AUSTIN (KXAN) – If you stroll by Zilker Park you’ll notice that it is empty now, but soon workers will begin getting it ready for the Trail of Lights.
If you plan on attending the event this year, there will be some changes. Last year the Trail of Lights implemented entry fees for the first time. This year, there won’t be an admission fee for the first eight nights of the Trail of Lights. There will be a $3 fee the last seven nights. Last week, the Austin City Council voted to allow the Trail of Lights Foundation to add more pay nights but they are only allowed to charge admission for no more than half of the total dates.
The Ferris Wheel will return this year, but it’ll have a new home on Lou Neff Road instead of near the Zilker Tree. And for the first time ever the introduction of a classic carousel in Zilker Village.
Each night of the event will be special, with a night turning the iconic globe burnt orange on UT night. Trail of Lights spokesperson, Mario Espinoza, says old favorites like the North Pole and Santa’s Workshop with return along with several new additions.
“We want people to come back and not only make new memories year after year, but to see something different, so they can come back and say ‘hey this is new,'”says Espinoza. “But nonetheless there’s some old favorites, if we don’t put them there, if we don’t bring them back some people will be really disappointed.”
The official start to the Trail of Lights kicks off Dec. 8 and runs through Dec. 22