Friday, December 17, 2010

Hartwood Acres Celebration of Lights

Every December, we go to Hartwood Acres to see the Celebration of Lights.

Here's a little synopsis, found on the site:

The Hartwood Celebration of Lights is a breathtaking 3.2 mile stretch of holiday light displays leading up to the stunning mansion at Hartwood. More than two million lights are used to illuminate the holiday-themed displays standing 3- to 40-feet tall. Enjoy over 400 holiday light displays from the comfort of your car. The Hartwood Celebration of Lights helps raise money for The Salvation Army's Project Bundle-Up, which provides new coats, gloves and other cold-weather clothing to children and senior citizens.

It truly is breathtaking, and we look forward to going every year. We found out that the trick is to arrive a half hour before it opens. If not, you will end up in miles of traffic, and wait in line for several hours!

As soon as we pull off the road and into the park, we unstrap the kids from their seats, have them bundle up (thanks to my open window to take pictures), and climb up front with us. We drive at a snail's pace through the light trail, and they can actually see the lights better.

The pictures I took don't even do it justice.

Waiting for it to open:

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It's time!

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There are many lit-up tunnels to drive through:

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The mansion is stunning!

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Most of the light displays move:

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My favorite display is near the end:

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We ended our evening with another tradition-a trip to McDonald's! Since we don't go very often, Dylan and Lexie were so excited!

As usual, we had a great time, and the drive through the lights put us in the Holiday spirit!

12 comments:

  1. thats nice. we have never been there. I think it would be too much driving for us. My kids hate car rides.

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  2. This sounds awesome. I wish there was something like that around here.

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  3. Oh Wow! I was just trying to find a place like that around here. The closest one is about an hour away! =(
    That really looks like fun!!

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  4. SO pretty! I wish we had something close to us like that!

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  5. We have somethimg like that here too. I haven't been in forever. I bet G would love it...I should look into it.

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  6. wow, looks like yall had a great time! we have something like that here in Texas but NEVER does it snow....how beautiful!!!

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  7. That looks so cool. I wish we had something like that around here. I bet your kids loved it.

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  8. wow that is amazing.. how cool and what a fun tradition :)

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  9. I have always wanted to go see the lights there but we've never gone...maybe this year will be the year! Love the photos!

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  10. I wish they did this where we live! We just drive around looking at house and we always pick up a pizza and eat in the car while we are looking for lights. It is a great tradition but this is awesome!

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  11. That is so neat! We have one here that is suppose to be pretty cool too. We haven't been yet. We tried last year, but the car-line up to get in was a wait of like 3 hours. Yeah, my kids wouldn't have lasted the wait, let alone the drive time when we got in. Maybe we will try again this year. :) Love the tunnels!

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