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Your 2019 Holiday Lighting Guide to a Beautiful Christmas

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Texas is known for doing things bigger and better; the holiday season is no exception! Towns across the state feature individually decorated homes, community events, and night parades brimming with radiance. Gas up the car, pack some blankets, and check out Holiday Lighting in the Texas Hill Country!

Bertram is the launch point of the North Pole Flyer train ride. Tickets range from $45-$55 and sell out quickly. This two hour excursion includes a gifting visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, all-you-can-drink hot cocoa, a locally baked holiday cookie, balloon artists, and singing elves. Each railcar is decorated for the season where passengers enjoy a live reading of the book North Pole Flyer. The Bertram Depot is located at 170 S. Gabriel St., Bertram, TX 78605.

www.austinsteamtrain.org/special-events/north-pole-flyer

Outside Boerne boasts the Old West Christmas Light Fest at Enchanted Springs Ranch. Open from November 28th, Thursday through Sunday evenings until Sunday, Dec. 15th, as well as every night December 19th-25th. Enjoy lighting displays and fun in an Old West town adorned with lights, live music, activities, and food. Find this venue at 242 Hwy 46 W in Boerne, Texas; operating hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person ages six and older. Family 5-packs are also available for $60. Members of the military (active duty, guard, reserves and all retired service members) as well as first responders and their immediate families receive a $5 discount. Experience the vast glow of the lighting alongside Santa and his Holly Jolly Herd of longhorns! christmaslightfest.com

Your 2019 Holiday Lighting Guide to a Beautiful Christmas

Photos courtesy of EmilyAnn Theatre

Buda offers a Trail of Lights, December 6th-8th, 13th-15th, and 20th-22nd from 6 to 10 p.m. This free event at the Historic Stagecoach Park at 880 Main Street features lighted and decorated displays provided by local businesses and organizations. Walk this trail in the park to see dazzling exhibits while sipping hot beverages. Santa himself might just pop in for a visit. Concessions provided by Santa Cruz Catholic School, Project Graduation, Boy Scout Troop 967, Olympia Hills Cheer, and the Buda Lion’s Club. Please note pets are not allowed at this event for safety. ci.buda.tx.us/525/Trail-of-Lights

Christmas in Cedar Park involves the whole town! These sites are residential, so consider privacy, parking, and crowds. Look for the Anna Court Light Display, the Chinati Court Light Display, festive Rhodes Family Christmas, The Storm Family, Butch Gap Cove, and Toungate Klub Kringle. Participation does vary annually so check with Cedar Park media for updates or drive around and follow the glow!

Fort Hood is home to Nature in Lights, which runs from November 15th to January 5th, 5:50 p.m. until 11 p.m. It is located at the Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area (BLORA), N Nolan Road and Cottage Road. Open Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas, this 23 year tradition is a five-and-a-half mile fun zone! Tune into BLORA’s FM 91.9 as you drive through illuminated displays, ranging from artful strands of lights to scenes spanning 40’ x 300’ wide, as well as architectural and foliage lighting. Pricing is $20 per car, mini-van, and pickup, then higher for passenger vans and buses. Pony rides are also available.

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