The Austin Trail of Lights, which started in 1992, became an annual family tradition for a lot of Austin residents. The Trail of Lights was a gift from the City of Austin and offered free of charge to attendees. This event has always been one of the highlights of the holiday season with families coming from all around Austin.
Why No Austin Trail of Lights for 2010?
With the economic times, Austin had many cuts to the 2010-2011 budget. With this, the City decided to use the $400,000 set aside for this annual event to be used to maintain and improve Zilker Park.
Will the Trail of Lights Come Back to Austin?
It is unknown if the Trail of Lights will be back, but there are enough people that care about this holiday event to try to get the lights turned back on. There is talk that this event may change to a sponsorship from corporations and private individuals, voluntary donations from residents or charging a cover. We can also put it on our Christmas Wish List to Santa. You never know!
An Alternative to the Trail of Lights
If your looking for another way to kick off your holiday season, the annual Zilker Tree Lighting ceremony will be held on December 5th at 6 p.m. This event is full of holiday cheer with food, music, the tree lighting and even a visit from Santa.
Have a Favorite Austin Christmas Event?
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