ZIP Fast Pass - Early Entry Time

ZIP Fast Pass guests (and ZIP Gold) guests are welcome to enjoy the Austin Trail of Lights at any time, however to maximize your experience, we recommend taking advantage of the expedited exclusive entry time at 6:00pm, one hour before gates open to the general public.

Parking lots open at 5:30 pm each night. You are certainly welcome to come and hop in line to enter our ZIP Lobby area which will have refreshments while you wait to queue for access to the Trail opening at 6:00pm, one hour before the general public enters at 7:00 pm. To enter, follow the event signs to the “ZiP Fast Pass” lanes just right of the Trail of Lights - Barton Springs Road pedestrian entrance starting at 6:00 pm.

Upon arrival at the ZIP Entrance, please present each of your tickets on your mobile device or print them for proper scanning and validation from Trail of Lights staff upon arrival. ZIP purchase required for ages 6 and over; children 5 and under are free with a ticketed ZIP adult

No matter when you arrive, you will still be able to enjoy other ZIP Fast Pass amenities such as:

- Entry to the Trail through an exclusive ZIP gate and experience our special ZIP Lobby.

- Access to the Zilker Lounge where you'll find heated and comfortable seating, and heated executive washrooms.

- 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. ZIP admission hours are 6:00-10:00pm, nightly, on December 11th-23rd.


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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