Trail of Lights

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The RunTex Carrozza Foundation has partnered with Forefront Austin to turn the lights back on at Austin’s beloved Trail of Lights! After a two-year absence and a short season last year, the Trail of Lights is back for it’s 49th year. This year there are brand new attractions and experiences to expand the uniquely Austin event. The Trail opened on December 8th and continues until December 22nd. The very first Trail of Lights opened on December 10, 1967.

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HEB is the lead sponsor, powering the 1 million lights at the Trail of Lights. “H-E-B was honored to turn the lights back as the lead sponsor of the 2012 Trail of Lights, powered by H-E-B. We support the formation of the Trail of Lights Foundation as an independent organization dedicated to keeping the Trail of Lights an enduring Austin celebration long into the future,” says Leslie Sweet, H-E-B Director of Public Affairs. “We look forward to working with the Trail of Lights Foundation to keeping the lights on for Austin’s favorite celebration.”

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The 1.25- mile trail of lights feature a variety of new additions this year, including:  More than 30 lighted displays, highlighting favorite holiday characters and Austin icons, dining areas featuring the diverse tastes of Austin’s finest food trailers, entertainment from a variety of local, regional and national performer, family-friendly activities, including holiday photo opportunities, crafts, and of course, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Clause.

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The Trail of Lights has a live art show every night. Above, Ramon Alvarez paints in the Zilker Village. The art work was dedicated to James Street.

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“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.”

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The Zilker Park Tree is the world’s tallest man-made Christmas tree, towering at 155 feet above the Trail of Lights.

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Zilker Park is sectioned off into three sections: Armadillo Alley, North Pole and Zilker Village. The map shows where to find important places at the Trail of Lights, such as restrooms, concessions and photo opportunities.

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The Austin Trail of Lights has been a tradition for Austinites over the last 49 years! Check out the timeline I made over the history of the Trail.

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