Austin Trail of Lights: Saturday, 12/22/18

Zilker Park

Saturday December 22nd 2018 7:00 pm –  10:00 pm

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Saturday, December 22, 2018 

7:00-10:00 pm

* Online shuttle passes are SOLD OUT, however some remain at the shuttle box office. The shuttle box office will be open at the respective locations (Republic Square & Burger Center) from 5:30-8:30pm. Cash or credit is accepted. Reminder your shuttle pass includes general event admission.

** Parking in our official lots at Zilker Park is sold out for this evening. For other transportation options and tips, check out our GETTING THERE page

ZIP fast pass admisison is sold out. General Admission tickets still available. Gate fee required for General Admission entry on December 22nd. Purchase today to skip the lines and onsite entry fee process. (shuttle passes include GA entry)

The AUSTIN TRAIL OF LIGHTS is Austin’s largest holiday tradition. Produced 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 5000 MEALS for the Central Texas Food Bank. ’Tis the season for giving, after all!





A gate fee is required for General Admission guests ages 12 and older on Saturday, December 22, 2018.
 Children 11 and under do not require a ticket or gate fee, and are complimentary with a paid GA 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 through “PREPAID” lanes beginning at 7:00 pm.


GA passes will also be sold day-of onsite at the Trail gates beginning at 7:00 pm. However, tickets will may sell out closer to the close of the event, so plan your trip now and purchase today!

Public General Admission hours are 7:00-10:00 pm on December 22nd.

** 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 crowds with a ZIP Fast Pass which includes:


·       Early access to the Trail of Lights beginning 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 executive washrooms, and adjacent bar (alcoholic drink purchases purchase separately).

·       Complimentary holiday cookies and cocoa.


ZIP admission hours are 6:00-10:00 pm on December 22nd.


ZIP Fast Passes are sold individually, with limited quantities available. Purchase required for guests ages 6 and up. Children 5 and under do not require a ticket and are complimentary with a paid ZIP adult.



Experience the Trail of Lights in luxury with our Platinum program. 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! 



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

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

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

·       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 executive washrooms.

·       One drink ticket valid at bars throughout the park per Platinum Pass. Additional drink tickets available for purchase in advance or onsite.

·       One ride pass for exclusive entry to Ferris wheel or carousel per Platinum Pass. Additional ride tickets available for purchase in advance or onsite.


Platinum admission hours are 6:00-10:00 pm on December 22nd.


Platinum admission passes are available individually, as a 2-Pack, or a 4-Pack. One valet parking pass included with 2-Pack and 4-Pack purchases. Limited Platinum admission pass quantities are available.


Purchase required for guests ages 6 and up. Children 5 and under do not require a ticket and 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 5:30 pm.


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.



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.


*Shuttle tickets INCLUDE general admission entry. 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 expedited lanes at the main Trail of Lights entrance beginning at 7:00pm. 


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


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. Otherwise, shuttle passes include general event admission.

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

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




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.

No pets allowed. This event is Rain or Shine barring any extreme weather or city park closures. This ticket grants a revocable license to the bearer and bearer may be removed at any time for any reason. The resale or attempted resale of this ticket at a price higher than that appearing hereon is grounds for seizure of the ticket 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. In general, this ticket will not be replaced, refunded, or exchanged unless  the event is canceled or postponed.

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Zilker Park

2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78746, USA