Magical Moments at Austin's Trail of Lights: A Family Tradition

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899

As the festive season rolls around, one cherished tradition that our family eagerly anticipates is The Trail of Lights in Austin, Texas. This year, the magic officially kicked off on Monday, December 4th, but we decided to be adventuresome again like last year, and signed up for The Trail of Lights Fun Run event held on Saturday, December 2nd.

The day unfolded with a cascade of excitement, starting with cheering on our beloved Longhorns as they triumphed over the Oklahoma State Cowboys– a perfect prelude to the festivities ahead! From there, we embarked on another victory celebration, watching Beckett's first basketball game where her team emerged victorious.

With our spirits soaring, we made our way to The Trail of Lights, armed with our bib numbers on our Fun Run shirts. We signed up for Wave 1, and were a little late but they let us right on through.

The evening at the Trail of Lights proved to be a spectacle of joy and wonder. One of the highlights was the shorter lines for the Ferris wheel – a personal favorite that offered breathtaking views of our beloved city's skyline. As we ascended, the cityscape adorned with twinkling lights painted a mesmerizing picture.

Hudson and Beckett got to meet Santa Claus, letting him know their key items on their wish list. The display of lights, each a testament to the creativity and festive spirit of the season, left us awe-struck. Our favorite light displays, with their vibrant hues and intricate designs, beckoned us into a world of holiday magic.

Of course, no visit to the Trail of Lights is complete without standing beneath the iconic Zilker Park Tree. The sheer magnitude of this marvel never fails to amaze – 39 streamers, each adorned with 81 multicolored, 25-watt bulbs, culminating in a majestic double star measuring an impressive 10 feet from point to point.

As we reflect on this unforgettable day, filled with sports victories, holiday lights, and shared laughter, the Trail of Lights remains a beacon of joy and tradition in our family's holiday celebrations. Here's to the magic of Austin's Trail of Lights, where each step is a journey into the heart of Christmas enchantment.

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Comments (30)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I hope you and Dolores enjoy the holidays too Roy Kelley 

Dec 04, 2023 03:07 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

It is a lot of lights Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho ! There is so much to see you end up walking a good way.

Dec 04, 2023 03:08 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Thank you for stopping by Will Hamm 

Dec 04, 2023 03:08 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Dorie- I love all of the fun family memories you're making with your family. I would love to be around in 20 years to hear what HH and BB thought of these moments. I applaud you for going on a Ferris Wheel because I don't do heights! LOL

Dec 04, 2023 06:39 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Kathy Streib ,

They still talk about Paw Paw so I hope in 20 years they will talk about me too! I'm not a lover of Ferris Wheels but this one is so fun at night to look over the city! We've come a long way since 1981 when I moved here!

Dec 04, 2023 07:53 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Dorie Dillard Austin TX  all I can say is WOW how do you have the energy to do all this? I have a hard time going to the grocery store and the wine store not alone do all the things you do:)Endre

Dec 04, 2023 10:41 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

p.s.: I almost forgot to mention how much I loved the photos and the post, Endre

Dec 04, 2023 10:41 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such a good looking bunch!  I love that we get to live vicariously through you and your family!!!

Dec 05, 2023 04:06 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning chef Endre Barath, Jr. ,

We have a very active family and as long as I walk each day then I am able to keep up. I don't want to miss a single moment with my kids and grandkids!

Dec 05, 2023 05:16 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

❤️

Dec 10, 2023 12:18 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi chef Endre Barath, Jr. ,

Thank you ..I love the photos from the Ferris wheel..Austin has changed so much..we didn't have much of a skyline when we moved here in 1981!

Dec 05, 2023 05:17 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Thank you Brian England ..we have fun!

Dec 05, 2023 05:17 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Congrats to Texas getting in the college playoffs! Gonna get tougher in the SEC next year. 

Dec 05, 2023 05:50 AM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Hi, Dorie.

I have to wait until my grandkid can walk first. I'll be patient. I'd love to do this kind of activities with my family. Good to see you, grandma can keep up!

Dec 05, 2023 07:22 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Austin's Trail of Lights sounds like a wonderful way to enrich the holiday season, Dorie.

Dec 05, 2023 12:46 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

What a fun and beautiful family time, Dorie. And such beautiful memories. This is something I would definitely enjoy seeing if I was close by!

Jeff

Dec 05, 2023 07:51 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Thank you faye schubert ..you are so right!

Dec 05, 2023 07:54 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Thank you Aura Alex 

Dec 05, 2023 07:54 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

It is so fun fun Myrl Jeffcoat !

Dec 05, 2023 07:55 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Thank you Jeff Dowler, CRS !

Dec 05, 2023 08:13 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

LOVE this, Dorie! It seems that I remember this light show from years past!

I love that you and your family are so active. Those children are not lacking any life experiences, thanks to you and their parents! Hudson & Beckett surely had another 'time of their life' filled with magical moments.

GREAT shots too!

Dec 10, 2023 12:21 PM