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Christmas (tree) comes early to Fort Worth’s Sundance Square

Fort Worth Christmas Tree goes up in Sundance Square

A 59-foot tall Blue Spruce is set up in Sundance Square so it can be decorated in time for the Parade of Lights Sunday evening.
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A 59-foot tall Blue Spruce is set up in Sundance Square so it can be decorated in time for the Parade of Lights Sunday evening.

The planning for tracking down Sundance Square Plaza’s Christmas tree starts early.

Johnny Campbell, president and chief executive officer of Sundance Square, said the tree that was lifted into place Monday morning was identified as far back as May.

It was chopped down last week in Michigan and arrived in Fort Worth on Sunday. Typically, the trees are cut down to comply with homeowner’s insurance policies. The broker makes a deal with the homeowner, and then Sundance Square buys the tree from the broker.

“There seems to be a cottage industry for everything,” Campbell said. “There’s actually a cottage industry of tree brokers.”

While decorating will take place for the rest of the week, Campbell said the first priority Monday was securing the tree with guy wires in anticipation of overnight storms.

“You see the four candy canes,” Campbell said. “These are specifically engineered columns for the guy wires for the tree because there’s wind-load engineering that goes into all of this.”

The tree will light up Sundance Square following Sunday’s XTO Parade of Lights in downtown Fort Worth. Festivities will be held throughout the day, and the parade starts at 6 p.m.

Here’s a look at the tree:

59 feet, height of blue spruce tree

8,000 pounds, approximate weight of tree

6,000 LED lights to be used to decorate Sundance Square

Bill Hanna: 817-390-7698, @fwhanna

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