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Long on beauty: Nation’s tallest Christmas tree arrives in Phoenix area

(KTAR Photo/Jim Cross)

PHOENIX — The nation’s tallest fresh-cut Christmas tree arrived at a shopping mall outside of Phoenix on Tuesday morning, and now awaits getting dressed up for the holidays.

The 113-foot-high white fir was hauled into the Outlets at Anthem lot at 6:30 a.m. on a flatbed trailer after a 750-mile, five-day trip from northern California.

Santa Claus gave it a thumbs-up and crews will spend the next weeks decorating the tree with 3 miles of lights, 18,000 bulbs and 25,000 bows and ornaments.

Sallyann Martinez with Outlets at Anthem said this may be the best tree they’ve put on display in the six years of the

“My tree man says it’s the most beautiful tree that he’s seen in a long time. So when he says that, I get all excited,” Martinez said.

The tree is taller than the Arizona State Capital building.

The official lighting ceremony is Nov. 14.

The mall is off Interstate 17 at Anthem Way.

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