A Taste of Austin | Entertainment at the Trail

As an authentically Austin event, the Trail of Lights is excited to host some of the city’s best performers, scholars & heroes! With more entertainment than ever before at the Trail this year, there’s something for everyone.


Night Lights Preview Party

Friday, December 9, 2016 l 6:00pm-10:00pm

Get an exclusive first look at the 2016 Trail of Lights with performances by Shinyribs and Greyhounds, small bites from some of Austin’s favorite restaurants, a makers’ market curated by Edible Austin, complimentary Ferris wheel and carousel rides, and a classic car show. Buy your tickets today before they sell out!

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UT Night

On Sunday, December 11th, throw up your horns for our third annual UT Night at the Trail of Lights! UT Night is a great way to celebrate the holiday season together with students, faculty, alumni, family and friends! This event is free and open to the public, and will include a wide variety of special programming by university groups to showcase UT pride!

This year we have access to ZiP Fast Passes allowing ticket purchasers into a specialty UT Austin Hospitality area. You may also purchase parking tickets to access close-in parking at Zilker Park. We recommend purchasing parking and ZiP Fast Passes early because they will sell out. Contact us about discounts for UT student groups.


Heroes Night

On Tuesday, December 13th, we honor veterans, active military and all first responders for Heroes Night thanks to Texas Lottery! Bring a military ID, first responder verification or wear your uniform for you and your family to receive ZiP Fast Pass perks.

Attendees can support Austin Police Operation Blue Blue Santa with a toy donation and earn early entry at 6:30 pm. Be sure to look out to Letters to Heroes, presented by State Farm, to say thank you to your Hero!


Movie Night at the Trail

On Friday, December 16th, bring your blankets and snuggle up for a showing of How the Grinch Stole Christmas within the Trail! Big thanks to Austin Parks Foundation!

"'Maybe Christmas' the Grinch thought 'doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, ...perhaps...means a little bit more." -Dr. Seuss


Nightly Programming

Rock out with nightly performances from Austin's most talented, including music from Ruby & The Reckless on December 20th, Atash on December 21st and more!

Want a lineup of all our nightly programming? Check out our website!