Trail of Lights Announces 2018 'LIVE at the Trail' Music Program

November 28, 2018

Article by: Broadway World

The 54th annual Austin Trail of Lights, powered by H-E-B, announces an exciting new music program, "LIVE at the Trail," featuring local Austin headliners such as Tameca Jones, Brownout, Tomar & The FCs, Peterson Brothers Band, Los Coast, Ephraim Owens, Greyhounds and many more. To view the full entertainment calendar, including community acts at the 2018 Trail of Lights, please visit

"Our 'LIVE at the Trail' program is geared towards celebrating the vibrant Austin music scene," said Rachel Green, president-elect of the Trail of Lights Foundation. "Not only are we thrilled to have great showcase headliners, but we have paired headliners with an under-18 year old act for mentorship and experience. We want live music to be accessible to everyone, so on our free nights, and our $3 nights, musical entertainment will be a noteworthy part of the Trail."

The Trail also recently announced "Night Lights," the fifth annual preview party benefiting the Trail of Lights Foundation on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 6-10 p.m. Austin Trail of Lights' annual Night Lights Preview Party is an exclusive fundraising event kicking off the Austin Trail of Lights season. Proceeds from Night Lights ticket sales go directly back into the Trail of Lights Foundation. Brownout and Interrobang will be performing as guests enjoy light bites from various local restaurants and tastings from featured liquor brands. Tickets are $85 per person and can be purchased here:

Following "Night Lights", the Trail will host its annual Grand Opening and Sponsor Soiree on Monday, Dec. 10 from 7-10 p.m. The GrandOpening will feature music from Tameca Jones and other local artists. The official first night at the Trail begins with a ceremonial flipping of the switch by AISD students lead by H-E-B and KXAN partners. One lucky student winner of the Austin Trail of Lights Holiday Writing Contest 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. The Grand Opening is free and open to the public with Platinum passes and ticket bundles available for purchase here.

Austin Trail of Lights Calendar of Specialty Nights

The full calendar, along with online ticket purchasing is available at

  • Saturday, Dec. 1: The Annual Trail of Lights Fun Run
  • Dec. 2, 3 and 4: STARS at the Trail program hosts over 20 nonprofit organizations. The Trail of Lights will be closed to the public on these nights.
  • Saturday, Dec. 8: Night Lights, the annual Preview Party and fundraiser for the Trail of Lights Foundation
  • Monday, Dec. 10: Austin Trail of Lights Grand Opening and Sponsor Soiree
  • Tuesday, Dec. 11: Heroes Night, a celebration of veterans, active military and first responders
  • Thursday, Dec. 13: Movie Night, join us for a viewing of Polar Express at the Trail
  • Sunday, Dec. 16: UT Night, dedicated to the vibrant community of the University of Texas at Austin

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  • Current nominee of USA Today for their 10Best Reader Poll on Public HolidayLight Displays
  • Third Largest Event in Austin according to the Austin Business Journal (2018)
  • Up to 400,000 attendees visit every year, on average
  • 28,000 average nightly attendance in 2017
  • 2 million twinkling lights, 90 wrapped trees and over 65 holiday displays
  • More than 1 million miles walked on the Trail by attendees annually
  • Over 8,000 runners expected at the 2018 Fun Run
  • 14,000 photos taken with Santa in 2017