Special Report

The Tallest Christmas Tree in Every State

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The lighting of the Christmas tree is one of the most festive events on the yearly calendar of American communities. It is one of the few occasions that brings communities together and is a source of civic pride as well competition as to what town has the tallest or most dazzling tree.

Many of the tallest Christmas trees in each state are in the state’s capitol building. Other trees are routinely displayed in venues well-known to the public, such as Rockefeller Center in New York and atop the Macy’s building in Atlanta. Malls, such as the Outlets of Anthem in Phoenix, Arizona, and the Citadel Outlets in Los Angeles, boast that the trees they display there are the tallest in those states.

Not all Christmas trees fit the Currier & Ives image of the season: In Hawaii, the biggest Christmas tree is a banyan tree displayed in Courthouse Square in Lahaina. Maine’s largest tree is made of lobster traps.

24/7 Wall St. has compiled a list of the tallest Christmas tree on public display in every state. We contacted state chambers of commerce, tourism bureaus, forestry organizations, and Christmas tree associations. We also reviewed media reports on Christmas tree lightings in various states. Since many of the tallest trees have yet to be raised this holiday season, we used the best available information from last year for the list. Many of the tree-lighting traditions use natural trees such as Scotch pine, Douglas fir, Fraser fir, Balsam fir, and white pine. Other localities have opted for artificial trees, and 24/7 Wall St. has included those as well. Heights for trees in some states are estimates.

Read on to find where the biggest tree in each state is on display this year.

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Source: Courtesy of Alabama Tourism Department

1. Alabama
> Location: Capitol Building, Montgomery
> Height: 35 feet
> Type of tree: Eastern Red Cedar

Source: homespetersburg.com

2. Alaska
> Location: Petersburg
> Height: 70 feet
> Type of tree: Sitka spruce

Source: Kevin Schraer / Flickr

3. Arizona
> Location: Outlets at Anthem, Phoenix
> Height: 80 feet
> Type of tree: White fir

Source: Downtown Little Rock Partnership / Facebook

4. Arkansas
> Location: Downtown Little Rock
> Height: 65 feet
> Type of tree: White fir

Source: Justin Higuchi / Flickr

5. California
> Location: Citadel Outlets, Los Angeles
> Height: 110 feet
> Type of tree: White fir

Source: Matt Renoux / KUSA

6. Colorado
> Location: Kremmling
> Height: 85 feet
> Type of tree: Blue spruce

Source: Courtesy of Lake Compounce

7. Connecticut
> Location: Lake Compounce
> Height: 100 feet
> Type of tree: Assembled

Source: visitdelaware.com

8. Delaware
> Location: Rehoboth Beach
> Height: 35 feet
> Type of tree: Leyland Cypress Evergreen

Source: Larry Richardson / YouTube

9. Florida
> Location: Old School Square, Delray Beach
> Height: 100 feet
> Type of tree: Aluminum frame

Source: rjcox / Flickr

10. Georgia
> Location: Lenox Square Mall, Atlanta
> Height: 56 feet
> Type of tree: Artificial

Source: mattspinner / Flickr

11. Hawaii
> Location: Courthouse Square, Lahaina
> Height: 60 feet
> Type of tree: Banyan

Source: David Taylor / Flickr

12. Idaho
> Location: The Coeur d’Alene Resort, Coeur d’Alene
> Height: 162 feet
> Type of tree: Grand fir

Source: Chris Krzentz / YouTube

13. Illinois
> Location: Millenium Park, Chicago
> Height: 60 feet
> Type of tree: Norwegian spruce

Source: Serge Melki / Wikimedia Commons

14. Indiana
> Location: Monument Circle, Indianapolis
> Height: 242 feet
> Type of tree: Artificial

Source: Courtesy of Iowa Economic Development Authority

15. Iowa
> Location: State Capitol, Des Moines
> Height: 35 feet
> Type of tree: Spruce

Source: Courtesy of WaKeeney Travel & Tourism & Smoky Valley Scenic Byway

16. Kansas
> Location: WaKeeney
> Height: 35 feet
> Type of tree: Handmade from fresh greenery

Source: Courtesy of Downtown Lexington

17. Kentucky
> Location: Lexington Convention Center, Lexington
> Height: 30 feet (approx.)
> Type of tree: N/A

Source: Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau / Flickr

18. Louisiana
> Location: Shreveport
> Height: 40 feet
> Type of tree: Artificial

Source: Susan Bell / Flickr

19. Maine
> Location: Rockland
> Height: 50 feet
> Type of tree: Made of lobster traps

Source: dpbirds / Flickr

20. Maryland
> Location: National Harbor, Oxon Hill
> Height: 65 feet
> Type of tree: Artificial

Source: SandraKim / Getty Images

21. Massachusetts
> Location: Faneuil Hall, Boston
> Height: 46 feet
> Type of tree: White spruce

Source: Mercedes Mejia / Michigan Radio

22. Michigan
> Location: Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts, Muskegon
> Height: 67 feet
> Type of tree: Artificial

Source: Courtesy of Explore Minnesota

23. Minnesota
> Location: Duluth
> Height: 120 feet
> Type of tree: Artificial

Source: Outlets at Vicksburg / Yelp

24. Mississippi
> Location: Outlets at Vicksburg
> Height: 50 feet
> Type of tree: Artificial

Source: VisitKC.com

25. Missouri
> Location: Mayor’s Christmas Tree, Crown Center, Kansas City
> Height: 100 feet
> Type of tree: Douglas fir

Source: powerofforever / Getty Images

26. Montana
> Location: Capitol Building, Helena
> Height: 30 feet
> Type of tree: Douglas fir

Source: Shelby L. Bell / Flickr

27. Nebraska
> Location: Durham Museum, Omaha
> Height: 50 feet
> Type of tree: Blue spruce

Source: Courtesy of City of Sparks

28. Nevada
> Location: Nugget Casino Resort, Sparks
> Height: 70 feet
> Type of tree: Artificial

Source: Selbe Lynn / Flickr

29. New Hampshire
> Location: Portsmouth
> Height: 30 feet
> Type of tree: Blue Spruce

Source: Courtesy of NJ Advance Media

30. New Jersey
> Location: Grand Arcade, Asbury Park
> Height: 35 feet
> Type of tree: Douglas fir

Source: MarbleStreetStudio.com

31. New Mexico
> Location: Old Town, Albuquerque
> Height: 55 feet
> Type of tree: Combination of trees

Source: a_Taiga / iStock

32. New York
> Location: Rockefeller Center, New York City
> Height: 72 feet
> Type of tree: Norway spruce

Source: The Biltmore Company

33. North Carolina
> Location: Biltmore House, Asheville
> Height: 35 feet
> Type of tree: Norway spruce

Source: Courtesy of North Dakota's Council on the Arts

34. North Dakota
> Location: Capitol Building, Bismarck
> Height: 40 feet
> Type of tree: Artificial

Source: Heidi Blanton / Flickr

35. Ohio
> Location: Toledo Zoo
> Height: 85 feet
> Type of tree: Norway spruce

Source: Angela Severn / Flickr

36. Oklahoma
> Location: Tulsa Winterfest
> Height: 44 feet
> Type of tree: Artificial

Source: Visitor7 / Wikimedia Commons

37. Oregon
> Location: Pioneer Square, Portland
> Height: 75 feet
> Type of tree: Douglas fir

Source: Courtesy of Kennywood

38. Pennsylvania
> Location: Kennywood Park, West Mifflin
> Height: 100 feet
> Type of tree: Artificial

Source: Courtesy of Ocean House

39. Rhode Island
> Location: Watch Hill
> Height: 34 feet
> Type of tree: Fir

Source: Jason A G / Flickr

40. South Carolina
> Location: Statehouse Grounds, Columbia
> Height: 35 feet
> Type of tree: Frasier fir

Source: Courtesy of SD.gov

41. South Dakota
> Location: State Capitol, Pierre
> Height: 27.5 feet
> Type of tree: N/A

Source: Sean Davis / Flickr

42. Tennessee
> Location: Memphis Botanical Garden, Memphis
> Height: 80 feet
> Type of tree: Contorted white pine

Source: Sarah Crabill / Getty Images

43. Texas
> Location: Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth
> Height: 74 feet
> Type of tree: Norwegian spruce

Source: Courtesy of Outlets at Traverse Mountain

44. Utah
> Location: The Outlets at Traverse Mountain, Lehi
> Height: 75 feet
> Type of tree: Douglas fir

Source: Courtesy of Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing

45. Vermont
> Location: Burlington
> Height: 40 feet
> Type of tree: Blue spruce

Source: pabradyphoto / Getty Images

 

46. Virginia
> Location: Executive Mansion, Richmond
> Height: 26 feet
> Type of tree: Norway spruce

Source: Gerardo Martinez Cons / Getty Images

47. Washington
> Location: Puyallup
> Height: 185 feet
> Type of tree: Artificial

Source: EntropyWorkshop / Getty Images

48. West Virginia
> Location: State Capitol, Charleston
> Height: 35 feet
> Type of tree: Spruce

Source: altonwoods / Flickr

49. Wisconsin
> Location: Lambeau Field, Green Bay
> Height: 50 feet
> Type of tree: Balsam fir tree

Source: Courtesy of Wyoming Office of Tourism

50. Wyoming
> Location: Depot Plaza, Cheyenne
> Height: 25-30 feet
> Type of tree: N/A

 

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