There’s no place like Llano County for the holidays

Starry Starry Nights in Llano
Llano’s Starry Starry Nights casts a holiday glow over the Llano River. Courtesy photo

Make a holiday visit to Llano County, where a chill in the air meets small-town warmth and thousands of tiny lights twinkle against a dark winter sky. Each December, Llano County sings with holiday happenings. Marvel at beautifully lit Christmas displays, go back in time to Charles Dickens’ London, tour classic homes and businesses, or score a unique gift at a holiday market or local shop. 

Starry Starry Nights is a must-see event for any fan of lighted Christmas displays. Every night in December, it lights up Badu Park and creates a colorful reflection off of the Llano River. Ride a sled on Snow Day on Dec. 11 and take a photo with Santa on weekends through Dec. 18. For even more holiday lights, view the impressive display at the courthouse square downtown.

In Horseshoe Bay, the month starts with the annual Holidaze on Dec. 1. The Christmas market features almost three dozen vendors, refreshments, samples, and giveaways.

A touch of 19th Century London comes to downtown Llano on Dec. 2-4, with enough events, attractions, and diversions to drive the “bah humbug” out of the most hardcore curmudgeons. Musicians and magicians stroll the downtown streets, joined by a host of Dickens characters and others dressed in period costumes. Santa hosts a breakfast for the kiddos, and Scrooge himself appears at the Bah Humbug Dinner Theater. 

Stop at the Llano Farmers and Crafters Market downtown on Dec. 3 or Dec. 17 for fresh veggies, a loaf of homemade bread, and maybe a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted gift. 

Make a day of it in downtown Llano on Dec. 3 during the annual Sip & Stroll, where you can shop for Christmas gifts and sip locally crafted wines. Then, stick around until dark for Llano’s Lighted Christmas Parade. 

Also on Dec. 3, Llano’s Holiday Home tour offers a look at some of the city’s most beautiful homes and commercial buildings, all blinged out for the holidays.

There’s much to do this month in Llano County. For more information, go to