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2022 Austin Trail of Lights Fun Run

Saturday, December 03, 2022

05:45 PM - 10:00 PM

Zilker Park

Austin, TX, USA

Walk or Run. Then Have Some Fun!

The Fun Run in Zilker Park throughout the Austin Trail of Lights in back! Be among the FIRST of the season to see the Austin Trail of Lights on Saturday, December 3, 2022.

Stroll, jog or run a 2.1 mile untimed course – starting at the iconic Zilker Holiday Tree and moving through the beloved Austin Trail of Lights. Stick around for the ultimate after party celebration – the Finish Line Festival – located in the heart of Zilker Park. 

If Trail of Lights Parking is sold out, other nearby parking options are available HERE. 



  • FIRST ACCESS to the 2022 Austin Trail of Lights as you enjoy the 2.1 mile Fun Run course
  • 3 starting waves to fit your schedule on Saturday, December 3, 2022
  • Wave 1 - 5:45pm start time
  • Wave 2 - 6:45pm start time
  • Wave 3 - 7:45pm start time
  • One (1) FREE* beer or cocoa after crossing the finish line
  • Pre-Fun Run Activities – warm up sessions, spins under the Zilker Holiday Tree, and more
  • Finish Line Festival and Expo access with fun activities, free samples and swag
  • FREE photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, courtesy of Chuy's
  • Countless unique holiday photo ops
  • Ferris Wheel and Carousel rides
  • Post-Fun Run dance party and costume contest
  • Additional food and beverages from food trucks and bars, available for purchase
  • Commemorative long-sleeve 2022 Fun Run shirt included with registration! ** (Performance long-sleeve event t-shirt available for additional fee.)
  • VIP Lounge access for VIP registrants including access to any wave, heated tent, complimentary food, drink tickets and more!


* Must be 21+ to consume alcohol

** T-shirt sizing is subject to availability for registrations made after 6:30pm on 11/26/22.




On Saturday, December 3, 2022, all Fun Run wave participants will receive one (1) complimentary beer or hot cocoa after crossing the finish line within the Finish Line Festival.


WAVE 1 – 5:45pm start time

  • Lead The Pack! Recommended for those looking to run the course. Wave 1 starting line will remain open until 6:30pm, so get there early to experience all the fun.

WAVE 2 – 6:45pm start time

  • Families with young kids love this option. Still early enough to Fun Run, party at the Finish Line Festival and still make it home for bed time. Wave 2 starting line will remain open until 7:30pm.

WAVE 3 – 7:45pm start time

  • Make a night of it! Not too early. Not too late. Happy hour, then Fun Run... we don't judge! Wave 3 starting line will remain open until 9:00pm.

Adult registration is for anyone ages 12+. Children 11 and under are eligible for youth registration. Any children with feet on the ground will need a Youth Registration. Toddlers and infants in strollers are complimentary. Complimentary t-shirts are only offered to paid registrants.

Have a team of 36 or more? CONTACT US HERE coordinate large team benefits and registration


Don’t Sweat… Sparkle! Run or walk in style with exclusive VIP Fun Run access!

  • VIP registration gives you access to ANY wave! Just show up!
  • Early Packet Pick-Up access
  • Admission to the exclusive VIP Lounge at the Finish Line Festival – with climate-controlled tent, comfortable seating, beautiful holiday decorations and private bar.
  • 2 Complimentary drink* tickets for Adult VIP Fun Runners
  • Snacks
  • Complimentary hot cocoa & holiday cookies
  • Complimentary t-shirt upgrade for Adults: Receive a performance long-sleeve event t-shirt with VIP Adult registration. ($10 upgrade value. Not available for VIP Youth registration)


*Must be 21+ to consume alcohol

Adult VIP registration is for anyone ages 12+. Youth VIP registrations are available for children 11 & under. Toddlers and infants in strollers may enter free and do not require registration. Complimentary event t-shirt not provided to free entrants.



TEAM PERKS (36+ registrants)

Show your holiday enthusiasm together and register as a team! Celebrate the holidays with your company, organizations, schools or friends.


Have a team of 36 or more? CONTACT US HERE coordinate large team benefits and registration

  • Teams of 36+: Qualify for early Packet Pick-up, team name printed on Fun Run bib and on the back of event t-shirts*! 
  • Team members may register for any registration type (Adult, Youth, VIP Adult or VIP Youth). All team members must register for the SAME start time, or wave.


Any 36+ team discounts do not apply to Flash Sale, Youth or VIP registration prices, Parking or Finish Line Festival tickets.

*All team members must register by Friday 11/8/22 to have team name printed on shirt. The deadline to include your team name on shirts and bibs has passed.



Parking Passes are available per vehicle online in advance, granting you access to onsite lot parking. Fun Run registrations DO NOT include onsite parking. Parking Passes do sell out quickly, so don’t wait to purchase parking!


Parking Passes are sold specific to your Fun Run registration wave on 12/3/22:

WAVE 1 PARKING: Lots will open for Wave 1 Runners at 5pm

WAVE 2 PARKING: Wave 2 Fun Runners can gain access to parking lots at 5:45pm

WAVE 3 PARKING: Lots will open for Wave 3 Fun Runners at 7pm


 If Trail of Lights Parking is sold out, other nearby parking options are available HERE. 


Want the Fun without the Run? Finish Line Festival (Only) Passes allow access to meet friends or family members after they cross the finish line on Saturday, December 3, 2022.

  • Access to Finish Line Festival and Expo through separate entry to enjoy entertainment with family and friends
  • Cheer on friends & family at the start line
  • Finish Line Festival ONLY tickets do not grant access to the Fun Run course route.


Finish Line Festival access opens at 5:45pm, and the entrance is located across Barton Springs Road along Stratford Drive. Finish Line Festival event ends promptly at 10pm.


Children ages 5 and under receive complimentary admission into the Finish Line Festival with a ticketed adult.




All Fun Run registrants receive a complimentary commemorative 2022 Austin Trail of Lights Fun Run long-sleeve cotton blend t-shirt included with event registration. After adding registrations to your cart, you will have an opportunity to upgrade to a performance long sleeve, for a $10 fee.


VIP Adult Registrants automatically receive a complimentary upgraded performance long-sleeve t-shirt option, included in registration costs. No upgrade necessary for Adult VIP registrants.


For registrations after 11/26/22, t-shirt inventory may be limited, and specific sizes may not be available. You will receive your event t-shirt at event Packet Pick-up. An alternative t-shirt pickup time will be open the week following the Fun Run.


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  • November 30, 11AM - 2PM, exclusive early pick up for VIP purchasers
  • December 1, 11AM - 7PM
  • December 2, 11AM - 7PM
  • December 3, 9AM - 2PM


Zilker Park, south of Barton Springs Road (across from the main Trail of Lights entrance). Enter “2109 Andrew Zilker Rd” to navigate close to Packet Pick-Up. Then, follow signs to the Packet Pick-Up tent. Temporary parking is available for Packet Pick-Up.



ALL Fun Run registrants MUST attend Packet Pick-Up to receive your bib and event t-shirt before Packet Pick-Up closes at 2pm on December 3rd. Can’t make it yourself during scheduled pick-up hours? No sweat, a friend can pick up your packet for you! Just give them a copy of your registration "ticket" either as a printout or on their mobile device for scanning verification by our registration and packet pick-up staff.

**Note: Your 2022 commemorative Fun Run shirt is not required on Saturday, December 3rd, however you must have your Fun Run bib for event participation and starting line access. Your bib is your ticket to entry.


Please bring a photo ID, along with either a printed version of your registration "ticket" from our partner, Ticketbud, or have it available on your mobile device.  We encourage you to come early to avoid long lines and ensure you have everything you need before December 3rd.



  • View helpful tips on the event, start times, parking, and more HERE.
  • Access to the Finish Line Festival in Zilker Park is included for ALL Fun Run registrants.
  • Finish Line Festival (Only) Passes are still available and allow access for friends or family members to on Fun Runners and meet up at the finish line on Saturday, December 3, 2022. Then stay and enjoy music, dancing, the Finish Line Expo and more!
  • Pets are not permitted. Event is Rain or Shine barring extreme weather and city park closures.


Yule be among the FIRST of the season to see the Austin Trail of Lights 2022! Share this holiday activity with your friends and family. And let us know you're coming on our Facebook event page. Feel free to dress festive and show your spirit! Be sure to tag us @atxlights

Have other questions not covered, visit our FAQs page or contact info@austintrailoflights.org


PLEASE NOTE: The Austin Trail of Lights Fun Run will take place rain or shine. Because of the logistics of planning for a race of this size, we cannot offer refunds for any reason. In the event that weather is severe enough to create an unsafe environment for participants, organizers may cancel the event with no refunds issued.


For general questions about the Austin Trail of Lights, visit our website or contact us!


Terms & Conditions: 2022 Austin Trail of Lights Fun Run participation is available with a required registration pass. No other type of transportation options permitted (such as bikes, scooters, etc). No Refunds or Exchanges. This event is Rain or Shine barring any extreme weather or city park closures. Pets are not permitted. Parking passes are associated to a specific wave and time slot. Late arrivals can participate in the next available wave. Road closures and specific driving directions must be followed to properly access the Fun Run Parking and/or Fun Run Starting Line. This ticket grants a revocable license to the bearer and bearer may be removed at any time for any reason. Your event ticket is a revocable license for the event date/time listed. Management reserves the right without the refund of any portion of the ticket purchase price, to refuse admission or to eject any person who fails to comply with the rules of the venue, local, state or federal law or whose conduct is deemed illegal, disorderly, or offensive by management. Persons entering the facility are subject to search for contraband, alcohol, controlled substances, weapons, firearms, fireworks, video equipment, or professional recording devices, all of which are expressly forbidden, and subject to confiscation. No refunds/exchanges. By completing this purchase and visiting the Austin Trail of Lights Fun Run, you, on behalf of yourself, any invitees, and ticket users, voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19, or any other disease, and personal injury incidental to the event, whether occurring before, during, or after the event. Ticket purchaser/user bears all risks, including cancellation of the event, of inclement weather. passes lost or stolen cannot be replaced. The resale or attempted resale of this ticket at a price higher than that appearing on the ticket is prohibited and if discovered will result in the ticket being voided without refund. This ticket may not be used for advertising, promotion (including contests and sweepstakes) or other trade purposes without the express written consent of Management. Rain policy: passes 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 or there is an unforeseen city park closure.

As a condition of my ticket purchase and attendance participation for each ticket holder/user in the Event, you hereby grant Austin Trail of Lights, the Fun Run, the event director and host organizations a limited license to use my name, likeness, image, photograph, voice, video, biographical and other information (collectively, “Likeness”), in any media platform or format whatsoever, and to distribute, broadcast and exhibit these without charge, restriction or liability, but only for the purposes of advertising or promoting the Event. The foregoing grant, however, does not constitute consent for any third party to use my Likeness in an endorsement of any product or service without my specific written consent.

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Optional Refundable Booking protection is available during the purchase process with our ticketing partner, Ticketbud, via “RefundProtect” for a nominal fee. Upgrade your booking and receive a 100% refund if you cannot attend for one of the reasons outlined below or for one of the many reasons outlined in the RefundProtect Terms and Conditions here, which you accept when you select a Refundable Booking at checkout. Sickness, Accident, Injury; Public transport failure; Private vehicle failure; Emergency services recall; Home emergency; Immediate relative sickness; Pre-existing medical conditions; and many more. If you are not interested in Refundable Booking, simply decline this offer during checkout. Note ticket purchases are non-refundable and non-exchangeable otherwise.

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