Tallest Christmas Tree
Northgate Shopping Center 1950 Christmas tree
64.6 metre(s)
Vereinigte Staaten (Seattle)

The world's tallest cut Christmas tree was a 64.6 m (212 ft) Douglas fir (Pseudotsga menziesii) erected and decorated at Northgate Shopping Center, Seattle, Washington, USA, in December 1950. The mall had only opened in April 1950 so this was seen as a way to draw media attention and shoppers.

During transport, the branches were removed and later re-attached by high riggers once the tree was installed. In addition, since tall forest trees have a clean trunk for 20 m (65 ft) or so, branches were collected from several other trees and attached to the lower stem to fill out the crown.

Once completed, 3,600 lights were attached, which had to be powered by a dedicated electrical generator installed next to the tree.

The tree was cut on Mount Rainier, about 20 mi (32 km) outside of Seattle. It required a special escort on the highway during transportation to the shopping mall.