Grand Opening Night



Kicking Off The Season

Join us for our Grand Opening celebration as H-E-B helps us kick off the 59th annual Austin Trail of Lights holiday season.

The official first night at the Trail begins 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, benefiting the Trail of Lights Foundation and H-E-B’s Read 3 program. Students are asked to write a creative essay with one lucky winner being 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!

Over at the Zilker Stage, The Texas Music Scene TV Show will kick off our entertainment with live artist tapings, starting at 7 pm. It's your chance to enjoy incredible live music courtesy of local Texas musicians, and to be on TV!

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! General admission is free and open to the public, and will include a wide variety of special programming to ring in the holiday season! However, ZIP and Platinum passes are also available where guests enter the Trail one hour early at 6pm and extra perks.