It’s been a difficult week for Austin’s Trail of Lights. Wet conditions closed it one night, and severe cold closed it last night. It started this year on a very warm Dec. 8, but will end on a very cold night with 25 degrees forecast. Tonight, Dec 23, is the last chance to see this spectacle until next year. Since this is the first year in a while people have been able to walk through it, instead of driving through it due to Covid, many Austinites took to their feet to enjoy the trail.

The trail started as Yule Fest in 1965, is now the prime Christmas event in the city. “In the 58 years since the first Yule Log was lit, the Trail now features more than 2 million lights illuminating the park, 90 lighted holiday trees and more than 70 other holiday displays and lighted tunnels,” organizers stated. The displays include dinosaurs, a giant jackalope, Pennybacker Bridge which opened 40 years ago this month (the lead photo) and the Twelve Days of Christmas. This year featured the first Pride Night, which included singing from the Austin Gay Men’s Chorus (they will be on TV this morning at 9am on CBS Austin). My review of their recent show is here:

An Austin Gay Christmas


Here are some scenes from the Trail 2022:

Santa could be visited at the North Pole
Dinosaurs on the loose!

By Dr. Cliff Cunningham

Dr. Cliff Cunningham is a planetary scientist, the acknowledged expert on the 19th century study of asteroids. He is a Research Fellow at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia. He serves as Editor of the History & Cultural Astronomy book series published by Springer; and Associate Editor of the Journal of Astronomical History & Heritage. Asteroid 4276 in space was named in his honour by the International Astronomical Union based in the recommendation of the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Dr. Cunningham has written or edited 15 books. His PhD is in the History of Astronomy, and he also holds a BA in Classical Studies.