After two years of darkness, Austin has its Trail of Lights back! The glowing light displays in Zilker Park are what make it feel like Christmas, despite the 80° weather. Mr. Betty and I showed up early (mistake) on opening night (mistake) and waited in the crowd of thousands as the time ticked away. But finally, an hour late, they opened the gates and the crowd flooded through the majestic entrance tunnel. We slowly shuffled through, oohing and aahing, quickly forgetting about the long wait.
There are lots of fun little scenes, each sponsored by a great local company. My favorites include: Where the Wild Things Are, armadillos, dinosaurs, Candy Land, and outer space.
I also like the creepy celebrity elves. I laughed as I heard a dad explain to his daughter that they were vampires. They do kind of resemble tombstones, don’t they?
But the thing I love the most are the trees. I can’t imagine how much work it took to cover each huge tree with so many lights. I could gaze at them for hours.
There are plenty of places to stop along the trail for hot cocoa, food, souvenirs, or good causes to donate some cash…which you should do, since there’s no charge to get into the Trail of Lights. Mr. Betty and I stopped for some Chi’Lantro and witnessed lots of people chowing down on barbecue, kettle corn and big honkin’ turkey legs.
This is one of my favorite holiday traditions and I’m so glad it’s back. It lasts until December 23rd, so if you haven’t been yet, GO!