LIGHTS OF TEJAS: Keeping a million-plus holiday bulbs glowing


A couple hold hands under the warm winter glow at Tejas near Giddings, where more than 1 million lights make the holidays bright. (Jay Godwin photo)

By Ed Crowell
The “Lights of Tejas” display has been lighting up the faces of thousands of holiday visitors since 2010. The light show at Tejas, a Christian retreat and summer camp seven miles south of Giddings, is open only on certain days Nov. 27 through Dec. 29. It showcases more than 1 million lights, both outdoors and as part of an indoor light show that celebrates the Nativity story and the joys of Christmas. 
Visit or call 979-366-2422 for directions and information about the schedule, admission prices, overnight accommodations, dining options and activities, including games, hayrides, zip lines and cupcake and ornament decorating.
1.2 million bulbs in 2015 
300,000 bulbs in 2010, the first year 
12,887 attendance in 2014 
4,200 cupcakes decorated by visitors for the birthday party for Jesus 
2,100 hours needed to set up lights 
800 tree ornaments decorated by visitors 
607 meals served in dining hall in 2014 
28 acres covered by walkways, lights and activities 
35 average number of volunteers who work each night

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