As Christmas approaches, the grounds of Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site come alive with holiday celebrations and activities, bringing the gift of the past into the present. Don’t miss the opportunity to get lost in the seasonal traditions of the pioneer Texas that shaped our nation’s 36th president.
DECK THE HALLS
Help spruce up Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25. String popcorn, decorate cookies, learn to make authentic cedar wreaths, and delve into the lost art of candle dipping.
Sauer-Beckmann, 501 Park Road 52 in Stonewall, is a modern-day testament to the pioneers who settled in the Hill Country. The farm’s setting is representative of the rural Central Texas lifestyle of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when President Johnson was born and grew up.
Park rangers dress in period clothing and share their ample knowledge of frontier life to create an immersive experience for visitors. The farm is open for self-guided tours throughout the holiday season from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Monday.
President Johnson and First Lady Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Johnson began the special tradition of a tree-lighting ceremony among family and friends 54 years ago. That tradition continues at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site, 199 Park Road 52 in Stonewall.
Join park rangers and the Hill Country community during the 54th annual ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. Activities run until 7:30 p.m. and include carolers, a live nativity scene, a visit from Santa Claus, traditional pioneer treats, and lantern-lit tours of the park’s grounds.
BOYHOOD HOME TOURS
Dates are yet to be set for lamplight tours of the LBJ Boyhood Home, 200 E. Elm St. in Johnson City, but they are usually from 6-9 p.m. on four Saturdays in a row beginning after Thanksgiving. Call 830-868-7128 ext. 244 for more information.