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96-foot Christmas tree delivered to South Coast Plaza

The white fir traveled 650 miles for the shopping center's 31st annual lighting ceremony on Nov. 15. The tree will be decorated with 20,000 multicolored lights.

October 15, 2012|By Jill Cowan

Serrao said Victor's has done the South Coast Plaza tree for "at least 25 years." The company decorates other high-profile holiday trees around California (like the Fashion Island tree), in other states and abroad.

He said Victor's employees head up to Northern California in the summer to scope out trees that timber companies mark for chopping. They claim and tag the trees, then return to truck them wherever they need to go.

Because the trees will be out and exposed for upward of two months, Serrao said, they're sprayed with a green-tinted flame retardant, along with a glue-like substance that prevents needles from falling off, early in the decorating process.

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Monday's installation, Serrao said, went pretty smoothly, with no weather or equipment-related hitches.

A warm Indian-Summer sun began to shine as the Victor's crew finished up about 9:30 a.m.

Lou Michelson, 71, paused on his daily walk with his silky black and white Japanese chin dog, Aggie, to snap a few cell phone pictures of the proceedings. He said he looks forward to the holiday season — even if it does seem to creep earlier every year.

"Oh, I love the tree," he said. "I don't think it's ever too early anymore."

jill.cowan@latimes.com

Twitter: @jillcowan

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