Convenient overflow parking available at Wimberley High School!
Saturday, November 30th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. (trail will remain open until 10:00 p.m. after opening ceremonies)
4:00: Trail Opens
5:00: Santa Arrives
Dusk: Official Tree Lighting
6:00-8:00 Musical Entertainment by The Jeff Latham Band
Trail open nightly from November 30th through December 31st
Fridays & Saturdays 6:00-10:00
Sundays - Thursdays 6:00-9:00
Saturday, November 30, the 16th Annual Trail of Lights will open at the EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens, and officially lighting the tree this year will be 7-year old Kaelin McInerney. You might know Kaelin as the EmilyAnn "butterfly girl". For several years, a photo of Kaelin taken at the Butterfly Festival when she was about two has appeared in EmilyAnn publicity to depict the magical atmosphere of the day. As it turns out, Kaelin, who won first place in the realistic category of the Butterfly Art Contest for first graders this past year, says she was actually thinking, "Hey, why is that butterfly eating my cantaloupe?"
Despite her many connections with the Butterfly Festival, Kaelin says her favorite thing about the EmilyAnn is the Trail of Lights. Her mom, Erika McInerney says that coming to the Trail of Lights has become a family tradition. "We come every year to roast marshmallows. We love what the EmilyAnn has to offer. It feels like family."
Join Kaelin on Saturday as the EmilyAnn opens one of the most beloved community traditions in Wimberley. The Trail opens at 4:00 and Santa will arrive on a fire truck at 5:00. The official tree lighting will take place at dusk followed by Tim Altenhoff singing O' Holy Night. The Jeff Latham Band will play from 6:00 - 8:00 and the Yule Log will be sponsored by Wimberley Fire Department and Silver Fox Farms. "The Opening Ceremony at the top of the hill is one of the best kept secrets of Trail of Lights. I hope you'll join us for a beautiful start of the season," says Ann Rolling, EmilyAnn Executive Director.
This year's Trail will again feature a walking path through 8 acres of lighted displays decorated by more than 100 local businesses, community groups and families. Guests gather at the Yule Log to celebrate the season with friends and neighbors, and listen to live entertainment on most nights. Hot dogs are available for $1.00 and hot chocolate and marshmallows are complimentary. Santa or Mrs. Claus will be in residence on Friday & Saturday nights prior to Christmas. The Jingle Bell Express, a favorite with the little ones, will also run Friday & Saturday nights as well as December 21-23 for $1.00 per ride. Be sure to stop by the Literacy Volunteers of America exhibit where the group and Half-Price Books of San Marcos will again offer free gently used books for children. Children are encouraged to bring books to donate as well.
The Trail of Lights is a walking path; however, for those needing assistance, golf carts rides through the exhibits are available.
Parking: Limited parking is available at the EmilyAnn. Additional parking is available at Wimberley High School and Danforth Jr. High - both located on Carney Lane. A lighted path connects the lower high school lot to the EmilyAnn. Parking at the high school is highly recommended on busy nights.
Admission is by donation. Hot Chocolate, Marshmallow and all entertainment also by donation. Hot Dogs, Water, S'mores & Train Rides $1.00.
(Note: Dogs, alcohol, and firearms are not allowed at Trail of Lights)