As the holiday season approaches, spending quality time with your family becomes more of a priority. Activities like putting up the Christmas tree, making cookies, and taking pictures with Santa creates a unique experience for every family. Another common holiday activity is going to see Christmas lights.
If you’re looking to explore lights in Texas, check out the annual Christmas lights at Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area in Central Texas. The BLORA Lights, or also known as Nature in Light, are located in Belton, TX, and are lit up during the Christmas season. Nature in Lights started in 1996, and has stayed consistent every year since.
Nature in Lights opens from November 15 to January 5th. Visiting times begin from 5:30 to 11:30 PM, Monday through Sunday.. The entire trail of lights is 5.5 miles long, and while enjoying the show, you are able to turn your car’s radio to 91.9 FM while you drive through the displays to hear Holiday music.
At BLORA, the cost of entry is based off the size of the vehicle. For a normal cars load, it is $15, for a 24 passenger van it is $25, and for a 47 passenger van or larger bus is $40. Considering the amount of people and size of the vehicle, the estimated one and a half hour trip is worth it.
There are instances where bringing your own vehicle could be a hassle. If there’s a situation where you can’t, you could book a train at Santa’s Depot for a trip to a special Trail of Lights you wouldn’t be able to see in your car trip. This train costs $5 per adult and $3 per child, ages 11 and under. The Train gives a different view, and you can enjoy more of the outside weather.
There is even a Santa’s Village that provides hot chocolate, homemade cookies, and a visit with Santa. Children can start seeing Santa as soon as Thanksgiving, and every Thursday to Sunday, from 5:30 to 11 PM.. Outside of Santa’s Village is a petting zoo that costs $8 to get into, and $1 if you would like to purchase food to feed the animals. One animal that is featured are ponies, and they are available to ride for $3.
Beginning this year, The BLORA lights is letting customers have fun, new experiences to explore the lights. They are having a horseback ride for those that would be interested. BLORA is also letting the public use bikes to maneuver around traffic and potentially, getting through the light show at the pace they would like.
If you’re looking for something new to do this holiday season, why not go and experience the BLORA lights? Who knows, maybe you’ll make it a yearly tradition too!
Images courtesy of BLORA lights