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
https://austintexas.gov/department/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

Tagged with:  

2019 Trail of Lights Information

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. 7 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

Neighborhood wide no parking signage will be installed before the event. The signs will NOT be actively enforced by patrols, but should be adhered to in all locations. APD will be actively ticketing and towing this year in all signed no parking areas on EVENT DAYS!

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.

Zilker Park And Barton Springs Pool Details

  • Barton Springs Pool is open during normal hours. Drive-in access and ADA parking to the pool during road closure times via Mopac and Andrew Zilker on the WEST side of the park, or at the south gate entrance on Azie Morton. The south gate parking areas will be closed to all event attendees and staffed by security.
  • Zilker Park – Rugby Field, Picnic Areas, parking lots, playscape (South of Barton Springs Road)
    • Open to drive in traffic daily until roads close (to allow cars to be removed safely before patrons arrive).
    • The entire upper area of the Great Lawn will remain open. 
    • In addition, Auditorium Shores and Butler Park will be open at all times for park users.

Neighborhood Patrol  – Dedicated Neighborhood ROVING Patrol 

  • 4 officers and 1 sergeant – Roving 5 pm until approximately 10 pm daily. This dedicated unit will be roving and responding to issues/concerns throughout the impacted neighborhoods.

Neighborhood Call-In Line

Neighborhood Call-In Line
  • Call-In Line: 512-970-8891, or 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.
Tagged with:  

2017 Trail of Lights Information

tol-logo

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. 2 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

Neighborhood wide no parking signage will be installed before the event. The signs will NOT be actively enforced by patrols, but should be adhered to in all locations. APD will be actively ticketing and towing this year in all signed no parking areas on EVENT DAYS!

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.

Zilker Park And Barton Springs Pool Details

  • Barton Springs Pool is open AT ALL TIMES during normal hours. Drive-in access and ADA parking to the pool during road closure times via Mopac and Andrew Zilker on the WEST side of the park, or at the south gate entrance on Robert E. Lee. The southgate parking areas will be closed to all event attendees and staffed by security.
  • Zilker Park – Rugby Field, Picnic Areas, parking lots, playscape (South of Barton Springs Road)
    • Open to drive in traffic daily until roads close (to allow cars to be removed safely before patrons arrive).
    • The entire upper area of the Great Lawn will remain open. In addition, Auditorium Shores and Butler Park will be open at all times for park users.
  • In addition, Auditorium Shores and Butler Park will be open at all times for park users.

Neighborhood Patrol  – Dedicated Neighborhood ROVING Patrol 

  • 4 officers and 1 sergeant – Roving 5 pm until approximately 10 pm daily. This dedicated unit will be roving and responding to issues/concerns throughout the impacted neighborhoods.

Neighborhood Call-In Line

  • Call-In Line: 512-970-8891, or 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. Some neighbors may permit people to block their OWN driveway.
  • Illegal vending/sales questions in the immediate festival area.

Helpful Reminders

  • Please don’t put barriers in the street. They will be removed.
  • Restricted parking areas are prohibited parking areas for all persons.
  • Immobilized cars should be moved out of restricted parking areas.
Tagged with:  
© 2020 Barton Hills Neighborhood Association
QR Code Business Card