Saturday, December 10, 2022
A spectacular Christmas celebration is being planned that will include a bicycle giveaway, snow slide and snow play area, holiday entertainment, over 125 vendors, a parade, a 5K and Kids Fun Run, a trolley car, and a visit from Santa!
Schedule of Events
12:00 – 8:00pm Vendor Booths open to the public
12:00 – 5:00pm Live Entertainment & Christmas Music
12:00 –4:00pm Snow on the Square
5:00pm Christmas Parade*
5:30pm Bicycle Raffle (following the parade)
6:00 – 8:00pm Pictures with Santa (Courthouse Steps)
5:00 – 8:00pm Christmas at Old Ft. Croghan (Christmas the way pioneers experienced it)
5:30 – 9:00pm Main Street Bethlehem
For more information about this event, please visit https://www.burnetchamber.org/event/christmas-on-the-square-2021/.
Main Street Bethlehem is located two blocks east of the town square. (300 E Washington St., Burnet TX 78611)
This Christmas, visit Bethlehem . . . in Burnet Texas . . . as the ancient city of Christ’s birth comes alive again.
Feel the anticipation of Joseph and Mary approaching the gates, urgency quickening their steps.
Pick your way through transients, peddlers, the crippled, and aged in the town’s fringe. Experience the presence of animals as they affect all aspects of life in that time . . camels, donkeys, sheep, goats, chickens, and doves.
Explore the narrow streets to faint strains of ancient music and savor the smells of fresh goat butter, campfires, and hot bread. Then immerse yourself in the din of the marketplace; the revelers in the tavern, shouted insults to and from the Roman oppressors, merchants, craftspeople, taxpayers, and beggars all seeking money, or position, or revenge.
Search for the inn, only to find it full (as others did long ago). Then follow the trail to the cave where a road-weary couple has moved in with the animals, their place in God’s plan and secular history to be made secure on this night.
Admission is free (donations are accepted).
December 1 – January 1
Starting on the east end of Wallace Riddell Park, thousands of lights create holiday sculptures, including a picture-perfect lighted tunnel, ready made for selfies and group photos. Just a few blocks west on Main and Washington streets, the Burnet County Courthouse features both static and moving displays orchestrated to draw in viewers and brighten the spirits of young and old. Plus, there’s the beautifully decorated Christmas tree on the east entrance of the courthouse.
For the complete experience, walk around the courthouse and bask in the lights. Stop and enjoy the local boutiques, coffee shop, and eateries along the way.
Next, take Jackson Street farther west, across U.S. 281, to Hamilton Creek Park for a relaxing stroll under the lights. Sparkling colorful lights reflect off of the tranquil waters of the creek, especially near the walking bridge, conjuring up postcard images of Christmas.
While it’s possible to walk the Burnet Trail of Lights, you might want to consider driving to each location and parking if anyone in your party isn’t up for a longer stroll. You can always park in the square, take in the courthouse, and then walk to Hamilton Creek Park before or after visiting Wallace Riddell Park.
Christmas at Old Fort Croghan
Sat., December 11 from 5-8pm
Fort Croghan Grounds & Museum light up for the holidays the old-fashioned way with luminarias and lanterns. Volunteers in costume recreate a Christmas from Burnet County’s pioneer past. The free event includes from carolers and musicians. Re-enactors share stories of what life was like for the area’s first pioneers during Christmas.
For a $5 donation, you can eat a light dinner of homemade soup, cornbread or crackers, a drink of hot-spiced cider, coffee, or bottled water, and cookies during Christmas at Old Fort Croghan.