Austin Trail of Lights
The free Austin Trail of Lights at Zilker Park is an almost fifty year tradition in Austin and features more than fifty displays and exhibits including more than 100 trees wrapped in lights and three lighted tunnels. More than one million light bulbs spread over 1.25 miles illuminate the Trail of Lights. The free Trail of Lights event was started in 1965 by the City of Austin Parks Department, the annual event was cancelled in 2010 and 2011 due to budget constraints, but has come back bigger and better since 2012 thanks to corporate sponsorships. The 2013 Trail of Lights features live music from local, regional and national headliners including Ray Benson of Asleep at the While, Vallejo, The Whiskey Sisters and Austin High School Ballet Folklorico, performances from local community groups and schools, North Pole area featuring Santa's House, food courts, food trailers and lots of great iconic photo opportunities throughout the Trail. Capital Metro bus service as well as shuttle service from three locations around Austin is available. A limited number of parking passes are available online at the Trail of Lights website. General admission is free and gates open at 7 PM nightly. The dates for the 2013 Austin Trail of Lights are Sunday, December 8 through Sunday, December 22, 2013.