As a blogger I am often invited to special events to get a taste and share with my readers. It’s really exciting to be one of the first people to experience things and it is even better when I can do this with my family. I was invited to the Austin’s Trail of Lights Light Check earlier this week. This is when they are still in the process of setting up the location but have enough goodies up to share with a select few of the public.

I know I am the odd one out. Even though I have lived in Central Texas all my life (I will not say how long that is lol). I have never gone to the Trail of Lights. Yes, I have always wanted to. I would see the announcements on the news and talk to my family about going but I just never got around to actually going. Let’s face it, at the end of the year it’s more about working overtime and fighting traffic and crowds in the store than what should really matter, family. But as the years go on and I watch my children grow, I am starting to see that it is not about the latest toy and more about spending time with them.


We were the first of the public to walk through the Trail of Lights tunnel. How amazing is that? The Trail of Lights is an absolutely stunning event that should be on your bucket list at least if not a new tradition to add to your families must do Christmas time list.  

This is the 49th year of the Trail of Lights and it will run December 8-22, 2013. That is 15 fun filled days! 

  •  More than 30 lighted displays, highlighting favorite holiday characters and Austin icons
  • New and improved parking, shuttles and traffic management
  • 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
  • A hospitality area for company and group parties
  • A merchandise area for smart shopping
  • Opportunities throughout the trail to donate to local charities


This year they have introduced the ZiP Park and ZiP Pass concept. Here is some information about them to help you:
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


I think the Austin Trail of Lights will be a family Christmas tradition for many years to come for my family, and I hope yours too.

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Disclosure / Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was obtained for this post. I received a complimentary passes to facilitate this review. The opinions expressed here are mine and may differ from yours.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


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