According to the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, this year’s tree lighting ceremony will take place on Sunday, November 27th.
AUSTIN, Texas – Halloween is just over, but the city of Austin is thinking ahead and preparing for the annual installation of holiday trees.
In a recent update Austin energy explained that the Zilker holiday tree will be installed on Wednesday November 2nd. This announcement comes after the installation had to be postponed on October 25 due to weather concerns.
This week also marks the reopening of Zilker Park to the public following maintenance on the Great Lawn in the wake of the Austin City Limits Music Festival. The park will be open to everyone from Tuesday November 1st.
On installation day, Austin Energy teams will install strings of lights to transform the Zilker Moonlight Tower into the Zilker Holiday Tree in preparation for the upcoming holiday season.
The tree is adorned annually with 39 rows of LED light bulbs, each containing 81 red, yellow, green and blue bulbs. The placement of the yellow bulbs on each string gives the tree its distinctive swirly pattern. A double star crowns the display and measures 10 feet from point to point.
The Moonlight Tower in Zilker Park is one of the original 31 towers that provided Austin with its first municipal lighting system in 1895. Only 17 of Austin’s original moonlight towers remain and serve as the only functioning moonlight towers in the world.
According to that Austin Parks and Recreation Department website, this year’s tree lighting ceremony will take place on Sunday 27th November on the south side of Zilker Park. The pre-event music starts at 5:30pm and the ceremony itself begins at 6:00pm. It features local entertainment, food news, live music and a performance by the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble.
Each year, local youth are invited to compete for a chance to light the Christmas tree. Submissions are currently being accepted and must be received by 4:30pm on November 1st submitted online or by mail to Austin Parks and Recreation Department, 200 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78704.
This is the second year the Austin tradition is returning after closing in 2020 due to COVID-19. Pandemic. It is the first time a tree lighting ceremony will be held since the pandemic.
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