The Trail of Lights is a treasured Austin tradition that delights thousands of children and adults alike during the holiday season. Since the event is held in nearby Zilker Park and involves intermittent nightly closure of Barton Springs Road from Dec. 3 through Dec. 23, it impacts our neighborhood significantly.

The City has worked closely with our Neighborhood Association to address resident concerns including neighborhood parking, access to the Park and Barton Springs pool, and increased traffic on our residential streets.

The City has provided us with helpful information included below to help you prepare for the Trail of Lights.

Web Links

City Event Web Sites

Helpful Documents

No parking signage

No event parking signs and tow away signs will be installed prior to the event and enforced ONLY during event hours.

Helpful Tip

If you have guests coming over, it is suggested to park your car on street in legal unsigned areas, and then allow your guests to park in the driveway.

Park Impact and Access

  • Barton Springs Pool is open at all times.
  • Parking access is via the south gate entrance on Azie Morton Road.
  • OPEN AREAS Zilker Park – Rugby Field, Picnic Areas, parking lots, Playscape (South of Barton Springs Road).
  • Only a portion of the Great Lawn is use for event purposes.
  • In addition, Auditorium Shores and Butler Park will be open at all times for park users.

Neighborhood Patrol

  • Dedicated APD officers are patrolling and ticketing in the entire event and surrounding area.

Neighborhood Call-In Line

  • Call-In Line: 311

Examples of what to call in:

  • Parking within 30′ of the approach to a stop sign.
  • Parking or blocking within 15′ of a fire hydrant.
  • Parking left wheel to curb (cars parked facing against traffic).
  • If a car blocks YOUR driveway. 
  • Illegal vending/sales questions in the immediate festival area.