2021 Austin Trail of Lights: Sunday, November 28

Sunday, November 28, 2021
05:45 PM - 10:45 PM
Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX, USA

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Drive-Thru Returns for 2021

Sunday, November 28

Vehicle Admission passes are required for entry on all nights.  

The Austin Trail of Lights is our city’s most beloved and longest running holiday tradition. On this 57th year, guests will enjoy the lights from the comfort of their vehicles. Ticketed and timed entry rolling through the Trail in 2021 is required for everyone to help ensure a magical experience for all.

Hosted by the Trail of Lights Foundation, the annual event in Zilker Park celebrates the unique spirit and people that make Austin the place we call home. Enjoy more than 2 million lights, 70 displays and lighted tunnels, 90 lighted trees, and holiday magic to create treasured memories!

Important notes:

  • One vehicle pass is required for vehicles with up to 9 passengers.
  • If vehicle capacity exceeds 9 seats and/or is 20'-27' in length, two vehicle admission passes are required (even if 10 or more people are not present).
  • Only passenger vehicles will be admitted and must have a seat and seatbelt for each passenger.
  • Street-legal vehicles less than 27’ in length are welcome at the event.

Reservations Required

Ticketed and Timed Vehicle Entry for Everyone.

A limited amount of vehicles will be permitted to access the 2021 Austin Trail of Lights with timed entry beginning at 5:45pm until 10:00pm. Please see current timed entry ticket availability on the right side of this page.

Don't miss out on the reimagined 2021 Fun Run in Downtown Austin! See details below and add Fun Run registration to your vehicle admission pass order.

Vehicle Admission Pass Options 


Dash Pass, presented by Northern Trust, offers early entry before General Admission vehicles. Dash Pass is ideal for those who want to roll through the Trail before 7:00pm, and be treated with a box of goodies prior to entering the Trail. Dash Pass holders that arrive after 7:00pm will still have access to a designated queue for expedited entry and receive a goodie box!    

Dash Pass includes:

  • 5:45pm early access to the Austin Trail of Lights – before general admission at 7:00pm
  • (1) Box of festive cookies and bottled water
  • Access to a designated and expedited queue upon arrival, even if arriving late


A vehicle admission pass is required for drive-thru admission at the Austin Trail of Lights on all nights. General Admission (GA) vehicle ticket is valid for one vehicle only at the designated entry time.

A limited amount of vehicles will be permitted to access the 2021 Trail of Lights per each ticketed time, which is selected during the admission purchase process.

GA Vehicle Pass entry times are 7:00pm | 8:00pm | 9:00pm | 9:45pm

Fun Run Registration

Experience a reimagined Fun Run in Downtown Austin this year, to enjoy virtually and on your own time.

Registration includes:

  • (1) Commemorative long-sleeve cotton Fun Run t-shirt (adult and youth sizing)
  • (1) Austin Trail of Lights Fun Run 2021 bib
  • (1) Access to a festive and fun 3-mile course around Downtown Austin landmarks
  • (1) Swag bag at Packet Pick-Up

Fun Run registration does not include vehicle entry to the Austin Trail of Lights, a separate vehicle admission pass is required. Team discounts not available for Fun Run registrations this year.

You can pick up your Fun Run swag bag containing your Fun Run t-shirt and bib during packet pick-up. Location and dates/times to be determined.

Visit the Fun Run FAQ section of for more 2021 Fun Run information.

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2021 Austin Trail of Lights entry is available via Drive Thru Vehicle Admission Passes only. No pedestrian access to the Austin Trail of Lights, or other type of transportation options are permitted (such as bikes, scooters, etc). Please remain in your vehicle. All sales are final ~ no refunds (unless provided by RefundProtect or Event Protect) or exchanges. This event is Rain or Shine barring any extreme weather or city park closures. This pass grants a revocable license to the bearer and bearer may be removed at any time for any reason. The resale or attempted resale of this pass at a price higher than that appearing hereon is grounds for seizure of the pass and cancellation without compensation. The holder assumes all risk or danger incidental to the attraction whether occurring prior to, during, or subsequent to, the attraction. Rain policy: Tickets for outdoor events are purchased at risk of inclement weather. In general, this ticket will not be replaced, refunded, or exchanged unless the event is canceled or postponed, or you have opted for refundable booking protection.

Optional Refundable Booking protection is available during the purchase process with our ticketing partner, Ticketbud, via the RefundProtect program for a nominal fee. Upgrade your booking and receive a 100% refund if you cannot attend for: Sickness, Accident, Injury; Public transport failure; Private vehicle failure; Emergency services recall; Home emergency; Immediate relative sickness; Pre-existing medical conditions; or for one of the many reasons outlined in the RefundProtect Terms and Conditions here, which you accept when you select a Refundable Booking at checkout. Note all ticket purchases are non-refundable and non-exchangeable otherwise.

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