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Lights Spectacular in Johnson City

Lights Spectacular in Johnson City covers the Blanco County Courthouse (pictured) and PEC headquarters. Staff photo

The Twinkliest Town in Texas, aka Johnson City, will light up the holidays for the 31st year with its annual Lights Spectacular Hill Country Style. More than 2 million lights will shine through the night Nov. 27 through Jan. 3 in the city’s town square just off of Main Street.

The spectacular lights of Lights Spectacular include the Blanco County Courthouse at 101 E. Pecan Drive and the Pedernales Electric Cooperative headquarters at 201 S. Avenue F. Both buildings — and the trees on the PEC grounds — are wrapped in lights.

The historic courthouse was completed in 1916 after the county seat moved from Blanco to Johnson City in 1890. PEC, which is now more than 80 years old, brought retail electrical hookups to the rural Texas Hill Country through the efforts of hometown hero President Lyndon Baines Johnson, who was a congressman at the time.

For this year’s display, the city is asking everyone to wear face coverings and keep groups 6 feet apart to help slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Also, groups of more than 10 are not allowed.

The city will not be holding its Lighted Hooves and Wheels Parade this year, which would normally open the holiday display with a burst of fireworks.

Blue lights throughout the displays are in honor of health care workers who have been fighting the coronavirus pandemic for more than half a year now.

editor@thepicayune.com

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