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It’s back! Mystery holiday tree pops up along Arizona’s Interstate 17

The Mystery Christmas Tree along Arizona's Interstate 17 is shown. (Arizona Department of Transportation Photo)

PHOENIX — An annual Arizona holiday tradition has returned: A tree along Interstate 17 has been decorated for the holidays by mystery do-gooders.

The fully-decorated Mystery Christmas Tree, in the grassy median of I-17 north of Sunset Point, has been a sign that the holiday season is coming for more than 30 years.

In that time, no one has figured out who decorates it.

“It’s one of the great mysteries of every winter,” Tom Hermann with the Arizona Department of Transportation said. “It puts smiles on a lot of faces but it’s a mystery who does it.”

The tree is decked out with glass ornaments, stuffed candy canes, bows, stockings and tinsel. There’s even a star on top.

But Hermann said drivers will have to settle for a glimpse of it as they pass by because there’s no safe place to pull over on the shoulder because traffic is passing by at freeway speed.

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