Young artists from across Austin were asked to submit original drawings of the Zilker Holiday Tree. First place winners in the Junior and Senior divisions will help "Flip the Switch!" and light the Zilker Holiday Tree. Winners in the junior category (5-7 years old) include Claire Bonyun (First), Ambar Benipal (Second) and Nora Alwais, (Third). Winners in the senior category (8-10 years old) include Maya Nolan (First), Emma Zhan (Second), and Neil Bhokare (Third).
About Zilker Holiday Tree
The unique spiral pattern of the 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 lit by Mayor Pro Tem Mrs. Emma Long. In subsequent years this honor has been awarded to the young winners of the Zilker Holiday Tree Art Contest.