Holiday lights: Round Rock’s tour exceeding expectations
Officials surprised by popularity of display, which has already brought in $110,000.
ROUND ROCK — The city’s new $300,000 holiday lights tour — a 1.5 mile drive through Old Settlers Park decked out with millions of multicolored lights — is exceeding attendance expectations and should be back again next year, officials said.
In all, 7,409 vehicles had driven the city-funded Rock’N Lights tour by Monday morning, with about 850 to 1,000 vehicles each weekend night. Saturday was the busiest night yet with almost 1,100 vehicles, officials said. More than 300 vehicles on average make the trek each weeknight, officials said.
“It’s really exceeded our expectations,” City Manager Steve Norwood said.
At $15 for family vehicles, the tour that opened Dec. 1 already has brought in more than $110,155. Half of that money will go to the city of Grand Prairie, which sets up, takes down and stores all of the displays, Norwood said.
While the tour probably won’t pay for itself the first year, Norwood said part of the cost to host it included perma-