2018 Tickets Available Now
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Zilker Holiday Tree Lighting
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25
Austin's annual Zilker Holiday Tree lighting kicks off the season of festivities in Zilker Park on November 25th, and is complimentary and open to anyone to enjoy! Now in it’s 52nd year, the Zilker Holiday Tree is the largest man-made holiday tree, built upon one of Austin's 17 historic moontowers. Access to the Zilker Tree is totally independent from Trail of Lights admission, but we encourage you to come down to Zilker Park and enjoy both! The tree will be shining tall and bright above Austin nightly thru December 31st. Food vendors and other merchants will also operate at the tree throughout the month of December.
Find out more info here: https://austintexas.gov/zilkerholidaytree
Presented by St. David's HealthCare
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1
A Light Run. Then Have Some Fun. Each year the Austin Trail of Lights hosts an exciting 2.1 mile fun run under the stars and 2+ million twinkling lights, ending with a Finish Line Festival and fitness expo. And this year is no different! Click here for more information.
Night Lights Preview Party
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8
Don’t miss the annual Night Lights Preview Party, benefitting the STARS at the Trail, a Trail of Lights Foundation program that hosts children, families, seniors and veterans who might not otherwise get to experience the Trail of Lights for special programs before the event opens to the general public.
Get a sneak peek of the Trail before it opens to the public and enjoy live music, lite bites from Austin’s celebrated restaurants, complimentary drinks and cocktail tastings, classic car show and more! Tickets on sale now!! Click here for more information.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 10
The Trail of Lights official Grand Opening to the public will feature local Austin entertainment with acts by community and professional performers. General Admission to the Trail of Lights Grand Opening is always free to the public, but purchase Platinum Passes for the ultimate upgrade! Don't forget to purchase parking ahead of time! Click here for more information about the 2018 Grand Opening!
Presented by Texas Lottery
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11
Join us as we honor veterans, active military, and first responders (police, fire, EMS) at our annual Heroes Night, presented by Texas Lottery, on Tuesday, December 11 from 7:00-10:00 pm at the Austin Trail of Lights. Heroes Night provides an extra special opportunity to recognize, honor and thank the hundreds and thousands of military, first responders, and veterans for their countless hours and dedication to our communities and nation. Guests will have the opportunity to write “letters to heroes” and join other activities to pay tribute to first responders’ service.
Wear your uniform or bring an ID showing military, veteran status, or first responder verification for you and your family to receive complimentary ZIP Fast Pass perks on December 11th beginning at 6:00 pm.
Presented by The University of Texas at Austin
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16
We’re turning the Trail burnt orange. Join us as we celebrate Austin’s favorite holiday event with the fourth annual UT Night at the Trail of Lights, a special evening dedicated to The University of Texas at Austin. Ring in the holiday season together with students, faculty, alumni, family and friends! UT Night will include a wide variety of special UT-themed programming by university groups to showcase longhorn pride! Click here for more information.
Enjoy a premium UT Night experience with ZIP Passes or Platinum Pass upgrades, and don’t forget to purchase parking or shuttle passes.