Give back this season while enjoying the best Christmas light displays —
December 16, 2017

Give back this season while enjoying the best Christmas light displays

trail of lights
Austin Trail of Lights

With more than 200,000 lights choreographed to holiday music, the Community First! Village of Lights by Mobile Loaves & Fishes is one of the biggest Christmas light displays in Central Texas. This year, the community will get to experience the joy of Christmas on two weekends–Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 8-9. Be sure to include a stop at the Advent Market to shop for unique, handcrafted gifts made by formerly homeless craftsmen and artisans who live at the Village. Your purchase of gifts and concessions during the event helps our Community First! neighbors earn a dignified income.

The Advent Market will open at 5 p.m., followed by the light show at 6 p.m., a Christmas-themed movie at the Community Cinema at 7 p.m. and lights out at 9 p.m.

Bring your appetite as the Community Grille will be serving the best burgers, Frito pies, nachos, mini corn dogs and French fries in town. And there’s nothing quite like sharing hot cocoa with your family gathered around one of the community fire pits as you roast s’mores together!

Parking will be available in the “Overflow Parking” lot on Hog Eye Road, immediately next to Community First! Village. Additional parking will be available at Oak Meadows Elementary School, where shuttles will be available to and from the Village.

Additional information can be found at mlf.org.

The Austin Trail of Lights, Austin’s largest holiday tradition and the second largest event in the city, is also back this season. Run by the Trail of Lights Foundation, the annual Christmas light event in Zilker Park celebrates the unique spirit and people that make Austin the place we love to call home.

The Austin Trail of Lights is a community event that invites 400,000 people every year to come celebrate the holidays in the heart of Austin, Texas during the month of December. The event showcases everything that we love about Austin—from music and food to creativity and family fun. Thanks to the Trail of Lights Foundation, the event is free for at least half of the nights to make sure that anyone who wants to be part of the experience has a way to do so.

Austinites and Central Texans alike bring friends, families and neighbors out to the Austin Trail of Lights each year to enjoy more than 40 displays, 2 million lights, Austin’s favorite food trucks, nightly entertainment and holiday activities. Running a total of 15 days open to the public, the event has something for everyone.

This year’s event will see more entertainment, new lighting, activities and community programs than any previous year. Visitors in 2017 will see new modernized displays, interactive environments, Austin’s famous food trucks, local musical talent, movies, local merchants and more.

The Austin Trail of Lights began in 1965 as a small gathering known as the “Yule Fest.” What began as a gift to the city of Austin from Austin Parks and Recreation Department, has now grown to be a community-wide celebration of the spirit and people that make Austin unique. In the 53 years since the first Yule Log was lit, the Trail of Lights has expanded to more than 40 displays, 2 million lights and holiday activities that create countless memories. Today, the Trail of Lights is one of the three largest events in Austin and receives national accolades while remaining a deeply cherished local tradition.

Help the Austin Trail of Lights feed the hungry by bringing a can of food with you to Zilker Park. With your support, they can collect more than 25,000 meals for the Central Texas Food Bank.

More information at austintrailoflights.org.

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