City to allow Trail of Lights gate fee

A crowd of people enjoy the Trail of Lights at Zilker Park. (Eric Janzen/KXAN)
A crowd of people enjoy the Trail of Lights at Zilker Park. (Eric Janzen/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Despite the triple digit heat Thursday, the City of Austin city council approved a measure that would allow a new entry fee for the Trail of Lights holiday attraction.

Under the proposed pricing system, visitors 13 and older on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights would have to pay a $3 fee to get into the park.

Weekday visits to the Zilker Park wonderland would not be subjected to the new $3 fee.

The idea to begin charging is part of a resolution proposed by Mayor Lee Leffingwell. He says more money is needed to cover security, clean up fees and staffing on weekends.

“Attendance on the weekdays is not so high,” he said, “but they’re really overcrowding Saturdays and Sundays.”

Thursday’s city council approval simply allows the Trail of Lights Foundation to charge the fee. The foundation has not said whether or not it will charge the entry fee this year.

Editor’s Note: This article initially indicated the fee would be charged this year. It has since been changed to reflect that fact. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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