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'Tis the season for family gatherings at Texas State Parks

AUSTIN, December 8, 2013-- Spend a weekend at one of the 70 state parks that offer group facilities, and create a new holiday tradition in the great outdoors. Serve turkey and all the trimmings in a park recreation hall equipped with a full kitchen or gather near a roaring fireplace in an open-air pavilion to sing carols and rejoice in the season.

Parks around the state are getting in the holiday spirit and hosting Christmas- themed events for the whole family to enjoy.

In the Hill Country, the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site will be hosting the 44th annual LBJ Tree Lighting from 6-9 p.m,, Sunday, Dec. 15. A tradition started by President and Lady Bird Johnson, the tree lighting will not be the only thing to enjoy. Visitors can enjoy carolers, a live nativity scene, Santa Claus and a traditional German Christmas setting at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm. For a sneak peek at the festivities, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9PjqI1KwJg

On the coast, Lake Corpus Christi State Park will begin a new tradition and host an event called a “Sparkling Christmas at Lake Corpus Christi” on Dec. 13-14. There will be a competition for best-decorated campsite and the winner will receive a weekend of free camping. The judge will be none other than Kris Kringle himself, who will stop by the campsite to see the decorations and eat some cookies.

Visit the calendar page at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/holidays, for a listing of events happening around the state through the month of December. Also, be sure to view the printable PDF, found at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_lf_k0700_0602b.pdf, of the “Christmas in the Parks” brochure, which lists all holiday events in state parks.

To book a cabin, lodge or other group facility, call 512-389-8900. For same-day reservations, contact the park directly.

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