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Bayshore Town Center welcomes Christmas Tree

Posted at 5:25 PM, Nov 16, 2016
GLENDALE -- It's beginning to look at lot like Christmas at the Bayshore Town Center.
 
A nearly 40-foot Balsam Fir made the trip from Medford, Wisconsin. Now the race is on to get it decorated by this weekend.
 
The semi carrying this years' Holidazzle tree pulled up at the crack of dawn. As the sun started to rise, so did the tree.
 
"The tree weighs approximately 2,500 to 3,000 pounds, but to get it up and vertical in a courtyard like this would be very difficult without the crane," said Kurt Bartel with David Frank Landscaping.
 
"It's a little more intricate than putting up your tree at home, to make sure it stays standing throughout the season," said Angie Emrey with the Bayshore Town Center.
 
The large but delicate tree has to be handled with care
 
"It was freshly cut and that's a chore too, to cut the tree then gently lay it down because you can't break any of the branches, and to wrap it all up like you see it here and then to let the branches back down," Bartel said.
 
The tree will be decorated with 65,000 lights and 88 snowflakes, and the city of Glendale and Bayshore Town Center hope this tree provides a gathering place for the neighborhood.
 
"We really do view ourselves as a city center for the surrounding neighborhoods, so it's important for us to provide not just a holiday decoration but a place for families to celebrate," Emery said.
 
For those planning on coming to the Bayshore Town Center this weekend, the Holidazzle Tree Lighting Ceremony kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday.