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Wimberley's 2005 Trail of Lights at EmilyAnn Theatre: Tips, Schedule and More About the Trail
Make your holiday season complete with a special evening, far from the annoying city crowds. The Trail of Lights at EmilyAnn is a uniquely Wimberley experience of the very best kind.>
A singalong every night around a "yule log" campfire, different
entertainment each evening, creative light displays including Santa,
animals, menorahs, La Posada, a musical pageant, chess games on a
patio-sized game board, llamas...all this and more are a part of the
Trail of Lights at the EmilyAnn Theatre in Wimberley, Texas. This event
is a very special, very friendly, relaxed experience that
will leave you with a warm glow throughout the year.
Finding this treasure may be a little difficult in the dark unless you
know where to look. Check out the directions here and when you see the school, watch
very carefully on the left for the entrance just past the Wimberley
High School at 1101 FM 2325. The entrance is not a flamboyant, lighted,
display, but after you drive down the short, country driveway, you'll
find ample free parking and lights aplenty.
The Trail of Lights at EmilyAnn has been the destination of choice for
community and visitors every year since 1998, when the first trail was
organized. Created by EmilyAnn Theatre Director Ann Rollings and her
husband, Norm, this month-long event is only one of the wonderful
happenings at the venue during the year. Their theatre is also well
known for the summer Shakespeare Under the Stars program for young
But during December through New Year's Eve, the spectacular exibits
along a beautiful natural trail that winds through six acres are an
annual holiday treat for the central Texas Hill Country area and
visitors to the region. There are 63 exhibits this year that bring
Wimberley businesses and organizations together in a friendly
competition, to the delight of every visitor who comes to see the deer
toasting marshmallows or the incredible snowman or the spectacular tree
of lights at the top of the hill.
Ann offers a few tips to help you enjoy this unique experience:
- Wear comfortable shoes. (Golf carts are provided for those who cannot walk the trail unaided)
- Check the weather and bring plenty of warm layers if it's a typical December evening.
- The Trail of Lights closes only in the event of very inclement weather. If in doubt, call before coming.
- Refreshments are provided each evening by a different community group or sponsor and are available at a reasonable cost.
- Parking is free.
- Come more than once. Check the schedule below to see what's happening each evening.
- And last, but not least, although admission is free, donations are
always gratefully accepted. Please check out the two donation
opportunities, the Santa Postal Box and a box when leaving.
The lights come on at dusk and gates remain open until 9 PM on weekdays, 10 on the weekends.
SCHEDULED ENTERTAINMENT, ACTIVITIES AND SPONSORS
"The Gift of Christmas," a musical pageant directed by Nathan
Villareal, will be performed on the main stage December 9-11 at 6 PM.
La Posada is scheduled for Sunday, December 18 at 6 PM. The event
is sponsored by St. Mary's Catholic Church and all area churches are
invited to participate.
On Monday, December 26, a Hannukah Menorah will be lit during a
ceremony hosted by Lee and Sandi Epstein. Latkes will be served after
the ceremony. The Menorah will be lit nightly through January 1st.
Sunday 11/27 - Methodist Youth Group
Saturday 12/3 - Wildflower Coffee Shop
Sunday 12/4 - Methodist Church; Brown Santa collects gifts for the needy
Wednesday 12/7 - St. Stephen's Church and School
Thursday 12/8 - Presbyterian Church
Friday 12/9 - "The Gift" Performance; Rotary Club
Saturday 12/10 - "The Gift" Performance; Girl Scouts and USI Insurance
Sunday 12/11 - "The Gift" Performance; Cypress Creek Church
Monday 12/12 - Keep Wimberley Beautiful
Tuesday 12/13 - Touched by Grace Church
Wednesday 12/14 - Wimberley Chamber of Commerce
Thursday 12/15 - First Baptist Church
Saturday 12/17 - Cub Scouts
Sunday 12/18 - La Posada performed; St. Mary's Catholic Church
Tuesday 12/20 - Deer Creek Nursing Home sponsors
Wednesday 12/21 - Hometown News and Bursiel Family
Saturday 12/24 - EmilyAnn Family and Friends
Monday 12/26 - Hannukah ceremony
Sunday 01/01 - New Year's celebration and final event