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A few years ago, I created the first Advent Calendar for this blog when I was in New York City, sharing one Christmas-themed picture each day of the Advent. As I explained last year, in memory of the Advent calendars of my childhood, I wanted to do it again with Austin. There are plenty of events in and around Austin, and I would like to share a few with you.

Today, we’re starting with the Christmas tree in Zilker Park.

Zilker Park Christmas Tree 2017 - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

This year is the 51st anniversary of the Zilker park tree.

Zilker Park Christmas Tree 2017 - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Zilker Park Christmas Tree 2017 - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

According to the city of Austin’s website:

The Zilker Tree stands 155 feet tall and is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25-watt bulbs – totaling 3,309 lights. At the top of the tree, a double star measures 10 feet from point to point. The double star displays 150 frosted bulbs. This unique spiral pattern of lights was created by City of Austin electricians. At its circumference, the tree measures 380 feet. The diameter is 120 feet. The base of the tree is made up of 19 utility poles, each 14 feet tall, arranged in a circle around the Moonlight Tower. On December 10, 1967, the first tree was lighted by Mayor Pro Tem Mrs. Emma Long. In subsequent years this honor has been awarded to the young winner of a city-wide tree art contest.

Zilker Park Christmas Tree 2017 - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Zilker Park Christmas Tree 2017 Lighting Ceremony - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Zilker Park Christmas Tree 2017 - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Zilker Park Christmas Tree 2017 - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Zilker Park Christmas Tree 2017 & The Frost Bank Tower in the background - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

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