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Heard's Holiday Trail of Lights returns
Kelley Chambers / Staff Photo – Hints of Christmas can be seen along the nature trails at the Heard Natural Science Museum. Preparations are being made to transform the wildlife sanctuary into a winter wonderland, on display Dec. 14-15.
The Heard Natural Science Museum's fourth annual Holiday Trail of Lights is scheduled for Dec. 14-15, and will consist of a half-mile of twinkling holiday cheer and a chance to meet Father Christmas and Mother Nature.
Christmas lights along the trail are synchronized to holiday music, and hot beverages and treats will be served. The event will also feature live holiday music in the Heard's outdoor amphitheater performed by local musicians. Strolling carolers and entertainers will also complement the holiday atmosphere.
"We've had several people tell us they've come to expect it as part of their holiday tradition, so that's always a good sign," said Stephanie Jennings, Heard spokeswoman. "People are coming back year after year to see it, so we try to add a little bit more each year."
Jon Peterson, of Alfresco, living in Anna, has made the annual tradition possible for the past four years, and said he and Heard staffers were surprised at the number of visitors that came the first year. Since then, the residential landscape decorator dresses about 150 homes each year for the holiday season.
Decorating the Heard is a bit different than what they're used to, mainly because of the space and distance for which they have to spread out the lights. It takes Peterson and his crew of three to four men to complete the task, which is done over about a two or three day span and consists of roughly 200 collective hours of labor.
The Heard's holiday event stands out among others in Collin County because it's one of the only places that has an abundance of open land with which to work.
"It's not commercial," Peterson said. "This is nature's place here."
Founded in 1967, the Heard consists of a 289-acre wildlife sanctuary and a natural science museum primarily for educating children about nature.
For tickets, visit heardmuseum.org.
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