The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the 49th Annual Zilker Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. Join emcee Quita Culpepper, Mayor Steve Adler, and Austin Parks and Recreation Director Sara Hensley as they kick off the holiday season in Austin with a program featuring local community entertainment, a holiday message, and the lighting of the tree by the 2015 Zilker Holiday Tree Art contest 1st place winners.
Music begins at 5:30PM. Ceremony begins promptly at 6:00PM and should conclude by 7:00PM.
The Zilker 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. This unique spiral pattern of 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 coloring contest.
The tree is on display nightly from November 30 – December 31 from 6 pm – 12 midnight. On Trail of Lights nights, December 5-22, the area roads will be closed as thousands visit the Trail of Lights. If you are planning to visit the Holiday Tree itself, make sure to plan around those nights.
49th Annual Zilker Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Sunday, November 29,2015
Zilker Metropolitan Park
2100 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704