The Square and surrounding areas are transformed into a winter wonderland during the holiday season, as much as one can find in Texas, that is! Festive lights outline the rooftops and swirl around every tree, creating a magical glow that radiates throughout downtown. Holiday window displays and a palpable merriment add to the cheer.
Beginning with the lighting of the Square, which takes place the Friday after Thanksgiving, the holiday season kicks into high gear downtown. Carolers, hot chocolate, and cookies delight the packed courthouse lawn where the mayor leads the crowd in counting down and flipping the switch; the Square lights up and everyone cheers! Families delight in taking pictures with Santa Claus inside the courthouse rotunda.
In the weeks following the lighting of the Square, opportunities for holiday fun abound. The annual Christmas Stroll marks the first weekend in December and is a community favorite, with the hometown parade, Bethlehem village, kid-friendly activities, and specialty shopping attracting residents and visitors from far and wide. The Holiday Home Tour in Historic Georgetown follows soon after, where five gracious homeowners open their doors to a glimpse of the past for all to see. Right into the first of the year, the Square is alive with a festive spirit that is uniquely Georgetown.
The recent growth of the holiday lighting project was spearheaded by a joint fundraising collaboration between city leaders and the Main Street Advisory Board. Downtown businesses continue to support these efforts through beautification and lighting additions of their own, and private contributions are always needed and welcomed to continue the expansion.