Austin Trail of Lights: Closing Night - Saturday, 12/23/17

Zilker Park - Austin, TX

Saturday December 23rd 2017 7:00 pm –  10:00 pm

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SATURDAY, December 23  



Holiday Movie Screening = ELF

Tonight will be filled with special performances and a screening of a holiday movie classic, ELF, at 8pm with our partner, Austin Park's Foundation. So grab a blanket and a bag of kettle corn and enjoy a holiday movie under the stars and lights in the middle of Zilker Park.

For a list of performances on December 23rd, click here.

The AUSTIN TRAIL OF LIGHTS is Austin’s largest holiday tradition and 2nd largest event. Run by the Trail of Lights Foundation, the annual event in Zilker Park celebrates the unique spirit and people that make Austin the place we love to call home. Bring friends, families and neighbors out to enjoy more than 40 displays, 2 million lights, Austin’s favorite food trucks, nightly entertainment and holiday activities sure to create treasured memories. Learn more about the Austin Trail of Lights. 


Help the Trail feed the hungry by bringing a can of food with you to Zilker Park. With your support, we can collect more than 25,000 MEALS for the Central Texas Food Bank. ’Tis the season for giving, after all!


Public admission to the Austin Trail of Lights is from 7pm-10pm.





A gate fee is required for General Admission guests ages 12 and older on December 23, 2017.
Children 11 and under are free with a ticketed adult.


Purchase In Advance – Purchase a "General Admission" ticket online, in advance, to skip the long gate admission lines onsite at the Trail.  By purchasing ahead of time, you’ll experience faster event access with entry through the “PREPAID” entrance gate at the Trail.


Tickets will be sold day-of onsite at the general public gate admission fee lanes at the Trail of Lights’ Barton Springs Road pedestrian entrance. However, tickets will sell out closer to the close of the event, so plan your trip now.


** If you purchase a ZiP Fast Pass, Shuttle Pass, or Platinum ticket, those options already include admission and the additional $3 GA gate fee / GA ticket is not required.


ZIP Fast Passes are the ultimate in convenience at the Trail! Avoid the lines and avoid the crowds with a ZIP Fast Pass which includes:


·       Early access to the Trail of Lights at 6:00 pm, one hour before the Trail opens to the general public.

·       Access the Trail through an exclusive ZIP entrance and experience our special ZIP Lobby.

·       Access to the Zilker Lounge in Zilker Village – where you'll find comfortable seating, and heated washrooms with flushable toilets, and adjacent bar (alcoholic drink purchases purchase separately).

·       Complimentary holiday cookies and cocoa


ZIP admission hours are 6-10pm, nightly, on December 23rd.


Purchase required for ages 6 and over; children 5 and under are free with a ticketed ZIP adult.


ZiP Fast Passes are sold individually, with limited quantities are available. Purchase required for guests 6 and up. Children 5 and under are complimentary with a paid ZiP adult. ZiP hours are 6-10pm.



Experience the Trail of Lights in luxury with our Platinum program, presented by Kendra Scott! Your Platinum pass purchase comes with concierge service from start to finish. Our Platinum team will work to make your experience at the Trail memorable and the planning truly hands-off. All you do is pick the night you and your group would like to come! 


Platinum guests will access the Trail through an exclusive Platinum gate entrance. Platinum doors will open at 6:00 pm, one hour before the Trail opens to the general public. 



·       One valet parking pass for one vehicle. Valet parking opens at 5:30pm.

·       Platinum experience concierge planning before the event and our Platinum team to guide you at the event.

·       Early access to the park at 6:00pm, an hour before the public, through a private, dedicated entry

·       Golf cart shuttle access to the Platinum Lounge and Trailhead

·       Access to a private, heated Platinum Lounge with comfortable seating and exclusive bar

·       Access to the Zilker Lounge in Zilker Village – where you'll find complimentary cookies and cocoa, comfortable seating, and heated washrooms with flushable toilets.

·       One drink ticket valid at bars throughout the park per Platinum Pass

·       One ride pass for exclusive entry to Ferris wheel or carousel per Platinum Pass


Platinum hours are 6pm-10pm.


Platinum passes are available individually, as a 2-pack, or a 4-pack. Limited quantities are available.


Purchase required for guests 6 and up. Children 5 and under are complimentary with a paid Platinum adult. Drink & Ride tickets only issued to paid ticket holders, and are not issued to complimentary Platinum children, however you may share your coupons with other guests in your party as you wish!







If you plan to drive to Austin Trail of Lights and park nearby at Zilker Park, you must purchase a PARKING PASS in advance, online.  With the exception of a Platinum pass, parking is not included with any ticket option.  


·       Parking is available in advance, online. No parking will be sold on site.

·       Parking is located nearby Zilker Park and opens at 5:30pm.


ADA parking is available. To access ADA parking, you must present your purchased parking pass and appropriate ADA placard or plates. The person to whom the placards belongs must be present in the vehicle.


Parking will sell out in advance, so purchase today! 


Additional parking information will be emailed to you once you purchase your parking pass.




Shuttles will begin running early this evening at 4:30pm from Republic Square and Toney Burger Center to accommodate the anticipated attendance.

Love Austin, hate the traffic? Avoid driving to Zilker Park all together and help keep Austin green, by purchasing a Shuttle pass. Take a shuttle directly to the front gate at Trail of Lights from Toney Burger Activity Center in South Austin or Republic Square Park in Downtown.


Purchase a shuttle pass in advance to skip the long shuttle admission lines at each pick up location.


Shuttle pass purchases allow General Admission to the Trail of Lights, and entry privileges via the "Prepaid" expedited lanes at the main Trail of Lights Barton Springs Road pedestrian entrance. 


Shuttles run between 5:30pm and 8:30pm at both locations - with the last return shuttle leaving Zilker Park at 10:30pm.


Platinum and ZIP Purchasers: A separate Platinum or ZiP ticket is required for that level of event admission/access if desired along with shuttle transportation.


The shuttle is ADA accessible, and fold-down strollers are permitted. 

Small toddlers and lap children ride free. Additional parking costs may apply per posted lots/businesses/street meters adjacent to the shuttle locations. 

Shuttle tickets include Trail of Lights General Admission entry only.




Consider leaving the car at home! Use our preferred rideshare partner, Lyft, to make getting there so much easier! Use the code TRAIL17 to get $5 off your first 3 rides with Lyft. You can redeem this promotion thru the Lyft app or here.


If you have a special promotional access code or password, enter it in the "promotional code" box on the right, and click apply. Once the code is accepted and the box turns green, the page will refresh and reveal your special offer. Then enter the desired amount of tickets next to the special offer, and follow the prompts to complete the transaction.

THIS EVENT IS RAIN OR SHINE. No refunds. No exchanges. This ticket grants a revocable license to the bearer and may be removed at any time for any reason. The resale or attempted resale of this ticket at a price higher than that appearing heron is grounds for seizure and cancellation without compensation. The holder assumes all risk or danger incidental to the attraction whether occurring prior to, during, or subsequent to, the attraction. Rain policy: Tickets for outdoor events are purchased at risk of inclement weather. This ticket will not be replaced, refunded, or exchanged for any reason. Shipping and handling and service charges are non-refundable, even if event cancels.

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Zilker Park - Austin, TX

2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704, USA