One Zilker Park holiday tradition is gone, but the tree ‘lives' on for another year of spinning under the lights. The details:
Lighting: 6 p.m. Sunday
Parking: First come, first served at the park's lots and polo fields. For the lighting, enter from the northbound frontage road of MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1).
Other stuff: Vendors will be on site each night, and Operation Blue Santa will be at the lighting. Visitors can bring a new, unwrapped toy or donate cash. Blue Santa also will be there for the kids (and the young-at-heart, we hope).
Hours: Dusk to midnight from Sunday through Dec. 31.
By the numbers
1965: The first year for the tree, which was developed from an idea by Mabel Davis, head of the City's Special Holiday Activities Committee, and designed by City of Austin electricians Odie Bull, D.J. Kozlowski, Fred Scantlen and Merle Wheeler.
155: Feet tall
39: Streamers forming the tree
3,309: Total lights
10: Measure of the double star, from point to point, at the top
150: Frosted bulbs on the star
380: Feet, tree's circumference
120: Feet, diameter
19: Utility poles, each 14 feet tall, arranged around the Moonlight Tower
Source: City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department