By Gary Dinges
Trail of Lights organizers have selected a theme for each evening:
- Sunday: “Light it Up!” opening night festivities. Performance by Jonathas Ojeda from Season 2 of NBC’s “The Voice”
- Monday: Heroes Night saluting members of the military and public service personnel. Color guard and pipe-and-drum corps performances.
- Tuesday: Uniquely Austin Night. Details to be announced.
- Wednesday: Heritage Night. A celebration of the city’s many heritages.
- Dec. 20: School Spirit Night. Attendees asked to wear their school colors.
- Dec. 21: Caroling Night. Austinites attempt to break the world record for the most people caroling together.
- Dec. 22: Santa and Elf Night. Trail-goers encouraged to wear Christmas garb, such as Santa caps, elf ears and reindeer antlers.
- Dec. 23: Grand finale.
More than 20 food trailers will be at Zilker Park during the Trail of Lights, including:
- Austin’s Pizza
- Be More Pacific
- Boomerang’s Pies
- Chi’Lantro BBQ
- Crepe Crazy
- Funtastic Funnel Cakes
- Hill Country Kettle Korn
- La Fantabulous Taqueria
- Mellizoz Tacos
By the numbers
A quick look at some Trail of Lights facts and figures:
- $1.2 million: Total cost for 2012 Trail of Lights
- 1 million: Light bulbs illuminating the night sky
- 250,000: People expected to attend
- 80,000: Free children’s books to be distributed by H-E-B
- 15,000: Man hours needed to assemble the trail
- 5,000: Man hours needed to dissemble the trail
- 800: Trail of Lights volunteers
- 36: Lighting displays snaking through Zilker Park
- 32: Musical acts, dance troupes and entertainers set to perform
- 8: Nights the trail will be open to the public
- 1.25 miles: Length of the trail
- $0: Admission fee
Trail of Lights