AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin City Council on Thursday voted to pass a city ordinance that will turn the annual Trail of Lights into a drive-thru event this year.

This incredible light show is probably one of our most favorite holiday activities to take the family to each year so we are thrilled at this announcement!

The Trail of Lights Foundation and the City of Austin are thrilled to be moving forward with the 56th annual Austin Trail of Lights as a drive thru experience. What is old is becoming new again and on behalf of the Foundation, I would like to thank the City Council and City staff members for their continued trust in allowing us to be the steward for this beloved Austin tradition,” said James Russell, Executive Director, Trail of Lights Foundation. “More details regarding schedule, pricing and programs will be available in mid-October.

According to the ordinance, about 1,300 cars per night can be safely accommodated in a drive-thru model. The model will allow Barton Springs Road, FM 2244 and MoPac access roads to remain open.

It will also allow existing Foundation’s programs, like STARS Nights, to continue. The foundation will not assess an admission fee in 2020. The popular wintertime event draws hundreds of thousands of people to Zilker Park every year.


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