I’ve had several opportunities to ride on them (we visited NYC’s Central Park and they have them in downtown Dallas), but never wanted to succumb to shelling out so much money. So, when I heard that The Shops of Highland Village was offering free rides, I knew I (along with my princesses and king) had to go.
We arrived at our relatively small, but adorable neighborhood shopping center to bright lights. Immediately, we briskly walked to the center of action to partake in “Our Village Glows” for the 54 foot Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Since it was cold outside, we lasted 15 mins (at most) before retreating to a nearby (and warm) Mexican restaurant for dinner.
The line for the free horse drawn carriage rides were still forming and though I tried convincing the family to wait in line, their hungry tummies took priority. After licking our plates clean, we again passed the line, but were discouraged after seeing the now lengthier line. Instead, we opted to see the lit tree and dance to tunes of people singing on stage. It was a joyous event and I was glad we took the kids despite the fact we had work/ school the next day!
Hot cocoa and cookies were being passed out and crafts were on hand and ready to be assembled. Kids were waiting in even longer lines for the free face painting and to sit with Santa. We watched the kids dance in delight to the celebration. We could tell our girls were getting tired so we decided to walk towards the car, but not before checking out the line for the horse drawn carriage.
BINGO! The line was now shorter so we anxiously awaited our turn. That was until the guy in front of us gently informed us that they were the last ones getting a ride per the vendors. Drats! Major disappointment and we were faced dealing with two sad faces (our daughters’). I told them we could come back another night despite their protests.
If you’d like to join others for free horse drawn carriage rides, they are available Thursdays – Saturdays from 5 pm – 8 pm and Sundays from 4 pm – 6 pm from December 1 – 18.
The line forms right next to the Nestle Toll House Café.