Still recovering from the long Thanksgiving weekend? Looking to brighten up your “back-to-work-Monday?” We’ve got just the thing!
Tonight is the annual LA County Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, which takes place every year right on our plaza. If you’re in the DTLA hood this evening, be sure to swing by – we’ll have performances of holiday favorites from chamber music ensemble Brass Pacifica and the Valencia High School Chamber Choir. Plus, free hot chocolate for everyone!
The festivities get going at 5pm, but in the meantime, here’s a few fun facts about our fabulous tree…
Our beautiful 55 foot Christmas Tree is a White Fir. It grows native to the high mountains of northern California and southern Oregon, and is a staple of the northern California logging industry. This particular tree came from an area by Lake Almanor, approximately 50 miles east of Mount Lassen and 40 miles west of Susanville, CA. It was growing at an altitude of about 5,500 feet, weighing 5,000 lbs. and is approximately 25 years old.
The tree is a fast growing tree in comparison to a Noble Fir that would be approximately 20 feet in height at the same age. This tree had become expendable, due to a development project and was secured by our Vendor, Ambius, through a partnership with Oliver Holt Sons and Daughters Christmas Trees. The tree is adorned with approximately 40, 000 LED , multi colored lights with a bright star atop, and its silver ornaments sparkle in the daylight as well as when lit. After its removal, the grand tree will recycled as garden mulch.