The holidays are generally a time for tradition, and one local tradition has been going strong in Central Texas for a quarter century. BLORA's Nature In Lights returns to Belton Lake just in time for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve.

Fort Hood MWR reports that the annual outdoor light display at the Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area is set to open for its 25th year on Friday, November 12.


For those new to the area, BLORA is Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area ,and is available for both military members and civilians. The area offers plenty of fun for the entire family, including tent camping, RV camping, plus boating, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking, paintball, and an archery range but only people with a military ID can rent cottages, pavilions, or kayaks. Plus any rental costs will be cheaper for military as well.

This time of year, the entire area becomes a huge, drive-through, outdoor light show with bright, colorful displays, some of which even seem to be moving.

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The BLORA Nature in Lights will open nightly from 5:30 PM to 11:00 PM Friday, November 12. Your family can visit through January 2, 2022. BLORA will also be open on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas. It's a five-and-a-half mile attraction of beautiful light displays your entire family will love.

This really is a must-see light display in Central Texas. Here are the details:

Gates open from 5:30 PM to 11 PM November 12, 2021 through January 2, 2021.

Gate fees are as follows:

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

Make sure to stop and take a break at the half way point and visit Santa's Village, where you can grab some food and hot cocoa, shop at vendor booths, and take some pictures. Santa's Village will be open Thursday - Sunday (Nov 18 – Dec 5) from 5:30 PM- 11 PM and nightly from Dec. 9-24.

Visit BLORA Monday through Wednesday evenings for a collector’s 14th edition Annual Nature In Lights ornament. Supplies are limited, so they can only give you one per vehicle.

The entrance is located at the intersection of Sparta/North Noland Road and Cottage Road.

Make sure to make BLORA Nature in Lights a part of your holiday season this year.

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