Recommended recreation: Zilker Tree
The Zilker Tree will be lit at 6 p.m. Sunday. The switch for the 'tree' — which is actually 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25-watt bulbs, totaling 3,309 lights — will be thrown by the winner of the junior division (5- to 7-year-olds) of the city's tree coloring contest. The tree, which this year will be center of the scaled-back Trail of Lights (now called the Zilker Tree Holiday Festival), will shine nightly through Dec. 31. The holiday festival will be Dec. 13-21. More on the various events at the City of Austin Web site: www.ci.austin.tx.us.