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The Christmas season is here. So are the Loop 360 tree decorations.

The holiday season is here, and that means the return of one of Austin’s weird little traditions. 

Drivers along Loop 360 (Capital of Texas Highway), already treated to a scenic view, will see a more spirited display during wintertime. For years, Austinites have taken to decorating the trees that line the sides of the highway with holiday decorations. Everything from bows to ribbons to ornaments to stars adorns the makeshift Christmas trees. 

Feeling like “adopting” a tree this year? Here are some tips: 

The trees come in all shapes and sizes, so plan the types of decorations you want to use ahead of time. If you’re buying new decorations for this special tree, it might be a good idea to remove everything from their plastic wrappers and packaging to place in a large tote bag or storage container. This will prevent trash from blowing away while decorating. 

Remember, these are trees along a major roadway. Delicate or fragile ornaments that might not make it through occasional strong wind or heavy rain are a no-go. Make sure the decorations are securely fastened to a tree. The last thing a driver wants to encounter on the road are scraps of plastic or piles of garland. 

Large bows, garlands and stockings will make trees stand out from others in the distance, but don’t place advertising on a tree. You can make your tannenbaum unique by adding items that show your interests. 

When stopping to decorate, be courteous to other drivers and fellow decorators. Use your car flashers and don’t block roadways. The ground near many of the trees is rocky, so wear comfortable shoes. Don’t forget to bring some holiday cheer! What better Christmas card photo than next to your highway tree? 

Above all else, if you decide to decorate a tree, it’s important to check on it occasionally and keep it tidy. When the holidays are over, “undecorate” the tree, or else your festive trimmings will become litter. This will help keep the tradition going for years to come.  

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