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.
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.
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.