For the 20th consecutive year, Outlets at Anthem will be home to Arizona’s tallest fresh-cut Christmas tree. Santa Claus himself will lead the flatbed truck carrying the tree into the North Phoenix shopping destination, Thursday, Nov. 4, at 6:30 a.m. If winds are calm, the tree will then be lifted into place at 7:45 a.m. via an industrial crane.
This year, the selected white fir, transported from the California/Oregon border on a 40-foot flatbed truck, measures 70-feet tall and 20-feet wide.
“For 20 years, Outlets at Anthem has dependably provided this festive and cheery holiday attraction,” said JoAnn Truax, director of real estate and marketing, Outlets at Anthem. “The tallest Christmas tree in Arizona is a sight to see, and we can’t wait to welcome the community to our open-air space where they can carry on their holiday traditions and create new ones with the ones they love.”
A 10-person team will spend two weeks – and more than 120 hours – using articulating boom lifts to shape and decorate the tree. The tree will be topped with a three-foot tall copper star, which is a nod to the state’s official metal. More than 1.5 miles of LED lights, approximately 10,000 bulbs, will illuminate the tree and roughly 5,000 ornaments and bows will finish off the breathtaking spectacle. The tree will weigh close to 4 tons when completely decorated.
To assure the tree is kept fresh all season long, it is housed in a custom-made seven-foot deep well and sprayed with nearly 120 gallons of fire retardant. Six industrial wires hold the tall tree in place and stabilize it during windy weather.
“Visitors and shoppers can come to Outlets at Anthem with confidence knowing they’ll have a safe and enjoyable shopping experience because we are following all CDC recommendations for public safety,” Truax added.
The 20th Annual Tree Lighting event is planned for Saturday, Nov. 20. Details on the event are pending as they are determined by the precautions and safety measures dictated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.