+ Do I need a ticket? Or do i just show up? Especially on FREE nights??

The Trail is happy to offer FREE general admission to all guests on December 10-12, and 15-18 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. No advance ticket is required for GA entry, simply come on down, enter, and enjoy!

If you wish to take advantage of our ZIP Fast Pass or premium Platinum ticket offers that permit entry starting at 6:00 pm - one hour before the general public to beat the crowd, free holiday cookies and cocoa, special entry gates, and more, then we strongly encourage purchasing a ZIP or Platinum ticket online in advance, as those quantities are limited and often sell out. ZIP & Platinum is complimentary for children age 5 and under, and no ticket is required for them with an accompanying ticketed adult.

If you plan to drive and park at Zilker Park on night (even on "free nights"), you must purchase a parking pass online in advance. No parking will be sold onsite.

And if you plan to utilize our Shuttle transportation program from Toney Burger Activity Center in South Austin, or from Republic Square Park downtown, a shuttle pass is required per person. Shuttle passes can be purchased online in advance or at the respective shuttle location. Reminder shuttle passes include general admission on the "paid" nights that a gate fee is required. Shuttle passes are complimentary for infants and lap children, and no Shuttle pass is required for them with an accompanying ticketed adult.