Austin’s beloved Trail of Lights now charges $3 for weekend nights

December 3, 2014 Austin, Special Events

Trail of Lights

Austin’s treasured holiday light display in Zilker Park will be back in full swing this winter and with a minor change. For the first time, visitors will need to pay for weekend access.

While it will still remain free from Monday to Thursday, visitors ages 12 and up will now be charged $3 per person for Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. The trail is open from Dec. 7 to Dec. 21 this year. The 1.25-mile trail of lights, food and entertainment is a holiday tradition for thousands of Central Texans and their families.

The one exception to the weekend fee is opening night, Sunday Dec. 7, when admission is free.

The money charged for admission will go directly back into the event to pay for police, security and on-site staff, as well as new displays in future years, according to a news release from the Trail of Lights Foundation.

By charging a fee, organizers hope to not only raise money, but to encourage people to visit from Monday to Thursday, thus lessening the crowds on the weekends. Last year, about 425,000 people visited the Trail. More than 20,000 photos tagged #trailoflights posted on social media in 2013.

Trail of Lights celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

If you’re new to Austin and have never been, here’s a fun video from 2013 to show you what it’s like.

Hope to see you out & about this December!

Photo courtesy of Austin Trail of Lights Facebook page