Austin Energy Crews Begin Zilker Tree Preparations

Austin Energy crews have begun stringing lights on the the 155-foot-tall Zilker Christmas Tree in preparation for the holiday season!

The tree is decorated with 39 strings of LED bulbs, 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. A double star tops the display, measuring 10 feet from point to point.

The moonlight tower in Zilker Park is one of the original 31 towers that provided the City of Austin with its first urban lighting system in 1895. Only 17 of Austin’s original 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.

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department will release information about the Zilker Holiday Tree on its website in November.

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