AUSTIN (KXAN) - Christmas is still a few months away but the plans for Austin's Trail of Lights are in full swing.
The new Trail of Lights Foundation released new details Wednesday about plans for this year's event. The newly created foundation was formed to prevent future cancelations of the event.
“The formal creation of the Trail of Lights Foundation ensures that this cherished annual event will thrive with continued support in 2013 and for generations to come,” said Mario Espinoza, Trail of Lights Foundation board chairman.
For two years, a limited budget forced the cancellation of festivities long held in Zilker Park. In 2012 the celebration picked up where it left off bringing in over 400,000 people.
“The 2012 Austin Trail of Lights was the largest event in Austin, gaining national attention as one of the top ten holiday lighting events in the country by USA Today," said Mayor Lee Leffingwell.
Expectations are heightened for 2013, its 48th year, with the time extension and expansion of events and activities. Lasting a week in recent years, the Trail of Lights will return to its typical two-week duration.
More shuttles will be included this year to help cut down on major traffic tie-ups visitors reported last year. If you want to drive, you can buy parking passes starting at $15.
The live music lineup includes Ray Benson, Vallejo, and The Whiskey Sisters.
This free event features the traditional tree standing at a massive 155 feet, known as world's tallest man-made tree, and the lit-up 1.25-mile trail of lights. However, the 2013 lineup will bring about improvements to lighted displays, transportation, entertainment and more.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police are looking for a missing woman.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.