One of our favorite Wimberley winter traditions is the twinkling white lights sprinkled throughout the town. Coming into the Square on RR 12, when it’s turning from day to dark, you will be beckoned by a multitude of twinkling lights that softly shout out to you, “Welcome!” Edging along rooflines, wrapping around gnarly live oaks, ordinary landscape is transformed into a dazzling display of light.
Travel on to Hwy. 2325 out toward the High School and you will discover the crown jewel of Wimberley’s sparkling winter welcome at the Trail of Lights. It is held every Christmas season at EmilyAnn Theater and Gardens. Nestled behind the Wimberley High School, the festively lighted walking path extends for approximately 8 acres. It begins with a welcome sign and greeter that invite you into a community collaboration of dazzling holiday celebration. The path leads along different stops decorated with twinkling lights. Christmas themed exhibits are sponsored by businesses, churches and various civic groups. A glowing campfire, complete with complimentary hot chocolate topped with melting miniature marshmallows, sets the mood for holiday cheer.
Just about every evening, Santa Claus will find his way from the North Pole along a lighted trail leading to his Santa house and will be ready to greet those who are young and those who are young-at-heart. During the 5th Annual Chocolate Night on December 9, you can purchase a ticket to sample the candies and other chocolate delicacies prepared by various vendors. They have promised that all of the calories have been purged from them (just kidding!)
When you continue to climb up the lighted trail, you will discover a main stage where entertainment including musicians and church choirs will be presented. Be sure to support the concessions stand located near the stage, which serves hot dogs, Frito chili pies and additional drinks and treats. Want to join in the twinkle and sparkle of the Trail of Lights? You can shop in the store at the entrance of the trail for items that glitter and glow.
And don’t miss the highlight of the Trail! Lined with an arch of twinkling lights, climb the path to the highest point and the most spectacular view of Wimberley Valley at night. See twinkling lights as far as the eye can take you. The Trail of lights is open from December 2 to December 26. It opens at 6pm each evening and closes at 9pm, staying open an hour later on Fridays and Saturdays. Some families even attend on Christmas Day, making the Trail of Lights part of their Wimberley twinkling lights tradition. There is no charge for admission to the Trail of Lights, but donations to maintain the trail are graciously accepted.
This winter, let the Trail of Lights at EmilyAnn brighten your day and light your way into the Christmas Season!