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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…


ANTHEM – It was a rainy beginning for the display of the Outlets at Anthem Christmas tree when it was raised up on the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 20. Thunderstorms delayed the raising of the tree by a few hours, but it was standing as of 8:30 that morning.

The 115-foot white fir will be now be getting fully installed at the outlet mall and will be getting decorated over the next few weeks in preparation for the lighting ceremony on Nov. 14.

The tree will be the tallest fresh-cut decorated Christmas tree in the nation. While it’s only October, getting the tree set up takes some time, so it’s delivered early. 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. The Outlets reports that 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.

The 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 will 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.

When all the decorating is done, the Outlets will hold a Tree Lighting ceremony, planned for Saturday, Nov. 14. The ceremony performers will be announced soon. Get updates on the ceremony plans at