Rock’N Lights Holiday Lights Tour Canceled -Moves to Downtown Round Rock

Big changes are coming to to Rock’N Lights Holiday Light Tour this year as they move away from Old Settlers Park and move to Downtown Round Rock.  For the past 3 years, Old Settlers Park has been the site of a mile-long drive thru light tour featuring themed vignettes and a tunnel.  But not this year. Rock'N Lights Holiday Lights Tour Canceled

On Thursday, the Round Rock City Council approval to move the Rock’N Lights Holiday Light Tour to Downtown Round Rock.

The Light Tour this year will consist of thousands of lights wrapped around more than a hundred trees, lighting along the building facades facing Main Street and other decor like garlands hanging on street lights. Buildings and trees from Main Street Plaza and over to Centennial Plaza will consist of the tour.

City communications and marketing manager Kristin Brown said on Thursday at the meeting, “When we turn these lights on, we are going to get the biggest ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ we’ve ever received before.”

Decor IQ, the same company that does the holiday light displays on the San Antonio River Walk, received the approved contract to drape Downtown Round Rock in lights over the next 5 years.  The approved costs will not exceed $930,000 over the five-year contract, with the first year’s cost not to exceed $186,000. City Manager Laurie Hadley said the city would spend as much as $200,000 per year in the past on the Rock’N Lights tour at Old Settlers Park according to Round Rock Leader.Rock'N Lights Holiday Lights Tour Canceled

Biggest concern among many is the future of the Round Rock Rotary Club’s Reindeer Run 5K and Family Fun Run.  It has been announced that it will continue at Old Settlers Park but their website has not been updated from 2016 yet.

We can expect the lights turned on Dec. 1.

8 thoughts on “Rock’N Lights Holiday Lights Tour Canceled -Moves to Downtown Round Rock

  • September 30, 2017 at 1:28 pm
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    Can I/am I to….assume that there was input from the community at large or those individuals/businesses that are located in/around the new route and was not only a Council/Round Rock department heads decision? Would be willing to bet a) a lesser turnout b) traffic flow/control will be a typical Round Rock nightmare c) and lastly….is $14 K average per year, based on your data, worth it?

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  • September 30, 2017 at 2:30 pm
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    I am very disappointed with this decision. It was difficult enough to deal with the traffic at Old Settlers, but they had a good system. I don’t see how this will not be a major cluster that will hurt businesses and regular traffic. Such a shame.

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  • September 30, 2017 at 3:44 pm
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    It’s certainly in keeping with the City of Round Rock doing things to benefit businesses at the expense of citizens.

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  • September 30, 2017 at 7:31 pm
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    What a disappointment! All the other cities have managed to keep their lights but not Round Rock.

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  • October 1, 2017 at 1:51 am
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    Sounds nice, but I lived in San Antonio since 1970 and moved to the area in 1998 Round Rock is going to have big shoes to fill if we are going to compare it to The River Walk. We actually like the Old Settlers lights because it wasn’t so crowded. I hope it will as enjoyable.

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  • October 2, 2017 at 8:27 am
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    Love this idea. Last year we got stuck in the VERY slow moving car line at Old Settlers, it took so long we would never go back there. Having a place where you can stroll and see the lights is a much better plan.

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    • October 3, 2017 at 7:21 pm
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      where are you going to stroll from? T here is not enough parking In downtown RR for this type event and for a month. I live eight blocks from downtown and I can see my street being used as a parking lot like the 4th celebration and that was only part of one day.

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  • October 30, 2017 at 11:32 am
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    I live next to Old Settler’s and we loved having the lights in the park. Yes – the line was long – but the light displays were worth it. Also, the run through the park on the opening night was spectacular. If I have to find parking, walk to the lights, and then be out in the cold – I might as well go down to Zilker. A drive through lights display was a really nice opportunity for families with small children, older adults and family members with disabilities.

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