• Presented by Vista Equity Partners
  • STARS at the Trail extends the joy of the Trail of Lights to non profit organizations across Austin

Since 2013, STARS at the Trail has provided an opportunity for more than 1650 school children, teens, families of varied socioeconomic backgrounds, youth in foster and adoptive care, WWII veterans, mentors and mentees, chronically ill patients, and others with unique circumstances to create special holiday memories at the Trail of Lights.


All participating STARS organizations receive a VIP visit to the Trail of Lights on December 4, 5 or 6 before it opens to the general public. These special evenings include:

• Group transportation option from a single location to and from the Trail of Lights

• A private guided tour providing a special look at the Trail of Lights

• Experiences throughout the Trail of Lights including a visit to Santa and playing in Santa’s Workshop

• Refreshments, gift bags and activities in the Trail of Lights hospitality area


How Can You Help?

In 2016, the Trail of Lights hosted 1100 attendees from 16 organizations to experience the Trail of Lights. For many participants, STARS was their only holiday celebration. Donations to the 2017 STARS at the Trail will increase the number of evenings and attendees that can receive this special opportunity.

2016 STARS organizations & sponsors


  • African American Youth Harvest
  • AGE OF Central Texas
  • Anthropos Arts
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area
  • Children's HOME Initiative Program with Foundation Communities
  • Communities In Schools
  • Creative Action
  • Helping Hand Home for Children
  • KIPP Austin Public Schools
  • LifeWorks
  • Mobile Loaves & Fishes-Community First! Village
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • The Rise School of Austin


  • Vista Equity Partners
  • Austin Monthly
  • Robert F. Smith Family
  • Kendra Scott
  • Carolyn and John Willingham
  • Mario Espinoza and Mark Williams
  • ABE Charitable Foundation, Inc.
  • Katrine and Bill Formby
  • Forefront Networks
  • Jean-Marc Fray Antiques
  • John Serra
  • Cabo Bob's

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  • December 2017
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