Where can I park?

Parking can be found in the Pedernales Electric Co-op parking lots (201 S. Ave. F), LBJ High School (505 N. Nugent Ave.), around the courthouse square, and in parking spaces streetside on those streets surrounding the courthouse, and on Main St. (US Hwy 290).

Where are the restrooms?

Memorial Park has restrooms and port-o-potties will be available for use. Be aware that most businesses do not have public restrooms and that restaurants will only allow patrons who are dining in their facility to use their restrooms.

Where can I eat?

Johnson City has several restaurants. Several are within walking distance of the courthouse and the others are just a short drive away. Click here for more information on where to dine.

When can I visit Santa Claus?

Unfortunatly, due to Covid-19, Santa can't leave the North Pole. He is sending his trusty elves around the world to deliver presents this year. (You know elves are immune to Covid-19.) He says to be good this year and he will see you again next year!

When will the Grinch be in town?

"Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more." The Grinch The Grinch won't be making an appearance this year but should return for next year's Lights Spectacular!

Where do I go to catch the hayrides or carriage rides?

No hayrides or carriage rides this year. You can drive around town on the tour route and see all the beauty of Lights Spectacular from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. Be sure to come back next year to experience our hayrides and horse-drawn carriage rides firsthand.

What are the dates for Lights Spectacular?

Lights Spectacular starts on Nov. 27, 2020 and runs through Jan. 3, 2021.

When are events scheduled and when can I see the lights?

Please see our EVENTS page for more information. The lights can be viewed every night of the week until midnight.

How do I enter the Lighted Hooves and Wheels Parade?

Due to city, county and state restrictions, we are unable to have our parade this year. It is truly a spectacular event, so don't miss it next year.

How do I volunteer?

We only need a few volunteers this year due to social distancing and limited events. Check back with us next year to spend some time with a great group of elves!

On what date is the Lighted Hooves and Wheels Parade, at what time does the parade start, and where should I stand to watch?

We will not be having a parade this year. Do drive around town and look at all the beautiful lights. Make sure to see the courthouse and the PEC complex.

Can I donate to or become a sponsor of Lights Spectacular?

Yes. You can donate by clicking on the "donate" button located at the bottom of each page of the website. Also, donation buckets will be located in several areas throughout Johnson City. You may also become a sponsor. We have several different levels for sponsors. If you wish to sponsor the event this year, or for next year, or want information concerning donations and sponsorships, contact us at

Where can I stay?

Johnson City has two hotels and many B&Bs, AirBnBs, and VRBOs. Please visit the Chamber of Commerce website for more information regarding lodging.

Who can participate in the residential and business lighting contest, what are the rules, and how do I sign up?

See Events page for an application. The contest is open to all persons within ½ mile of the city limits of Johnson City. Recognition will be given for the best decorated residences and commercial buildings. Entry forms should be turned in no later than December 14, 2020. Turn in to Chamber Visitor Center, City Hall, or email to Chamber phone number: (830) 868-7684.