Christmas On The Island and Overnight In a Tipi

Christmas on the islandSomeone told me about Christmas on the Island and after looking at the website we decided to head down to Seguin for the weekend and check out Christmas On The Island. We booked a stay for a couple nights in one of the unique tipis at and after getting our bags settled in our tipi (I was going to change into my Indian outfit but it was too cold) we headed over to for Christmas On The Island.

I hear you asking "What is Christmas On The Island"? It's like a walking trail of lights but much more:

  • Santa is waiting to hear youChristmas wishit's a beautiful sparkling trail of lights on a small island on the Guadalupe River in Seguin which adds to making this a unique experience as the lights glisten on the river
  • it's sipping hot chocolate and listening to some live music on Saturday and Sunday night
  • it's getting a free picture of me sitting on Santa's lap and giving him my wish list for Christmas - I'm hoping for a new boat but he didn't commit to that one way or the other
  • it's warming up around the fire-pit and meeting some new folks
  • it's about hot chocolate and tasty cookies

You need to buy a ticket to Christmas On The Island and you'll be given a designated hour time slot to enjoy the festivities. Parking is limited on the island which is one of the reason for the hour tours plus it prevents overcrowding. We arrived right on time, were greeted by a colorful Son's Island sign and Santa and Mrs. Claus enjoying the evening in camp chairs next to their decorated vintage Airstream camper. We were instructed to drive across the bridge (only two cars at a time), find a parking spot, and then enter the trail of lights. As we drove across the decorated wooden covered bridge that leads to the island, we knew we were in for a treat.

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The entire island is lit up with a variety of colorful lights and as you walk through the trail you'll see lots of animated and blow up Christmas decorations ranging from a nativity scene to several Santas

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plus you'll see teddy bears, snoopy, and several other Disney characters.

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As you stroll through the trail you're surrounded by a variety of different colored lights wrapped around trees and hanging everywhere.

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And some of my favorites at Christmas On The Island included hot chocolate, donuts and cookies, and sitting by the fire pit listening to music and watching the kids talk to Santa..

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Power Plant GrillAfter our tour we drove to the Power Plant Grill and enjoyed a great dinner and some drinks. The Power Plant Grill was the municipal power plant for Seguin and it still has the large diesel engine in the dining room and a great outdoor patio with a fantastic view of the water fall as the Guadalupe River cascades over the dam which was used to create the hydroelectric power for Sequin.

Stuffed to the brim and with Christmas decorations and sparkling light still flashing around my brain, we headed over to Geronimo Creek Retreat for a good nights sleep in our heated tipi. Geronimo Creek Retreat is home to some really cool and unique lodging options - they've got 4 tipis, two treehouses, and six glamping tents.

Geronimo on the Creek  tree house One of the tipis at Geronimo Creek Retreat We stayed in tipi #4 which looks out on a small pond that's great for sitting on the dock and enjoying a cup of coffee or a cold brew. Inside our tipi were two queen size beds with bedside tables, a large couch, satellite TV, kitchenette with sink, a mini refrigerator, stovetop and extra-large toaster oven/microwave. The tipis are heated (thank God - was 40 degrees that night and there were still some patches of snow along the side of our tipi) and air conditioned. Outside there is a BBQ grill, picnic table, and lawn furniture. The restroom is outside the tipi in a stand alone building with an individual bathroom for tipi #4 with a tiled shower, toilet, and wash basin. We really enjoyed our stay and wish the grandkids had been with us - they would have loved it!

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Geronimo Creek Retreat also has a number of amenities for you to enjoy during your stay, some of which include: kayaks to use on the creek, a hot tub, rec room with games and a big flat screen TV, a rope swing over the creek, horseshoes, bean bag toss, half basketball court, and more.

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After a good nights sleep and a delicious breakfast at Garcia's, we were ready for a round of golf at Max Starcke Golf Course. Carved out of a pecan grove, this course's front nine was opened in 1938 and the back in 1980 and it's one of the few remaining park courses in Texas. Similar to most early designed courses it's straightforward, short, and traditional with wide tree lined side-by-side fairways. The conditions are very good and the rates are reasonable and suitable for play for all levels. Best of all I didn't lose a single golf ball or get sandy from the bunkers. To learn more read our review and rating of Max Starcke Golf Course.

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Fun weekend and I can't wait to share this experience with the grandkids and friends - they won't believe we slept in a tipi until they find out it had double beds, AC, coffee maker, and satellite TV - not exactly roughing it! You should call Geronimo Creek Retreat and book a stay. Have fun.

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