It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Not the weather, although I can’t complain about sunny and 60s all week. I mean the crazy. If you’ve been to a store this week, you probably saw a lot of people in a hurry. Maybe you were one of them. I keep running out of random things, so I think I’ve shopped three out of four days. Then there’s travel planning, teacher gifts you might’ve forgotten, and other last-minute details. Yep, this time of year is busy and most people are a little stressed.
It might sound counter-intuitive, but if you are feeling overwhelmed I recommend taking a break. For a fun and festive evening away from home, check out Prairie Lights powered by Gexa Energy in Grand Prairie.
About Prairie Lights
I introduced Prairie Lights and hosted a giveaway last month. To summarize, it is a drive-through Christmas lights display. There are four million lights over two miles. I’ve always loved looking at Christmas lights, although the green mama in me kind of winces at the energy used. However, Prairie Lights is not only fun to see but also green-friendly. The sponsor, Gexa Energy, is using Renewable Energy Certificates from NextEra Energy Resources to offset the effect. Cool, right?
When: (Note: now extended date and earlier opening) nightly through Sunday, January 5th, 2014
- Sunday – Thursday: 5:40–9 p.m.
- Friday – Saturday: 5:40–10 p.m.
- Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve: 5:40–10 p.m.
Where: Lynn Creek Park on Joe Pool Lake, 5610 Lake Ridge Parkway, Grand Prairie TX 75052
Cost: $20 per vehicle Monday-Thursday (non-holidays); $30 per vehicle Friday-Sunday and holidays
Santa photos, Holiday Magic Live! and Walk-Through Forest are an additional charge. See my previous post for details.
Prairie Lights Review
We visited Prairie Lights for the first time this weekend. I wasn’t sure what to expect and we didn’t tell the kids where we were going. They were very surprised. Before we event got to the ticket booth, they were both oohing and aahing at the lights just lining the gate. Then, geeky kids that they are, Sniffles and Lil’ Wheezy saw one of those blue port-a-potties and started yelling about it being the TARDIS from Doctor Who. They quickly got back to the lights though, as soon as we entered the gates.
We tuned the radio to 98.7 KLUV to listen to Christmas music as we drove through. There was just so much to see. The lights were organized into categories and started with the holidays, leading all the way up to Christmas. A lot of the scenes were funny and several of them flashed to look like they were moving. It didn’t take long before Hubby and I sounded just like the kids.
“Look at that!”
We stopped at the Holiday Village and walked around. Naturally, the kids needed a bathroom break. What did we find? A whole line of those blue port-a-potties. The first thing Sniffles said was, “They’re bigger on the inside!” At least she didn’t ask me to take a photo, right?
In general, the Holiday Village was a little disappointing. There were two carnival rides with really long lines and not much else to do for free. It was also really crowded, but we went on a weekend. We did stop at the Gexa Energy booth to pose for a silly photo.
We had a lot of fun and I recommend this to anyone living in DFW and looking for a fun family holiday activity. A few of our favorite scenes were the 12 Days of Christmas and the elves cooking. I recommend going slow and taking time to enjoy the whole thing. We spent about an hour and a half total. Next time, we will also pack some blankets and roll the windows down for the drive.
On our way out, we drove through an amazing tunnel of lights. The photo kind of looks like we’re traveling in space and time. But NOT in one of those port-a-potty TARDISes.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Prairie Lights powered by Gexa Energy.
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