The holidays are here in Austin, and lately the weather feels like it’s cooperating and giving us some cooler nights to enjoy fireside with a good cup of hot cocoa. Lucky for us, we also get to enjoy the beautiful Austin Zilker Trail of Lights and Zilker Tree.
As a born and raised Austinite, I can’t recall a year where my family and I didn’t attend the Trail of Lights. It’s become a tradition, and this year it was just as magical as I’d expected. Except… being a food blogger does have some added perks now.
I recently was invited to cover a few of the awesome Austin food trailers who will be making a special appearance during this years festivities. And so I wanted to highlight some of them so you make sure to save room in your belly for these sweet and savory finds!
There are a few stops throughout the trail for you to find food, so let me give you a heads up about where to find what by starting at the entrance to the trail of lights.
Candy Cane Lane is just a few short steps after you exit the first tunnel, here you can find Burro Cheese Kitchen and Chilantro. Both personal favorites, be sure to try the mac and cheese grilled cheese at Burro Cheese. And at Chilantro, you know you want to order a side of Kimchi Fries as you stroll and look at the pretty lights!The next stop is the North Pole:
The next stop is the North Pole, it’s located near the Ferris Wheel and the Carousel. Here you’ll find Veracruz All Natural serving tacos, quesadillas and most importantly Mexican Hot Chocolate. Which goes great as you wait in line for the Ferris Wheel, which is an absolute must do on my recommendation list for you! In the North Pole you’ll also find Southside Flying Pizza, which really you can never go wrong with.
Since you’re probably like me and you’ve been stopping at each place snacking, you probably want something sweet by now and luckily Zilker Village has two of my favorites. Ann’s Piece of Cake, and Churro Co. Grab a piece of cake or an order of churros, the ones with strawberry sauce were my favorite, and make your way to a lawn chair in front of the Yule Log. Thankfully the weather is dropping so we can make use of this log! Plus, I love the smell of wood burning it’s very nostalgic.
And no trip to the trail is complete without seeing the Zilker Tree, here you can grab a Mighty Cone, filled with delicious shrimp and avocado. It’s the perfect post spin treat, and their trailer is actually a decked out army machine vehicle, It’s just badass like them.
The trail is officially open until December 23rd, and the Tree is open until the 31st. So be sure to grab your family, friends, loved ones, and make your way to one of the best events this holiday season and come hungry. There is plenty of yummy local goodness to fill your belly!
Check out their calendar for details on pricing, parking, and timing.