AUSTIN -- The City of Austin and the Trail of Lights Foundation announced Monday that the Trail of Lights will return for its 48th year from Dec. 8 through Dec. 22, 2013.
“By returning to the event’s original timeframe, we are making it easier for everyone in Austin to plan a night out to see the lights, create holiday memories and celebrate all they love about our community,” said Mario Espinoza, Trail of Lights Foundation board chair.
According to a press release, the 2013 Trail of Lights will offer holiday activities for all ages and occasions, including the world’s tallest man-made Christmas tree, and some new additions:
- More than 30 lighted displays, highlighting favorite holiday characters and Austin icons
- New and improved parking, shuttles and traffic management
- Expanded dining areas featuring the diverse tastes of Austin’s food trailers
- Entertainment from a variety of local, regional and national performers
- Holiday photo opportunities, crafts, and of course, a visit with Santa
- A hospitality area for company and group parties
- A merchandise area
- Opportunities throughout the trail to donate to local charities
“The Trail of Lights is our true, Austin winter holiday celebration,” said Mayor Lee Leffingwell. “The 2012 Austin Trail of Lights was the largest event in Austin, gaining national attention as one of the top ten holiday lighting events in the country by USA Today. The 2013 Trail of Lights continues that tradition for our community, showing the world that Austin is a place where we take community celebration and support seriously.”
To ensure that the holiday event continues, the Trail of Lights Foundation has officially been formed.
“The formal creation of the Trail of Lights Foundation ensures that this cherished annual event will thrive with continued support in 2013 and for generations to come,” said Espinoza.
Businesses and individuals contributed $1.2 million in 2012 to bring the event back to life. Building on that momentum, the Trail of Lights Foundation is now seeking sponsorship support for the 2013 event. To offset costs, event producers will rely on community volunteers to staff the event.
To view the Trail of Lights schedule noting special guests and featured events for the 15-day lighting showcase, click here. You can also get Trail of Lights updates by following the @ATXLights Twitter feed or liking the Facebook page at facebook.com/AustinTrailofLights.
Go to austintrailoflights.org for more information.