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DATE: November 12, 2015 9:33:04 AM CST

BLORA welcomes 19th season of Nature in Lights

Drive through 5.5 miles of holiday light displays

FORT HOOD, Texas -- For the 19th consecutive season, Fort Hood officials have transformed the Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area into a “Winter Wonderland."  Participants of the "Nature in Lights XVII: A Holiday Tradition" display will enjoy more than 115 illuminated, animated LED light displays choreographed to holiday music from 5:30-11 p.m. Nov. 13-Jan. 3. 

The 5.5 miles of holiday-inspired scenes are open to the public. Gate fees are:

  • Car, mini-van and pick-up - $8
  • Limos, RV & 15 – passenger van - $20
  • 24 – passenger van - $35
  • 47 – passenger van or larger bus - $60

Santa’s Village offers hot chocolate, homemade cookies, seasonal crafts and a photo with Santa from 5:30–11 p.m. Thursday-Sunday Nov. 19-Dec. 13 and from Dec. 17-24. 

At Santa's Depot, located in the parking lot of the Marina Cove, parents and children can ride a train through a special trail of lights not seen by vehicular drivers. Santa's Depot is open from 5:30–11 p.m. Thursday-Sunday Nov. 19-Dec. 13 and from Dec. 17-27.

The cost for Santa's Depot is $5 per adult or $3 per child, ages 11 and under (lap children, determined by the vendor, ride free).

Also on-site are pony rides for $5, a petting zoo, concessions under the stars and holiday cartoons on Nov. 14, 21 and 28; and again on Dec. 5, 12 and 19.

There will be a "Spoke Night" as well at 6 p.m. Jan. 5. Riders should enter the park on the main Cottage Road entrance. The full trail of lights is $3 per motorcycle. There will also be $3 per person train rides, limited to the first 30 passengers.

The park is open Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. While supplies last, each vehicle will receive a Nature in Lights Christmas Ornament on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

Restroom facilities are outlined in green lights for easy recognition.


Fort Hood:
Clear Creek Road or Hood Road to Old Ironsides Avenue
Turn right on to Old Ironsides Avenue
Turn left on to Martin Drive/East Range Road
Turn right on to North Nolan Road, go 9 miles
Turn left on Cottage Road

Killeen/Copperas Cove:
Hwy 190 to WS Young north to Rancier Avenue
Turn right on to Rancier Avenue/Hwy 439
Turn left on Sparta Road
Turn right on Cottage Road

Interstate 35 exit Hwy West
Exit Loop 121 North
Turn left to Sparta Road
Turn right to Cottage Road

For more details & directions, (254) 287-2523.


About Fort Hood Family and MWR

The Fort Hood Family and MWR supports the largest active duty armored post in the United States Armed Services. The “Great Place” is home to over 383,000 military personnel, Family members, retirees and civilian employees.  Family and MWR enhances quality of life by providing numerous recreation and services designed to equal those available to their civilian counterparts, which encourages growth and a feeling of self-reliance within the military community.

For more information contact:
Fort Hood FMWR
(254) 285-5372
37th Street, Bldg. 194
Fort Hood, TX 76544
[email protected]