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Burnet Trail of Lights

The Burnet County Courthouse is part of Burnet's Trail of Lights Christmas display. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

The Burnet Trail of Lights from Wallace Riddell Park through the courthouse square to Hamilton Creek Park begins Dec. 1 and continues through New Year’s Day. You can start at one end or the other or right in the middle at the Burnet County Courthouse and head off in either direction. Just follow the trail of brilliant holiday lights throughout the town.

Starting on the east end of Wallace Riddell Park at Rhomberg Street and Texas 29, thousands of lights create holiday sculptures, including a picture-perfect lighted tunnel, ready made for selfies and group photos. Just a few blocks west on Main and Washington streets, the Texas pink granite of the Burnet County Courthouse sparkles and shines as the backdrop for more holiday lights displays.

The courthouse features both static and moving displays orchestrated to draw in viewers and brighten the spirits of young and old. Plus, there’s the beautifully decorated Christmas tree on the east entrance of the courthouse.

For the complete experience, walk around the courthouse and bask in the lights.

Next, take Jackson Street farther west, across U.S. 281, to Hamilton Creek Park for a relaxing stroll under the lights. Sparkling colorful lights reflect off of the tranquil waters of the creek, especially near the walking bridge, conjuring up postcard images of Christmas.

Amid the hustle and bustle of the season, a Christmas walk along Hamilton Creek under the holiday lights will refresh your soul and spirits.

While it’s possible to walk the Burnet Trail of Lights, you might want to consider driving to each location and parking, especially if you have young children or anyone who isn’t up for a longer stroll. You can always park in the square, take in the courthouse, and then walk to Hamilton Creek Park before or after visiting Wallace Riddell Park.

While you’re on the trail, you might even check out some of the unique shops and restaurants along the way.

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