AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Christmas tree at the Capitol is almost ready for spectators and picture-takers but this year's tree will be noticeably different than years past.
According to the Downtown Austin Alliance, the tree that is adorning 11th Street and Congress Avenue is a 45-foot tall artificial tree.
The organization usually gets its tree from the Bastrop area but with the persistent drought, they did not feel it was appropriate to cut down a tree during this time.
The Downtown Austin Alliance also said they wanted a tree of the appropriate height and magnitude to fit its renewed vision for Congress Avenue - The Main Street of Texas.
The tree will be lit on Saturday, Dec. 1 during the Holiday Sing Along and Downtown Stroll . This year's tree will also have a music and light show at the top and bottom of very hour, featuring holiday songs from locan musicians.
Along with the grand tree, Congress Avenue will be covered in twinkling lights from Cesar Chavez Street to 11th Street.
Sub-freezing temperatures and an approaching upper level disturbance could combine to produce some patchy freezing drizzle or sleet Saturday and early Sunday morning.
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Sub-freezing temperatures will continue across much of Central Texas all day Saturday. A second disturbance associated with the winter storm that slammed Texas Thursday and Friday could lead to more freezing precipitation Saturday and …