Written by Shirley T
Friday, 05 March 2010 00:00
Christmas is the holiday time of year that we wish to see colorful lights brighten up the nights. Folks usually decorate their homes, hang ornaments and displays, put up the blinking lights to welcome Santa and a magical Christmas. Christmas lights are indeed a must-have and a big tradition in The States.
For us, the last Christmas was an unforgettable experience. Our plan on Christmas eve was to see millions of lights at Prairie Lights, which was held at Lynn Creek Park by Joe Pool Lake, south of Grand Prairie Downtown on Lake Ridge Parkway. It turned out that God had a better plan for us, snowing the whole afternoon and below freezing temperature at night and we had a wonderful white Christmas on the following morning!
As a result, we moved our plan to Christmas night. By the time darkness crawled in, we were already at Prairie Lights. We arrived about 6pm and managed to enter shortly after paying 20 bucks (cash only!). To us, it was a bit pricey but if you were to go with a full load, it is obviously better value for money.
What we understood was this park is open every year during Christmas season (a month plus, somewhere between Thanksgiving and last day of the year). Featuring a drive through experience, Prairie Lights offers amazing lights over 2-mile path with numerous characters or objects like Santa, reindeer, bell, flower, teddy, dwarf, plane, parachute, boxes of gift and candy stick. We drove slowly and switched off our headlights so that the ambiance was total darkness. Good thing was nobody was in hurry, everybody wished to enjoy as long as it lasted.
Visitors were only allowed to leave their vehicles at Holiday Village. Here, we saw two types of amusement ride for kids. We went straight into the tent as the weather was biting cold. Hot chocolate, coffee, funnel cakes, popcorn were sold and it was so warm and comfortable. Inside the tent, one may opt to Holiday Magical Theater. Alternatively outside, Walk-Through Lighted Forest opportunity was available - where one gets to stroll through the lit up trees. Both activities required a separate fee and was not charged in the vehicle's entrance fee.
We spent about 40 minutes at Holiday Village and then, we had to bid farewell to Prairie Lights. During the exit, we were fascinated with the finale show. It was a fantastic 3-D lit up tunnel whereby at some moments, the lights sort of tricked us. We seemed to move the opposite direction of the tunnel as if we were moving backwards! To us, this was overwhelming and an impressive piece of lights!
Getting there? (only during Christmas season)
5700 Lake Ridge Pkwy
Grand Prairie, TX 75052
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