DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR
LLANO — You might not know it, but there’s a great place along the Llano River that just sparkles during the Christmas season. And you and your family can get into the spirit — if you already haven’t — starting Nov. 28 when Badu Park in Llano starts glowing.
“I don’t know exactly how many lights we have, but we have 150-plus displays,” said Kim Webb of the Llano Chamber of Commerce. “And this year, we’ve added a tunnel.”
And lighted tunnels, well, they’re a great gathering place as people make their way through the 2014 Starry, Starry Nights in Llano. The event draws thousands of people to the Llano River to enjoy the designs and holiday festivities.
The lights officially go on Nov. 28 at 6 p.m.
“They’ll be on each night through Dec. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m.,” Webb added.
That means there’s plenty of time — even several times — to enjoy a walk through Starry, Starry Nights. For those new to the area, the Llano display just feels like a special place and time. You can enjoy a casual walk through the lights after a day of work, shopping or just any time. When you have visitors in town, a trip to Starry, Starry Nights makes for a great activity.
“And Santa will be there,” Webb added.
His first appearance is Nov. 28 at the gazebo on the Llano County Courthouse square, but then he’ll settle in at Starry, Starry Nights starting Nov. 29 and every weekend from 6-8 p.m.
“He’ll be there for kids to get their photo with him,” Webb said.
Plus, you might just want to whisper your Christmas list into his ear.
On opening night, you can enjoy hot dogs and hot chocolate. There may even be a chance for a little roasting marshmallow fun.
“The official lighting really gets things started here,” Webb added. On Dec. 6, Llano hosts the Lighted Christmas Parade on the courthouse square. “It will start about dark. And it’s free to enter a float. So if people are interested, all they have to do is call us. All we need is an application.”
Then there’s Snow Day in Llano on Dec. 13 when organizers ship in a hill of (manmade) snow for a day of sledding.
“We get people coming from all over for that,” Webb added.
So, for your Christmas and holiday fun, you certainly need to plan a trip to Llano, if you don’t already live there. Go to llanochamber.org or call (325) 247-5354 for more information.