There was a rare opportunity this week for me to take all 5 of our kids to see Watter’s Creek Celebration of Lights media preview and I couldn’t pass it up, especially when they told me we’d get a chance to have a picture with Santa! We’ve never done a picture with Santa that included all five of our kids, so I knew this would be perfect. Or so I thought.
We were welcomed to Watter’s Creek at Bonnie Ruth’s where we were served DELICIOUS hors d’ oeuvres and I got the chance to see some of my favorite local blogger friends and their families. I had no idea the food at Bonnie Ruth’s was so good, but I can see it as a great date night restaurant or even a stop over to fill up while you’re out shopping at Watters Creek. The kids loved the pizza and grilled cheese, while I couldn’t get enough of the ahi tuna samples! YUMMY!
After we had a chance to get some snacks, we were led over to a breezeway where a hot chocolate and dessert bar was waiting for us. We camped out here waiting for our turn to see Santa and every child had the chance to make a cute craft.
My kids were much more interested in the balloon animals that were being created for each child. Our little guys walked away with giant swords that they fought with until they popped. The big kids took home a big hammer and this cute T-Rex! I think they had more fun just watching them be made.
Our turn to see Santa came quickly and I was excited and terrified all at the same time. I couldn’t wait to get a chance to have a picture with all 5 of our kids with Santa, but as luck would have it, it didn’t work out that way. Langston had no interest in having his picture made with Santa. No interest meant he wouldn’t even get close to him. I gave up on the idea of having him in the picture and said, “Just take it!”
Aside from the fact that he’s not in the picture, I couldn’t love this picture any more than I do. Every family should have a picture with Santa where one child is open mouth crying. I can’t wait to show this picture to Brantley when she’s older.
Watters Creek’s Celebration of Lights
We capped off the evening with seeing the 3 minute light show set to music. It was beautiful and I was so impressed!
You can have the chance to see this same dazzling 3 minute light show set to music every Monday through Saturday on the half hour, 5:30-9:30 through New Year’s Eve.
The interactive display of 145,000 lights includes eight whimsical reindeer and large sleigh taking off in the air over the creek. To add to the magical experience, the creek water is also lit up with LED lights!
It’s really gorgeous, but that’s not all Watters Creek has to offer!
Free Trolley Rides – Rides from 6-9p.m. every Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29-Dec. 14 and daily from Dec. 16th to 21st.
Free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides - Nov. 30 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., rides from 3 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 7, 13-14, 16-21 & 23 and 1 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 24th.
Lucky Duck Kids Club: Brunch With Santa – Dec. 14 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bonnie Ruth’s ($8 for children, $10 for adults. Space is limited. RSVP required to firstname.lastname@example.org)
You can join Santa for a tasty brunch while getting the chance to sit on his lap and share your holiday wish list. Kids will create holiday crafts to keep or give, as well as receiving special discounts on photo packages with Santa.
Photos with Santa - Nov. 23 – Dec. 24. (Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun. noon to 6 p.m.)
Free visits with Santa are offered at his new location across from Blue Fish. Families also have the opportunity to purchase photo packages starting at $15. Pet photos with Santa are available Dec. 8 and 15 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Toys for Our Tots in Partnership with Allen Community Outreach - Nov. 23 – Dec. 15
A donation of a new, unwrapped toy will help families provide gifts to kids and teens in Allen to make their holiday bright. Toys are being accepted at Watters Creek Concierge and The Lofts Leasing Office.
There are so many things Watters Creek has to offer you and your family for the holiday!Visit Jamie Roubinek’s profile on Pinterest.