Over four hundred years ago, an acorn fell to the ground, split, and sent out a tiny shoot seeking light. From those humble beginnings came a live oak that is now nearly 60 feet tall and spreading over 80 feet. It’s the central feature of Heritage Oak Park at 875 Quest Parkway in Cedar Park.
For global perspective, in 1615 Pocahontas gave birth to her son Thomas. That year, the shogun lay siege to Osaka Castle in Japan. Closer to home, the tree would have been over seventy years old when the Spanish and French began squabbling over Tejas in 1685. The city of Cedar Park itself wouldn’t go by that name until 1887, when it was changed from Bruggerhoff.
Cedar Park Heritage Society and others saved the giant tree by turning its surroundings into a park. Quest Parkway’s grassy median hosts the holiday lighting festival December 4 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.
The Heritage Oak, whose trunk diameter is over 50 inches and circumference more than 13 feet, will be decorated with over sixty-five thousand lights!
Jack Hates Coffee will serve coffee and hot chocolate; Support Behind the Badge will sell soda, water, Gatorade, hot dogs, and sausage. Music will come from the Westside Elementary School Choir, the Cedar Park High School Choir, and Band of the Hills.
Bring the whole family to enjoy a night of live music, photos with Santa, carriage rides, games, inflatables, and fun under the magical lights of the largest live oak tree in Cedar Park.