STARS at the Trail

  • Presented by Vista Equity Partners
  • STARS at the Trail extends the joy of the Austin Trail of Lights to nonprofit organizations across Austin.

For 3 special nights, the Trail of Lights Foundation hosts up to 1,700 deserving children, families, seniors, first responders and veterans for very special experiences at the Austin Trail of Lights.

Your donation will allow us to create holiday memories to last a lifetime.

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The Trail of Lights exists as an authentically Austin community celebration. Our goal is to bring the joy of the holiday season to as many Austinites as possible. 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.

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STARS at the Trail partners with up to 20 local nonprofit organizations every year to bring up to 1,700 deserving children, families, seniors, first responders and veterans to the trail on three private nights before the Trail is open to the public.

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All participating STARS organizations receive a VIP experience that includes:

  • Group transportation to and from the Austin Trail of Lights
  • A private, guided tour providing a special look at the Austin Trail of Lights
  • Experiences throughout the Austin Trail of Lights including a visit to Santa and playing in Santa’s Workshop

  • Private party with refreshments, gift bags and fun activities in the Austin Trail of Lights hospitality area

How You Can Help


Give back at any level. Corporations and individuals can be a part of these truly special nights with Trailblazer Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsorships. Your sponsorship dollars will contribute to funds which keep community-centered programs like STARS at the Trail available to all in our community. Trailblazer Sponsorship opportunities range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Get Involved Today. Make your Trailblazer Sponsorship payment today conveniently online or contact a sponsorship sales manager for more information about the many ways to get involved.


Help us keep the Austin Trail of Lights accessible to all. Like Trailblazer sponsorships, your donation to the Trail, in any amount, helps support our community-focused programs like STARS at the Trail, Heroes Night, Cap City Music Night and keeping half the nights of the event free and open to the public. With support like yours, we can bring the joy of the holidays and the Trail of Lights to thousands of deserving people in our community.

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