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Austin Trail of Lights will return this year—as a drive-thru event

Austin Trail of Lights will take place this holiday season.

The Austin Trail of Lights—an annual event that transforms Zilker Park into a winter wonderland, featuring more than 60 displays and two million lights—will take place this holiday season, despite the pandemic.


The Trail of Lights Foundation announced Thursday that this year's event will be a drive-thru experience after Austin City Council voted to approve the change and extend the event period to 30 days.

"What is old is becoming new again," Executive Director James Russell said in a statement.

In recent years, the Trail of Lights has attracted around 400,000 visitors annually. The drive-thru model will allow approximately 1,300 cars to attend each evening—or around 39,000 over the course of the event period—and adhere to local public health orders meant to contain the spread of COVID-19.

More details about the 56th annual Austin Trail of Lights will be released in mid-October.

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