Sauer-Beckmann Living History Park

Photo by J. Griffis Smith

One of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit can be to experience Christmas past. Several of the state historic sites in the Texas State Parks system have holiday events that show visitors how Christmas was celebrated historically. The annual tree lighting ceremony at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park on Dec. 18 marks a 47-year tradition started by the Johnsons. People are invited to listen to the carolers, see a live nativity, meet Santa Claus, enjoy refreshments and watch the tree lighting in the courtyard. As part of this event, visitors wander the trail to the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Park, where park staff and volunteers dress in period clothing and welcome visitors to explore the decorated 1900s German family farmstead, see the holiday tree and enjoy traditionally baked goodies. It also presents a rare opportunity to see the farm at night.

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