New Family Christmas Tradition Begins in Giddings
Camp Tejas is putting the final touches on preparations for their first annual Lights of Tejas to be held the first three weekends of December. They have hung over 800,000 lights on trees and buildings around the camp, and will present a 30-minute orchestrated light show of over 150,000 lights to music and narration at one of the lakes on the property.
The CEO of Tejas Ministries, David Jones, recalls the ideas his family had many years ago to decorate the camp with Christmas lights. “We talked about the idea of hanging lights on the buildings more than 15 years ago, but we didn’t have the resources to get it done back then. Just ideas and dreams,” David recalls. “We became more serious about the idea after visiting a similar camp in the Seattle, WA area that has been decorating their facility for more than 14 years,” says David. “Over 45,000 people visit the December event at Warm Beach Camp each year. It’s a Christmas favorite in the northwest. We hope to build up the Lights of Tejas in the same way here in central Texas in the years to come. 2010 is our pilot year and our ramp up for 2011 and beyond.”
Families are always looking for fun things to do around Christmas and there’s no greater favorite than looking at Christmas lights. The Lights of Tejas will not only provide the lights, but several extras as well. One of the other anticipated features of the event is the food. There will be plenty of options available for a full dinner or just a fun holiday snack. A variety of items will be on the menu such as Mexican food, a Cuban sandwich, pancakes, hamburgers, and mini-donuts. Open outdoor fires will be available for hotdogs and s’mores. Activities will include the light show, hayrides, a 50' climbing wall with two zip lines, inflatables, and face painting.
The 2010 event is open the first three weekends of December; Thursday through Sunday evenings from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Entrance fees are $5 per person and $20 per family. Food, gifts, and some of the activities will cost extra. For more information and ticket sales, go to www.LightsOfTejas.com.
Camp Tejas is a Christian retreat center about five miles south of Giddings. They provide camp and retreat services for churches and other Christian organizations in central Texas. Over 15,000 guests visit the facility each year. Camp Tejas is owned and operated by Tejas Ministries, Inc.