Christmas Tour Of Lights Revived

A Texoma tradition is being revived this year.

The Wichita Falls Parks and Rec Department is once again hosting the Christmas Lights Tour and as Newschannel 6 Lindsey Rogers found out, the community is already excited.

"The most fun thing for me to do during the holidays is to ride around and look at Christmas lights. So, I thought why not get everybody involved and make it a community-wide event," Amy McKim said.

It's been years since the city offered the Christmas Lights Tour around Wichita Falls.

When  McKim took over the position as Recreation Coordinator, bringing it back was on the top of her list.

"I hoped doing this would bring different people together and meet new people that you didn't know of maybe you had something in common with and didn't know it. That it would be fun for the community to come together instead of being individualized in their own cars," McKim said.

No advertisement was needed, through word of mouth and Facebook, the Parks and Rec was able to fill up the tours in no time.

"I had to book extra hour because of the response. We're already doing the tours until 10p.m. at night and after that, it's my bedtime so I said 10 was the cut off," McKim.

The hour long trolley rides will be going through Tanglewood, Fountain Park, Country Club and end at the Fantasy of Lights.

The first tour starts at 6 p.m. and will continue each half hour.

Already all 150 spots have been reserved.

"If people really enjoy it, Id like to do it more than just one weekend a year, even two weekends in a row would be nice if we could get the trolleys," McKim said.

The tour is only $3 per person and $5 for a couple.

All the money will go to pay for the trolley rentals and back to the Parks and Rec Department for programs and to bring the Christmas Lights Tour back next year.

The public tours are only Friday night, but the 50+ Zone Club is doing the same thing Saturday and has just about as many people signed up.

Lindsey Rogers, Newschannel 6