Volunteer at the Trail of Lights

What better way to spread cheer than by volunteering at Austin’s landmark holiday event? The Trail of Lights Foundation invites the community to help present the Trail to the City of Austin. From answering questions to assisting with holiday activities, you can help set the tone of this special holiday experience. Opportunities to get involved are available December 2 through December 23.

In exchange for your support, Trail of Lights provides:

  • 2 ZIP passes for the night of your choice after your shift is complete. ZIP offers expedited entry and access to ZIP hospitality areas for you and a guest.
  • Dinner on the night you volunteer.
  • Trail of Lights hat to wear during your shift and beyond!

How to Apply

Once you review the step-by-step instruction guide, visit the application form to create a username and password (or sign in with your existing account), complete your profile, and sign up for desired shifts!

Volunteer Policy

Failure to comply with volunteer policies on shift will result in being placed on the naughty list and dismissal from the program.

  • Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age as of December 2, 2019 or accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Trail of Lights Foundation provides no monetary compensation for volunteer roles.
  • Volunteers must reside in the Austin-Area.
  • Volunteers must come prepared for the outdoor, winter elements. Texas weather can be unpredictable, so please check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. We also encourage you to bring a flashlight.
  • Failure to perform as expected will affect future placement in the program. Expected behaviors include:
  • Checking in 15 minutes prior to shift start time
  • Fulfilling tasks throughout the duration of your shift
  • Maintaining positive attitude and respect for all guests, staff, volunteers, and performers.
  • Smoking, drinking and intoxication on shift are strictly prohibited.
  • No shows will be removed from future shifts. You will have an opportunity to decline shifts in advance.



Additional Opportunities

Volunteer at the Fun Run: sign up here.

Group Volunteer Opportunities: To inquire about a group volunteer effort at the Trail, contact volunteer@austintrailoflights.org.

Contact Us: volunteer@austintrailoflights.org with any questions.