Austin Trail of Lights opens tickets for drive-thru only event

Photo of a car driving through a lighted tunnel
The Austin Trail of Lights will welcome drive-thru visitors from Nov. 27-Dec. 31. (Courtesy Austin Trail of Lights)

The Austin Trail of Lights will welcome drive-thru visitors from Nov. 27-Dec. 31. (Courtesy Austin Trail of Lights)

The 57th annual Austin Trail of Lights will be a drive-thru only event through Zilker Park for the second year this season, organizers announced Oct. 7. The event will take place on select dates from Nov. 27-Dec. 31.

"While we had hoped to have guests walking through the lights this year, we had to look at the current event guidelines, consult with key constituents and make a definitive decision now. A drive-thru format in 2021 ensures we will have a successful 57th year in Zilker Park for our multigenerational audience," said Rachel Green, president of the Trail of Lights Foundation, in a news release.

Vehicle passes for the annual event are on sale now, running $30-$40 per vehicle for general admission. Premium passes granting early entry are also available.

This year's Trail of Lights will feature more than two million holiday lights throughout the park spanning 90 holiday trees, lighted tunnels and more than 70 other displays.

Private Trail of Lights events will be held Dec. 28 and 29 for 30-plus community nonprofits, along with eligible Austin ISD families as part of the Trail of Lights foundation's STARS outreach program. Organizations can apply for the STARS program here.


"It's an honor to power Austin's most iconic holiday celebration again this year. We're thrilled to help bring so much joy to the Central Texas community through the event," said Leslie Sweet, director of public affairs with H-E-B, which sponsors the event.
By Olivia Aldridge

Reporter, Central Austin

Olivia joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in March 2019. She covers public health, business, development and Travis County government. A graduate of Presbyterian College in South Carolina, Olivia worked as a reporter and producer for South Carolina Public Radio before moving to Texas. Her work has appeared on NPR and in the New York Times.



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