Fir Real, The Grove's Christmas Tree Is Coming

Jingle bells aren't yet ringing, but one of the early signs of the season is on its fa, la, way.

What to Know

  • Arriving Monday, Oct. 21
  • Nov. 17, 2019 lighting
  • The white fir is described as standing taller than the Rockefeller Center tree

No carols will be sung, nor gifts exchanged, nor candy canes wielded, on Monday, Oct. 21.

But one of the most major signs of the holiday season will arrive in Los Angeles on that day, pulling into a place that is famously home to one of the largest trees in the country, each and every year.

It's The Grove we're talking about here, as you surely guessed, and the shopping center's famous fir is showing up to get the (jingle) ball rolling a full week, and another half week on top of that, ahead of Halloween.

You don't need to don your elf hat just yet, for the sizable specimen, which stands "(t)aller than the tree at Rockefeller Center," will take a few weeks to prep, ahead of the Nov. 17 lighting.

The white fir hails from the Mt. Shasta area. When decorating is completed, its branches will hold 15,000 lights and over 10,000 ornaments.

But that's not the only tree that people will see before the spookiest day of the year haunts Southern California. The Americana at Brand, another Caruso property, will welcome its epic arboreal addition on Oct. 30.

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The Glendale tree lighting, by the by, happens a few days ahead of The Grove's splashy, celebrity-filled party. Look for The Americana's illumination on Thursday, Nov. 14. As is tradition, entertainment, costumes, and general razzmatazz will accompany the switch-flipping.

Santa's House, as well as "special holiday programming," and "holiday strolls with live music and carolers," are ahead for both properties.

Look also for trees at two other Caruso-helmed destinations around the region, The Promenade at Westlake and Palisades Village.

And speaking of large Christmas trees, if you find yourself in the Commerce area, you can feast your eyes on the "World's Tallest Live Cut Christmas Tree" at the Citadel Outlets. The tree was rolled into the outlets Oct. 23 -- way before you're set to arm the kiddos with trick-or-treat bags -- and will soon be resplendent with 18,000 twinkling LED lights and 10,000 ornaments. 

A tree lighting concert is set for Saturday, Nov.  9. 

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