Vehicle passes go on sale for 2020 Trail of Lights

Trail of Lights Entrance

AUSTIN ( -- Vehicle passes are now on sale for the 2020 Austin Trail of Lights in Zilker Park.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year's Trail of Lights - the 56th annual - will be a drive-thru event, open on select dates from November 28 to January 3.

"Being able to bring the Trail of Lights to Austin in 2020 -- regardless of the format -- is very important to the Foundation. With holiday magic at every bend in the road, this experience is one that will bring joy to so many," said Rachel Green, President of the Trail of Lights Foundation.  "A big thank you to all of the sponsors who are helping make this happen."

General admission passes will range from $25 to $35 per vehicle, depending on entry time and date, with designated access each hour beginning at 7 p.m. A "Dash Pass" is also available for $60 per vehicle, allowing for early access beginning at 5:45 p.m. as well as a box of holiday cookies, bottled water, and the new ATX Lights Savings Card which offers discounts at restaurants and retailers. A Premiere Night pass is also available for $95 per vehicle for the opening night on November 28.

Vehicles that hold 10 or more passengers will need to purchase a second pass. All vehicles need to be enclosed, street-legal, and less than 27 feet in length.

Dates and entry times are available at All passes must be purchased online; no passes will be available on-site.

In addition to the public nights, the 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.

Starting as a small community gathering around a yule log in 1965, the Austin Trail of Lights now features more than 2 million lights illuminating the park, 90 lighted holiday trees and more than 70 other holiday displays and lighted tunnels.

In addition to title sponsor H-E-B, the Trail of Lights also is supported by Ascension / Dell Children's, Vista Equity Partners, Austin FC, Cirrus Logic, Keller Williams Realty International, Northern Trust, Samsung Austin Semiconductors, Silicon Labs, SHI, the Austin Parks Foundation, the Austin Convention Center Department, the Austin Community Foundation and others.