Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce

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SAVE THE DATE!   Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014

Plan to kick off the Christmas holidays in charming small town style in Smithvilles very special Festival of Lights celebration.  The air is festive throughout the day with live entertainment at the gazebo, plenty of food, drinks, shopping, fellowship and fun as “Whoville takes over Smithville”!

Lots fun to be had at this family friendly event – from the early morning run/walk to the theatrical play after the lighted parade. Keep reading for more details.



"It's possible in Smithville!" That's what we say and that's what we do.

Highlights of our fair town include: centrally located between Austin, Houston, San Antonio and Bryan-College Station. Community-minded town, great shopping, lodging, dining, art, film-making and pure fun. Historic buildings and homes. Easy access technology.

Places of interest to tourists like the Texas Veterans Memorial Park.  Great moments, such as our five-day Jamboree, and our Texas Photo Festival. World class biking and hiking trails, kayaking, biking, skateboarding, dog park, antiques/vintage shopping, rodeo arena, World Record holder and more.

No matter what time of year, we look forward to being with family, seeing old friends, and to meeting you, the friend we have not yet met.  Come borrow our scenery.

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WEEKLY CHAMBER EVENTS:  Support your fellow Chamber members!

  • THURS, Nov. 27 & FRI, Nov. 28 - Thanksgiving holiday. Chamber office closed.
  • SAT, Nov. 29 - Small Business Saturday. Shop local to support small businesses.
  • TUES, Dec. 2 - Deadline for "Turn Smithville Into Whoville" Business Window Decorating Contest.
  • SAT, Dec. 6 - FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS CELEBRATION.  See article related page.

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Through the TIGER ADVANTAGE PROGRAM, Smithville ISD partners with area businesses to foster positive, mutually beneficial relationships. Employees tiger_trans_rgb_webreceive extra services or discounts as a thank you from the businesses for their efforts to ensure an exemplary school district for our children. Businesses benefit through additional exposure to their 250+ dedicated team members. As businesses and organizations support the SISD employees with offers of free and/or reduced prices for services or goods, SISD will promote those businesses and offers to their staff through employee communications. To become a partner, contact Ana Murray, Parent & Community Liaison at


Decorating contest for business

"Turn Smithville into Whoville!"
Deadline:  Dec. 2nd

fol14_peopleofwhoville_theaterThe holidays are around the corner. It’s time to get festive, dress our windows and bring out the winter cheer.   This holiday season, the Festival of Lights theme is the colorful, fantastical “The Grinch Who Stole Smitty.”  In conjunction with the festival, the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the “Turn Smithville into Whoville” Decorating Contest for businesses in the 78957 zip code.  A winner will be chosen for Best in Theme and Best Use of Lights, and receive a full year membership in the Chamber and this year’s keepsake ornament.

There is no charge to join the contest.  ENTRY FORM Send in your entry form no later than Monday, Dec. 1 to the Chamber office by email at or in person at 100 NW 1st St.  Your business window must be ready for judging by Tuesday, Dec. 2.  Let’s make Dr. Suess proud.


Chamber Holiday Ornaments

The Chamber Holiday ornaments have been a tradition for many years. This year we have a new approach to our ornaments - What is brown and white and always sweet?  Our 2014 annual Festival of Lights Gingerbread Man Ornament!  Stop by the Chamber office at 100 NW 1st St., First National Bank or Prosperity Bank and pick one up today. They are only $10.


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A larger number of families have applied for this program than ever before. Thursday, Dec. 18 is the last day to donate new, unwrapped gifts and monetary donations to the Blue Santa program.   Dropoff boxes for gifts are located around town, and can also be dropped off at the Police Station. The Smithville Police Association runs the Blue Santa program.

On Friday, Dec. 19, the "wrap party" will be held at the Rec Center - time to be determined.




A concert night will be held at Seton Smithville Regional Hospital, 800 E Hwy 71, in the main lobby on Friday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. with performances by local carolers. Come support local talent, enjoy the festivities and tour the facility. There will be free door prizes and refreshments.


24th Annual Festival of Lights - Saturday, Dec. 6 - see related article on page or click the link in the left column.

Smitty’s Amazing Digital Race - The Smithville Robotics Booster will host a digital scavenger hunt race on Saturday, Dec. 6 as part of Festival of Lights. Teams of two will compete for cash prizes and t-shirts as they follow clues around downtown and photograph objects as part of this innovative fundraiser. Registration will be noon to 1:59 p.m. on the day of the event. Race is from 2-4 p.m. or whenever the first team returns with all the correct photos on their cameras/phones.  Register at the Smithville Robotics Boosters table located at the intersection of Main Street and First Street. Entry fee is $10 per team.  Each team must furnish their own digital camera(s) or camera phone(s) at registration. For more information, visit or email


The 14th Annual Tree of Angels ceremony honoring victims and survivors of violent crime will be held on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at the Calvary Episcopal Church, 603 Spring St., Bastrop. Bring an angel ornament to hang on the tree in memory or honor of a loved one. For more information contact Lisa Jackson at the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office at 512-549-5038.


Smithville Public Library open house will be held on Thursday, Dec. 11 from 4-6:30 p.m. There will be activities and entertainment including carriage and train rides, a visit from the Grinch and the Playhouse Smithville troupe. There will be an assortment of delicious refreshments. The library is located at 507 Main St.


Bastrop County Historical Society’s annual Holiday Homes Tour will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13, from noon to 5 p.m. There will be 6 tour sites, each in full holiday dress, on the self-guided tour. Tickets are $15 for adults, children under 12 will be admitted free. Tickets are on sale at the museum and at each tour site. For more information contact the Bastrop County Historical Society at 512-303-0057 or visit


Towers Nursing Home's annual Christmas basket raffle will be held Dec.14 from 2-4 p.m. at the nursing home, 907 Garwood St. You can help make this year’s raffle a bigger success by donating a basket for the raffle or donating money for the staff to purchase and wrap your basket. Contact the Towers at 512-237-4606.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2014 16:38


Smithville boasts a large number in national register

One of Smithville's historic homes.  Photo courtesy of Fran Hunter.Smithville, Texas, a town of under 4,000 according to the Census, overflows with historic charm in its downtown district.  Both in commercial and residential, Smithville has 206 properties listed in the National Historic Register.  How's that for special!


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Smithville, TX 78957

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