Austin’s Trail of Lights is back! And this year, the event brings with it more days (15 to be exact), more event options and more fun than ever before. We have always wanted to go. But something always came up, some one was sick, I was putting in overtime etc. This year I am going to make a serious effort to go to the Austin Trail Of Lights!

The City of Austin and the Trail of Lights Foundation announced that the Trail of Lights will return for its 48th year, December 8-22, 2013.

“The Trail of Lights is our true, Austin winter holiday celebration,” said Mayor Lee Leffingwell. “The 2012 Austin Trail of Lights was the largest event in Austin, gaining national attention as one of the top ten holiday lighting events in the country by USA Today. The 2013 Trail of Lights continues that tradition for our community, showing the world that Austin is a place where we take community celebration and support seriously.”

The 2013 Trail of Lights will offer exciting holiday activities for all ages and occasions, including family outings, corporate events and even romantic strolls.  The world’s tallest man-made Christmas Tree, towering 155 feet, will return once again, along with the 1.25- mile trail of lights, featuring some new additions, including:

  • 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

The Trail of Lights Foundation is a nonprofit organization comprised of local business leaders with a passion for the Austin tradition. Board members of the Trail of Lights Foundation are Mark Williams, former president of the Austin Independent School District board of trustees; Steve Spinn, founder of Morrison, Friedrich and Spinn, CPAs; and Mario Espinoza, deputy executive director of Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. Veteran Austin event producer, James Russell, serves as executive director. 

To receive the latest updates, including the 15-day lineup to be released in September, sign up for the Trail of Lights newsletter at, follow the @ATXLights Twitter feed or like the Facebook page at

Get Involved

Visit for more information on sponsorship and donation opportunities.  Local merchants can also apply at to secure limited space available both inside the Trail and at the Zilker Tree.  Local Austin food vendors representative of the vast range of cuisine served from a trailer are encouraged to submit an application, with admission given on a first come, first serve basis.  Opportunities to host company holiday parties at the Trail are also available. 

About Trail of Lights Foundation

The Trail of Lights Foundation is an independent nonprofit corporation dedicated to producing the Austin Trail of Lights as an authentically Austin community celebration. The organization raises private funds to produce and ensure the long-term sustainability of Austin’s largest community celebration. The 2012 Trail of Lights was named one of the Top 10 lighting festivals in the country by USA Today. To learn more visit:


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