I texted my inside source (Nick, who works there) last week to find out when it was the least busiest at the lights at Thanksgiving Point. He said to go on a Thursday at 6. Since that wasn't going to happen with Greg's schedule, we aimed to be there at 6 on Monday night. We got there around 6:20 and the line was waaaaay shorter than last year, so that strategy paid off. By the time we got to the front of the line, Lynnie and Cece were both asleep, so Ellie again got to be the only one awake to see the lights.
And the Thanksgiving Point employee was really nice to us, because our membership expired yesterday, but she still let us pay the member price.