A Night of Goodwill with The Austin Trail of Lights

Trail of Lights Night of Goodwill


Valerie Swift
Senior Director, Community Engagement
Goodwill Central Texas

As an Austin native, just as I’ve seen the city transform over the years, I’ve watched the changing beauty of our very own Trail of Lights. Remember, long ago, when you could drive through the Trail and see the displays from the comfort of your car? There are also some very fond childhood memories of enjoying the lights along the trail, visiting the Yule Log, and giving Santa my Christmas list. The CapMetro shuttle would then take us to the Zilker Botanical Gardens where we would enjoy hot chocolate and caroling.

Zilker TreeThat was thirty years ago. A lot has changed since then; but there are some things that stay constant: getting to spin under the Zilker Tree until you are dizzy from the colored lights,  “weird” is still a compliment, and burnt orange will forever be the color of choice. One other constant comes to mind. Just as the Trail of Lights has always shone as a bright beacon of holiday cheer, Goodwill has been a beacon of hope to Central Texans who want to better their lives and their families lives, through work.

Trail of Lights EntranceThat’s why we’re so pleased to have the opportunity to join the Trail of Lights, for a special night of donations – The Trail of Lights Night of Goodwill!

Here are the details:

  • Night of Goodwill:
    Wednesday, December 16
  • Bring a donation of clothing between 6:00 and 6:30pm, you'll get into the Trail of Lights 30 minutes early with your regular admission ticket.
  • Admission is $3; kids 11 and under are free.

For more information on Trail of Lights: http://austintrailoflights.org

That’s right, you’ll have the Trail all to yourselves and skip the Zip Fast Pass fee! Plenty of time to take those keepsake photos and enjoy the lights. And even if you donate after 6:30pm, you’ll still get the great feeling that you’ve helped empower a Central Texan to transform their life through work.



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