Calling All Young Austin Artists – Be A Part Of The Zilker Tree Lighting


The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is inviting young artists between the ages of 5 and 10 years old to create and enter an original drawing of the Zilker Holiday Tree for the Annual Holiday Tree Art Contest.

The top three selected artwork winners from each age category, Junior Division and Senior Division, will be publicly recognized and the winners will help light the Zilker Holiday Tree! 

To create an original version of the Zilker Holiday Tree, children may use crayons, watercolors, ink, colored paper, pastels or paint to show off their version of Austin’s traditional holiday symbol. 

Who Can Enter

Children between the ages of 5 and 10 years old can enter in the following divisions:

Junior Division: 5 – 7 years old 

Senior Division: 8 – 10 years old 

The Rules

Entries must be received by November 1 at 5 p.m. Art must show the Zilker Holiday Tree. Only one entry per child.  Artwork must be no larger than 8.5″ x 11″. Any artwork that is larger will be automatically disqualified. Paper thickness only. The artwork must fit into an 8.5” x 11” flat frame. 

To enter, completely fill out the entry form (which is available in English and Spanish), cut it out, and attach it to the back of the artwork. All artwork becomes the property of the Zilker Holiday Tree Art Contest, City of Austin. 

Remember, entries are due by November 1 so get started soon!

Submit Artwork Entry Online OR Mail artwork entries to:

Parks and Recreation Department 
Office of Special Events 
200 S. Lamar Blvd. 
Austin, Texas 78704 

Mailed submissions MUST include the entry printed information form. 

Print the entry forms here:

Print Entry Form – English
Print Entry Form – Español 

Learn all about the Zilker Holiday Tree HERE!