AUSTIN (KXAN) — A holiday tradition in Austin officially wrapped up its 50th year Sunday night. The Trail of Lights is now in cleanup mode as they have a deadline to be out of Zilker Park by Jan. 8.
The majority of the park has been closed since Sept, 22. That’s when set up for the Austin City Limits Music Festival began and once that wrapped up then the set up for Trail of Lights started. While this event allowed for the upper portion of this popular park to remain open, the public couldn’t park in the circle drive or lots for the last three months.
This was also the first year the Trail of Lights charged a $3 admission fee for entry on Friday, Saturday and Sundays. Revenue numbers will not be counted until later this week but the goal was to help offset the cost to put on the light display. It typically runs the non-profit about $1.5 million with 90 percent of that donated by businesses and families.
While this past Friday was rained out, Sunday night saw huge crowds.
This isn’t the end of the holiday lights in South Austin. The Zilker Christmas Tree just across the street will remain open until New Year’s Eve. It’s open every day from 6p.m. to midnight.