#TBT: Night Lights Through the Years

It’s beginning to look (and feel) a lot like winter in Austin! The chilly temperatures have fallen just in time for our 3rd annual Night Lights preview party benefiting the Austin Trail of Lights Foundation.

We’re so excited for tomorrow night- bundling up already!- we thought we would use this brisk Thursday afternoon to take a little stroll down memory lane. Care to join us?


2013: A little ice never hurt nobody!

The annual preview party was established with the goal of keeping the Trail of Lights a sustainable event by supporting the Foundation in its efforts to continuously put on the holiday event of the season. When a heavy amount of ice caused an unfortunate cancellation, a wrap up party with Ray Benson and friends was created in it’s place. Nothing can stop the Trail of Lights from partying with its beloved Austinites!

Check out our first ever preview party invite!


2014: A night to remember

With the weather looking cheerful and the snow machine ready for action in December of 2014, the first official preview party occurred on time with live music from local favorites Quiet Company, ice carvings and a live art display from #besomebody.


2015: Bigger and brighter!

Austin icon and blues guitar legend Jimmie Vaughan joined the ranks of preview party headliners in 2015 for the 2nd annual event. The event also donned the name Night Lights this year, with food and beverages provided by Zocalo, Easy Tiger, Galaxy Cafe, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and more.


2016: The best way to see the Trail of Lights

Today, the Trail of Lights is one of the three largest events in Austin. As we continue to improve this beloved Austin tradition, the preview party becomes more and more important to the sustainability of the event and its producers.

This year, we are excited to host Greyhounds and headliner Shinyribs and to provide bites from restaurants like Juliet, Moonshine, Amy’s Ice Creams and more. Grab a complimentary Ferris wheel ride or shop for Christmas gifts (for friends, or for yourself) at the makers’ market curated by Edible Austin. We hope you will join us tomorrow, Dec. 9 for an exclusive first look at the 2016 Trail of Lights.