53rd Annual Zilker Holiday Tree Installation

October 22, 2019

Zilker Holiday Tree LightsWhat: Austin Energy crews will string lights to transform the Zilker moonlight tower into the Zilker Holiday Tree.


When: Wednesday, October 23 (Best time for visuals: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.)


Where: Zilker Park, south of Barton Springs Road near Andrew Zilker Road

More: Austin Energy crews will string the 155-foot-tall Zilker Holiday Tree in preparation for the lighting ceremony later this season.

New this year, most of the lights on the Zilker Holiday Tree will be LED bulbs! LEDs consume less electricity and are longer lasting.

The Zilker Holiday Tree is decorated with 39 strings of light each containing 81 red, yellow, green and blue bulbs. The strategic placement of the yellow bulbs on each string gives the tree its distinctive and dizzying swirl pattern.

The moonlight tower in Zilker Park is one of the original 31 towers that provided the City of Austin its first urban lighting system in 1895. Only 17 of Austin's original 31 moonlight towers remain and serve as the only working moonlight towers in the world. Over the years, the moonlight towers and the Zilker Holiday Tree have become Austin icons and a beloved community tradition.

This year's tree lighting ceremony will take place on Sunday, December 1 at 5:30 p.m. The celebration will mark 53 years of the Zilker Holiday Tree. The tree will be lit by the winners of a children's Zilker Holiday Tree art contest sponsored by the Austin Parks and Recreation Department. The tree will be on display through January 1, 2020, from 6 p.m. until midnight.

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