Tickets

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There’s something for everyone at this year’s Trail of Lights. Scroll down below to see our different ticket types and plan your unique experience today.

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ZIP Fast Pass

ZIP Fast Passes are the ultimate in convenience at the Trail. ZIP Fast Passes allow early access to the Trail of Lights at 6:00 pm, one hour before the Trail opens to the general public. ZIP guests may access the Trail through an exclusive ZIP entrance and experience our special ZIP Lobby. ZIP guests also receive access to the Zilker Lounge where you'll find cookies, cocoa, comfortable seating, and heated washrooms.

  • ZIP admission hours are 6-10pm, nightly, on December 10th-23rd.
  • ZIP passes are $15 (plus fees) on December 10- 14, and 18-19.
  • ZIP passes are $20 (plus fees) on December 15-17, and 20- 23.

Paid ZIP passes are available even on the “free general admission” nights, and carry a lot of value, especially on busier nights at the Trail. Skip the lines, enter early and purchase ZIP today!

Purchase required for ages 6 and over; children 5 and under are free with a ticketed ZIP adult.

Plan Your Trip Today! - Purchase Your ZIP Fast Passes

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Platinum Pass

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Experience the Trail of Lights in luxury! Your Platinum Pass purchase comes with concierge service from start to finish. Our Platinum team will work to make your experience at the Trail memorable and the planning truly hands-off. All you do is pick the night you and your group would like to come! Be our guest!

Platinum guests will access the Trail through an exclusive Platinum gate entrance. Platinum doors will open at 6:00 pm, one hour before the Trail of Lights opens to the general public. The full Platinum package includes:

  • Valet parking for one vehicle
  • Platinum concierge planning before and our Platinum Team to guide you at the event
  • Access to the park at 6:00pm through a private, dedicated entry
  • Golf cart shuttle access to the Platinum Lounge and Trailhead
  • Access to a private, heated Platinum Lounge with comfortable seating and exclusive bar
  • One drink ticket valid at bars throughout the park per Platinum Pass
  • One ride pass for exclusive entry to the Ferris wheel or carousel per Platinum Pass
  • Access to the Zilker Lounge where you'll find cookies, cocoa, comfortable seating, and heated washrooms

Platinum pass prices range from $80 for an individual pass, $150 for a 2-pack, and $260 for a 4-pack of tickets. Purchase required for ages 6 and over; children 5 and under are free with a ticketed Platinum adult. Drink & Ride ticket only issued to paid ticket holders, and not valid to complimentary Platinum children.

Plan Your Trip Today! - Purchase Your Platinum Passes

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General Admission

General Admission is free for half of the nights at the Austin Trail of Lights. Refer to the calendar to see which nights offer free entry and which nights carry a $3 entry fee for attendees 12 and over.

  • General Admission hours are 7-10pm nightly December 9th-23rd.
  • Purchase a GA ticket online, in advance to skip the long gate admission lines at the Trail.
  • Advance GA ticket purchasers can access the Trail thru a separate, expedited “Prepaid” Entrance.

Plan Your Trip Today! - Purchase Your General Admission Tickets

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Supporter Pass

Give some extra love to your favorite Austin holiday tradition with your purchase of a Supporter Pass package, benefitting the Trail of Lights Foundation. With your supporter pass package, you'll receive:

  • 2 ZiP Fast Passes, with all the same great ZIP benefits
  • limited edition Trail of Lights ornament
  • 1 hour early entry into the event at 6pm, before the public
  • access to the Zilker Lounge with heated washrooms and cozy seating
  • complimentary cocoa and cookies.

Purchase required for ages 6 and over; children 5 and under are free with a ticketed ZIP adult.

Plan Your Trip Today! - Purchase Your Supporter Passes

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Parking

If you plan to drive to the Trail of Lights, we offer close-in, lot parking at Zilker Park available only with a pre-paid parking pass. There are a limited number of spots available each night. All parking passes must be purchased in advance, online, and will not be sold onsite.

  • Parking passes available for $15 per vehicle.
  • Parking lots open at 5:30pm nightly.

Parking typically sells out in advance, so purchase yours now!

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    Shuttles

    Love Austin, hate the traffic? Avoid the Austin traffic, and take a shuttle directly to the front gate at Trail of Lights from multiple convenient locations around Austin. Purchase a shuttle pass in advance to skip the long shuttle admission lines at each pick up location.

    Advance Shuttle ticket purchasers may access the Trail through a separate, expedited “Prepaid” Entrance upon arrival at the Trail. Guests who purchase a shuttle pass do NOT need to purchase separate General Admission tickets on the nights that require a $3 admission fee – the shuttle pass includes shuttle ride and GA entry.

    • Trail of Lights Shuttles will operate from two locations on Dec 9, 10, 15-17, and 19-23: Republic Square in downtown Austin (422 Guadalupe St., Austin 78701) and Toney Burger Event Center in south Austin (3200 Jones Rd, Austin, TX 78745).
    • Shuttle fare is $5 per person and includes General Admission access. Small children seated on an adult’s lap and infants ride free.
    • If a guest wants to participate in the shuttle program and purchase a ZIP Fast Pass, then both separate shuttle pass and ZIP Fast Pass purchases are needed.
    • Shuttle Schedule: The first shuttle departs from Burger Center and Republic Square Park at 5:30 pm. Shuttles run continuously from both locations with the last shuttles departing from shuttle stops at 8:30pm. Return shuttles from Zilker and the Trail of Lights will run until 10:30pm to each location.
    • Shuttles are ADA accessible and have room for wheelchair storage. Foldable strollers are also permitted on shuttles.

    Shuttle Passes now on sale. Head to the calendar to pick your date and plan your trip.

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