The 53rd Annual Zilker Tree Lighting Festival

By Hunter Tigert

The Zilker Tree Lighting is an Austin tradition that has been an annual celebration since 1967 when Mayor Emma Long lit the first tree. This years lighting, on November 26, marks the 53rd time that the tradition has been upheld and celebrated. This is just one of the great ways that the city of Austin brings people together to grow the community. The tree lighting marks the beginning of the holiday season and the opening of Austin’s renowned Trail of Lights on December 9th.

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