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The Tallest Christmas Tree in Every State

24/7 Wall St. logo 24/7 Wall St. 12/4/2018 John Harrington

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 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.

a large white building © Courtesy of Alabama Tourism Department

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

fireworks in the sky © homespetersburg.com

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

© Kevin Schraer / Flickr

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

a person jumping in the air © Downtown Little Rock Partnership / Facebook

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

a man holding a guitar © Justin Higuchi / Flickr

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

a sign above a snow covered slope © Matt Renoux / KUSA

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

a person standing in front of a store © Courtesy of Lake Compounce

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

a crowd of people standing in front of a building © visitdelaware.com

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

a christmas tree lit up at night © Larry Richardson / YouTube

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

a traffic light is lit up at night © rjcox / Flickr

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

a city street at night © mattspinner / Flickr

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

a view of a snow covered slope © David Taylor / Flickr

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

a tree in a city © Chris Krzentz / YouTube

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

a clock tower lit up at night © Serge Melki / Wikimedia Commons

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

© Courtesy of Iowa Economic Development Authority

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

a traffic light on a city street at night © Courtesy of WaKeeney Travel & Tourism & Smoky Valley Scenic Byway

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

a group of people standing in front of a crowd © Courtesy of Downtown Lexington

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

a group of people performing on stage in front of a building © Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau / Flickr

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

a sunset over a city © Susan Bell / Flickr

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

fireworks in the sky © dpbirds / Flickr

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

© SandraKim / Getty Images

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

a group of people standing in front of a crowd © Mercedes Mejia / Michigan Radio

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

a lit up city at night © Courtesy of Explore Minnesota

23. Minnesota

> Location: Duluth
> Height: 120 feet
> Type of tree: Artificial

© Outlets at Vicksburg / Yelp

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

a person standing in front of a tall building © VisitKC.com

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

a large stone building © powerofforever / Getty Images

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

a group of people standing in front of a building © Shelby L. Bell / Flickr

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

© Courtesy of City of Sparks

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

a tall building lit up at night © Selbe Lynn / Flickr

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

a crowd of people in a room © Courtesy of NJ Advance Media

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

a group of people in front of a large crowd at night © MarbleStreetStudio.com

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

a statue in front of Rockefeller Center © a_Taiga / iStock

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

a castle with water in front of a building © The Biltmore Company

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

a group of people standing in front of a large crowd at night © Courtesy of North Dakota's Council on the Arts

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

fireworks in the sky © Heidi Blanton / Flickr

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

a close up of a tall building © Angela Severn / Flickr

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

a view of a city at night © Visitor7 / Wikimedia Commons

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

a lit up city at night © Courtesy of Kennywood

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

a close up of a yellow building © Courtesy of Ocean House

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

a building lit up at night © Jason A G / Flickr

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

a close up of a building © Courtesy of SD.gov

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

© Sean Davis / Flickr

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

fireworks in the sky © Sarah Crabill / Getty Images

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

a view of a tall building © Courtesy of Outlets at Traverse Mountain

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

a person standing in front of a tall building © Courtesy of Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing

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

a large white building with grass in front of a house with Governor's Mansion in the background © pabradyphoto / Getty Images

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

a plant in a garden © Gerardo Martinez Cons / Getty Images

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

a tower that has a sign on the side of a building © EntropyWorkshop / Getty Images

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

a close up of a flower © altonwoods / Flickr

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

fireworks in the sky © 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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