Austin Trail of Lights Returns for 52nd Year with New Lights, Sights and Sounds

Trail of Lights Foundation hosts one of Austin’s largest and most festive events of the year and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Zilker Tree

The Trail of Lights Foundation will host one of Austin's largest and most festive events of the year and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Zilker Tree. (Photo: Business Wire)

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AUSTIN, Texas--()--The Trail of Lights Foundation unveiled details for this year’s 52nd anniversary Trail of Lights celebration, returning to Zilker Park Saturday, Dec. 10 through Friday, Dec. 23. The Austin Trail of Lights, powered by H-E-B, is a beloved community event that hosts local and global visitors for a unique holiday experience framed by more than 2 million lights.

With returning favorites such as the North Pole, Santa’s Workshop and the Yule Log, this authentically Austin event continues to honor the past while bringing new and exciting additions to its more than 400,000 attendees. Whether celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Zilker Tree, presented by Google Fiber, or walking the 1.2 miles through the more than 50 displays, the Trail of Lights attracts Austinites of all ages for an evening (or two!) of holiday fun, good eats and the magic of the season.

“Whether you’re taking a stroll down memory lane with your family, spinning with your friends under the Zilker Tree during its 50th year or enjoying the 2 million lights illuminating the 50-plus displays, the Austin Trail of Lights offers unique holiday fun that everyone across the city—and beyond—must experience,” said Leah Davies, board president at the Trail of Lights Foundation. “The Trail of Lights and the Zilker Tree are Austin holiday landmarks, and we are so excited to kick off another amazing season.”

Highlights for the 2016 event include classics such as photos at Santa’s House presented by Dell Children’s, the classic carousel and Ferris wheel, H-E-B book giveaway, and an interactive Santa’s Workshop—where visitors can create their own holiday videos—presented by Vista Equity Partners. The annual Night Lights preview party will also feature local musical favorites Shinyribs and Greyhounds. Foodies can enjoy many of Austin’s beloved food trucks such as East Side King, Burro Cheese Kitchen, Austin’s Pizza, Amy’s Ice Creams and more throughout the Trail.

The Trail of Lights Foundation continues to produce the event with support from the business community and from individual donations.

“We love celebrating the holidays with the Trail of Lights and are excited to return for our fifth year to celebrate family connections in Austin,” said Leslie Sweet, director of public affairs at H-E-B, title sponsor of the Trail of Lights. “We’ve given more than 250,000 books to children over the past four years, and can’t wait to share the joy of reading again at this year’s event by giving a free book to each child!”

For more information on the Trail of Lights, visit AustinTrailofLights.org, follow the @ATXLights Twitter feed or like the Trail of Lights’ Facebook page at facebook.com/AustinTrailofLights.

Trail of Lights photos and graphics are available upon request.

About the Trail of Lights Foundation

The Trail of Lights Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to producing the Austin Trail of Lights as an authentically Austin community celebration. The organization raises funds from donations by individuals, families and the business community to produce and ensure the long-term sustainability of Austin’s largest community celebration. In 2015, the Trail of Lights was named one of the must-see Christmas lights displays in the south by Southern Living. To learn more visit www.AustinTrailofLights.org

Contacts

Red Fan Communications
Emma Chase, 512-551-9253
Cell: 512-917-4319
emma@redfancommunications.com

Release Summary

The Trail of Lights Foundation unveiled details for this year’s 52nd anniversary Trail of Lights celebration, returning to Zilker Park Saturday, Dec. 10 through Friday, Dec. 23 in Austin, Texas.

Contacts

Red Fan Communications
Emma Chase, 512-551-9253
Cell: 512-917-4319
emma@redfancommunications.com