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      2019 Austin Trail of Lights - Grand Opening Night: 12/10 in Austin

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      December 10, 2019

      Tuesday   7:00 PM

      2100 Barton Springs Road
      Austin, Texas 78746

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      2019 Austin Trail of Lights - Grand Opening Night: 12/10

       Celebrate The Magic 

      General Admission is FREE and open to the public on December 10th.  

      Join us for our Grand Opening celebration as title sponsor H-E-B helps us kick off the 55th annual Austin Trail of Lights holiday season. The official first night at the Trail begins with a ceremonial flipping of the switch lead by our H-E-B and KXAN partners. Lucky student winners of our Austin Trail of Lights Holiday Writing Contest will be invited to help flip the switch, turning on the front entry tunnel lights and opening the Austin Trail of Lights to the public for the first time of the season.  

      The AUSTIN TRAIL OF LIGHTS is our city’s most beloved and longest running holiday tradition. Produced 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. Visit with friends, families and neighbors and enjoy more than 2 million lights, 70 displays and lighted tunnels, 90 lighted holiday trees, nightly entertainment, Austin’s famous food trucks, and magical holiday activities sure to create treasured memories. 

       New In 2019 

      2019 Austin Trail of Lights visitors will see new displays, interactive spaces, and local merchants coupled with local talent of all ages through LIVE at the Trail. 

      Don’t miss the debut of our new Trail of Flights wine bar located within Zilker Village. Sample flights from a number of premier labels and discover a new favorite. 

      Shop the expanded Holiday Market within Zilker Village. It’s the perfect place to get some holiday shopping done before the season ends! Take home unique gifts for family and friends from local businesses and artists.  

      Indulge in festive S’more making. Guests can roast their own marshmallows in campfires nearby the iconic Yule Log within Zilker Village, as well as Candy Cane Lane. Pick up s’mores making kits near the Holiday Market for a sweet treat to warm the heart! 

      Tonight at the Trail 

      7:00pm: 55th Annual Austin Trail of Lights Welcoming Ceremony, featuring the Trail of Lights Foundation, H-E-B’s Read 3 program and KXAN personalities. 

      LIVE at the Trail 

      Each night, the stages are filled with musical and community talent. The nightly schedule will be available in early November.  

      Ticket Options 


      General Admission is FREE and open to the public on December 10th.  



      Discover a luxury VIP experience at the Austin Trail of Lights with our Platinum program, presented by Northern Trust. From the concierge services when you first arrive and complimentary perks to preferential line placement and convenient valet parking, the Austin Trail of Lights Platinum team works to make your experience at the Trail forever memorable. All you need do is pick the night you and your group would like to attend! 

       ·      Valet parking for one vehicle 

      ·       Platinum concierge customer service onsite 

      ·       6pm early access to the Trail through a private, dedicated entry 

      ·       Golf cart shuttle access to 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 ticket for expedited entry to the Ferris wheel or carousel per Platinum Pass 

      Platinum admission passes are available individually, as a 2-Pack, or a 4-Pack. One valet parking pass included with 2-Pack and 4-Pack purchases. Limited Platinum admission pass quantities are available. 

      Children under 6 years old receive free Platinum access with a ticketed Platinum adult. Additional drink or ride tickets available for purchase in advance or onsite. 


      If you plan to drive to the Austin 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 in each parking lot each night, and parking areas will be filled in order of arrival. All parking passes must be purchased in advance, online. 

      ·     Parking passes available for $15 per vehicle online, in advance 

      ·     Parking lots open at 5:30pm nightly. 

      Accessible parking is available. A parking pass must be purchased and presented along with a state-issued placard or license plate. The person to whom it belongs must be present.  


      If you have a special access promotional code, enter it in the "promotional code" box on the right, and click apply. Once the code is accepted, the box turns green and the page will refresh and reveal your special offer. Then enter the desired amount of tickets next to the special offer and follow the prompts to complete the transaction.  


      No pets allowed. This event is Rain or Shine barring any extreme weather or city park closures. This ticket grants a revocable license to the bearer and bearer may be removed at any time for any reason. The resale or attempted resale of this ticket at a price higher than that appearing hereon is grounds for seizure of the ticket and cancellation without compensation. The holder assumes all risk or danger incidental to the attraction whether occurring prior to, during, or subsequent to, the attraction. Rain policy: Tickets for outdoor events are purchased at risk of inclement weather. In general, this ticket will not be replaced, refunded, or exchanged unless the event is canceled or postponed. 


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