State park, historic site to host annual tree lighting
The 48th Annual LBJ Tree Lighting Ceremony and Evening Tours will take place from 6-9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17.
Held at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site in Stonewall, the event will give locals and visitors a chance to mingle at a presidential site in a traditional celebration enjoyed frequently by Johnson friends and family.
The annual LBJ Tree Lighting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. in the courtyard of the state park’s Visitor Center, located just east of Stonewall off U.S. 290.
The evening event is a holiday tradition begun by President Lyndon B. Johnson and his family and features a Christmas tree lighting program filled with holiday greetings and music, a living nativity scene, evening tours, refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus.
Presenting the annual affair along with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are members of the Stonewall community who volunteer their time and talents to add to the festive atmosphere.
Members of the Johnson family traditionally are on hand that night at the park, which is named for the 36th U.S. president, to take part in the ceremony.
In conjunction with the tree lighting, a short program is held in which representatives from Stonewall community churches participate.
Elsewhere on the grounds, members of the Catholic Youth Organization present a live nativity scene.
Following the ceremony, activities and entertainment are planned at the Visitor Center, including ornament making, holiday music and visits with Santa Claus.
Light refreshments will also be available, and the park store will be open.
As a part of the tree lighting, the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm inside the state park will be open to visitors.