Hol­i­day lights: Round Rock’s tour ex­ceed­ing ex­pec­ta­tions

Of­fi­cials sur­prised by pop­u­lar­ity of dis­play, which has al­ready brought in $110,000.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Ben­jamin Wermund bw­er­mund@states­man.com

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-

Ve­hi­cles make their way through the Rock’N Lights tour at Old Set­tlers Park last week. Of­fi­cials say more than 7,400 ve­hi­cles have driven through so far. PHO­TOS BY ANDY SHARP / FOR AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

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