Shangri La’s Holiday Stroll

While in Texas we wanted to use our family time to create some new memories and Christmas traditions, so we decorated cookies, watched a light show at a local church, made a bonfire with smores and checked out the local botanical gardens for the very first time. The Shangri La Botanical Gardens has been around for a while, but none of us have ever checked it out. With a little bit of research we learned that not only are they open during the holidays, but they have a special “evening holiday stroll” event right after Christmas.

shangrila holiday strolls

Even at night, the gardens were stunning! We were so impressed with the layout, the landscape, the dozens of Christmas trees, the thousands of lights and the staff was incredible. Everyone was so friendly and helpful, it may for a very cheerful evening.

nativity me

 

We didn’t get a ton of pictures of all the lights and scenes. I guess we were too busy just looking at them with my friends and my family. We spent a full two hours walking around, drinking hot cocoa and taking group photos. I even ran into a very good childhood friend of mine who happens to work at the gardens! It was an awesome night.

hot cocoa and cookies
hot cocoa and cookies
My sister's family
My sister’s family
Friends!
Friends!
So precious!
So precious!
My family
My family

Two more years and we will return with an even bigger crowd!

Cheers!

Opryland: A Country Christmas

opryland hotel

After walking through “Ice!” at Opryland we had to make our way over to the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center to walk around and gawk at the 2 million Christmas lights hung around the 9 acres of indoor-gardens in the enormous resort.

country christmas

We met up with our friends Jay and Emily, or Jamily which is how I like to refer to them. The four of us spent the evening walking around, watching families take a million photos with numerous DreamWorks characters spread out around the resort, drooling over every restaurant, exploring the empty convention rooms and getting lost among the many gardens and observatories.

There's even a river boat ride that takes you through the hotel!
There’s even a river boat ride that takes you through the hotel!

three of us water fountain restaurant lights friends

This year marks the 30th anniversary of “A Country Christmas” at Opryland.

This tree is 48 feet tall!
This tree is 48 feet tall!

husband

Opryland does an incredible job turning their entire resort into a magical wonderland. Besides the indoor attractions, there are even more lights outside and a giant free nativity scene. Of course the Radio City Rockettes perform all season at the Grand Ole Opry and too many other performances to list are also happening throughout the holidays.

garden

If it wasn’t so outrageously expensive then we would make a night out of it, get a room and enjoy the lights from our balcony…maybe one day.

Hope you are all having a very Merry Christmas Eve! Xoxo

Cheers!