Blanco Christmas Activities
Millions of lights will make miles of memories for families who follow the Hill Country's elaborate Regional Christmas Lighting Tour. Eleven towns are set to dazzle visitors between Thanksgiving and New Year's. Each of the eleven charming and unique communities extends a heartfelt invitation to everyone to come and view their seasonal displays. Everyone also promises special events and activities throughout the holidays, including extended shopping hours and Christmas markets. Tour the hill country towns of Blanco, Bulverde, Burnet, Dripping Springs, Fredericksburg, Goldthwaite, Johnson City, Llano, Marble Falls, Mason, and Round Mountain.

Blanco Classic Car Show
The Blanco Classic Car Show" is held every year on the Third Saturday in May, along the banks of the Blanco River, in Blanco State Park. "Walk-in" viewers enter free, otherwise, "Drive-in" guests pay the standard fee for the State Park. The weather is typically hot & sunny; there are plenty of "Classic Cars" to see, food, non-alcoholic beverages. You can spend the day (10:00 AM to 3:00 PM., or so) walking and talking with other car enthusiasts. Call (830) 833-5348 for more information.

Blanco Chamber Events Calendar

Blanco Lavender Festival

Visit beautiful Blanco in the heart of the Texas Hill Country for the annual Blanco Lavender Festival. Tour many of the local lavender farms where you will experience the beauty of lavender in the fields and the unique vision of each farmer. Click here for dates and more information.

Blanco Market Days

Market Day is held the 3rd Saturday of the month April through November on the Courthouse square with a special Christmas market day held in December.

Blanco State Park

The Blanco State Park is just a stroll away from downtown Blanco. It is the smallest state park in Texas, as well as the only one situated within a city limit. Built in 1934 through 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corp. on 110 acres including both banks of the Blanco River at Highway 281, in Blanco. The park opened in 1936. There are 21 campsites with water/electricity, and 10 with water/electricity/sewage, seven screened shelters, restrooms, showers, dump station, picnic shelter with kitchen, hiking trail, canoe/tube rental concessions(seasonal).

Gem Of The Hills Community Center

Conceived as an idea to establish a facility where senior citizens and the community could gather to enrich their daily lives through programs and activities of recreation, health, fitness and general welfare. The Gem of the Hills Senior Citizen Center has become a popular site for meetings and other community activities. The activity center (pictured) is a "must see" stop on any visit to Blanco and the surrounding area. Completed in 1995, this modern 5,600 square foot building was constructed primarily by a group of dedicated seniors.

Old Blanco County Courthouse

Built during 1885-1886 and designed by well-known Austin architect Frederick Ernst Ruffini. In 1890 the county seat was moved to Johnson City, and the new courthouse was only used four years by the county.

According to the survey report for the National Register of Historic Places, "Overall the courthouse is one of the finest examples of courthouse architecture from the late 19th century in Texas."

The courthouse has been used as a school, a bank, an office building housing lawyers, doctors, dentists, an opera house, and a hospital in 1936.

The old Blanco County Courthouse is now open as a visitor center, gift shop and community center. It is located on the town square in Blanco at the intersection of Highway 281 and Highway 165.

Old Blanco County Jail

The jail was built in 1877 and is one of the oldest buildings in Blanco. The jail was only used until 1890 when the county seat was moved. The steel jail cells were moved to the jail in Johnson City. The jail did figure in one notorious frontier episode, the infamous Al Lackey killing spree. In 1885, Lackey set out with his rifle to kill his own family. He successively killed 6 relatives in all. Captured in Johnson City, brought to Blanco and put in jail. A couple of days later a mob gathered at Brushy Top, rode to Blanco, yanked Lackey from jail, hanged him high from a large live oak north of town, where the tree is still standing.

The jail still in its original form is now part of the Uptown Blanco Arts & Entertainment Complex, located behind the Uptown Blanco Restaurant.

The Town Creek Nature Trail

This trail connects the State Park to the Downtown Square; native plants line the path along the creek and where you will also see the 2nd largest live oak tree in the county.


These attractions can also be reached in a very short period of time from any of Blanco's lodging locations.

Canyon Lake is 20 miles from Blanco, and is a true hidden treasure of the Texas Hill Country. With breathtaking waterfront and lake views; this is the place where many are starting to call home. Canyon Lake has so much to offer: Boating/Sailing, Water Skiing, Kayaking, Fishing, Scuba Diving, Parasailing, Hiking, Dining, Shopping, and much more.

Fredericksburg is 50 miles from Blanco, and is really a fine old German town. Catering to the tourist with nice restaurants, antiques and craft shops. Fredericksburg has plenty of local attractions like the Admiral Nimitz Museum, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Also you can visit the Wild seed Farms Market Center and see Bluebonnets, poppies and many other species, located 7 miles east of Fredericksburg.

Johnson City is 15 miles north of Blanco on Highway 281, and is the boyhood home of Lyndon B. Johnson, our former President, where you will find his boyhood home, LBJ Ranch and many other local sites.

Luckenbach is located under 30 miles from Blanco, and is host to the annual July 4th, Willie Nelson Concert. Everyone wants to come to Luckenbach and many do. Some folks have a little trouble locating that little town so we're going to write out the directions so you can't miss it.
How to find Luckenbach:From Blanco, go west on RR 1623 until you pass the Riverside beer joint, then turn left on RR 1888. follow RR 1888 until you come to RR 1376, turn right, go down the hill, up the hill, cross the creek with water in it [most of the time] and turn left on the first paved road. "You're There".

Marble Falls is approximately 40 miles from Blanco. A Texas treasure of (5) Highland Lakes, (7) golf courses, The Bluebonnet Trail, State Parks, The Colorado River Trail, great shopping and dining and home to 5,200 of Texans.

New Braunfels is located between San Antonio and Austin, and under 50 miles from Blanco. One may visit the river, antiques stores, outlet malls, Hummel Museum, Landa Park (one of many), also you will find great food ranging from German to TexMex.

San Marcos is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in North America. Native Americans lived on the bountiful banks of the spring-fed San Marcos River as long as 12,000 years ago. Today, San Marcos is a thriving city of 37,000 located on the busy Interstate 35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio and within 50 miles of Blanco.

Stonewall is located 10 miles east of Fredericksburg, and 35 from Blanco, where you will find various wineries, including Becker Vineyards, which host tours, tastings and picnic facilities.


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