Trail of Lights opens this weekend with more food, fun

Trail of Lights entry sign (Calily Bien/KXAN News)
Trail of Lights entry sign (Calily Bien/KXAN News)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The 52nd annual Trail of Lights kicks off on Friday with a preview party, one of its big fundraising events. On Saturday the trail opens to the public for two weeks.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: KXAN’s Quick Guide to the Trail of Lights is here.

Trail-of-LIghtsOrganizers say this year they have added more food vendors, new live music acts, and more activities for the kids. One of the most popular spots is Santa’s workshop and they’ve added more activities in an effort to get folks off the trail to keep the crowd moving.

“We created different experiences on the trail to make it more enjoyable,” said James Russell, Executive Director for the Trail of Lights Foundation. “For folks who just want to get in and out we created more experiences at Santa’s workshop to keep people in there.”

The first week the Trail is free and the second week it’s $3 for anyone over the age of 12. All of the money generated from the Trail goes to pay the bills and helps prepare for next year.

Share your pictures!

Stop by the KXAN display at the Trail of Lights to take part in our photo booth! Be sure to tag your pictures with #KXANlights and your picture could end up in the Trail Of Lights Forecast during the news.

Road closures

The Trail of Lights also means some closures.

  • All lanes of Barton Springs Road will be open in all directions Dec. 9, 24–31.
  • Outer lanes of Barton Springs Road will be closed on Dec. 12-15  from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Traffic will continue East and West on internal lanes.
  • All lanes on Barton Springs Road will be closed on Dec. 10 -11, 17-18, 21-23 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Dec. 16, 19 and 20 from 5:30 p.m.  11 p.m.
  • Lou Neff Road will be closed through Jan. 8.

There’s limited parking so the public is encouraged to take the shuttle from the Tony Burger Center or Republic Square Park – the cost for that is $5. Pre-paid parking passes for Zilker Park are also available online.

KXAN is a proud sponsor of the event. KXAN’s Sally Hernandez and John Dabkovich will emcee the grand opening Saturday beginning at 6 p.m.

Map of Trail of Light road closures
Map of Trail of Light road closures