We can’t imagine a holiday season in Austin without the famous Trail of Lights, and thankfully, we don’t have to! The 56th annual Austin Trail of Lights is returning to Zilker as a drive-thru event and will be extended by two whole weeks.

Locals may remember that the trail used to be a drive-thru thing in the early 1990s, so this is a totally retro concept that will keep us all safe this year. Read this brief history of how this little light display grew into a festival of merriment that is Austin’s longest-running holiday tradition.

Now you can see more than 2 million lights, 70 displays and lighted tunnels, and 90 lighted trees. Click here to purchase your vehicle pass, which range from $25-60 depending on which entry option you choose.

Here are some important notes for this unusual year:

  • One vehicle pass is required for vehicles with up to 9 passengers.
  • If vehicle capacity exceeds 9 seats and/or is 20′-27′ in length, two vehicle admission passes are required (even if 10 or more people are not present).
  • Only passenger vehicles will be admitted and must have a seat and seatbelt for each passenger.
  • Enclosed, street-legal vehicles less than 27’ in length are welcome at the event.
  • Due to health and safety requirements, no open-air vehicles are allowed.

When: November 28th– January 3rd


In her previous life, Kristy was an uninspired realtor who was feeling a little bit bored with her day to day. So on January 1, 2010, she made a New Year’s resolution to write about one thing to do each day in her beloved city of Austin, Texas. And thus, 365 Things Austin was born.