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.

19 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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    • December 1, 2017 at 5:19 pm
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      I agree. I’m disabled and can’t walk an Xmas lights show, so I was looking forward to seeing the ones in round rock at old settlers park this year. We tried to attend last year but the entrance lines were too long to wait in. The move to round rock downtown makes it impossible for me to attend. Thanks a lot!

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  • November 23, 2017 at 7:48 pm
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    This decision is so disappointing. Trying to find parking and then bundle little ones to walk around instead of being able to drive thru comfortably and easily is frustrating. This decision is such a surprise and disappointment. I used to have a business off of Main Street and moved to another location because the parking during events wouldn’t allow my clients to be able to get to my office. Where was the community input on this? How is this meeting the needs of the community better than before?

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  • November 26, 2017 at 1:50 pm
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    This is a great disappointment to hear the change. The best part of the tradition RR Trail of Lights was going to Old Towne Carnival at the end of ride. Horrible decision. Now you’ll have to drive to 2 different locations. We were excited about showing our out of town guest this mile long Tradition. We, as well as our 14yr old & 5yr old are sadden.

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  • November 30, 2017 at 5:41 pm
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    Very disappointed. We enjoyed being able to do a tour from our car with toddlers who enjoy the lights. It was always worth the wait. This sounds like it will be too much of a hassle. Parking, walking in and around businesses, driving downtown… I may as well go to Zilker park where at least it’s located at a park with plenty of parking.

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  • November 30, 2017 at 6:31 pm
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    I am disabled as are several of my friends. You just stole my Christmas. I CANNOT stroll around. I depended on driving a carload of friends to this annual event that we COULD enjoy.! BAH HUMBUG

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  • December 11, 2017 at 6:34 am
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    I also loved the ease of driving through with kids and elderly family members and staying warm, and don’t like having the commercial aspect mixed in at all. I think it really cheapens the experience. I feel the community should have had a say in this decision.

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  • December 16, 2017 at 10:04 pm
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    So so so disappointed. We didn’t know it was canceled until we tried to go last night. This was something we’ve looked forward to and done every year since we’ve moved here and while we drove over the downtown RR, it was not even worth getting out and strolling. I was disappointed and my kids were especially disappointed.

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  • December 19, 2017 at 6:19 pm
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    What about loss of revenue? People paid 15 bucks per car to drive through at Old Settlers. Now is this a liberal way of thinking that oh boy people will come spend money downtown? Good luck with that.

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  • December 19, 2017 at 7:19 pm
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    I am saddened by this decision as well. The Trail of Lights at Old Settlers, with the tunnel at the end, was SO incredible (and yes, waiting in line was worth it) and I so looked forward to taking my daughter this year for the first time.

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  • December 20, 2017 at 6:29 am
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    Very disappointing. The long line into Old Settlers was always worth it. Struggling to park in dowtown Round Rock and no light tunnel? No thanks! Bring back the Real Rockin Lights if you please.

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