Christmas at the Rock Ranch #hosted
If you have been following me on social media, you know that we have been to The Rock Ranch on several occasions and we always have a great time. We love going to spend the day there. We try to be the first to arrive (good parking! and more time there) and crazy enough, we seem to be the last ones to leave. We have gone before Savannah was born, meaning Broxton and even an older brother... and of course now with the little princess of the family. We were recently invited to visit and check out their "Country Christmas" and I was thankful that we did. As a mama of 2 on a budget, I was wondering if it would be worth the money and time to go. I mean, if you go for the DAY, it is great... but just to ride through a mile of lights and drive almost 2 hours to get there, I was not sure on that one!
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Like I said, I was not sure if this was going to be worth it, but since we were invited to The Rock Ranch, I wanted to check it out to let others know as well as know for us in the future. Again, almost 2 hours and it is "more than a mile of beautiful lights" Well let me tell you about our experience:
So, we drove and got there / got parked... Went up to check in and they have 2 lines going, one for 2 pm and one for 7 pm. We were in the 6 pm, so we waited for the wagon to come get us and take us back to Truett's Barn. The wagon picked us up and we took our ride through the lights to get there... It was cute to see everything, but I will tell you ... I sure wish they had music playing. Even if it wasn't set to lights, to have Christmas music would have made a huge difference. One scene is the 12 days of Christmas, they could have had that song playing... and then just different tunes.
One thing I loved, the fact that they had scripture printed on signs hanging up. LOVED IT!!!!!
We got to Truett's Barn and we immediately went to check out Santa's workshop.
Santa's workshop is an added on cost, they sell the tickets right there at the workshop entrance, just in case you change your mind and decide you want to do it after all.
Santa's Workshop is in an area where they have someone at the front door to make sure it doesn't get too crowded and everyone can enjoy their time in there. As you enter, you have an elf reading a story to the kids... Then you head on over to make an ornament to take home, write a letter to Santa (they even have a drop box to mail it for you!) the kids get to make a treat to take home to sprinke on the front yard for the reindeer and finally a cookie decorating area to make a treat to enjoy while you are there.
They had Santa's workshop decorated nice and it made for a great background to take pics of the kiddo's. I should have asked for a family photo to make sure I was included in there as well, but I got one of the kids so that is what matters!!!!
Not a great picture, but when we went to go on the train ride, I said I bet we are going to go to where that bright green tree is... Little did I know, I was right!!!! So, we went to line up to go on the train ride (we met in the dining area and then walked out as a group to the front of the barn to get on the wagon.) The weather was perfect, cool but not freezing.. they even had the fire-pits going and you could buy smore's kits.
It was cute riding the train and seeing how they had decorated all of The Rock Ranch. I did comment that it would have been awesome to have a way to go and ride the carousel during this event and it did look beautiful... but that is not part of the night. They had lights all over and even a snowflake tunnel to ride through. Again, I wish they would have had music piped through the train ride, it really would have made a difference in the experience to me.
We arrived back to Truett's and of course had to get their picture in the BIG CHAIR!!! Love how it turned out!
We made it back inside to do a little shopping in the gift shop and of course a quick visit with Santa to end the night. I think we had a great time and it is really all about making memories.
They had a dining area set up with tables and a couple different places to buy food from. They had a bounce house going outside. They had the outdoor fireplace going where people were just sitting around and visiting. This is a place to go and get away from it all. No TV's to distract... Just good family fun. They have photo op's to grab cute photo's to treasure.
So - would I recommend The Rock Ranch for their Country Christmas? Yes, if you are looking to get away and unwind. We got there a little after 6 and did not leave until almost 9 (I believe.) It was perfect for Savannah. Broxton enjoyed just being outside in the cold, running and playing and being a kid, because really... isn't that what it is all about?
I think had it just been Broxton (age 10) we might not have had as much fun... but to have a 10 year old and a 4 year old, it was perfect!!!! Don't forget you can buy an annual pass, that way you can enjoy all that The Rock Ranch has to offer year round!!!!