So this is Christmas
Long Center showcases elements of stalled Trail of Lights
Well, the Trail of Lights is back again... sort of.
The Long Center for the Performing Arts announced Friday that they, along with ABC Home & Commerical Services and the City of Austin, will display a selection of exhibits from the much-loved but underfunded Trail of Lights on the Long Center terrace throughout the month of December.
Just in time for Ballet Austin's annual remounting of The Nutcracker, guests will be greeted by two 15-foot-tall nutcrackers, standing along the giant beams reaching to the signature terrace ring overhead. Other decorations include an icre cream castle, a jack-in-the-box and a twinkling lights.
Long Center Executive Director and CEO Jamie Grant said in a press release Friday he is pleased to provide continued hope for the Trail of Lights to one day return.
“We are absolutely delighted to be able to host a few representative pieces of this much-loved holiday exhibit, and hope we and ABC can play a small part in keeping the spirit of the Trail of Lights alive until it is re-launched in 2012.”
The much-anticipated holiday light show has raised a tremendous amount of attention in the Austin community since announcing its triumphant return in September, only to announce a lack of sponsorship early last month. Unable to reach its cash goal of $250,000 by November, the project stalled for yet another year.
In the meanwhile, Long Center attendees will appreciate the nod to the once great Austin holiday tradition, which will be on display from Dec 3, 2011 to Jan 3, 2012.