(Seguin) -- Christmas in Seguin has now evolved into a tropical paradise thanks to some relaxing holiday fun now found this season at Son's Island. The island, which still remains a secret to many in Seguin, can be found nestled in mid waters of Lake Dunlap located off of Lee Street near CMC Steel Texas.
The island has transformed itself from being one of the coolest places to spend a summer to being one of the warmest places to spend the winter.
The island, known for its hot summer fun filled with lakeside cabanas, paddle boarding, kayaking and other water recreation sports, has redesigned itself into "Christmas on the Island -- A Tropical Trail of Lights."
Geoffrey King, marketing manager for parent company Best Texas Travel, says this Christmas wonderland on the island has already gained plenty of notoriety for being first of its kind in Texas.
"So people that are really looking for something to do during Christmas time, a lot of family members are always kind of looking around to try and get people together and this is a really good alternative. It's something that's brand new. It's our first year. It's something that we haven't found anything like it anywhere else in Texas. It's the only trail of lights on an island in Texas that's tropical themed. It really sets us apart," said King.
King says the operators of the island couldn't imagine having the island sit alone during such a wonderful time of year.
"We saw a lot of success and we found a lot of people really enjoyed the island during the summer time and we thought, we've got this really awesome location. It's hidden, kind of nestled back, like backwoods of Seguin..what's something we could kind of use for year round. It's something that everybody enjoys. We found everybody loves trail of lights. So let's go for it," said King.
Christmas lights, decorations and scenes illuminate the three and a half acre island. Santa will be on hand on Fridays and Saturday, Dec. 23. Live music will also be provided on Saturday nights. Fire pits and cozy campfires are available for S’mores. Desserts and drinks are also stationed on the island for purchase.
The success of Christmas on the Island can already be noted by the number of folks who have made multiple visits to the trail of lights. One of those repeat customers has been Karin Rettele of Geronimo. Rettele, who was found enjoying the time with family and friends, says she just can't get enough of this wonderful island.
"I've been here in the summer and now for this Christmas. We've been here a few nights actually for the Christmas part because it's so much fun. The kids just love it and the lighting is just beautiful. They like to play in the sand and the music and we've come a couple times to see Santa. Dive-in Donuts, the doughnuts are awesome. I mean in the summer, it's a blast. You get your own cabana. It's like your own little private party out here. The water is beautiful," said Rettele.
Sharing her experience with Rettele was friend LaDalia Shaw, of Lockhart. Shaw says Christmas on the Island is one of those experiences where you will want to spend it with the people you love.
"We actually came out here Sunday night also and walked through it. We didn't have grandkids with us that time, so we brought them back tonight. It's very family oriented. It's very calm and kind of laid back in a way and the lights are just so pretty," said Shaw.
As Christmas approaches, King says he does expect reservations to fill up quickly.
"We're going to be open until December 31st every day of the week. You basically pick your day and time that you want to come. We're doing this for a couple of reasons, but the biggest one is a lot of people go to the bigger towns for trail of lights and you have to wait in line. It just turns into a big hassle but this way, you can ensure you're not going to have to wait in any lines. You can really enjoy time with your family. It's a lot more laid back, kind of going along with the island theme. It's just more relaxed," said King.
Tickets can be purchased and reservations can be made at sonsisland.checkfront.com. Cost is $25 for standard entry. That's good for one car and two people for one hour. Up to six additional people can be added at $7.50 each. A Super Pass entry is $35 for one car and up to eight people for one hour. Upon arriving, guests will be instructed of where to park and waivers will have to be filled out. Guests are also encouraged to book their spot by visiting Christmasontheisland.com.
The Son's Island operation for the hotter part of the year resumes in March.