Saturday, December 2, 2023

  • The 12th annual Austin Trail of Lights Fun Run presented by Chuy's is back!

Experience a delightful holiday fun run as you stroll, jog, or run through an untimed course, commencing at the renowned Zilker Holiday Tree and weaving through the beloved Austin Trail of Lights.

The festivities continue with an unforgettable Finish Line Festival, hosted at the heart of Zilker Park, ensuring the ultimate after-party celebration.

Registration now open


Run, Jog or Stroll the 2 mile Fun Run course – Starting at the Zilker Holiday Tree near Barton Springs Pool and moving through the colorful lights and festive sights of Austin’s beloved Trail of Lights.

4 Waves to Fit your Schedule

  • Runner Wave: 5:45PM start time (NEW FOR 2023)
  • Wave 1: 6:00PM start time
  • Wave 2: 6:45PM start time
  • Wave 3: 7:45PM start time


  • Commemorative long sleeve Fun Run t-shirt
  • 2023 Race Bib
  • Complimentary beer or cocoa
  • Free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, courtesy of Chuy's


Stick Around For The Ultimate After Party – After crossing the finish line, ALL fun runners will receive a free beer or cocoa, plus entry into the epic Finish Line Festival & Expo – where you’ll engage with health brands and show off those dance moves.

  • Grab bites from Austin’s famous food trucksAvailable for purchase.
  • Dive into the Fitness Expo – Mix and mingle with health and fitness brands.
  • Join The Fun Activities – Engage with local brands.
  • Show us your moves in a spontaneous Dance-Off to DJ entertainment
  • Ride the iconic Ferris Wheel or CarouselRide tickets available for purchase.
  • Kick off the holidays the Austin way!

Chuy's Children Giving to Children Toy Drive

Help spread cheer this holiday season with Chuy's. Benefiting Operation Blue Santa, providing toys and food to local families in need during the holiday season. Ways to participate:

  • Bring a toy to donate at the start of the Fun Run on 12/2
  • Drop off a new, unwrapped toy at any Austin-area Chuy's location now until 12/10
  • Purchase a toy from the Chuy's amazon wishlist here and have it delivered directly to Chuy's
  • Make a monetary donation here


Have questions? View our Fun Run FAQ's here.

there's still time to register



Run or walk in style with exclusive VIP Fun Run access!

  • VIP registration gives you access to ANY wave! Just show up!
  • Early Packet Pick-Up access
  • Admission to the exclusive VIP Lounge at the Finish Line Festival – with climate-controlled tent, comfortable seating, beautiful holiday decorations and private bar.
  • 2 Complimentary drink tickets for Adult VIP Fun Runners
  • 1 Complimentary drink ticket for Youth VIP Fun Runners
  • Snacks
  • Complimentary hot cocoa & holiday cookies
  • Complimentary t-shirt upgrade: Receive a performance long-sleeve event t-shirt with VIP Adult registration. ($10 upgrade value. Not available for VIP Youth registration)


Show your holiday enthusiasm together and register as a team! Celebrate the holidays with your company, organizations, schools or friends.

Have a team of 36 or more? Contact us to coordinate large team benefits and registration.

  • Teams of 36+: Qualify for early Packet Pick-up, team name printed on Fun Run bib and on the back of event t-shirts*!
  • Team members may register for any registration type (Adult, Youth, VIP Adult or VIP Youth). All team members must register for the SAME start time, or wave.

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2023 Sponsors


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Sponsorship Opportunities

Brands can engage with fun runners at the Austin Trail of Lights Fun Run through SPONSORSHIP or with an EXPO SPACE.

Connect with active Austinites who share your passion for health and fitness at the 2023 Trail of Lights Fun Run!

Contact us for more info