Georgetown announces changes to annual Lighting of the Square holiday event

The Square will light up each night through Jan. 2. (Courtesy Rudy Ximenez)
The Square will light up each night through Jan. 2. (Courtesy Rudy Ximenez)

The Square will light up each night through Jan. 2. (Courtesy Rudy Ximenez)

To keep the community safe, the city of Georgetown is adding a new twist to its traditional Lighting of the Square event. The lights around the Square and Williamson County Courthouse will be turned on in mid-November, which the city will capture and share on social media through a video featuring the countdown, lighting and music, an Oct. 30 news release said.

The Square will light up each night through Jan. 2.

Additionally, the weekend after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27-29, the Square will have hot chocolate and kettle corn vendors downtown, the release said. People coming to the Square to enjoy the lights must comply with existing local and statewide orders, including wearing a mask wherever they are unable to keep six feet of distance from people outside their household.

“In consultation with medical experts, City Council, City Manager David Morgan, and city staff, our solution is as close to our normal Lighting of the Square as we can get while keeping our community as safe as possible,” Mayor Dale Ross said in the release. “In fact, the additional offerings this year should make the holiday season on the Square one of the best ever. Having a countdown video along with a modified, enhanced, weekend-long celebration gives people options based on their level of comfort."

He said the plan helps spread out the time in which people can experience the Square.


The lights around the Square are supported by the city of Georgetown, and Williamson County provides the lights on the courthouse.
By Sally Grace Holtgrieve
Sally Grace Holtgrieve solidified her passion for news during her time as Editor-in-Chief of Christopher Newport University's student newspaper, The Captain's Log. She started her professional career at The Virginia Gazette and moved to Texas in 2015 to cover government and politics at The Temple Daily Telegram. She started working at Community Impact Newspaper in February 2018 as the Lake Travis-Westlake reporter and moved into the role of Georgetown editor in June 2019, and in addition, editor of Leander-Cedar Park in August 2020.


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