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BLORA’s Nature in Lights welcomes in holiday season; open until Jan 2

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December 2, 2010 | Leisure
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Lines of cars drive down the road winding past the lighted exhibits at Nature in Lights. The glistening stars that light the way add to the excitement for people driving through the exhibits. Staff Sgt. Regina Machine, 13th PAD
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Among the more than 100 light displays for view, this Nature in Lights display is one of the first visitors see as they approach the entrance to the park. The event is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to come.
BELTON – Brightly decorated trees could be seen as vehicles approached the entrance of Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area. The park was aglow with light displays to help ring in the holiday season.

Fort Hood’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation office hosted the opening of the 14th annual Nature in Lights display at BLORA Nov. 19.

Thousands of visitors are expected to pour in to take a scenic five-and-a-half mile ride along the paths at BLORA. Last year, 57,000 vehicles drove through the park.

“This is a good way to join the outside community and neighborhood with the military community. Bring in the holiday season together,” Monty Campbell, FMWR public relations coordinator, said.

Going through the display, visitors are treated to the sights of the twelve days of Christmas, with displays from each day, beginning with a partridge in a pear tree and ending with twelve drummers drumming. Santa and his reindeer can also be seen playing in the pool and relaxing before their busy ride on Christmas Eve.

“The staff of BLORA and MWR started working to set up the displays in August to get ready for the enormous event,” Campbell said.

The lights were being strung in August to help set up for the massive display that lined the trails of the park.

“Most people are amazed at the enormity of the event,” Campbell said.

Fort Hood’s surrounding communities and businesses also have a hand in the annual light displays, posting sponsorship signs to show their support. Nature in Lights is one of many events that area communities support in an effort to make the family members feel welcome.

As guests wind though the park, they can take a detour to visit a pavilion where Santa’s Village is located. Inside, visitors of all ages might meet Santa, take pictures with the jolly old man, drink hot cocoa and buy festive items.

Santa’s Village gives visitors a chance to relive childhood memories and walk through the displays.

Nature in Lights is a good “unofficial, official start of the holiday season,” Campbell said. The cost to enter Nature in Lights is $5 per carload. Prices vary for larger vehicles. The display is open nightly throughout the holiday season until Jan. 2.
 
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