Since it began in 1965, the Austin Trail of Lights has grown to be a can’t miss tradition and community-wide event that celebrates the spirit and the people that make Austin special. Starting as a small community gathering around a yule log in 1965, the Austin Trail of Lights now features more than 2 million lights illuminating the park, 90 lighted holiday trees, and more than 70 other holiday displays and lighted tunnels. Visitors will see local merchants, as well as new modernized displays and interactive spaces.
Considered the gold standard for celebrating holidays in Austin, the official public grand opening of the Austin Trail of Lights is set for Tues., Dec. 10. Admission for that evening is free. The Trail will remain open until Dec. 23 with general admission gates open at 7 p.m. every evening. General admission for children under 12 is always free. There will be a general admission fee on seven of the 14 nights of the Trail. Early entry ZIP Fast Pass, Platinum passes, parking, and shuttle tickets are also available for purchase on select nights. The Trail will feature local Austin entertainment with nightly acts by community and professional performers, and nightly story times by local celebrity readers.
Calendars for ticket availability and online ticket purchases are available at www.AustinTrailofLights.org.