Trail of (Head)Lights: Popular Zilker Park holiday event approved as drive-thru for 2020

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin City Council approved to make The Trail of Lights display at Zilker Park a drive-thru holiday experience this year.

Previously, an item on Thursday’s regular Austin City Council meeting agenda outlined what could potentially happen to the “large and important community event.”

It said the Trail of Lights in the traditional sense “is not possible, safe or in alignment with protecting the community’s health.” In order to keep Austin’s largest community celebration going this holiday season, the item said “a drive-thru event may be the only safe way for Austinites to enjoy the holiday activities.”

Due to the Trail of Lights becoming a drive-thru event, Austin City Council also voted to extend the display for 15 additional days for 30 days total. The item said 1,300 cars per night could go through the display safely.

“The Trail of Lights Foundation and the City of Austin are thrilled to be moving forward with the 56th annual Austin Trail of Lights as a drive-thru experience,” Executive Director of the Trail of Lights Foundation James Russell said in a press release. “What is old is becoming new again and on behalf of the Foundation, I would like to thank the City Council and City staff members for their continued trust in allowing us to be the steward for this beloved Austin tradition.”

The event would still need to get permission from Austin Public Health and meet the city’s special events permitting standards.

The Trail of Lights plan to release more details on scheduling, pricing and programs in mid-October, it said in a press release.

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