The traditional Lighting of the Square in Georgetown will look a little different this year due to COVID-19. The lights around the historic downtown square and county courthouse will be turned on mid-November so more people can visit in a more socially distanced manner. And in lieu of the popular, annual official lighting ceremony, the city will share a video of the program on social media, complete with the countdown, lighting and music for home viewing. 

Additionally, the downtown square will host hot chocolate and kettle corn vendors Nov. 27-29, the weekend after Thanksgiving, to help visitors get into the holiday spirit. The square will be lit through Jan. 2 so everyone can enjoy the lights and local flavor throughout the holiday season.

“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. “Having a countdown video along with a modified, enhanced, weekend-long celebration gives people options based on their level of comfort. This plan helps spread out the time in which people can experience our beautiful, sparkling, winter wonderland of a square at this time of year.” 

Those coming to the square to enjoy the lights must comply with existing local and statewide orders, including wearing a mask whenever unable to keep 6 feet of distance from people outside their household.

For details on holiday events and activities in Georgetown, visit or call the Georgetown Convention and Visitors Bureau at 512-930-3545.

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