Austin Charity Challenge 2016
Charity Profile

This local organization keeps Austin's iconic Trail of Lights merry and bright each year

This nonprofit keeps Austin's iconic Trail of Lights merry and bright

Trail of Lights tree Austin skyline
The Trail of Lights has become a citywide tradition that all walks of life can enjoy. Photo courtesy of Licarione Photography

Editor's note: CultureMap is committed to shining a light on Austin-area nonprofits and their impact on our community. So, we're launching the first-ever CultureMap Austin Charity Challenge, highlighting deserving local organizations — one of which will become our charity partner for 2016 based on readers' votes. Get to know one of our eight finalists, Austin Trail of Lights Foundation. 

Since its humble “Yule Fest” beginnings 50 years ago, the Trail of Lights has become a citywide tradition that all Austinites can enjoy. Originally a gift to the city from the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, the event hosted more than 400,000 guests in 2014 alone. 

The longstanding Austin tradition is the work of the Austin Trail of Lights Foundation. The nonprofit keeps the lights running each year with the help of donations from individuals and businesses. Thanks to the foundation's hard work, the magic of the holidays is alive and well with every sparkling bulb in Zilker Park. Experience it for yourself through December 22. 

Vote now for the Austin Trail of Lights Foundation — or any of the other worthy local nonprofits — in the CultureMap Charity Challenge running through December 30. A winner will be announced January 5, 2016, and will receive a CultureMap advertising package worth $10,000.