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The City of Austin has Cancelled the Trail of Lights This Year for Christmas

Updated on February 9, 2013

Another Sad Consequence About Our Economy

For those that aren't familiar with some of Texas' holiday traditions, every year in Zilker Park in Austin, they would hold an event that's called "Trail of Lights." In the "Trail of Lights", people would gather around at Zilker Park, during the holiday season, to witness some of the creative Christmas lighting display. Walking a long trail along the park area, as families, friends and tourists would walk around Zilker Park to enjoy the show. The "Trail of Lights" has been a holiday tradition in Austin for quite a while, and it's one of the few holiday traditions that this city fully embraces. Heck, families don't just go there to see some of the fancy lighting displays, they go there to have fun, as even food and refreshments are provided as well. Sadly, as a wise man once said, "All good things must come to an end." Such is the case with the "Trail of Lights."

Unfortunately due to the economy, even cities like Austin that reside in some of the better states like Texas, are forced to make budget cuts during the recession. Therefore, in a council meeting, Austin has officially decided to cancel the "Trail of Lights" this year. It's sad really, as I can still remember the one I went to last year. The beautiful lights and displays. The children enjoying the sights. Although the city council isn't opposed to private business funding the "Trail of Lights" this year", it would still be a shame if there wasn't one. Therefore, if this is to be the year that Austin no longer has this event going for it, then I would like to dedicate this hub to the "Trail of Lights."

Remembering the time I went to this event

It seemed like only yesterday the lights were shining so bright, and it was probably one of the most beautiful things that I've ever seen. Not only were the lights festive and nice. In a way, it was very inspiring.

Sadly, I've only been to one of these events like once in my life, but the one time I did go, it was simply breathtaking. The view and decorations were just so beautiful. It's a shame many Austinites won't see it this year; most likely unless some company funds it privately. However, I hope you all enjoy some of these rare photos I provide, as I hope it gives all you the idea of Austin had going every year until now. Sure, other places have their own "Trail of Lights" around the holidays, but it's a shame we won't this year in Austin.

The Trail of Lights Poem

Never before have I seen anything lovelier in my life,

The lights and decorations were festive and glorious,

Children were in awe of it's infamous display,

While adults became children again in their hearts, as the event captured their imagination,

The beauty of this event is beyond compare,

How it was an event I shall not forget,

Although this event may not be around anymore,

It shall forever remain in my memories and my heart,

My only wish was that many other of my fellow Texans in Austin could have seen it one more time,

As it was truly a show to be amazed at, and one that shall not be forgotten,

Although the "Trail of Lights" is no longer here, it shall forever live on in our memories...




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    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Escareno 

      7 years ago

      Really? Where did you learn this from if you don't mind me asking? Every resource I read said they didn't fund the trail of lights this year because they thought the money would be better spent just on the park maintenance alone. Not that I doubt you or anything, but I was just wondering where you learned that from, as you peaked my curiosity over this a bit.

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      Just Politics 

      7 years ago

      The city of austin felt the taxpayers money was better spent funding and providing Abortions to a limited amount of low income women rather then funding the trail of light for the whole community!

      The culture of death strikes again!

    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Escareno 

      8 years ago

      @diane inside, megavitamin, wendy krick

      aw thanks ladies. I appreciate you all commenting my hub, and im glad you girls liked it. Yeah, it is a shame we won't be having it again this year, but hopefully, it won't be for good though. Anyways, thanks again ladies for stopping by. :)

    • Diane Inside profile image

      Diane Inside 

      8 years ago

      Wow Steven we have nothing like that around here, it looks so beautiful. I have never seen anything like it. Sad to see they will not be doing that this year. Beautiful Hub.

    • Megavitamin profile image

      Megavitamin 

      8 years ago

      That's a shame for the people of Austin to miss out on such a lovely tradition this year. Hopefully it's not gone forever.

    • Wendy Krick profile image

      Wendy Krick 

      8 years ago from Maryland

      Thanks for sharing these lights and your memories with us.

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