Views of the Neighborhood – Trail of Lights

The bus is ready, and tonight, we are serving to start sourdough crostini with sundried tomato, garlic, and fresh basil aioli. We have assorted seafood for an entree, including blue crab cakes from the Chesapeake Bay, Fresh seared Ahi Tuna, and Nova Scotia Salmon. Our meat course is applewood fire-grilled lamb loin chops. Both come with Yukon gold and yam potato casserole, and French cut green beans almondine. For dessert, there are assorted cheesecakes, including chocolate chunk, turtle, and vanilla with raspberry drizzle. The top shelf bar is open, and we are featuring Austin Hope 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso RoblesΒ and La Pelle 2018 Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley.

We will be entertained by Aprilann and Taylor Swift. Are you ready? Let’s get on board.

There is the signpost up ahead. Welcome to the trail of lights. This is a walking trail set up by City Hall.

The Wal-Mart greeter.

A shot of a tree surrounded by toys

Footbridge to fantasy.

Santa on his motorcycle.

What would a Texas light show be without a stage coach?

Santa on a snowmobile surrounded by a heron and sailboat.

Butterfly and Eagle.

Santa taking off with a tree backdrop.

Another tree and toys.

Another Texas symbol, the Longhorn.

Here is the tunnel of lights. It is an undulating display of lights set to music, so I had to grab a shot where I could.

I wish I could show you all the lights, but I don’t think there is enough memory in WP land for that. Please stay for more food and to listen to the music.

Here is Aprilann with Taylor Swift’s Santa Baby.

 

72 comments

  1. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    What a fun display! And I noticed Longhorn steers — how perfect. Merry Christmas, John. βœ¨πŸŽ„βœ¨

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. Merry Christmas. πŸŽ„

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  2. Thanks for the tour, John. I’d love to go, but I don’t think the border patrol will let me cross with COVID and all. But . . . I’m almost finished my human-sized hamster bubble to protect myself and social distance . . . perhaps they’ll let me in? Keeping my fingers crossed. πŸ™‚

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    1. Bring Molsons and Players for the guards and you’re in.

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      1. Excellent idea!

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      2. Cuban cigars would be good too.

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      3. Added to the shopping list. πŸ™‚

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  3. A fabulous display!! I love the inclusion of local things. The food is fab, thanks!!

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    1. Thank you for coming all this way, Darlene. Can I pack you a to go box for the trip back?

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      1. Yes, please!! Extra blue crab cakes if you donΒ΄t mind!!

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      2. Packed in dry Ice for the trip. I threw in a bottle of wine too.

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  4. Those are all so cool. We have a big light event here that I got tickets for. Only problem is that I can’t carve out a night to go with my son.

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    1. That is a problem. Hope you can resolve it.

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  5. Thank you for a very festive evening!

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    1. Thak you for coming along, Liz.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  6. The bus set the mood, the meal was sublime, the trail of lights was both joyous and symbolic of just how this world should be!!
    Thank you, John!

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    1. Thank you, GP.I was going for all you described. 😁

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  7. Thank you for wonderful Christmas mood, dear John! Santa biker is the best!

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    1. I thought you would like that one.😊

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      1. 😁😁😁That’s very kind of you.

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  8. There’s nothing like “going to see the lights” to bring back some wonderful Christmas memories. Your community’s lights are especially festive — I really enjoyed them.

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    1. Thank you, Linda. They were especially welcome this year,

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  9. Welcome to WalMart & snowmobiling Santa made me laugh. Love Paso wines, so one for me please as I listen to Taylor.

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    1. Thank you, Frank. 😁 This one gets a 97.

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  10. I still love to see Christmas lights. And woo hoo for the Longhorns!

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    1. They have to make an appearence for sure. Thanks, Joan.

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  11. Thank you for the beautiful tour, John. I’m stuffed! I love the footbridge! Wishing you a peaceful Sunday.

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    1. Thank you, Jill. I appreciate the wish and hope the same for you. 😊

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  12. A delightful and appropriately Texas proud display. The food sounds great and the bus looks festive. I think it’s time for a slice of cheesecake.

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    1. Take two they are small. 😊

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  13. Great show of lights, John! We took in a sound and light show here last night that culminated in fireworks. All quite festive. And not for nothing, but I am convinced you were a restauranteur in your past life…what a wonderful repast! Thanks so much…

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    1. I do love to cook so I guess that might be a possibility. Thanks, Lori. Your event sounds delightful.

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  14. A great post full of Christmas cheer, John. Lovely. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne. I’m glad you liked it. 😁

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  15. Wonderful tour bus, wonderful food, wonderful lights, wonderful commentary … it’s a true Winter Wonderland! πŸ˜€

    Thanks, John. Love all your tours, but this one really made me smile and put me even more into the Christmas spirit! Happy Holidays to you and yours! πŸ˜€πŸŽ„πŸŽπŸŽ„πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you, Marcia. The whole reason for the trip is to raise the spirit level. Glad you came along. 😊 Merry Christmas to you and yours as well.

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  16. Fabulous light displays, John!! If you don’t mind, I’m going to grab a glass of the Sauvignon Blanc and go straight to the desserts. πŸ™‚ Love your party bus!

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    1. You can have whatever you want, Jan. BTW the cheesecake is low fat, low calorie, and I’m a liar.

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      1. Lol! You had me believing it, John. πŸ™‚

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  17. Thanks for taking me around John: lovely displays. πŸ™‚
    Have a peaceful and happy Sunday,
    Pit

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  18. John, I’m delighted to join the tour this morning! How I miss knowing Longhorns are visible nearby (I used to see them in Ft. Worth), and that footbridge is fantastic. I saw a real Santa on a motorcycle in my little town just yesterday — his bag of toys was stashed in the sidecar. Great fun!

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  19. Impressive! What a great way to get walking and really engaged with the lights instead of just standing around looking at them. Love the Texas touches – and the food and drinks! You spoil us – I’ll give you a good review.

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  20. What a wonderful display! How lucky of you to have this to visit every year.
    And thank you for the eats and wine… delicious!

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    1. You are welcome, Darlin’.

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      1. You are the sweetest, Boss.

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  21. Another wonderful look at your city.

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    1. Thank you, Craig.

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  22. No one decorates like that around here. So thanks for the tour de lights!

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    1. Thank you, Noelle. πŸŽ„

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  23. I love the stagecoach! Fun tour, John, thanks.
    Happy holidays!

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    1. Happy Holidays, Jacquie.

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  24. I’m afraid I filled up on the crostini and wine but maybe a repeat visit will have to be in order. Lovely light tour, even with a few odd juxtapositions (sailboat and snowmobile?).

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    1. Well the sail boat is because we live in a lake area. Don’t know where the snowmobile came from.

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  25. Fantastic lights, John. Wishing you a Merry Christmas.

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    1. Thank you, Robbie. Merry Christmas to you.

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  26. wow, now we know where to look for Santa haha

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    1. Yes Santa is here severl times over. 😁

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  27. So pretty! Thanks, John.

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    1. Thank you, Jennie.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  28. That tunnel of lights is awesome. Thanks for the tour, John!

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  29. That was a fun tour. I loved the Longhorns! Very Texas. πŸ₯°

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    1. Yes they are. Thanks, Deborah.

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  30. Wouldn’t it be fab to have a Christmas concert there at the end of that fabulous trail, I love this idea its like a mini- Blackpool in Lancashire. I must suggest all my neighbours get one light up ornament for their balconies next year lol. Can you imagine, it could go a bit national lampoons though. πŸ˜‚

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    1. We could sub George and Charlotte for the Griswolds. 😁

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  31. What a beautiful display, John, with delicious food! These tours are the best, but this festive evening really lifted my spirits. Merry Christmas! πŸŽ…πŸ€ΆπŸŽ†πŸŽ„πŸ₯°

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    1. Thank you, Lauren. Merry Christmas to you.

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