JOHNSON CITY — In the Texas Hill Country sits the “Twinkliest Town in Texas,” and lucky for the Fort Hood community, it’s only two hours away.

Boasting over one million Christmas lights, the Johnson City Texas Lights Spectacular is truly a sight to behold. Even NASA has reported seeing the small town’s lights from space.

Once the sun goes down and the lights come on, Christmas music can be heard playing for miles, carriages pull passengers through the town, Santa stops in to visit kids and the First Methodist Church puts on a live nativity scene.

My roommate and I started our walk around the town at a small park, that had several Christmas trees decorated by local businesses and cutout characters, including Bugs Bunny, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and Elsa and Anna. Santa also stopped by the park to greet visitors and pose for photos.

Next, we walked to the Pedernales Electric Cooperative, a short distance from the park, to see more than one million lights strung through the trees. It is the most popular attraction and was our favorite part of the trip.

Then we made our way to the courthouse, which is covered, from its foundation to the roof in Christmas lights. Christmas music played throughout the night and the grass area around the courthouse allows plenty of room for enjoying hot cocoa or playing yard games.

Johnson City also offers plenty of opportunities to shop, eat and stay the night. My roommate and I were going to try Pecan Street Brewing, since it’s right across the street from the courthouse, but the wait time was an hour and a half and we had to go home. Maybe next time.

The lights will be up in Johnson City until Jan. 2. For more info on upcoming events, visit