Trail of Lights celebrates their 50th anniversary


Maria Krychniak

The trail of Lights adorns a Ferris wheel with colorful lights to celebrate its 50 year anniversary.

Maria Krychniak, Staff Writer

This past weekend, Austin’s Trail of Lights in Zilker Park celebrated their 50th anniversary of being open.

The trail of lights opened in 1964 and has been an ongoing tradition for Austinites during the holidays. This giant light show with an array of different colored lights and lighted Christmas figurines, makes this a festive thing to do with Christmas approaching. Thousands of people were lined up for the grand opening.

This trail offers many different activities and dining options for people walking through the attraction. From Mexican hot chocolate to popcorn and taco’s, people who build up an appetite when walking the 1.25 mile long trail will be pleases by the amount of dining options they will have along the way.

Since the Trail of Lights is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, they have gone all out and put in a ferris wheel at the end of the trail. This giant ferris wheel is 90 feet high and offers anyone who rides it breathtaking views of Austin’s skylines. The ferris wheel has 20 gondolas that can each hold a maximum of 6 people. It is $6 dollars per rider and the ferris wheel is in operation from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Trail of Lights will be open until Dec. 21 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. People wishing to attend my enter with a $3 dollar ticket or can purchase the zip fast pass tickets for $15 to skip the lines.