Historic Marble Falls’ Walkway of Lights Celebrates 29th Season, Announces Opening Date

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Highly anticipated holiday attraction in the Texas Hill Country starts November 22.

The Marble Falls Chamber of Commerce announces the official opening of the 29th annual Walkway of Lights hosted by the Marble Falls Chamber of Commerce. This year, the highly anticipated holiday attraction will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., starting November 22 through New Year’s Day. Prior to the Walkway opening to the public for the Christmas season, the Chamber will also host an annual Light-Up Parade beginning at 6 p.m. The parade viewing area starts at Main Street and 4th, and the parade runs south on Main and ends with the opening of the Walkway of Lights.

Since 1991, the Walkway of Lights has reflected off the waters of Lake Marble Falls, mesmerizing thousands of visitors with 2 million twinkling lights arranged on more than 350 individual sculptures. The winter wonderland dazzles with multi-colored pole-trees and tunnels, and local choral groups add to the ambiance with concert performances on most weekends.

The self-guided and free-to-the-public enchantment is coordinated by the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce, and sponsors, volunteers, and Chamber staff and directors operate and oversee the event. A large portion of carrying out this beloved tradition comes from generous volunteers.

While there is no cost to attend the Walkway of Lights, visitors are welcome to give monetary donations to help support the event. Guests can enjoy hot chocolate and baked goods available for purchase at the Walkway’s concession stand; beverages and snacks are provided by organizations hosting the event, and the concession stand is operated by local nonprofits. The concession stand is cash only, and all proceeds from concessions and photos with Santa will be donated to the nonprofits that work the stand each night.

Also present at the Walkway will be Santa Land, where children can visit Santa. Santa Land will be open every day, with Santa making an appearance on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. During the weekend, children can take photos with Santa, and guests can purchase Polaroid photos taken by local nonprofit members for $5, or guests can choose to use their cellphones to take pictures. The $5 photo cost goes directly to the nonprofit, and purchasing photos is cash only.

“This year, we are thrilled to host the Walkway of Lights in the redesigned Lakeside Park," says Jarrod Metzgar, Executive Director of the Chamber. “Our new Chamber staff brings fresh ideas to an almost 30-year-old tradition. The Walkway is bigger and better than ever, with an expanded, paved pathway through the lights. We are thankful to the City of Marble Falls for their renovations to Lakeside Park, as well as our event volunteers for making the Walkway possible.”

The Walkway of Lights is said to be the single largest tourist attraction for the City and the surrounding area, and the annual holiday spectacle symbolizes a continuous joint effort between the city’s community, Chamber of Commerce, local nonprofits and volunteers who bring the event to life each year. During its early stages of development in and around 1991, the concept for a Walkway of Lights came together through fundraising and sponsorship efforts conducted by the Chamber and city. Volunteers who helped get the project running included builders, contractors, Chamber directors, City council and staff, and local businesses and their families.

In the case of bad weather and or rain, the Walkway will not be open, specifically if weather conditions cause the ground to be wet. For weather updates, follow @MarbleFallsCoC on Facebook, or call 844-MF-LIGHT. The decision will be made each day at 3 p.m. Pets are not allowed at the Walkway of Lights as there are guide wires and other aspects that might not be safe for animals; however, service animals are allowed and visitors are instructed to bring their vest.

To learn more about the Walkway of Lights, visit http://www.marblefalls.org/walkway.

About Marble Falls
Among its peers in the Hill Country, Marble Falls stands out as the crown jewel of the Highland Lakes, where the Hill Country’s rolling landscape breaks up into six gorgeous lakes built into the Colorado River. Located on Lake Marble Falls, one of six man-made lakes in the Highland Lakes region, Marble Falls is a popular destination for boating, watersports, and other outdoor activities. Marble Falls serves as the economic leader for Hill Country residents, visitors and surrounding communities; it also boasts cultural experiences from live music and art walks, to unique places to shop and eat. About an hour’s drive from both Austin and San Antonio, three hours from Houston and the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, and squarely within the Hill Country, Marble Falls is a fantastic home base and launching point for expeditions to larger or smaller towns, parks, and preserves in the area without sacrificing comfort or privacy.


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