We've been many times before, but it makes no difference. Every year we have to head to Tanglewood Park to drive through and enjoy the holiday lights display. It's tradition. Sometimes we even go more than once during the season.
Tonight we took Tommy's son Derek, daughter-in-law Sonya, and two grandchildren, Lindsay and Landon, with us. It was so much fun as we listened to Lindsay and Landon squeal with delight at the sight of Rudolph flying across the road above us and at the lighted Santa waving from the side of the road. Halfway through the drive, we stopped at the Big Red Barn where you can go inside and see all the local crafts for sale, and outside is the traditional big bonfire where you can roast marshmallows and drink hot chocolate or cappuccino.
So here's a little taste of the Festival of Lights that we look forward to every year!
The entrance to the park.
The Big Red Barn
Tommy clowning around and Lindsay eating her marshmallows at the bonfire.
I hope you all have the opportunity to enjoy some nice light displays, and seeing them through the eyes of a child makes them even more special.
Loved all the Christmas lights. I can't believe it has been a year already. The Big Red Barn sounds like a lot of fun as well. I have never been to a public place where you can roast your own marshmallows. What a great day you had. Thanks for sharing with us! 1923 days ago
Thank you, Cindy, for posting such beautiful pictures. I have not been to the Festival in several years (not since there's been a bonfire or crafts for sale at the barn!). Maybe I'll sneak over there with my little Sophie next week!
LJCANNON One of my FAVORITE Memories is taking my Grandmother from the Nursing Home to drive through the Christmas Light Display at the City Park. On the spur of the moment we stopped and got out of the car so that she could get her Picture made sitting nest to Santa! I am not sure that she understood that he was just a man dressed up?! She kept talking all evening about how Young his eyes looked! She carried that picture around with her for WEEKS!! Taking the Grandchildren through the Display has to be about the only thing Better than that! Thanks for sharing your Lights!! 1926 days ago
Thanks for sharing the pictures - I do love looking for the Christmas Tree that peeks out over the trees when I'm on I-40. We went a few years ago and I remember being blown away by all of it. I also love the tumbling penguins at the entrance (again I also stare down the entrance road at dusk when I'm on 158 to watch it.) 1926 days ago
Oh Cindy, how beautifully you captured the lights. Took me back a few years of seeing them through the eyes of our children, then the grandchildren. My faves, of course , was the Nativity and then Santa in his golf cart. Every time I see the Nativity I am reminded of how much the birth of Christ means to us who believe, eternal life and love for us beyond compare or even comprehension. Thank you, thank you again for all your blogs this year. Keep'em coming and share this wonderful talent. Mel 1926 days ago