During my visit to the IACE travel office in Sasebo, I saw a brochure for Huis Ten Bosch. Huis Ten Bosch is theme park with a Netherlands inspired theme. What caught my eye in the brochure were the holiday light displays. I immediately added this to my list.
We arrived before the sunset on Saturday in order to see some of the park in the day light. We took a 20 minute train ride from Sasebo to the Huis Ten Bosch Station. We were amazed by the view from the start!
That huge building is the main hotel of the park. Dave and I decided we needed a return trip to experience all the park had to offer, including a stay at one of the hotels!
At the entrance of the park, visitors walk through a field with three large windmills. This time of year the fields have pansies and lights. In the spring, the fields are full of tulips. Just like Holland. Before dark.
We enjoyed a walk around the park taking in the sights. One hotel is completely run by robots. Check out this guy!
There were tons of cute photo opportunities.
Even roses blooming!
Lots of decorations.
I also had a giggle seeing another pirate ship. My third one in the past 10 days! Notice the cute Amsterdam Row Houses in the background.
As the sun set, lights started to come on. I was giddy! We worked our way to the magical waterfall.
I hope I captured the beauty in the video. It’s truly amazing to watch.
We walked through the blue garden lights. Enjoying the lights and singing “Blue Christmas” and wishing those wine glasses had wine!
Our next highlight was a ride on the Ferris Wheel.
The ride around was 11 minutes. I’m happy to report the cars were Dave proof. They were completely enclosed so he couldn’t drop water on anyone! The views were spectacular!
After the ride, we walked to the huge tree so we could enjoy the tree lighting ceremony.
It was mesmerizing!
I took a close up of the fountain. Notice the wine fountain sign, Santa, and all the muses. Amusing!
The last highlight of our visit was the boat ride. We rode through the canal and were able to enjoy the lights and animations.
The best part was the canal light show. I recorded part of it for you.
One last funny. The parade was going on while we were on the boat. After we got off the boat, we saw part of as we were walking around. There were lots of Santas dancing and floats and Christmas music and a dinosaur. Yes, a dinosaur. Apparently, nothing says Merry Christmas like a dinosaur float!
All the lights and holiday music truly helped us get in the Christmas spirit. The theme park and illuminations were over the top. I hope we have the opportunity to return in the spring. I would love to see the flowers!