Thu Dec 8, 12:00 AM - Fri Dec 23, 12:00 AM
2207 Lou Neff Rd, Austin, TX 78746

Community: South Congress


We are inviting you to our Austin Trail of Light @ Zilker Metropolitan Park! Invite and Gather the Whole Family for this Holiday Tradition.

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The Trail of Lights Foundation announces today that the 58th Annual Austin Trail of Lights, powered by H-E-B, in downtown Austin’s iconic Zilker Park will return to its traditional, in-person format Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022 through Friday, Dec. 23, 2022, (closed on Mondays). Visitors seeking a first-look at the most beloved, and longest running holiday tradition of its kind in Texas’ capital city, can attend the 9th Annual Night Lights Preview Party on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, presented by Broadway Bank, or participate in the 11th annual Austin Trail of Lights Fun Run on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, presented by Chuy’s.

Voted 10Best Public Display of Holiday Lights by USA Today and named one of the best places to see Christmas lights by CNN, the event has grown to be a not-to-be missed community-wide event. Starting as a small community gathering around a yule log in 1965, the Austin Trail of Lights now welcomes more than 400,000 guests from Central Texas and around the world each year for its jubilant display of lights and nightly entertainment. It features more than 2 million lights illuminating the park, 90 lighted holiday trees and more than 70 other holiday displays and lighted tunnels.

“H-E-B is honored to continue to sponsor Austin’s longest running holiday tradition and grateful to the Trail of Lights Foundation for their passion and dedication to keeping the event free of charge for half of the public nights. Because of their efforts, the Austin Trail of Lights is continuing to bring magic to guests and is coming back even stronger in 2022,” said Leslie Sweet, Director of Public Affairs, H-E-B.

Committed to ensuring the holiday tradition is accessible for all in the community, general admission is free and open to the public on seven out of the 14 nights, and children under 12 are always free of charge. Additional ticket options available this fall include early-entry ZIP passes, VIP Platinum passes, parking and shuttle passes for purchase on select nights. In addition, up to 50 private holiday parties are hosted each year at the Trail and are currently available for booking. All ticketing packages and hospitality parties directly support the community outreach efforts such as free nights, the STARS program and community entertainment platforms.

Tickets to the December 2nd Night Lights Preview Party presented by Broadway Bank, the Foundation’s official fundraiser and a first-look opportunity, will go on sale in early October when the Box Office opens. Registration for the 11th annual Fun Run, an opportunity to jingle, jog or stroll through the illuminated Trail on December 3rd, is now open.

In early October 2022, the full calendar, inclusive of special programming and online ticket purchase links, will be available at

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