Austin Trail of Lights: Grand Opening - Saturday, 12/9/17

Zilker Park - Austin, TX

Saturday December 9th 2017 6:00 pm –  10:00 pm


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Saturday, December 9, 2017


Opening Ceremony benefitting the Trail of Lights Foundation and H-E-B’s Read 3 program


Join us for our Grand Opening celebration as H-E-B helps us kick off the 53rd annual Austin Trail of Lights holiday season. The official first night at the Trail begins with a ceremonial flipping of the switch by AISD students lead by our H-E-B partners. One lucky student winner of our Austin Trail of Lights Holiday Writing Contest will be invited to flip the switch, turning on the front entry lights and opening the Austin Trail of Lights to the public for the first time of the season.


General Admission is free and open to the public on December 9th, and will include a variety of special entertainment and programming to ring in the holiday season!






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.






General Admission for all ages is free and open to the general public on December 9, 2017.
No advance GA ticket purchase is required on December 9th – simply come on down to the “Main Entrance” gate at the Austin Trail of Lights Barton Springs Road pedestrian entrance. FREE General Admission event access is from 7pm-10pm. GA passes also include any Grand Opening festivities happening tonight only!



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 on December 9th are 6pm-10pm.


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


Platinum passes also include any Grand Opening festivities happening tonight only!


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.



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 78746, USA