It just doesn't feel like the Christmas season until Nature in Lights opens at the Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area. Well, consider the Holiday Season in swing, because they are officially open tonight, November 16!

Ft. Hood MWR
Ft. Hood MWR

As you can see in the flyer above, they'll be open from 5:30 PM to 11 PM now through January 6. They'll even be open on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas.

If you're new to the area or have never been to Nature in Lights, do yourself a favor and get out there ASAP!

It's five-and-a-half miles of fantastic drive-through light displays sponsored by Central Texas businesses (ourselves included) and charitable foundations.

About halfway through the tour, you can stop at Santa's Village to meet Kris Kringle himself. Tell the Big Man what you want for Christmas and get your photo with him, then look around at all the great booths. You can even grab food and hot cocoa while you're there.

There's also a rock climbing wall this year, so if the kids get loaded up on sugary treats they can burn all that energy off while you sit back and sip some coffee.

Prices are as follows:

Cars, Mini-Vans, Pickups: $15
15-Passenger Vans, Limos, and RVs: $30
24-Passenger Vans: $50
47-Passenger Vans and Buses: $75

Getting to BLORA isn't hard at all.

From Fort Hood
Clear Creek Rd or TJ Mills Blvd to Old Ironsides Ave., Turn right on to Old Ironsides Ave., Turn left on to Martin Dr/East Range Rd., Turn right on to North Nolan Rd. for 10 miles, Turn left on Cottage Rd.

Killeen / Copperas Cove
Hwy 190 to WS Young North to Rancier Ave., Turn right on to Rancier Ave/FM 439., Turn left on Sparta Rd., Turn right on Cottage Rd.

Temple / Belton
Interstate 35 exit Hwy 190 West, Exit Loop 121 North, Turn left on to Sparta Rd., Turn right on Cottage Rd.

Below is a little video preview of what to expect if you've never visited Nature in Lights. Trust us - it's even more impressive in person!

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