Views of the Neighborhood – The Trail of Lights Opens.

Today we are going to attend the opening of the Trail of Lights in Lakeway, sponsored by the Lakeway Department of Parks and Recreation. Since this event starts at sundown, we will only have dessert. We are being catered by The Yard Milkshake Bar of Austin. Our entertainment is Pilot.

Menu

Picture of an old time school bus

Let’s get rolling

Although we are a little early, the cookie decorating place is ready.

Compose a letter to Santa?

The bookmobile getting set up.

Facepainting. (of course)

Here is where the big man himself holds court.

There’s pizza.

Hot chocolate.

A bucking reindeer.

Jumbo Tron with the movie Polar Express playing.

Games.

Spirit of the season

The band is getting ready

Fires are ready for s’mores.

A sample of what everyone came to see.

Another shot.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the preparations for the grand opening of the Trail of Lights. Enjoy your milkshake and the music.

 

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  1. What a terrific holiday event. A milkshake sounds great.

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    1. These make my teeth hurt just reading the menu. Thanks, Lauren

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  2. That peppermint frozen hot chocolate looks so good. It is indeed “Magic!” Happy Sunday, John.

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    1. Thank you, Darlene. Happy Sunday to you as well. 😁

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  3. Love the spirit of your community, whatever the season! And those shakes look AMAZING! I think I gained 5 lbs. just gazing at the photosβ€¦πŸ˜‚ Happy Holidays, John…

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    1. I’m with you, Lori. There is a whole menu but it was so big I could only feature the specials for December. Happy Holidays to you. 😁

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  4. This looks like great fun, and it’s just a short walk through the neighborhood. Thank you for taking us along. Enjoy the festivities and the good cheer with your family, John. It’s “that time of the year.” πŸŽ„βœ¨πŸŽ„

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    1. Yes it is. I decided not to feature the whole trail this year just the set up for the opening. Next week I’m doing the home lights. πŸŽ…πŸ»

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  5. What a festive event! It looks like they offer something for everyone. I love seeing the bookmobile! Thanks for taking us along, John. Which milkshake did you sample? They all look yummy! Wishing you and the family a peaceful Sunday.

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    1. Thank you, Jill. I was not able to sample the milkshakes but can tell you I needed to do more exercise just reading about them. Wishing youa peaceful Sunday as well. πŸŽ…πŸ»

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  6. Give me some of that peppermint milkshake and let me ride the bucking reindeer, and I’m good. What a fun event!

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    1. I would suggest having the milkshake after the reindeer ride. πŸ˜‚ Thanks, Linda.

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  7. Outstanding, John. I didn’t want to go into the bookmobile though, because I figured I’d spend too much time there. Tis the Season desert looks scrumptious!
    What a great time everyone must have had – children and adults alike.

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    1. Thank you, GP. I think everyone had fun. The display runs through January 2 so there is plenty of time for more fun. 😁

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  8. I like the name of that pizza place.

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    1. I thought you might. That is a independent business and makes pretty good pizza.

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      1. Of course they do…

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  9. Very nice community event, John. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks for coming along, Tim. Have a great week too.

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  10. Excellent music selection for the occasion, John. I’ll have β€˜Tis the Season’ dessert, make it two. Hoped to see your painted face. Once again, wonderful spirit in your neighborhood. Merry Christmas to you and your followers.

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    1. Thank you, Steve. Merry Christmas to you as well.

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  11. Very cool. We went to the one around here last night. Fun, but really cold.

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  12. I was wondering if they need building permits to construct those ice cream creations at the top? I mean, that’s a week’s worth of yum right there.

    This tour had it all Boss. From games to the big guy to pizza and hot chocolate and s’mores . . . and yeah, I had to go over and peruse the website for CraigO’s pizza. Those pies are in keeping with the season, magical.

    And the perfect capper of a song for the ride. You tossed a perfecto.

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    1. Aww. Thank you, Marc.

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  13. What a great holiday event. Just what I would expect from your community. I loved the lights. Layton, Utah, has something like that in a park near my son’s house. We drove through it last year – you can also walk through it. It was overwhelming with all the animals and displays.
    As for the milkshakes, I’d better pass. They look like they’d add an inch to my hips, which definitely don’t need it!

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    1. Thanks, Noelle. I think you are right about the inch. Light displays are the best.

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  14. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    I’m always impressed by the number and quality of events that your community participates in. It looks like a great place to live.

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    1. It really is, Pete. We feel very fortunate.

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  15. looks like my kind of day.. love it! πŸ’ž

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    1. I’m glad you liked it, Cindy.

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      1. ❀️🌹

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  16. That display of lights looks much better (to me) than the Field of Lights show.

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    1. Given your description of the Fields of Lights, I agree with you.

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  17. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Love all of it, including those shakes πŸ™‚

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  18. Something for everyone! They went all out again. Dessert is fine with me – thanks!

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    1. Yrs they did, Thanks, Jo. Have a great week.

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  19. Lotsa fun where you live, John.
    OMG, I’ll have to pass on dessert. They’re counting at 900 – 1,000 calories.
    I do love Christmas lights!
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      2. I was counting on πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹ 😁

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      5. Ya!
        I buckle…erm fold under the love pressure.
        OX OX OX OX

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      6. Ha ha ha. Love pressure. I like that OX OX OX OX

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  20. The lights look great and a lot to see and do, especially for the little ones!

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    1. Yes there is a lot. Thanks, Barbara

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  21. A fantastic holiday event, John. I have to admit I’ve never seen a bucking reindeer. πŸ™‚

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    1. I have not either. I’ll bet it’s a bull in reindeer clothing.

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  22. Wow, that is quite an event!! I’d forgotten all about the one-hit-wonder, “Magic.”

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    1. Yes. They get a lont of commercial play though.

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      1. Yes, they did. For some reason, the song sounded better in 1975. πŸ˜‰

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  23. This looks like a great holiday event to attend. If I had one of those Peppermint Frozen Hot Chocolates, that might fill me up a bit (ok a lot), so I would wait to get one until after I’ve done all the other activities available.πŸ™‚

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    1. Snmart move. Do not go near that bucking reindeer after having that thing for sure.

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  24. What a fun and festive event!!

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    1. It is, Deborah. Every year it gets better and better.

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  25. Nice! I love looking at Christmas lights. We have a place nearby called Santa Land. Haven’t been in a few years. Might have to remedy that.

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  26. Looks beautiful, John! With all that available food, no wonder we only get dessert this time. No worries — this is the kind of event I’d enjoy seeing (and I can’t help noticing that nobody is bundled up with hats, coats, and mittens, ha!)

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    1. No I think it was about 75 when I took the photos

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  27. A tale of a good trail. I will save the questions on the festive settings for the defense perimeter for next week.

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    1. Yes. Good idea.

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  28. This looks like so much fun! Pizza, smores, milkshakes – I’d be one happy girl.

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    1. It was a lot of fun, Teri.Thanks for your comment.

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  29. This was a wonderful little tour John. I love all the different events going on to celebrate the the season. πŸ™‚

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    1. Did you have a milkshake? No of course not. Silly me. 😊

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      1. Lolol, dairy-free my friend! πŸ™‚

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  30. Wonderful preparations,dear John! Ho-ho-ho! In our town there are also various activities Γ -la blue chicken….you know 😏 If we visit something, I shall email your some shots. Meanwhile I’m crafting Chrsitmas trees πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes I would like that. No blue chicken though. I suppose all the French are going nuts over France going to the next round in the world cup.

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      1. Hmmm….more black ones, to be honest. No matter I’m a soccer fan & has been watching the world cup since 1998, I have no great joy to see so chocolate French team…As gli Azzurri(Italy) does not participate, the feast is not complete for me. I hoped for Brazil but…their team also leaves much to be desired. This World Cupis one of the oddest in my life.

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      2. Of course, a fan is a fan for sure. I’m sure you are enjoying it even if you have some things that do not sit well with you. 😁

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      3. Thank you, my dear friend! I do my best whatever is. The World Cup happens only once four years! πŸ™‚

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      4. So enjoy. 😁

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      5. PS: The white French of bourgeous type are indifferent to everything. πŸ˜’

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      6. Oh. That’s right I forgot. The answer to everything “Eh?”

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      7. 😁😁😁 together with their trendy expression: “Oh, super! Sympa!” πŸ™‚

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  31. Beautiful, magical, and a perfect holiday event. I hope lots of people attended. I want to ride the bucking reindeer…well, maybe not. πŸ™‚

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    1. I think you and I should both watch.

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  32. Sorry I’m late, John, but as always, I really LOVE this feature. Especially when it’s all about Christmas. It looks like they were really set for a great day, and I hope they HAD one! Thanks for sharing! And Merry Christmas to you! πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ„πŸ˜Š

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    1. Thank you, Marcia. It was a great time. Merry Christmas to you.

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