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Trail Of Lights Brightens Zilker Park
After two years the Trail of Lights is back in business. It's all possible because of local business, 800 volunteers, and a display of one-millions lights all coming to life tonight.
With one flip of the switch, the trail is back.
“It’s fun to be out here with all the traffic and people and seeing all the kids that come through," said Carol Ely with Funtastic Funnel Cakes.
Hundreds flocked to Zilker Park Sunday night for the return of one of Austin's most beloved events.
"We are going to walk through the trail of lights and try to find cool lights we've never seen before,” said 9-year-old Izaac Rodriguez.
Rodriguez was at the trail for the first time. "It reminds me of Christmas when you see a bunch of lights."
Without the help of private funding this year, Izaac might not have been able to experience the sights and sounds.
For the last two years the City of Austin couldn't afford to keep it running.
Mayor Lee Leffingwell says, "Everyone missed it and we heard that right away and a lot of people from the community came together to make it happen. We are taking steps. We are saving all our stuff saving all our lights. All the event stuff will be back out again next year."
For some it may be the start of a merry tradition.
Twenty-six non-profits around town are benefitting from the trail of lights. This year it's only a week long going through December 23.
By Cassie Gallo