2018 Dates, Time, Gate Ticket Information and Location

The Trail of Lights runs December 10th – 23rd, 2018. The trail will be open from 7:00pm to 10:00 pm nightly.

ZIP Fast Passes and Platinum passes may enter as early as 6:00 pm on December 11 - 23.

General Admission access to the Trail is FREE for all ages December 10-13 and 17-19, from 7:00-10:00 pm nightly.

General admission is $3* per person ages 12+ December 14-16 and 20-23 from 7:00-10:00 pm nightly. Purchase tickets in advance to avoid long admission lines at the gate.

(Shuttle tickets include general admission on participating nights - no separate GA gate ticket purchase is necessary for shuttle ticket holders.)

ZIP Fast Pass admission is available December 11-23 and allows priority entry to the Trail at 6:00 pm nightly, one hour before the public. ZIP pricing varies from $15-$20*. ZIP passes also include access to the Zilker Lounge for complimentary cookies and cocoa. ZIP amenities are available even on the “free general admission” nights, and carry a lot of value, especially on busier nights at the Trail.

Experience the Trail in luxury with a Platinum pass! Platinum tickets offer priority entry before the public at 6:00 pm, a private Platinum Lounge, golf cart shuttle, rides on the Ferris wheel or carousel, private restrooms, refreshments, and more! Platinum pricing starts at $80* and is available December 10, 13-16, and 19-23.

Advance Parking at Zilker Park is available online. No parking will be sold onsite.

*additional service charges and tax may apply

Location: Zilker Park - Austin, Texas

The Trail of Lights is rain or shine barring extreme weather conditions or city park closures.


Thank you Austin! 2017 Austin Trail of Lights was filled with smiling faces, amazing performances from our community and of course millions of twinkling lights! From spinning under the Zilker Tree, around the carousel and Ferris Wheel to visits with Santa - check out a few highlights!

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Austin Trail of Lights is Produced in Partnership With:    
  • trail of lights foundation
  • 3can events
  • city of austin
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