As the holiday season approaches, families across the Valley are starting to wonder which traditions will be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Thankfully, Outlets at Anthem will still be home to the state’s tallest fresh-cut Christmas tree, a 19-year tradition.
“2020 has been a tough year, but maintaining some semblance of tradition is very important to our patrons and the community – especially during the holiday season,” said JoAnn Truax, Regional Asset Manager, Outlets at Anthem. “Presenting the tallest Christmas tree in Arizona, even during a pandemic, shows we’re not giving up or giving in. Celebrations may look a little different this year as we define our ‘new normal,’ but we didn’t want to disappoint the thousands of people who make visiting the Outlets at Anthem Christmas tree part of their family’s traditions each year.”
Arriving Thurs., Nov. 5, at 6:30 a.m., this year’s white fir measures 70-feet tall, 20-feet wide and will weigh close to four tons when completely decorated.
Outlets at Anthem’s magnificent tree will be transported from the California/Oregon border on a 40-foot flatbed truck. It will then be hoisted into place with an industrial crane. A 10-person team will spend two weeks – and more than 120 hours – using mobile cranes to shape and decorate the tree.
The tree will be topped with a three-foot tall copper star, a nod to the state’s official metal. More than 1.5 miles of LED lights, approximately 10,000 bulbs, will illuminate the tree and roughly 5,000 ornaments and bows will finish off the breathtaking spectacle.
“We are fortunate to have an open-air shopping experience at the Outlets at Anthem that lends itself to easier social distancing,” Truax added. “We’ve added hand-sanitizing stations throughout the center food court. We are following all CDC recommendations for public safety and frequent cleaning of high-touch areas to ensure our patrons can have a safe and enjoyable shopping experience.”
The Christmas tree will be officially lit on Nov. 21 to kick off the holiday season. Shoppers can enjoy a nightly magical, interactive holiday music and light display on the tree every 30 minutes between 5–8 p.m.
“Although the traditional tree lighting ceremony can’t happen this year due to CDC guidelines around COVID-19, the nightly festivities are sure to boost the spirits of everyone shopping at the Outlets at Anthem,” said Truax.
Additional holiday events at the Outlets at Anthem include:
- Moonlight Madness Shopping Event – Starting at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening and running 24 consecutive hours. Shoppers will have access to the deepest discounts of the year.
- Salvation Army Angel Tree – Nov. 19–Dec. 23
- Santa’s Cottage – Open Nov. 20 through Dec. 24
- Santa Paws – photos of your beloved pet with Santa Dec. 7 and 8, from 5–7 p.m.
- Breakfast with Santa – Dec. 5, from 8:30–10 a.m. Tickets are $5 and include a delicious breakfast and fun with the jolly man himself.
*All events and experiences may be adjusted for customer safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information, visit www.outletsanthem.com.