Tree lighting for the state’s tallest Christmas tree on Nov. 18Nov 07, 2023 11:08AM ● By Peri Kinder
The annual Christmas tree lighting at the Outlets at Traverse Mountain on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. features a 70-foot-tall, fresh-cut tree and a gingerbread-inspired village. (Photo courtesy of Outlets at Traverse Mountain)
For the 12th consecutive year, the Outlets at Traverse Mountain will celebrate the holidays with the lighting of Utah’s tallest fresh-cut Christmas tree. The public is invited to attend the illumination of the 70-foot-tall Christmas tree on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. at the Outlets at Traverse Mountain (3700 N. Cabelas Blvd.) in Lehi.
With more than 5,000 ornaments and 1.5 miles of LED lights with approximately 10,000 bulbs, the 20-foot-wide tree will be on display through the holiday season.
“It’s been important to our company and a long-standing tradition,” Teri Sunderland said, general manager at the Outlets at Traverse Mountain. “We’ve always enjoyed being a shopping center developer that presents tradition and nostalgia along with all of the great holiday festivities, and for us, that means presenting a beautiful, exceptional fresh cut, white fir tree and going to town with all the decorations.”
Although the tree lighting starts at 5 p.m., there are other family activities that start at 2 p.m. including the opening of the life-sized gingerbread-inspired village, featuring a 30-foot-tall gingerbread tower. The event culminates with Santa Claus using his magic to light the Christmas tree, followed by family entertainment.
Visitors can see the tree and gingerbread village through Dec. 31. For additional information about all the holiday events, visit OutletsAtTraverseMountain.com.
“It is really exciting,” Sunderland said. “It’s the week preceding Thanksgiving and that’s when we deck the halls and everything lights up and it’s beautiful. It’s really fun to walk through the center and see the tree in center court. It is just exceptional. If you haven’t been I would highly encourage you to come and check it all out for the holidays.” λ