Austin’s Trail of Lights


After a two-year absence, the Austin Trail of Lights made a comeback thanks to the RunTex Carrozza Foundation.  Millions of lights illuminate Zilker Park with displays such as The 12 Days of Christmas, Snow White, dinosaurs, Candyland, and many others.  The trail also includes family friendly activities such as music, food vendors, and sitting on Santa’s lap.


The Trail of Lights has been an Austin tradition since 1965 when it was known as Yule Fest.  In 1992, this cherished event became what is now known as the Trial of Lights. Trail of Lights is a piece of Austin’s history and a platform bringing together the whole Central Texas community.  The event usually takes place the week before Christmas and also includes a 5k run through Zilker Park.  At the end of the trail is the Zilker Holiday Tree comprised of 3300 lights and enjoyed by standing underneath it with hot chocolate and kettle corn or spinning around while gazing up at the lights.