Texas – Trail of Lights in Wimberly

What is one to do on a chilly December night in Wimberly?

If you don’t want to miss the hottest action in town, you go see the annual Trail of Lights at the EmilyAnn Theater.

Who exactly is EmilyAnn?You put on your gloves and parka, and maybe a hat, grab yourself a hot chocolate and a hot date and stroll the grounds to see all the exhibits. This was the fourteenth year they’ve been on display.

sparklyThere were ninety seven exhibitors this year, all trying to outdo each other to win the coveted “Best in Show” title.

Nice hatI’m not sure what could be more romantic than spending the evening holding hands and strolling through the six acres of lights together, listening to Christmas carols and children’s laughter. That sounds really cheesy and made-up, doesn’t it? Yes it does, but it’s true.

Red noseRemember what I said about Wimberly’s iconic small town American charm? They’ve got it all here, in spades.

I see you!The display runs annually from the end of November through New Year’s Eve. Admission is free, but they are happy to take donations. All proceeds benefit the EmilyAnn theater.

What's for dinner?Each display is unique. I think Frosty the Snowman was my favorite, although these geese gave me a smile. Who doesn’t like Christmas geese? Especially when they’re lit up from the inside. Kind of light a certain Scotsman I know after a few whiskeys.

Who climbed up to put the star on top?This tree of lights is, quite literally, the high point. It sits atop the hill and can be seen for miles around. You can walk inside the light strands where we saw more than one person spinning in circles while looking up at the star on the point. I remembered how clumsy my feet can be and wisely decided to pass up the spinning, but it still looked like fun.

NamasteMay you all have a happy new year filled with peace and adventure.

Have you been to the Trail of Lights? Let us know if you go, and say a big Hello to Frosty for us when you’re there.

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5 Responses to Texas – Trail of Lights in Wimberly

  1. Leah Travels
    Twitter: L_e_a_h
    January 11, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    I love all these photos. I haven’t yet mastered the art of taking night shots like these. I love Christmas in the Hill Country. I’ve not been to Wimberly’s lights, but it’s a family tradition to see Marble Fall’s Walkway of Lights. It’s over-the-top gaudy and spectacular at the same time.

    Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year!
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    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      January 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

      Looking up Marble Fall’s now. Maybe next year for Christmas if we’re in Texas again? Thanks!

      • Leah
        Twitter: L_e_a_h
        January 11, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

        It’s right just over the bridge coming into town on the lake. I love coming into town and catching the first glimpse of the lights at the top of the hill. Check it out and go to the Bluebonnet Cafe for pie. Yum!
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  2. Chris
    Twitter: aussieontheroad
    February 18, 2012 at 12:11 am #

    Such pretty lights. I’m very curious as to how you snapped such good quality photos. Every Christmas I try and every Christmas I just get blurry crap, haha.

    Share your secret?
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    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      February 20, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

      I used a Canon 5omm f1.4 L lens on my Canon 40D body. The lens gives a great background blur and sharp photos when used with the aperture wide open and a really fast shutter speed. I set the white balance so the lights don’t look too yellow, and I took a lot more photos than you see here in the post. I always pick the best ones to show, of course. ;0)

      Thanks for the compliment! Keep practicing, and look into getting a good DSLR camera, or possibly a new mirrorless camera. I’m looking in to buying a mirrorless with interchangeable lenses next, which will be a lot smaller and more manageable for all the traveling we do. Hope you get some good ones!