Team decorates 112-foot Christmas tree at Outlets at Anthem

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PHOENIX -- What's 112 feet tall and takes a 14-person team a full two weeks to decorate? The Christmas tree at the Outlets at Anthem.

The decorating team is sending us daily photos so you can see the progress, and exactly what it takes to decorate such a big tree.

Check out the pictures!

The giant white fir arrived on Oct. 25 and was hoisted into place in the center court, ready for trimming.

When all is said and done, massive tree will be decked out with about three miles of LED lights, about 6,000 ornaments and bows, and a three-foot copper star for the top. Dressed in its holiday finery, the tree will weigh a whopping 16 tons.

"We love to be able to offer something fabulous to our guests in the Phoenix area and around the world," said Outlets at Anthem spokeswoman Sallyann Martinez the day the tree arrived.

The Outlets at Anthem will officially kick off the holiday season with a tree-lighting extravaganza on Nov. 17. The event starts at 6 p.m. and features a live performance by 2012 "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips.

"Our holiday festivities have long-been a favorite throughout Arizona, drawing visitors from around the state and attention from across the nation," Martinez said in a news release. "We are proud to grow this to the next level and bring visitors additional elements, along with a few surprises still to be announced, this year."

This will be the third consecutive year that Anthem has been home to the tallest fresh-cut Christmas tree in the country.

Outlets at Anthem is located off Interstate17, 15 minutes north of Loop 101, at the Anthem Way off ramp, exit 229.

Nation's tallest fresh-cut Christmas tree arrives at Outlets at Anthem (Oct. 25)