2020 Trail of Lights Information

The City of Austin has provided us with the information below since the annual Trail of Lights at Zilker Park significantly affects access to our neighborhood.

Unlike recent years, Trail of Lights 2020 will be a drive through ONLY experience. November 29– January event nights, closed on nights for the STARS Program, and on Christmas Eve/Day, and New Year’s Day.

As such, all the normal road closures will not be in effect. From November 29th to January 3rd, Toomey, Sterzing, and Barton Springs Road will NOT be closed for Trail of Lights.

Enclosed vehicles only will queue up along Stratford from Red Bud/Lake Austin area for entrance into the Trail and no walk-ins will be allowed. Vehicles will be required to have advance passes. For safety, there are no on-site admission sales, and no viewing areas of the site from the roadway or park. Therefore, no parking will be necessary for Trail-goers.

Interactive park access and site map: 
Google Maps of Trail of Lights Access Information

2020 Zilker Holiday Tree

Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 29, 6 pm – Zilker Holiday Tree Lighting – Virtual Ceremony

  • Austin Parks and Recreation YouTube Channel
  • ATXN Online Channel 1, or Channel 3 Spanish subtitles
  • Facebook – Zilker Holiday Tree
  • ATXN TV channels
    o Spectrum–Channel 6 (10.6 without a cable box)
    o Grande Communications – Channel 6 (119.6 without a cable box) 
    o AT&T U-Verse–Channel 99
  • To promote public safety, there are no on-site viewing and gathering options.

Tree Viewing

To ensure public safety and the health of our community the follow will be in place for 2020 after careful discussion with the City of Austin Health Authority.

No food/beverage or other concessions are on site or allowed on site. Parking lots near the Zilker Holiday Tree will be closed.

  • The park space near and directly under the Zilker Holiday Tree will be closed.
  • The public may view the Zilker Holiday Tree from their vehicle while driving through (excludes November 29 and December 31 when park roads near the tree will be closed)
  • Gatherings and on site viewing under the tree will not be available.

Download this information as a PDF document:
Neighborhood Flyer
Trail of Lights Calendar

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Dear Neighbors,

To recognize our graduating Seniors from Barton Hills we’re inviting the entire neighborhood to (safely) come out and cheer for our graduating seniors in a CAR PARADE on May 22, 2020 starting at 6:30pm. Parade route details and rules for parade participants and spectators are below.

We want YOU, each of YOU, to SUPPORT a SENIOR! It doesn’t have to be someone you know. Pick one or more senior. Follow this link to sign up to SUPPORT a SENIOR (or lots of seniors). You don’t have to make an account to sign up. 


Sign up and then get out your markers, your crayons, your glitter, your paint and make a sign, or banner, or something else fun and creative (and family-friendly) to SUPPORT a SENIOR! Think of how fun it will be for the seniors to see signs of congratulations and support along the route. Each senior has THREE sign up slots, and ther are 27 senior in our parade. Please, let’s fill up those slots and SUPPORT a SENIOR! 

Not every senior attended Austin High, so in addition to her/his first name, the senior’s school, school colors, and mascot are included on the sign up form.

Thanks, Cindy Bogard and CherylAnne Campbell

The Parade begins at the Barton Hills Market on Friday May 22 at 6:30pm. There will be a lead car! The parade will proceed along the following route:

Click to view Parade route in Google Maps. Map courtesy of Brent Schneeman.
  • All of Barton Hills Dr.
  • Barton Skyway to Cedarview (stop sign)
  • Cedarview to Barton Parkway
  • Barton Parkway on the side of the arroyo closest to Lamar to Ridgeview
  • Ridgeview to Barton Hills Dr.
  • Barton Hills Dr. to Deerfoot (right side of Deerfoot)
  • Deerfoot becomes Cliffside 
  • Cliffside to Spring Creek Dr.
  • Spring Creek Dr. to Barton Hills Dr.
  • When Spring Creek Dr. meets Barton Hills Dr., the parade ends and cars will disperse.

As a reminder, please keep your distance to family units only and small friend groups to a six foot or greater distance along the parade route.  Please review these rules for Parade Participants and Spectators. Many thanks for keeping this celebratory event a safe one!


BHNA April 21 General Meeting Cancelled

Due to social distancing requirements in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our regular quarterly meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 21, 2020 has been cancelled.

At this time a new date has not been set as we await further developments. Watch this site and the Barton Hills Neighborhood Association email list for updates.

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