Photo courtesy of Outlets North Phoenix
An iconic tradition returns as Arizona is set to welcome its tallest fresh-cut Christmas tree on Friday, Nov. 3 at Outlets North Phoenix. This year marks the 22nd consecutive year that the shopping destination, previously known as Outlets at Anthem, will host this majestic symbol of the holiday season.
Standing at an impressive 70-feet tall and 20-feet wide, this year’s tree has traveled all the way from a specialty tree lot located on the California/Oregon border. It is a spectacle in its own right – arriving at 6:30 a.m. on a 40-foot flatbed truck and being carefully unloaded and placed into its dedicated spot by none other than the jolly Santa Claus, making his entrance aboard a Daisy Mountain firetruck.
If weather conditions are favorable, eager onlookers can watch as an industrial crane expertly hoists the tree into its vertical splendor at approximately 7:45 a.m.
Decking out such a colossal tree is no small feat. The grand fir will dazzle with over 1.5 miles of LED lights, which equates to around 10,000 glowing bulbs. Furthermore, approximately 5,000 ornaments and bows will be meticulously arranged to enhance its natural beauty. And, paying homage to Arizona, the tree will be crowned with a 3-foot tall copper star, symbolizing the state’s official metal.
Once fully adorned, the decorated tree will tip the scales at nearly 4 tons. A dedicated team of 10 experts will devote over 120 hours, spanning two weeks, and use articulating boom lifts to perfect its festive appearance.
To ensure its freshness throughout the season, the tree will be securely placed in a custom-made seven-foot deep well and treated with roughly 120 gallons of fire retardant. For added stability, especially during those gusty Arizona days, six industrial guy wires will be strategically positioned.
For early birds, live coverage opportunities can commence as early as 5 a.m., given prior scheduling. Alongside the grandeur of the tree’s arrival and placement, attendees can also delight in visuals such as tours of Santa’s village, oversized ornaments and presents, a life-sized sleigh, melodic performances by a children’s choir singing festive carols, and the heartwarming sight of families, especially children, reveling in the yuletide spirit.
The event will take place at Outlets North Phoenix, located at 4250 W. Anthem Way. Convenient parking is available in the east lot, right in front of the food court and parallel to I-17.
This annual event is more than just a tree arrival; it’s a testament to the community’s spirit and the joyous anticipation of the upcoming holiday season.
So, mark your calendars and join in on this festive tradition that lights up the North Valley’s holiday skyline!