Trail of Lights returns to Austin


by HEATHER KOVAR / KVUE News and Photojournalist DEREK RASOR

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Posted on December 17, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 24 at 10:52 AM

AUSTIN -- The Austin tradition, The Trail of Lights, returns after a two year hiatus.

Thousands gathered Sunday night as the one-mile trail was lit.

But some people complained about a near two-hour wait for the shuttle at Kreig Field. The wait was blamed on traffic.

Organizers think about 60,000 people came out for opening night, and they expect 250,000 will walk the trail during the eight nights of the festival.

Executive Director of the Run Tex Foundation James Russel said they were able to help bring the festival back to Austin because of the private sector. 

"We were able to raise the money privately so it's not costing the taxpayers of Austin anything to produce this event," said Russell.

Live performers included Austin resident Jonathas Ojeda, who was featured on NBC's "The Voice" and Jerry Jeff Walker.

The lights will be on through Sunday, Dec. 23 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. each night.

People are urged to take the shuttle to Zilker Park. The ride costs $2 and will run each night from Barton Creek Square Mall, Republic Square Park and the Kreig Field Softball Complex.

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