If you are looking for a family-friendly Christmas lights display to spend a fun afternoon, look no further. Lights on the Farm at Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano offers a Winterland scene perfect for families with young kids. But the one million lights in festive yuletide displays is just one part of the package. Here's everything you need to know to enjoy your visit at Lights on the Farm.
Stroll Through a Forest of Lights
This Christmas event at the Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano is a self-guided walk-through experience. What this means is that you can let your kids lead the way, loop around and visit different areas of the farm multiple times and basically just relax and have a good time without worrying you're missing something.
The experience is accessible with strollers, wagons and wheelchairs. Take note that the pathways are decomposed granite which can be a little challenging to navigate with wheels.
Visitors begin their scenic stroll on Candycane Lane, a 1/4-mile trail bordered by trees lit with thousands of lights and animated displays. You can find Santa working in his farm shop and write Santa a letter while you wait to take your own photo with the jolly old elf. Poncho’s pasture will also feature elaborate displays, including a twenty-foot-tall Christmas tree. Guests can sit a spell and enjoy a s’more before they conclude their visit through an illuminated tunnel of lights which includes music and animated light displays.
Towards the end of your visit, you'll find a photo opp with Santa in his Christmas farmhouse. The scene, complete with a real Santa, of course, is beautifully staged with a barn backdrop complete with presents and a little stool snuggled up next to Santa for the perfect Santa photo.
The $10 fee includes entire groups or family and allows for as many photos as you like.
But Wait! There's S'mores!
In addition to good old-fashioned concessions including hot cocoa, freshly popped kettle corn and hot cinnamon sugar donuts, the farm offers a s'mores kit to enjoy at the firepits installed around the 20-foot-tall tree. Grab a hay bale and have fun making your own marshmallow, chocolate and graham crackers concoctions.
When you purchase your ticket, make sure to look for special events. In addition to the farm's holiday razzle-dazzle, the museum will feature themed nights to amp up the cheery atmosphere.
Meet the Grinch | Dec. 23, 2023
Enjoy a live performance before you line up to take a photo with the terrible Grinch himself.
New Year Celebration | Dec. 30, 2023
This time in addition to celebrating the new year, the Heritage Farmstead Museum is commemorating its 50th anniversary.
This article was originally published on Dec. 4, 2023.