2018 Trail Of Lights

2018 Austin Trail of Lights!

The Run-Down

The Trail Of Lights will run from December 10 – 23, 2018.

  • Dec 2: The festivities kick off with our annual Fun Run under the stars and lights.
  • Dec 9: Our Grand Opening on Monday, Dec 10 opens the Trail to the public greeting Austinites and visitors with a special opening ceremony.

Austin Trail of Lights 2018 

The AUSTIN TRAIL OF LIGHTS is Austin’s largest holiday tradition and 2nd largest event in the city. Run by the Trail of Lights Foundation, the annual event in Zilker Park celebrates the unique spirit and people that make Austin the place we love to call home.

The Austin Trail of Lights is a community event that invites 400,000 people every year to come celebrate the holidays in the heart of Austin, Texas during the month of December. The event showcases everything that we love about Austin—from music and food to creativity and family fun. Thanks to the Trail of Lights Foundation, we are able to keep it free for at least ½ of the nights to make sure that anyone who wants to be part of the experience has a way to do so.

2018 Fun Run – presented by St. David’s HealthCare

Saturday December 1,  6p – 10p

Be Among the First in Austin to See the Trail of Lights - Before the Crowds!Jingle, jog & jive your way through the iconic Austin Trail of Lights in your best holiday costume, then stick around for the ultimate after party celebration – the Finish Line Festival – located in the heart of Zilker Park.

Gather post run with family and friends at our Finish Line Festival in the middle of Zilker Park for DJ entertainment and dance party, fitness expo, activities, food trucks, complimentary post-run beer or cocoa and more! Don’t miss our new VIP Fun Run options with access to a VIP Lounge, snacks, bar and other upgrades.



Monday, December 10, 2018 7pm-10pm

Opening Ceremony benefiting the Trail of Lights Foundation.

Join us for our Grand Opening celebration as H-E-B helps us kick off the 54th annual Austin Trail of Lights holiday season. 

General Admission is free and open to the public on December 10th, and will include a variety of special entertainment and programming to ring in the holiday season! Make your Grand Opening experience extra grand! 

Full Entertainment Lineup

This year's lineup of music kicks off on opening night on Monday, December 10th with Tameca Jones! Throughout the Trail of Lights you can enjoy music from Tomar & The FCs, The Greyhounds, The Peterson Brothers & More! 


Ticket Types Available: GA & ZIP

GA Tickets

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.

  • Purchase a GA ticket online, in advance to skip the long gate admission lines at the Trail.

ZIP Fast Passes

ZIP Fast Passes are the ultimate convenience at the Austin Trail of Lights! Providing early access to the Trail at 6pm – one hour before the general public. ZIP guests also enter through a dedicated ZIP entrance, plus receive access our special ZIP Lobby and Zilker Lounge with holiday cookies, cocoa, comfy seating and heated washrooms!

Head to the event calendar to plan your trip, and choose a date with ZIP availability to purchase passes!


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