"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." Click here entire story 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.
It will run from Dec. 4 to Dec. 11 at Zilker Park, kicking off with the tree lighting. Austin HolidayFest will feature the annual Holiday Tree lighting custom, along with Santa's House and food and novelty vendors
The Trail of Lights Festival 2011 is gearing up to light up Zilker Park this year, Dec 9-18th. Things will be different from the past, besides the short run dates. It will cost $5 a head, with children 10 and under getting in free. Here's what $5 brings you: The returning festival will host 35 lighted holiday-themed displays from 6–10 p.m. each night. Along with the displays, the festival boasts many family-friendly events such as concerts, new versions of traditional exhibits, carolers, flash mobs, a Circle of Charities and a community stage featuring choirs and choruses, dance troupes and children’s performance groups. One of the trail’s new additions is the ImageCraft Exhibits–sponsored Santa’s Pavilion, an enhanced version of the Santa’s House exhibit featuring a stage where children can meet Santa and watch him from the trail. Also new for 2011 is the Austin Trailer Food Court. “Austin is well-known for its trailer food scene, so we’re tapping into those vendors to see if they want to vend on-site,” said Amy Vercruysse, Trail of Lights executive co-producer and spokeswoman. “Families have the option to have a dinner on-site at the trail of lights, where that option had been pretty limited in the past.” Full storyWill you go?
The fireworks ban is the result of a disaster declaration on and extended through July 5 by Texas Governor Rick Perry.Due to DryÂ & Windy Conditions All Fireworks are banned/ restricted for sale and use in several counties in Central Texas which does include:Ban violations are subject to fines up to $2,000 (depending on the counties) could be more if damages occur and up to 180 days in jail. Fireworks ban covers any device lit by an ignition source, including but not limited to sparklers, firecrackers, Roman candles, aerial repeaters, aerial shells, bottle rockets, spinners, wheels, fountains, missiles, and snakesâ¦Travis County-all fireworks banned-
no permits permitted for public displays so no Big display this year with theAustin Symphony- no music either, at least the word for now!Â Williamson County- all fireworks banned -Fireworks displays that are permitted by a local fire department are allowed under the County disaster declaration
Blanco County- banning the use of missile & skyrockets
Bastrop County-all fireworks banned
Burnet County-all fireworks banned until July 16th
Caldwell County- all fireworks banned
McLennan County- all fireworks with âsticks and finsâ bannedNO FIREWORKS AT ALL PERSONAL OR PUBLIC:
Austin- Cedar Park-Dripping Springs-Leander-Pflugerville- Round Rock- San Marcos-TaylorÂ Firework Displays for the public that are a âGOââ¦
Newest update making it very few...
(KXANwas a big help)*Georgetown Sertoma Club @ San Gabriel Park is still scheduled to occur. It will take place from the McMaster Athletic Fields on N. College Street. The Georgetown Fire Department & Georgetown Police Department will have extra firefighters & police officers working bon July 4th@ San Gabriel Park and other areas of the city to respond to any emergencies.
Horseshoe Bay fireworks show is still on. Sunday July 3rd at dusck at the Horseshoe Bay Yacht Club. Click here 411.*Kyleâ Independence Day Celebration Fireworks show has been moved from Gregg-Clarke Park to Plum Creek Golf Course practice/ driving range at S.W corner of Kyle Parkway and Kohlerâs Crossing on Monday 7/4 starting around 9:30pm. Click here for more 411! Â Cool Alternative to Fireworks:*Austin- The Veterans of Foreign Wars-VFW/Post 4443 decided ifÂ ATX won't celebrate the 4th cancelling the fireworks and also the ATX Symphony performance. The VFW invite you to come to their compound for a 4th of July Parade and Picnic. Monday July 4thÂ from 11am-1pm. 7614 Thomas Springs Road, Oak Hill! Click here for more 411!*Budais planning it's largest Fireworks show on Monday July 4th. 'Brew-B-Que Festival & Fireworks' @ the Buda City Park 204 San Antonio Street. Admission $15 for adults. Kids 8 and under free with an adult from 11am-11pm! Click here for more 411!Â Â Update6/21/11:Â Buda has decided to cancel the fireworks portion of their festival.Â Everything else will go on as planned.Â Â *Cedar Parkwill the July 4th fireworks display at Milburn ParkÂ 1901 Sun Chase Blvd, click here for the 411, unless the National WeatherÂ Service Issues a red flag warning, which will cause the city to cancel or postpone the professional display. The 4th of July party isÂ from 4pm-10:40pm. It's free to the public.Â More on Cedar Parks Fireworks ban here! Update 6/30/11-residents can watch Arcattack, as seen on Americaâs got Talent, perform at Milburn Park starting at 4 p.m.Â A washer tournament, sack races, bingo and free watermelon are also part of the schedule of events.
*Leander Liberty Fest- Monday July 4th 6pm-10pm @ Crystal Falls Golf Club. No fireworks display, but a laser light show around 9:15pm. Admission is FREE! Click here for the 411! Pflugerville's Pfirecracker Pfestival at Lake Pflugerville is canceled.Â The lake will be open!*Round Rock- Frontier Days/ Old Settlers Park âFrontiers DayâÂ Monday July 4th.Â Â -No personal fireworks are allowed in the park!Click here for the 411 on the whole day of fun and how to get there! This event FREE Family
Fun! Decided 6/23-No Fireworks display, but the rest of the events during Frontier Days is a go!*Round Rock -Dell Diamond/Round Rock ExpressÂ plans to have fireworks after the games vs. Nashville Sounds on Friday July 1st &Â Sunday July 3rd!Saturday, July 2nd LouÂ GrammÂ former frontman of Foreigner will perform 30 minutes after the game. Update 6/30/11 Fireworks have beenÂ canceled!*San Marcos-Summerfest San Marcos Monday July 4th. 202 N. CM Allen Parkway from 5-11pm. Free for the public. Click here for 411Â Update: 6/30/11: The fireworks show in San Marcos is canceled, but the Summerfest events will go on.Â REMINDER:
*PLEASE DONâT SET OFF FIREWORKS OF YOUR OWN. ALL COUNTIES ARE GOING TO BE TOUGH AND YOU WILL BE FINED AND GET POSSIBLE TIME IN JAIL DEPENDING ON THE COUNTY. FINES CAN RANGE FROM $500-$2,000 WITH UP TO 180 DAYS IN JAIL. FINES CAN BE EVEN MORE IF YOUR FIREWORKS CAUSE DAMAGE!! MAJIC WISHES EVERY MAJIC FRIEND A HAPPY &SAFE 4TH OF JULY!!!Â Â Â Â