2013 Trail of Lights Returns to Zilker Park

It’s nearly time for the Trail of Lights!  This Austin holiday tradition will return for its 49th year on Sunday, December 8 and continue through Sunday, December 22, 2013, from 7 – 10 p.m. each evening. Admission to the Trail of Lights is free.

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Photo courtesy of FreeFuninAustin.com

The Trail of Lights was launched as “Yule Fest” in 1965 and was rebranded as the Trail of Lights in 1992. After budget cuts forced its cancellation in 2009, a collaborative partnership between the City of Austin, the RunTex Foundation, corporate sponsors and community leaders restored the iconic celebration in 2012. The 2012 event drew an estimated 400,000 people over eight nights, an increase of 150,000 people over the previous record high.

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Photo courtesy of FreeFuninAustin.com

“The 2013 Trail of Lights will celebrate the sights, sounds, tastes and fun that define the Austin experience for two full weeks in December at Zilker Park,” said Mario Espinoza, Trail of Lights Foundation board chair. “By returning to the event’s original timeframe, we are making it easier for everyone in Austin to plan a night out to see the lights, create holiday memories and celebrate all they love about our community.”

Catherine and Family’s Classic Holiday Photo

The 2013 Trail of Lights will offer exciting holiday activities for all ages along the 1.25-mile trail, including some new additions:

  • More than 30 lighted displays, highlighting favorite holiday characters and Austin icons
  • Expanded dining areas featuring the diverse tastes of Austin’s finest food trailers
  • Entertainment from a variety of local, regional and national performers
  • Family-friendly activities, including holiday photo opportunities, crafts, and of course, a visit with Santa
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  • A hospitality area for company and group parties
  • A merchandise area for shopping
  • Opportunities throughout the trail to donate to local charities
  • New and improved parking, shuttles and traffic management
Zip Park
Close-in parking is available at Zilker Park for $15 per car and is the only parking available on site. Guests must purchase ZiP Parking in advance for the night they wish to attend on the Trail of Lights Website. A limited number of spaces are available each evening, so reserve yours today before they go!
ZiP Pass
ZiP Passes include early entry to the Trail at 6:15pm, front-of-line access via ZiP gate entry and ZiP lounge access, which includes a heated seated area near the main stage and private restrooms. These must also be purchased online in advance for a specific evening. ZiP Passes are $15 per person. Children under 5 are not required to purchase a pass.
ZiP Park, ZiP Pass and ZiP Park & Pass family packages are also available on the Trail of Lights website at http://austintrailoflights.org/tickets/trail-of-lights-parking.
The entertainment lineup includes much loved Austin musicians including Ray Benson and Vallejo. Don’t miss out on Tacky Sweater Night! You can find the complete entertainment schedule here.
If you would like to volunteer, nightly shifts are still available. Each volunteer will receive a t-shirt, dinner provided by Rudy’s BBQ and refreshments.

To receive the latest updates, sign up for the Trail of Lights newsletter at AustinTrailofLights.org, follow the @ATXLights Twitter feed or like the Facebook page at facebook.com/AustinTrailofLights.

Note: If you were planning on attending the Trail of Lights Preview Party this Friday, December 6, 2013, it has been postponed due to the threat of inclement weather. Weather forecasts show a severe inclement weather front hitting the Austin area on Thursday, December 5th and lasting through the morning of Saturday December 7th. To ensure the safety and experience for Trail of Lights guests, we will have postponed the event to a “Wrap Party” on Sunday, December 22nd.  Ray Benson will still be at the helm for this “Wrap Party” with special benefits and perks available to Preview Party ticket holders to create a special evening.

Catherine Prystup
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2 Comments on 2013 Trail of Lights Returns to Zilker Park

  1. It was a nice experience, I visited the Trail of Lights for the first time, it was very nice! I would like to thank all of the sponsors for a great experience , it was cold , but well worth it, I am glad it wasn’t as crowded as I heard that it is, it was a lot of fun ..

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