What began as a small gathering in 1965 known as the "Yule Fest," a gift to the city of Austin from Austin Parks and Recreation Department, has now grown to be a community-wide celebration of the unique spirit and people that make Austin the place we love to call home. In the 52 years since the first Yule Log was lit, the Trail of Lights has expanded to more than 40 displays, 2 million lights and holiday activities that create countless memories. Each new display, community performance and lighted tunnel has added a new layer to the holiday tradition and brought us together more as a community. Today, the Trail of Lights is one of the three largest events in Austin and receives national accolades while remaining a deeply cherished local tradition.
The Trail of Lights Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to continually bringing the spirit of the holidays to the Austin and central Texas community every year. Adopting the Austin Trail of Lights in 2012, the Trail of Lights Foundation is focused on keeping this annual event an authentically Austin event for years to come by focusing on community engagement and support for the long-term sustainability of Austin’s largest community celebration!
AUSTIN'S TOP 3 EVENTS
The Austin Trail of Lights has remained in the top three Austin events since 2012. Help support the Austin Trail of Lights today by contributing to the Trail of Lights Foundation Annual Fund.
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