Outlets at Anthem in Phoenix is inviting choirs and musical groups in Arizona to perform in front of the nation’s tallest fresh-cut Christmas tree throughout the holiday season.
The white fir, which will stand at 110 feet (15 feet longer than an NBA basketball court and twice the size of the iconic Jolly Green Giant in Minnesota) was scheduled to arrive at the center this morning.
A team of 14 will spend more than eight hours a day for two weeks on mobile cranes to shape and decorate the 27-foot-wide tree, which will weigh 16 tons when fully adorned with lights and ornaments. A total of 180 strands of LED lights, stretching three miles, and more than 6,000 ornaments will decorate the tree, along with bows and a three-foot-tall copper star at the top.
A formal lighting ceremony, featuring family-friendly entertainment including American Idol Winner Phillip Phillips, is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17.
Groups can perform during mall hours starting Monday, Nov. 19 through Monday, Dec. 24 and must provide their own equipment. Electricity will be provided.
Last year’s highlights included selections from the Musical Theater of Anthem’s touring choir and the national award-winning show choir from Notre Dame Preparatory “Saints Alive,” both of which will be returning this year.
“We enjoy having our local community involved in our holiday celebrations,” said Outlets at Anthem Marketing Director Sallyann Martinez. “For the third consecutive year, Outlets at Anthem has the tallest Christmas tree in the nation, creating a unique opportunity for musicians across the state to perform at such a large-scale event.”
To reserve a spot, contact customer service at 623-465-9500.