2018 Grand Opening

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Join us for our Grand Opening celebration as H-E-B helps us kick off the 54th annual Austin Trail of Lights holiday season. The official first night at the Trail begins at 6:45pm with a ceremonial flipping of the switch by AISD students lead by City Officials. AISD 3rd-5th grade students from across the city get their creative juices flowing with their entries in our Austin Trail of Lights Holiday Writing Contest, benefitting the Trail of Lights Foundation and H-E-B’s Read 3 program. Students are asked to write an essay describing a time in their lives when people worked together to make something better. One lucky winner will be invited to flip the switch, turning on the front entry lights and opening the Austin Trail of Lights to the public for the first time of the season.


Here in Austin, the Trail of Lights glow is the identifying marker that the holiday season has officially begun, and we want to share this special first night of the Austin Trail of Lights with you! This night’s general admission is free and open to the public, and will include a wide variety of special programming to ring in the holiday season!

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