Trail of Lights 2017 will feature new displays, local musicians

The Trail of Lights will feature new displays and interactive environments. The events will open to the public Dec. 9.

The Trail of Lights will feature new displays and interactive environments. The events will open to the public Dec. 9.

Image description
Trail of Lights
Image description
2017 Trail of Lights calendar
Image description
2017 Trail of Lights map
Updated Nov. 6 at 3:47 p.m.

The 53rd annual Austin Trail of Lights will feature new modernized displays, interactive environments, famous Austin’s food trucks, local musical talents, merchants and more.

Every holiday season, Zilker Park, located at 2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin, is transformed with over 2 million lights, 40 displays, more than 20 food trucks, two stages, 30 private holiday parties and interactive experiences throughout the trail.

This year the event will run Dec. 9-23 with a full calendar of events and local acts nightly.

“The Trail of Lights is the only event that brings 400,000 people from all over Texas and beyond to celebrate 15 nights of holiday festivities,” Trail of Light Foundation Board President Leah Davies said.

Davies said the event showcases "everything people love about Austin"— music, food, creativity, and family. Through a sponsorship with HEB, the foundation will continue to offer half of the event's run free to the public.

“I think everyone will find something that calls them down to the park this year and hopefully multiple somethings,” Davies said. “2017’s event is a combination of past years. We will be highlighting the people, music, groups, food, technology, charitable organizations, and businesses that make Austin the place we like to call home.”

The calendar this year includes the annual tree lighting, Fun Run, preview party, UT Night, Heroes Night and a movie night. HEB will also bring 50,000 books to give away at the trail.

The tree lighting will take place Nov. 26 with a Fun Run on Dec. 2. The annual preview party, which will feature Whiskey Shivers as the headliner, is Dec. 8. A grand opening for the public will be held Dec. 9 with a performance by local bluesman Alan Haynes.

“This year we're going to have a full lineup of local Austin acts including youth groups, artists and headliners,” Davies said. “Each night we will feature performances on two music stages.”

Davies said the Trail of Lights is also challenging Austin to a new task. This year, the trail will feature canned-good collection bins to benefit the Central Texas Food Bank.

“About 400,000 people come to the trail each year,” Davies said. “If seven percent of the people who come to the trail this year are able to bring a canned good with them, that is 25,000 meals or enough to feed six families for an entire year. I’m really confident that this is something Austin can do.”

To purchase tickets or find more information visit


Austin ISD Superintendent Paul Cruz announced his resignation on Feb. 18. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Paul Cruz to resign as Austin ISD superintendent to take job with University of Texas

Austin ISD Superintendent Paul Cruz will resign and accepted a position with the University of Texas.

A photo of a woman holding a "coming soon" sign for Acupuncture + Restorative Medicine
Acupuncture practice coming soon in Dripping Springs area

The acupuncture center will hold a grand opening in April.

Sunset Valley will use OpenGov budgeting and transparency software when creating its next budget. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Sunset Valley to enter contract with OpenGov budgeting, transparency software

The program will also allow city staff to model budgetary options and will cut time researching information such as city salaries and progress on local projects.

A photo of the Dripping Springs City Council.
Mayor Pro Tem Bill Foulds slated to take over for longtime Mayor Todd Purcell as Dripping Springs cancels election for uncontested seats

The city of Dripping Springs will not hold a May 2020 election for multiple uncontested seats.

The city of Austin authorized the purchase of a Rodeway Inn at 2711 S. I-35 on Nov. 14. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
No timeline set on opening of Austin’s first conversion of motel to homeless shelter

Austin City Council approved the purchase of the Rodeway Inn in November. City staff does not expect to close on the property until mid-April.

District 4 City Council Member Greg Casar (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin Council Member Greg Casar 'seriously considering' run for Kirk Watson’s state Senate seat

The 30-year-old Austin City Council member is serving the final year of his first full, four-year term.

Abed Yaghi makes a margherita pizza. (Sally Grace Holtgrieve/Community Impact Newspaper)
Yaghi's New York Pizzeria offering fresh yet affordable options since 1999

There are eight Yaghi's locations in the Austin area.

Scissors & Scotch now trimming at Lantana Place

The men’s haircut and barber shop service opened at Lantana Place on Feb. 14.

District 14 Sen. Kirk Watson announced Feb. 18 he would be resigning his state Senate seat to work in higher education. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Kirk Watson resigns state Senate seat, takes post at University of Houston

The former Austin mayor will become the founding dean at the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs.

Austin City Council is poised to make a final vote on the land development code rewrite by early April. (CHRISTOPHER NEELY/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER)
Austin’s eight-year effort to rewrite land code advances to final vote with City Council's second-round approval

A majority of Austin City Council voted in favor of the land development code rewrite, setting the stage for a final vote on a project that has exhausted the community for roughly eight years.

Easy Tiger announced Mike Stitt (right) as its news CEO. He will lead the bakery along with founder and head baker David Norman (left). The restaurant will open a location on South Lamar Boulevard in winter 2020. Courtesy Easy Tiger.
Bake shop and beer garden Easy Tiger to open in South Austin

Easy Tiger will open a third location in the former Red's Porch space in South Austin.

A photo of Dripping Springs City Council.
Dripping Springs City Council considers further support for community skate park

Dripping City Council considered a request for the city support fundraising efforts for a community skatepark at a recent meeting.

Back to top