For the first time, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is doing Christmas, and they plan to do it with a tree that's about 12 stories high.
The former Marine World park is bringing in what's being billed as the "biggest Christmas tree in the world," a park spokeswoman said Monday.
"The White House Christmas tree is 65 feet tall, and ours is 125 feet tall," said park spokeswoman Nancy Chan. "It's the biggest cut Christmas tree in the world this year."
The Douglas fir is expected to leave Egan Acres Tree Farm/ Willamette Evergreen Tree Farm in Salem, Ore., on Oct. 30, Chan said. It will travel by truck along Route I-5 and on Nov. 2, will be ceremoniously delivered to the park at about 11 a.m., via a BV234 Chinook helicopter.
Park employees will then go into "full decoration mode," as the tree, which will be set in the existing Dolphin Fountain location, is dressed for the holidays, Chan said. It will be ready for viewing when Holiday in the Park kicks off on Friday, Nov. 23, she added.
Discovery Kingdom is transforming the entire park for the holidays, Chan said.
"It will be the biggest holiday celebration in California," she said. "All the areas of the park will be holiday-themed, with a Candy Cane Lane, a Christmas tree
forest and a Salute our Troops area," where people will be able to write to those in the United States military. The correspondence will be sent to local service members, Chan said.
The park will also acknowledge Kwanzaa and Chanukah, though exactly how is still in discussion, Chan said.