go to www. or call 512-756-4481. On Dec. 9, enjoy Christmas on the Square from noon to 9 p.m. Events include a parade with a visit from Santa, a bicycle giveaway, and the lighting of the Burnet County Courthouse, along with arts and crafts booths and live entertainment along the Historic Courthouse Square at 229 S. Pierce St. For more information, call the Burnet Chamber of Commerce at 512-7564297. 58


More than 200 volunteers from First Baptist Church in Burnet, as well as other churches in the community, will bring the 25th annual Walk through Bethlehem to life in December. Photos by John Hallowell

Tex Appeal Magazine | December 2017  
Tex Appeal Magazine | December 2017