Parking at Trail of Lights / Zilker Park

Close-in parking at Zilker Park / Trail of Lights is available only with a pre-paid parking pass. There are a limited number available each night and all parking must be purchased in advance, online. Purchase parking for $15 per vehicle (plus service charges). Parking will not be sold onsite. Parking lots open at 5:30pm nightly.

NOTE: Parking is prohibited in surrounding neighborhoods. Please respect the residents of the Zilker Park area and Rollingwood. Public safety personnel will enforce parking regulations.

See map to paid parking below. Again, ALL PARKING MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR VISIT TO THE TRAIL. This is the only route to paid parking so make sure to pay attention to avoid road closures.You should also plan to give yourself plenty of time to arrive to the Austin Trail of Lights as downtown Austin traffic may be congested or delayed, and road closures could be in effect.

With a prepaid parking pass, you will be able to access our event parking with your pass anytime between 5:30pm and when the event concludes at 10pm. Please follow the driving directions indicated on your parking pass as street closures will be in effect. Present your pass to parking/traffic attendants, and then follow their guidance from there to access the actual lot. Please display your parking pass on our dashboard once parked.


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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  • Zilker ParkDecember 2018
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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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