Outlets at Anthem to reveal tallest fresh-cut tree in America

Outlets at Anthem features the tallest fresh-cut tree in America. (submitted photo)

Outlets at Anthem features the tallest fresh-cut tree in America. (submitted photo)

The Outlets at Anthem, known for making the holidays grand by showcasing the nation’s tallest fresh-cut decorated Christmas tree, has done it again, for the sixth consecutive year, with a 115-foot tall white fir.

The tree is the center of the Outlets at Anthem’s well-known holiday experiences and attracts visitors from across the nation.

“We look forward to the tree’s arrival which kicks-off our fabulous holiday festivities,” stated Outlets at Anthem Marketing Director, Sallyann Martinez, in a press release. “Our holiday events have long-been a favorite throughout Arizona, drawing visitors from around the state and attention from across the nation. This year’s events are even bigger and better than before with surprise elements to be announced as the holiday season approaches.”

Always looking to add new elements of excitement, Outlets at Anthem have partnered with the You CAN Do The Rubik’s Cube program, an educational, community outreach program to create a 1,000-piece Rubik’s Cube mosaic, the largest mosaic in the state, to be unveiled during the arrival of the nation’s tallest Christmas tree.

The mosaic is to create a picture of the 2014 Outlets at Anthem Christmas tree and will weigh over 237 pounds and stand 5 feet wide and 8 feet tall – the 1,000 Rubik’s Cubes will be arranged in rows of 25 cubes across and 40 Rubik’s cubes down – to be solved by children from around the Phoenix area, the release stated.

When the tree arrives at Outlets at Anthem at 6:30 a.m. on Oct. 20, it will take a 14 person team more than 120 hours over two weeks using mobile cranes to shape and decorate the 27-foot-wide tree.

A total of 180 strands of LED lights stretching three miles and more than 25,000 ornaments and bows will decorate the tree, along with a three-foot-tall copper star at the top.

Once fully adorned with lights and ornaments, the tree will weigh 16 tons and be ready to welcome guests and shoppers to the 14th annual Christmas tree lighting spectacular featuring national artists and fun for the entire family on Saturday, Nov. 14.

Starting Oct. 20, follow the tree’s journey to Phoenix on the Outlets at Anthem’s website at outletsanthem.com, or on Facebook at facebook.com/outletsatanthem.

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