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2022 Austin Trail of Lights: Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

06:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Zilker Park, Austin TX

Austin, TX, USA

Experience The Magic

$5 General Admission tickets are required for entry on Wednesday, December 21st.

The AUSTIN TRAIL OF LIGHTS, our city’s most beloved and longest running holiday event, is back for 2022 in its traditional, in-person format!

Produced by the Trail of Lights Foundation, the annual event in Zilker Park celebrates the unique spirit and people of Austin. Visit with friends, families and neighbors while enjoying more than 2 million lights, 70 displays and lighted tunnels, 90 lighted holiday trees, nightly entertainment, Austin’s famous food trucks, and magical holiday activities! 

New in '22

2022 Austin Trail of Lights guests will experience a new layout, thoughtfully designed to encompass new displays, interactive spaces, and talent of all ages on the Zilker stage. Santa will be waiting at the North Pole, while guests make their way through Candy Cane Lane, now home to the premium ZIP Lounge Area. The Trail welcomes all to indulge in the new s'mores program, to visit the Keep Austin Weird local holiday market, and adults are welcome to enjoy a sip at the expanded Cork & Sleigh in the all new Zilker Square area.

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Ticket Options 


A $5 gate fee is required for entry into the Austin Trail of Lights on Wednesday, December 21st.  

Children 11 and under are always free to enter with a ticketed adult.  


The Ultimate in Convenience at the Trail!  ZIP Passes are a favorite of families and small groups, especially on busier nights at the Trail. Skip the lines, enter early and ZIP into the Austin Trail of Lights. Children 5 and under receive free ZIP access with a ticketed ZIP adult. 

 · 6:00pm Early Access to the Austin Trail of Lights – one hour+ before general admission gates open to the public. 

·  Enter the Trail through an exclusive ZIP Entrance

·  ZIP guests also receive access to the ZIP Lounge Area with a NEW location in Candy Cane Lane near the beginning of the Trail. At the Lounge you will find complimentary holiday cookies, cocoa, comfortable seating, heated washrooms, a bar, and ideal proximity to the first group of food trucks. 


Discover a luxury VIP experience at the Austin Trail of Lights with our Platinum program, presented by Northern Trust. From the concierge services when you first arrive and complimentary perks to preferential line placement and convenient valet parking, the Austin Trail of Lights Platinum team works to make your experience at the Trail forever memorable. All you need do is pick the night you and your group would like to attend! 

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. 

 ·   Valet parking for one vehicle 

·    Platinum concierge customer service onsite 

·    6:00pm early access to the Trail through a private, dedicated entry 

·    Golf cart shuttle access to Trailhead 

·    Access to a private, heated Platinum Lounge with comfortable seating and exclusive bar 

·    One drink ticket valid at bars throughout the park per Platinum Pass 

·    One ride ticket for expedited entry to the Ferris wheel or carousel per Platinum Pass 

Children 5 and under receive free Platinum access with a ticketed Platinum adult. Additional drink or ride tickets available for purchase in advance or onsite.

Transportation: Parking & Shuttles


If you plan to drive to the Austin Trail of Lights, we offer close-in, lot parking at Zilker Park available only with a pre-paid parking pass. There are a limited number of spots available in each parking lot each night, and parking areas will be filled in order of arrival. All parking passes must be purchased in advance, online. 

In order to access Parking, do not use GPS directions, please follow the required driving route, as street closures will be in effect:

·     Parking passes available online, in advance 

·     Parking lots open at 5:00pm nightly 

·     Merge into far-right lane to access parking lot

VEHICLES WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO PARK FROM ANY OTHER ROUTES. Bee Caves Road (FM 2244) and Barton Springs Road are NOT accessible for event thru traffic

Accessible parking is available. A parking pass must be purchased and presented along with a state-issued placard or license plate. The person to whom it belongs must be present.  

SHUTTLES (includes General Admission!)

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 from two convenient locations directly to the front gate of the Austin Trail of Lights.   

Austin Trail of Lights Shuttles will operate from two (2) locations on Dec 21st: 

·    Republic Square in downtown Austin (422 Guadalupe St., Austin 78701) 

·    Toney Burger Event Center in South Austin (3200 Jones Rd, Austin, TX 78745)  

·    Shuttle fare is $7 per person and INCLUDES General Admission access. Children 2 and under on a lap and infants ride free. 

·    Advance Shuttle ticket purchasers may access the Trail through a separate, expedited “Prepaid” Entrance upon arrival at the Trail beginning at 7pm. 

·    If a guest would like ZIP access onsite at the Trail and arrive via shuttle, both a shuttle pass and separate ZIP Pass purchases are required. 

·    Shuttles are ADA accessible and have room for wheelchair storage. Foldable strollers are also permitted on shuttles. 

·    Free parking available at the Burger Center. Downtown parking fees may apply surrounding Republic Square.

Purchase a shuttle pass, in advance, to skip the long shuttle admission lines at each pick up location. Additional parking costs may apply per posted lots/businesses/street meters adjacent to the shuttle locations.  



If you have a special access promotional code, enter it in the "promotional code" box on the right, and click apply. Once the code is accepted, the box turns green and 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.  

_________________________________________________________________Terms & Conditions: 2022 Austin Trail of Lights participation is available via variable pass options. Access to the 2022 Trail of Lights is pedestrian only. No types of transportation are permitted on the Trail of Lights (such as bikes, scooters, vehicles, golf carts, etc.). Self-provided wheelchairs welcome. 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 Trail of Lights Parking. 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, 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 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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