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Nation’s tallest Christmas tree to light up Arizona

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Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 3:45 pm

For a state known more for deserts than evergreens, we can’t believe Arizona’s luck at getting America’s tallest fresh-cut Christmas tree — at least, according to the organizers of holiday festivities at the Outlets at Anthem.

The mall is putting up a 110-foot-tall white fir that might just be worth driving across the Valley to see.

Trucked nearly 750 miles from northern California, the conifer is 15 feet longer than an NBA basketball court and stretches 2 feet beyond the wingspan of a Boeing 727 airplane. They say it’s 20 feet taller than the tallest tree ever showcased at New York City’s famous Rockefeller Center.

At 27 feet in diameter, the fir is expected to hold more than 6,000 ornaments and 3 miles of lights — and weigh about 16 tons when fully festooned.

The tree will be lit Saturday, Nov. 17. The latest American Idol winner, Phillip Phillips, will perform live at the free event.

A release from the mall says at least a dozen saplings will be planted near where the tree grew.

The Outlets at Anthem are at 4250 W. Anthem Way, Phoenix. For information and hours, call (623) 465-9500 or visit

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