Main Street Bethlehem in Burnet. File photo
The Highland Lakes gets in the holiday spirit Nov. 29-Dec. 5 with events celebrating Christmas past, markets for that perfect gift, and a performance of Handel’s “Messiah.” Check DailyTrib.com each week for a new holiday events roundup through the season or browse the Events Calendar at 101HighlandLakes.com or the Highland Lakes Christmas Lights Guide for more.
Dec. 3 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Downtown Main Street
Shop vendors, artists, and makers and enjoy music, food, and more. Organized by the Highland Lakes Kiwanis. Click the link for more information or to sign up to be a vendor.
Sculpture in the Square
Dec. 3 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Old Oak Square on Main Street
This Highland Lakes Creative Arts event features live ice sculpture carving, sculpture-making workshops, and a sculpture art show showcasing regional artists. Kids can make their own clay sculpture.
Historic homes tour
Dec. 3 from 6-8 p.m.
- 501 Sixth St.
- 511 Seventh St.
- 603 Seventh St.
- 601 Avenue F
The Falls on the Colorado Museum hosts this tour of four homes dressed up for the holidays. Tickets are $10 at the museum, 2001 Broadway, or any of the homes during the tour. Tour is free to ages 12 and younger. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Dec. 2-4 (and also Dec. 9-11) from 6-9 p.m.
300 E. Washington St.
First Baptist Church of Burnet brings the original Christmas story to life in a full-size replica of ancient Bethlehem with volunteer actors dressed in period costumes. Free, but donations are accepted.
Dec. 4 at 3 p.m.
301 E. Graves St.
The Highland Lakes Classical Chorus presents its first concert in three years when it performs selected movements from Handel’s “Messiah” at First United Methodist Church in Burnet. The chorus will be accompanied by a guest organist. The performance includes the famous “Hallelujah” chorus and other familiar movements as well as solo sections sung by local vocalists. Admission is free (suggested donation of $5).
Enjoy a visit from Christmas past during this Charles Dickens-themed weekend. Family-friendly events include a barrel race, breakfast with Santa, games, crafts, cookie decorating, live music on a main stage, strolling musicians and magicians, Dickens costume contest for adults and children, carriage rides, petting zoo, holiday home tours, wine swirl, lighted Christmas parade, holiday lights display, a tea and Victorian fashion show, and a dinner theater production of “A Christmas Carol.” Click the link for a full schedule and details.
5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 1
7401-7407 FM 2147
Shop more than 35 vendors and enjoy food, beverages, prizes, carolers and dancers, and a Puppy Lounge (new this year). Santa makes an appearance at 6 p.m. A Christmas tree lighting is at 6:15 p.m. Hosted by the Horseshoe Bay Business Alliance.
Dec. 3 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Downtown Vaughn Street
Down-home celebration features live music, arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities, and Santa. A Bertram Chamber of Commerce event.
Dec. 2-3 (and also Dec. 9-10) from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
105 N. LBJ Drive
First United Methodist Church of Johnson City retells the story of the first Christmas every half-hour.
Dec. 3 (and also Dec. 10 and 17) from 6-9 p.m.
200 E. Elm St.
National park rangers will be available to answer questions about this historic house and explain life in Johnson City before rural electrification. The tour is free.