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Nature In Lights

A Fort Hood Holiday Tradition - Holiday lights attraction at BLORA your entire Family can enjoy!

Note: This event has already passed.

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Trail of Lights

Open to All Nightly 5:30 - 11 p.m.
Open Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas
A Fort Hood Holiday Tradition: five-and-a-half mile holiday lights attraction at BLORA your entire Family can enjoy! Come early and receive the 12th edition commemorative ornament on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday evenings, while supplies last!

Advance Ticket Sales
$5 off through Nov 14th

Advance ticket sales – Guests can purchase discounted tickets now through 14 November at BLORA or on main post at the

The Twenty-third Annual Holiday Spectacular

Nature In Lights turns Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area into a winter wonderland for kids and kids at heart. This event is open to the public and visitors can drive through the 800+ acre park nightly and enjoy five and one half miles of illuminated displays, many computer animated, ranging in size from strands of lights artfully configured to scenes spanning 40’ x 300’ wide, as well as architectural and foliage lighting. Tune into BLORA’s FM 91.9 to enjoy the sounds of the season as you travel through the park.

Saddle Night   

Nov 9  (inclement weather date – Nov 10)  6:00pm
Depart BLORA Ranch for a ride through the lower portion of the lights via horseback for $40 per person. Bring your own horse with proof of negative coggins required.
Reservations can be made at +1(254)394-5018
Limited spaces available and weather permitting

Pony Rides

5:30 - 11 p.m., at BLORA Ranch
$5 per ride weather permitting

  • Fri-Sun: 15-17 Nov
  • Thurs- Sun:  21 Nov – 8 Dec
  • Nightly:  12-24 Dec

Sierra Beach

Enjoy a quick snack, glow-in-the-dark toys or a restroom break

Santa’s Village

5:30 - 11 p.m., Google Map
Located in the park’s enclosed and heated Live Oak Pavilion, to shop for gifts, take photographs with Santa, and partake in homemade cookies, hot chocolate and other treats.

  • Fri-Sun: 15-17 Nov
  • Thurs- Sun:  21 Nov – 8 Dec
  • Nightly:  12-24 Dec

Santa's Depot

5:30 - 11 p.m., Google Map

  • Train - $5, 11 yrs and under $3 and lap children ride free
  • Depot Den - $5

The last stop on the trail is Santa’s Depot, located near the end of the trail of lights, at BLORA’s Marina Cove parking lot, where guests can enjoy concessions under the stars, play at the Depot Den, hop aboard the train for a ride through an exclusive trail of lights, or just stretch their legs on a playground before the ride home.

  • Fri-Sun: 15-17 Nov
  • Thurs- Sun:  21 Nov – 8 Dec
  • Nightly:  12-24 Dec

Outdoor Theater

5:30 - 11 p.m., no charge and weather permitting
Holiday Cartoons, Saturday evenings weather permitting

  • Nov 16, 23, 30
  • Dec 7, 14 & 21


How To Get Here

From Fort Hood
Clear Creek Rd or TJ Mills Blvd to Old Ironsides Ave., Turn right on to Old Ironsides Ave., Turn left on to Martin Dr/East Range Rd., Turn right on to North Nolan Rd. for 10 miles, Turn left on Cottage Rd.

Killeen / Copperas Cove
Hwy 190 to WS Young North to Rancier Ave., Turn right on to Rancier Ave/FM 439., Turn left on Sparta Rd., Turn right on Cottage Rd.

Temple / Belton
Interstate 35 exit Hwy 190 West, Exit Loop 121 North, Turn left on to Sparta Rd., Turn right on Cottage Rd.


Gate Admission

  • Car, Mini-Van & Pick-Up - $20
  • 15 – Passenger Van, Limos & RVs - $35
  • 24 – Passenger Van - $55
  • 47 – Passenger Van or Larger Bus - $80

In addition to gate admission

  • Train - $5, 11 yrs and under $3 and lap children ride free
  • Pony Rides - $5
  • Depot Den - $5
  • Saddle Night $40