Have a holly, jolly vacation at these Hill Country destinations

But before you go, don’t forget to prep your home for winter

If you’re looking for places to go for a Hill Country holiday road trip, these destinations have just what you need to bring your family some cheer.

But before you go, be sure your home is prepped for winter so you can save on energy use even while you’re away.

  • Lower the thermostat 7-10 degrees when you plan to be away for long periods of time.
  • Turn off or unplug electronics so energy isn’t used while you’re away.
  • Keep your garage door closed to keep cold air out.
  • Caulk around all gaps, holes, and stationary components inside and out, including telephone, electrical, cable, gas, and water spigots.
  • Cover your external water spigots to keep pipes from freezing.

Hill Country Destinations

  • See the Johnson City Lights Spectacular: From November 24 to January 7, over 2 million lights will brighten this Hill Country town nightly. PEC’s headquarters also takes part in the festivities by lighting up our oak trees with 1.3 million sparkling LED lights from 6 p.m. to midnight daily. Donations to PEC’s Power of Change Program are welcome.
  • See real snow at the Liberty Hill Christmas Festival December 9: Take in some Hill Country holiday festivities and see real snow in Liberty Hill. And, be sure to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus before you leave! Stay for the Lighted Christmas Parade that will pass through downtown. You can learn more at experiencelhtx.com/christmas-festival.
  • Go for a stroll at the EmilyAnn Trail of Lights: Through December 26, walk through a trail of illuminated trees and buildings at the EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens in Wimberley. The event is free, but donations are encouraged. Learn more at emilyann.org/trailoflights.

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