If the holidays aren’t complete until you’ve driven through a tunnel of psychedelic Christmas lights, sung the “Twelve Days of Christmas” while inhaling exhaust from a nearby car and cupped hot cocoa with the windows rolled down, then you’re a fan of Nature in Lights.

In its 16th year, the annual holiday lights display at Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area switches on another season at 5:30 p.m. today. The self-paced tour runs through Jan. 6.


Fort Hood:

  • Clear Creek Road or Hood Road to Old Ironsides Avenue
  • Turn right on to Old Ironsides Avenue
  • Turn left on to Martin Drive/East Range Road
  • Turn right on to North Nolan Road, go 9 miles
  • Turn left on Cottage Road

Killeen/Copperas Cove:

  • Hwy 190 to WS Young north to Rancier Avenue
  • Turn right on to Rancier Avenue/Hwy 439
  • Turn left on Sparta Road
  • Turn right on Cottage Road


  • Interstate 35 exit Hwy West Exit Loop 121 North
  • Turn left to Sparta Road
  • Turn right to Cottage Road

Past dates

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  • Starting Friday, November 16th, 2012, repeated every day until Sunday, January 06, 2013 @ 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm


Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area

Belton, TX 76513




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