Austin Trail of Lights ‘Night Lights’ Preview Party

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Now in its 55th year of existence, the Austin Trail of Lights powered by H-E-B gets more festive every year. It’s not the holiday season without a visit to this mecca of cheer.

The Trail will be open to the public on December 10 and run through the 23rd, but you can get a head start on all the fun this year by taking the family to Night Lights the official preview party at the trail on Friday, December 6 from 6–10 p.m.

Night Lights Preview Party is the Trail of Lights Foundation’s annual fundraising event that helps keep the Trail accessible for all in the community. As you get a sneak peek, there will be live musical performances from Jackie Venson and Mother Falcon and complimentary Ferris Wheel and Carousel rides all night long. Food and drink will be plentiful with light bites from a ton of Austin area restaurants and complimentary beer, wine, and cocktail tastings.

Tickets are $85 and can be purchased now. Don’t miss your chance to beat the crowds and make the most of this amazing Austin tradition. 

If you can’t make the Preview Party, we have two pro tips for enjoying the trail. ZIP Passes are a favorite of families and small groups, especially on busier nights. You’ll be close to the action and you’ll stay cozy in the heated ZIP hospitality tents. You also get to enjoy the festive lineup of nightly entertainment on the Zilker Stage. Skip the lines and enter early! You’ll thank us later. 

And if you really want to make things extra merry this year, go Platinum with concierge service and a VIP experience. You and your guests can hang in a private lounge with lots of amenities like comfortable seating and an exclusive bar! It’s the ultimate venue for a holiday party. Spring for this one and you’ll be as beloved as Santa this year!