What is the difference between General Admission and ZIP?

The Trail requires a gate fee for General Admission entry on December 14-16 and 20-23. General Admission passes simply offer entrance to the Trail of Lights with no additional Lounge access or amenities. You are still welcome to enjoy all the lights, rides (addt’l fee applies), and attractions like Santa at The North Pole, Letters to Santa, Candy Land and more with standard GA event entry. You can purchase a GA ticket in advance online now to skip the long admission lines and entry fee process onsite and enter via a separate “prepaid” entrance with your ticket on your desired night. General Admission entry is from 7:00 – 10:00 pm, nightly. General Admission is free for guests ages 11 and under on Dec 14-16 and 20-23. And free for ALL guests on Dec 10-13 and 17-19.

If you wish to take advantage of our ZIP Fast Pass ticket offer that permits entry starting at 6:00 pm - one hour before the general public to beat the crowd, free holiday cookies and cocoa, special entry gates, access to our Zilker Lounge toward the end of the Trail that offers heated and comfortable seating near the Community Performance Stage, and more. We encourage purchasing a ZIP ticket online in advance, as quantities are limited and often sell out due to their early entry and limited crowd appeal, as well as other benefits. ZIP admission 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 (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.

Admission & Parking passes are onsale for all dates via our website: https://austintrailoflights.org/calendar

Simply click on the day you’d like to come from the calendar, and you’ll be redirected to our ticket purchase page through our partner, Ticketbud.

We look forward to seeing you in December!