Yule Love the Lights at Daystar Christmas

Looking for a new holiday tradition? Bring your whole family to enjoy the holiday lights and activities at Daystar! #DaystarChristmas

Our family went to visit the exciting display at Daystar with the intent to capture a few family holiday photos and were completely blown away at the fun we had! We’ve visited many light displays in DFW and this one has been our favorite experience of the holiday season.

Here are just a few things that make it shine brighter than the rest:

7 Reasons to Visit Daystar This Christmas

  • Lighted Tunnel Drive – Drive through a 950 foot tunnel with over 1.5 million lights that warmly invite you to the awe and wonder of Daystar
  • Christmas Town– Explore a whimsical world filled with your favorite characters at the kid-friendly Christmas Town.
  • Interactive Displays– On your visit plan to take LOTS of photos to share with family and friends. The 8-foot JOY and 9-foot lighted holiday wreath make the ideal setting for a picture perfect holiday photo.
  • Photos with Santa – on select days you can get your picture with Santa taken by Daystar’s professional photographer!
  • Christmas Story with Santa – December 20th at 7Pm, Celebrate the Season with Santa for a special reading of the Christmas Story
  • Christmas Treats at Scratch Cafe– Come inside and warm up with hot chocolate, coffee, or a sweet treat from Scratch Cafe right on site!
  • Life-Size Nativity– the meaning of Christmas comes to life as you are able to experience walking through a life size nativity celebrating the birth of Jesus, including angels and camels.

The Brightest Holiday Lights in Austin are on the 2015 Trail of Lights (Dec 8th-22nd)

Austin Trail of Lights 2015

Seeking out the most magical display of twinkling holiday lights with your family this year? After relocating last fall, we soon came to find that we didn’t have to look any farther than the Trail of Lights Austin TX to complete our holiday tradition.  Surrounded by TWO MILLION lights, taking 15, 000 man hours to assemble, there is certainly no shortage of holiday magic here.  Our family was given early access this year to share some highlights and help you plan a wonderful visit with your friends and family too!

Austin Trail of Lights couple

This year, visitors to the Trail of Lights have a host of new reasons to celebrate their holiday in grand Austin style. Beginning Dec 8th- 15th, gates open at 7:00 p.m, admission is FREE for guests of all ages. the last 7 nights(16th-22nd) admission is $3.00 and tickets can be purchased online or at the  gate box office. I highly recommend buying in advance here or at H-E-B stores.

Trail of Lights light tunnel

There is plenty of free fun to be had on the trail but you will get one of the best views from about 90′ up. The downtown skyline view from the top of this classic ferris wheel is totally worth the splurge, each ride 6 tokens ( 1 token=$1), so plan to include that as part of your visit.

City view of Austin from ferris wheel

Inside candyland, the kids can play carnival games operated by the sweetest elves you’ve ever met and receive a sweet treat in exchange. If all this fun has you hungry for more than candy, you will find more than 30+ food vendors onsite.

Candyland Trail of Lights

We ended the night taking nostalgic carousel rides capturing glimpses of the Zilker Tree on each rotation. We all left sharing a little more Christmas spirit than when we arrived.

Trail of Lights Carousel

For more information on planning your visit, be sure to check out the Austin Trail of Lights FAQs. Make sure you are following Austin Trail of Lights on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest to join in the conversation, ask questions, and post pictures after your visit!

Gift of Lights and Snow at Texas Motor Speedway

Disclosure: I was given passes for Gift of Lights and Snow Town for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own. 

This Thanksgiving holiday we were blessed to have our family travel to our home. We had a great time together. We cooked, we ate, we talked, and then we were ready to play! With a large group we gave a lot of thought to what we all wanted to do. With everyone living in different cities (and states) now, we knew wanted to make some traditional holiday memories together. We wanted  snowball fights, hot cocoa, and merry Christmas music playing  while we drove leisurely driving looking  at Christmas lights. With a 70 degree day in Texas, it didn’t really seem likely that a snowball fight would be in our future. Little did everyone know that the Gift of Lights and Snow at Texas Motor Speedway was on our weekend agenda!

Everyone loved the idea of visiting Gift of Lights together but we hadn’t told the kids yet about Snow because we wanted that part to be a surprise. We packed extra jackets, scarves, coats, and gloves in the back of the van and all piled in to go look at the Christmas lights.  We soon arrived at Texas Motor Speedway and while it was super easy to find where we were going, there were attendants ready to direct traffic and helpful with any questions we had.  We dimmed our headlights and began our drive through the bright displays set up along the the path.We had a lot of fun looking to the right and then to the left of the car deciding which displays were our favorites. There were so many displays! Collectively, we decided that the tunnel of lights was hands down our favorite to drive-thru display of the evening.  According to the website there were over 600 unique displays and two million LED lights spread over the  1.7 miles!

the Gift of Lights and SNOW at Texas Motor Speedway

After we had driven through the wonderful light displays, we made our way to SNOW! The Snow Village at TMS features a tubing hill, snow ball gallery, and a snow play area. Kids can also visit Santa and make s’mores. This was super fun for everyone!  Finding something to do with a group of wide ages and activity levels is always a challenge but Snow was great for this. Everyone in our group got involved grandparents, parents, teens and kids. Do make sure to bring coats and gloves and even extra clothes to change into if you have other plans afterwards. I had our kids wear their rain boots. This is real snow so prepared to be seasonally chilly and for the kids to be a little wet if they’ve been playing in the snow for awhile. It really is a so fun so everyone will want to stay for awhile.

The Gift of Lights and SNOW at Texas Motor Speedway

The kids were definitely surprised to see all the snow. The first thing they did was to make a run for the huge snow play area! Snowballs were promptly created and the tossing of snow ensued. Then we worked together to build a snowman and a snow fort. When our hands needed a break from the cold we decided to grab a tube and enjoy the snow tubing. Everyone got in on this one. The tubes were closed on the bottom so little ones didn’t have a problem staying in their tube and you stayed dry.  It was unlimited tubing so we could take as many trips down the snow hill as we liked.  We spent several hours playing, tubing, and making memories. It really was a wonderful outing that everyone in our group enjoyed.

If you are interested in playing in the Texas SNOW with your family Visit giftoflightstms.com for event hours, Santa’s schedule, and pricing.

My readers can save $2 per car to Gift of Lights Drive Thru Light Show PLUS $2 Off Per Person to Snow Village with this exclusive coupon : Save$2.00

Gift of Lights and Snow at Texas Motor Speedway

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by the Gift of Lights and Snow at Texas Motor Speedway. All opinions are my own.

One of the things I love most about the holiday season is all the fun activities and traditions surrounding this time of year. Bundling up, piling in the car, to go look at lights is one of my all-time favorite traditions. Texas Motor speedway has put together one light show spectacular you will not want to miss. They have even paired it with providing SNOW, right here in Texas. As a bonus for my readers, you can even receive discounted admission!

The Gift of Lights & Snow at TMS is one of the most visited holiday parks in North Texas, featuring a drive-thru holiday spectacular light show with over two million LED lights and 600 unique holiday displays across 1.7 miles at Texas Motor Speedway. Your family will love the lights AND the newest addition -SNOW! The Snow Village at TMS features a tubing hill, snow ball gallery, and a snow play area. Kids can also visit Santa and make s’mores. Visit giftoflightstms.com for event hours, Santa’s schedule, and pricing.