Huge Christmas tree will debut downtown this year

Giant Christmas tree coming to downtown Little Rock

Is it too early to start talking about Christmas? Probably.

But for many planning big surprises or extravagant displays for the holiday season, that planning began months ago. Those who enjoy rockin' around the Christmas tree should their dancing shoes ready, because one of those displays will soon take root in downtown Little Rock.

Main Street is going green. The corner of Capitol and Main will soon be home to one of the biggest Christmas trees the state of Arkansas has ever seen.

"Once we get it decorated, I think it is going to be really, really cool,” said Downtown Little Rock business owner, Chris Tanner.

The tree will be 65 feet tall and 25 feet wide. More than double the size of the tree inside the State Capitol, and one of the biggest in the country.

"We are in the top 10, 12 in the country, as far as tallest Christmas trees. We are in the top 10! How about that? For something good,” Tanner exclaimed. He said he was inspired to bring the tree to Arkansas after traveling to other cities. "New York, Chicago, Scottsdale. I just think the capital city of Arkansas should have their own big tree. I think it will bring a lot of people together."

"We are trying to show that downtown is vibrant and alive,” local artist known around the world, James Hayes, is creating a one-of-a-kind topper for the tree.

He gave us an inside look as he worked on the five-foot-wide blown-glass topper. "The tree-topper will show movement, it won't be just kind of static.

Together, Hayes and tanner decided to give the tree some color, with both the topper, and multicolor lights.

"This is going to be temporary, but I hope I hope a step into more colorful things. It's interesting to see more art coming to the downtown,” Hayes said of what the tree will bring to the area.

The tree is also a first-of-its-kind in the sense that it was planned and paid for by local businesses.

"Everybody that I've solicited down here has been excited. They've had no problem handing over money and services, things like that. So, it's been a real easy fundraiser I should say,” said Tanner finally.

While the planning is well under way, don't saddle up your sleigh just yet. The tree won't be in place until around Thanksgiving. 

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