Five years ago, Trail of Lights was privatized to take the monetary obligation away from taxpayers. The future of the holiday extravaganza seemed rocky at first, but now the event is arguably better than ever with a giant Ferris wheel, charitable events and Austin vendors helping to make the event memorable.
What Makes Austinites Return Year After Year?At the press conference for this year’s Trail of Lights, Mayor Steve Adler called the event “the heartbeat of Austin in the holidays.” He went on to say it’s a major part of how his children remember and differentiate the holidays from year to year.
Trail of Lights holds something of interest for every resident. Austinites will recognize old friends along the 1.2-mile trail with classic light displays, the dizzying tunnel, Santa’s House and the returning Candy Cane Lane.Families can grab snacks from Austin favorites like Southside Flying Pizza, Amy’s Ice Creams, Burro Cheese Kitchen and As Good As It Gets Kettle Corn, and hang out in Zilker Village where live performances from storytellers, musicians and dancers take place on the Community Performance Stage. If someone needs to warm their hands by the fire, the Yule Log will be burning with recycled wood picked up from the Greenbelt.
Special Events at Trail of Lights 2016
The calendar for Trail of Lights this December is bustling with excitement, but the first noteworthy event occurs on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 6 p.m.: The 50th Anniversary Zilker Tree Lighting. Admission is free and entertainment, food and live music will be provided.