The 54th annual Austin Trail of Lights, powered by H-E-B, announces an exciting new music program, “LIVE at the Trail,” featuring local Austin headliners such as Tameca Jones, Brownout, Tomar & The FCs, Peterson Brothers Band, Los Coast, Ephraim Owens, Greyhounds and many more. To view the full entertainment calendar at the 2018 Trail of Lights, visit


The Trail also recently announced “Night Lights,” the fifth annual preview party benefiting the Trail of Lights Foundation on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 6-10 p.m. Austin Trail of Lights’ annual Night Lights Preview Party is an exclusive fundraising event kicking off the Austin Trail of Lights season. Proceeds from Night Lights ticket sales go directly back into the Trail of Lights Foundation. Brownout and Interrobang will be performing as guests enjoy light bites from various local restaurants and tastings from featured liquor brands. Tickets are $85 per person and can be purchased here:


Following “Night Lights”, the Trail will host its annual Grand Opening and Sponsor Soiree on Monday, Dec. 10 from 7-10 p.m. The Grand Opening will feature music from Tameca Jones and other local artists. The official first night at the Trail begins with a ceremonial flipping of the switch by AISD students lead by H-E-B and KXAN partners. One lucky student winner of the Austin Trail of Lights Holiday Writing Contest will be invited to flip the switch, turning on the front entry lights and opening the Austin Trail of Lights to the public for the first time of the season. The Grand Opening is free and open to the public with Platinum passes and ticket bundles available for purchase here.


Austin Trail of Lights Calendar of Specialty Nights

The full calendar, along with online ticket purchasing is available at
  • Saturday, Dec. 1: The Annual Trail of Lights Fun Run
  • Dec. 2, 3 and 4: STARS at the Trail program hosts over 20 nonprofit organizations. The Trail of Lights will be closed to the public on these nights.
  • Saturday, Dec. 8: Night Lights, the annual Preview Party and fundraiser for the Trail of Lights Foundation
  • Monday, Dec. 10: Austin Trail of Lights Grand Opening and Sponsor Soiree
  • Tuesday, Dec. 11: Heroes Night, a celebration of veterans, active military and first responders
  • Thursday, Dec. 13: Movie Night, join us for a viewing of Polar Express at the Trail
  • Sunday, Dec. 16: UT Night, dedicated to the vibrant community of the University of Texas at Austin

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