- November 23, 2021

Everything You Need to Know About Trail of Lights 2021


The most beloved and longest running Austin holiday tradition is back! The 57th annual Austin Trail of Lights is open to the general public on select dates from November 27 through December 31, 2021. As in 2020, this year’s event will be a drive-thru experience.

Voted “10Best Public Display of Holiday Lights” by USA Today, the event has grown to be a not-to-be-missed tradition and community-wide event that celebrates the spirit and the people that make Austin unique. Starting as a small community gathering around a yule log in 1965, the Austin Trail of Lights now features more than two million lights illuminating the park, 90 lighted holiday trees, and more than 70 other holiday displays and lighted tunnels.

As is tradition, the Austin Trail of Lights will host private nights allowing free entry through the STARS at the Trail program for over 30 non-profit partners in the community, as well as provide thousands of vehicle passes to eligible families throughout the Austin Independent School District.

Vehicle Pass Details

Patrons can check the calendar for availability of dates and entry times. Event entry is per vehicle for up to nine passengers. There are no per person fees and no passes will be available onsite.

Passenger vehicles require one pass per vehicle. Vehicles that hold 10 or more passengers may enter with two passes for the time and date of their choosing. Enclosed, street-legal vehicles less than 27′ in length are welcome at the event.

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Guests have the option of planning their visit with General Admission or Premium passes. Premium passes are reminiscent of historically popular early entry experiences, helping fund year-round event operations.

Trail of Lights Pricing

  • General Admission Passes:  $30-$40 per vehicle (depending on entry time and date) with designated access each hour starting at 7 p.m.
  • Dash Passes: $65 per vehicle, and presented by Northern Trust, this premium pass allows for 5:45 p.m. early access, prior to General Admission at 7 p.m. Dash Pass guests will also receive a box of holiday cookies and bottled water.
  • Premiere Night Passes: A limited number of passes for the Trail of Lights Foundation’s official 2021 fundraiser and first look opportunity are now available for November 27. At $95 per vehicle, this pass includes; access on an evening with highly limited attendance, a box of holiday cookies and bottled water, a commemorative Austin Trail of Lights ornament, and the new ATX Lights Savings Card.

How to Win Free Passes

Make sure you’re following Austin.com and Free Fun In Austin on Instagram so you don’t most miss our ticket giveaways. We’ll start with a giveaway of a dash pass (black out dates apply) on Friday, November 26!

For more information on the 2021 Austin Trail of Lights, visit their website, and follow along on Facebook and Instagram.