The arrival of The Grove’s 100-foot white fir Christmas tree on a flatbed truck is the start of the mall’s official holiday shopping season festivities. The majestic tree, hand-picked from Northern California’s Mt. Shasta region, arrived at The Grove before dawn. You may have heard KTLA Sky5’s helicopter circling to film the arrival.
The process of installing the tree took quite some time this morning. We arrived as workers were getting ready to hoist the tree with a giant crane into the hole filled with a long spike for stabilizing and centering the tree. When we left an hour later, workers were still fine-tuning the installation.
According to officials at The Grove, the tree is chosen once it’s “nearing 80 years or older, marking the end of its woodland life cycle.” Soon the tree will be decorated with 15,000 sparkling lights and 10,000 decorative ornaments. The official tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for November 13. Festivities will include special performances by David Foster, Katharine McPhee, and other special guests. The event is free and open to the public, though space is limited and parking rates are subject to change. If you prefer, the show will also be available through the streaming service VEEPS.
The iconic tree’s arrival kicks off The Grove’s festive holiday programming, including photo moments with Santa at his workshop starting November 20, nightly snowfalls beginning November 25, and more. The Americana at Brand’s Christmas tree will arrive on November 7 and The Promenade at Westlake will light up the sky with its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 17.
After the holidays, the tree will converted to mulch and compost.