- A lack of funding and sponsorship is turning the lights off on the city's 46-year-old Trail of Lights festival.
"We are deeply disappointed that we will not be able to hold the Trail of Lights event this year, but are ready to move forward on planning and fundraising for the 2012 Trail of Lights Austin," said Trail of Lights organizer Amy Vercruysse in a press release.
Instead of the fencing and build-out scheduled to start Wednesday for the event, organizers said they were forced to nix the $1 million project altogether.
"The return of Trail of Lights in 2011 depended on community and business sponsorship contributions to make the event possible," read the release. "Despite considerable effort by the event's sponsorship and management team, a pre-event milestone to reach $250,000 in cash contributions prior to Nov. 2 has not been achieved."
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Yes, the Zilker Tree Lighting is still on...The tree can be seen for miles as it signals the start of the holiday season when it is lit the first Sunday in December at 6 p.m. and stays lit until midnight every night until the end of the year.
In addition to the tree, Austin HolidayFest 2011 is also around this holiday season. Organizers said it will provide a free, family-friendly holiday event in December.