An evening at the Austin Trail of Lights


I needed a mental health weekend to clear my mind, so this past weekend included a small getaway to Austin with my boyfriend. This trip to Austin was on my list of things to do before Christmas, because of the annual Austin Trail of Lights at Zilker Metropolitan Park. I’m the first to say I’m not big on holidays but something about Christmas lights brings me solace and happiness.

Each display at the Austin Trail of Lights are by different Austin based companies and are made up of a variety of characters from book characters to pop culture characters. Two of my favorite displays were the Winnie the Pooh and The Little Mermaid. Winnie the Pooh has a special place in my heart, because I grew up watching The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. And The Little Mermaid reminds me of my red headed niece. Another display that caught my eye, was the upside down Christmas trees. It definitely touched on the Keep Austin Weird mantra.

As you walk through the trail, you’ll find three different covered walkways that are perfect for group photos or a selfie, like the one I took. The covered walkways are just a small portion of the 2 million lights that light up the trail. One of the biggest things lighting up the trail is the ferris wheel, which is beautiful, but the long line deterred me from wanting to get on. My boyfriend and I headed straight to the food vendors to grab a delicious funnel cake (not pictured).

After completing the trail, I had to take a picture of it against the Austin skyline. The view was beautiful and it brought me some peace. Basically, my mental health weekend was accomplished! If you need some time to escape and clear you mind, I highly recommend a visit to the Austin Trail of Lights.


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