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JOHNSON CITY — When Dexter Haynes was 13, he strung five strands of lights outside his family’s home just a mile north of Johnson aCity. This year he’ll flip a switch Saturday, Nov. 19, and half a million lights will pop to life.

“It literally grew from five strands of lights to more than 500,000 lights,” the 21-year-old said. “I just love seeing people’s expressions as they drive through here. You hear a lot about how little kids’ faces just light up when they come through a Christmas light display, but I see those same expressions on many adults’ faces as well.”

The Hill Country Christmas Lights at Haynes’ homestead is a drive-through display at 1685 U.S. 281. It’s just one of the many seasonal events happening the next two weeks that bring the Christmas spirit to the Highland Lakes.

Meanwhile, in Marble Falls, officials Friday turned on more than 2 million lights on the shores of Lake Marble Falls to bring the Walkway of Lights to scintillating life.

The annual Walkway parade downtown was Friday.

“The Walkway of Lights is one of our most anticipated community events,” said Amy Lee, the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce events director. “We have people come from all over to enjoy our lights.”