With Christmas just six weeks away, the Outlets at Anthem shopping center is getting into the holiday spirit. The outdoor shopping mall boasts that it has the largest Christmas tree in the state of Arizona on display!
This year's tree is a white fir that stands 114 feet tall, according to the Arizona Republic. In comparison, the Norway Spruce tree on display in New York City's Rockefeller Center measures just 74 feet tall. That makes the Anthem tree the tallest fresh-cut Christmas tree in the country, according to officials.
To celebrate, the Outlets at Anthem will be hosting three days of family-friendly activities during the weekend of November 18th-20th, 2011. Here is the calendar of events:
Friday, November 18, 2011: 5pm to 8pm
Radio Disney Rockin' Road Show
Movie Classic: Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 6pm to 8pm
Grand Prize Giveaways 7pm to 8pm
FREE Michelle Branch and Shane Harper Concert!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Three live concerts presented by 95.1FM: 12pm to 4pm
This is the 10th year in a row that the Outlets at Anthem has brought in a gigantic Christmas tree. This year's tree came in by flatbed truck from Northern California. It had to be hoisted into place with a large crane and is secured by guy wires for stability.
If you are one of the many shoppers who make visiting the tree in Anthem part of your regular Christmas activities, you may remember when the tree was damaged in 2009. That year, high winds brought on by a winter storm broke the top off the tree before Christmas. Fortunately, it was able to be repaired for the remainder of the holiday season. We are hopeful that such events will not happen again!
If you have time, I strongly recommend making the drive up to Anthem to see the tree in person!
Take Interstate 17 north to Exit 229 Anthem Way
The shopping center is just West of the freeway
4250 W Anthem Way
Phoenix, AZ 85086