Thanks to generous donations from Vista Equity Partners and dozens of businesses and individuals, STARS at the Trail extends the joy of the Austin Trail of Lights to nonprofit organizations across Austin.

The STARS at the Trail program was created to ensure that those people in our community, who may not otherwise have the opportunity, are given a magical holiday experience tailored exclusively for them. Since 2013 STARS at The Trail has worked with 40 local non-profit organizations to bring over 20,000 individuals to the Trail of Lights including children, families, seniors and veterans.

The deadline to apply for the 2023 STARS at the Trail program has passed. Accepted organizations will be notified in early November.


Give back at any level. A portion of all sponsorships go to support the STARS at the Trail program. Your sponsorship dollars keep community-centered programs like STARS at the Trail available to the Central Texas community. Inquire about available sponsorships and how you can get involved with STARS at the Trail.


2022 STARS organizations

  • African American Youth Harvest Foundation

  • Back on My Feet Austin

  • Best Buddies

  • Best Buddies Central Texas

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas, Inc.

  • Chariot: Drive a Senior Central Texas

  • Colours Program

  • Council on At-Risk Youth

  • CPATH - Cerebral Palsy Awareness Transition Hope

  • Del Valle Community Coalition

  • Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas

  • Drive a Senior - Austin, TX

  • First Tee - Greater Austin

  • Foundation Communities

  • GirlForward

  • Hearts2Heal

  • Helping Hand Home for Children

  • Housing Authority of the City of Austin

  • Imagine A Way

  • Integral Care

  • Mainspring Schools

  • Marathon Kids

  • Marbridge Foundation

  • Partnerships for Children

  • RAICES - Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services

  • SAFE Alliance

  • Sam's Adventure Camp

  • Seedling Foundation

  • Senior Access

  • Settlement Home

  • The Johnson Center for Child Health & Development

  • TogetherAustin

  • Travis County Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

  • Tudos Juntos

  • Unabridged Academy

  • YMCA of Austin

  • Young Voices of Austin