Improvements announced for the 2013 Trail of Lights

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by JESSICA VESS / KVUE News & Photojournalist KENNETH NULL

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Posted on September 25, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 25 at 12:00 PM

AUSTIN -- A favorite holiday tradition in Austin is making a big return this year.

The City released improvement plans Wednesday morning for the Trail of Lights Festival. This year marks the 49th anniversary.

Mayor Lee Leffingwell and organizers of the Trail of Lights announced more transportation and parking options, including more shuttles and new pick-up and drop off locations. There will also be parking permits available for $15.

The festival is also extending to 15 days. In 2010 when the City hit some financial troubles, Trail of Lights was canceled. It came back in 2012 and drew in record crowds, more than 400,000 people.

However it didn't last the full 15 days as in previous years. Organizers say Austinites wanted more.

“We feel that by offering the 15 days, they will make an evening of it," said Trail of Lights Foundation Board Member Mario Espinoza.

The festival will run from Dec. 8 to Dec. 22. It will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Each night will feature a new theme, but the favorites will be there for the 15 days -- including 50 lighted displays, live music, food vendors and Santa's House.

For more information go here.

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