Hours, road closures and winners' art highlighted.
Supported by the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Austin Energy and the Trail of Lights Foundation
To help celebrate the 51st Annual Zilker Holiday Tree Art Contest, young artists from across Austin were asked to submit drawings featuring their perspective on the Zilker Holiday Tree. Winners were selected from a pool of nearly 400 entries this year!
The 1st place winners in the Junior (5-7 years old) and Senior (8-10 years old) divisions will help "Flip the Switch!" and light the Zilker Holiday Tree on November 26. This favorite holiday tradition “officially starts” Austin’s Holiday Season.
The event marks the 51st year that Austin Energy crews have transformed Zilker Park’s moonlight tower into the Zilker Holiday Tree. The tree stands 155 feet tall and is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25-watt bulbs - totaling 3,309 lights. At the top of the tree, a double star measures 10 feet from point to point. The double star displays 150 frosted bulbs.
The unique spiral pattern of the lights was created by City of Austin electricians. At its circumference, the tree measures 380 feet. The diameter is 120 feet. The base of the tree is made up of 19 utility poles, each 14 feet tall, arranged in a circle around the Moonlight Tower. On December 10, 1967, the first tree was lighted by Mayor Pro Tem Mrs. Emma Long. In subsequent years this honor has been awarded to the young winner of a city-wide tree art contest.
51st ANNUAL ZILKER HOLIDAY TREE SCHEDULE:
November 26, 2017 - Tree Lighting Ceremony. Join the City of Austin for the Zilker Holiday tree lighting ceremony at 6:00 pm. The event will feature local entertainment, food, novelties and live music.
Music will be provided by the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble, Robert Laguna, Conductor. Additional musical acts include the Barton Hills Choir, Gavin Tabone, Director, Kati Achtermann, Principal and Vintage 15, a modern big band.
The Zilker Holiday Tree will be on display nightly from November 27 – December 31, 2017 from 6pm – 12 midnight.
Reminder: The Trails of Lights will run in conjunction with the Holiday Tree from December 9th – December 23rd. On these evenings, surrounding area roads will be closed. Additional details are available on the Trail of Lights website.
For additional information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department’s Special Events Office at 512-974-6797, or visit the Zilker Holiday Tree website.