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Austin's Loop 360 Christmas Trees | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

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Do you know what they do for Christmas in Texas? You know how they say everything is bigger here…

Austin's Loop 360 Christmas Trees | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

In Austin, they – elves? – decorate Christmas trees on a grand scale. They may not have the Rockefeller Center giant Christmas tree that New-Yorkers enjoy, but they have Christmas trees along the roads. Let me explain.

Austin's Loop 360 Christmas Trees | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

No more than a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving (Nov. 28 this year), we started spotting a strange phenomenon on Loop 360, on our almost-daily way to Austin.

We saw one, then two, then five, then ten trees that looked like decorated (sometimes a bit weirdly – but this is Austin after all!) Christmas trees. In fact, more and more appeared everyday. It soon became evident that something was going on.

Austin's Loop 360 Christmas Trees | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Austin's Loop 360 Christmas Trees | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Indeed, cedar trees lining Loop 360 are decorated for Christmas. Some trees are decorated as traditional Christmas trees, some have themes, some seem to hold a message known only to those who decorated them. Apparently, it has been going on for several years (I read 15 years here), people from the area just come and decorate a tree if and how they wish, and it’s a very cool tradition in my opinion. That some people would take the time and get inspired to go and decorate a tree that will be visible by everyone is a testimony to the fun and joyful spirit of Christmas in Austin.

I know some of you might wonder about what happens to the decorations once the holidays are over. Do people come and clean? I wondered too. I’ll have to check that in a month or so, since this is our first Christmas here. I read different comments on the matter: some said that some decorations were left behind to become litter, while others commented that they had never seen one that had not been cleaned. I won’t decorate one tree this year, because it is a little late, but I have an idea for next year, and it seems obvious to me that I would come and clean after the holidays. So I’ll wait and see for what happens.

Meanwhile, here are some pictures of only a few of the Christmas trees we saw. I also added some links at the end of this post if you want to learn more.

Additional links:
Holiday cedar trees line Loop 360 – KVUE ABC
Austin: Loop 360 Christmas Trees – TripAdvisor
Photos: Christmas Trees on Loop 360 – KVUE ABC
Christmas Trees on Loop 360 in Austin – REATX
An Austin holiday tradition: Loop 360 trees get mysteriously decorated – Culture Map Austin

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