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By Michael Miller | November 17, 2007
NEWPORT BEACH — Claire Guetig may not have comprehended much about the festivity at Fashion Island Friday, but she appeared to enjoy it. The 10-month-old Long Beach resident attended the annual lighting of Fashion Island’s holiday tree on the arm of her father, Kevin Guetig, who brought his family to the ceremony for the first time Friday. Shortly after 6 p.m., the towering white fir glowed with lights — a few thousand, at least — and bathed the dark courtyard by Bloomingdale’s in a multitude of colors.
NEWS
November 3, 2008
The giant Christmas tree at Fashion Island arrived early Monday morning in the courtyard outside of Bloomingdale’s. The 115-foot-tall white fir tree, carted down from Mount Shasta in Northern California, is virtually a taller twin of the 96-foot-tall white fir, also from Mount Shasta, that was lifted into place in Costa Mesa late last month. South Coast Plaza may have been first this year, but Fashion Island can boast that its tree is 20 feet taller. The two trees’ lighting ceremonies are attended by thousands.
NEWS
November 18, 2006
As Thanksgiving draws near, NewportMesa's major shopping centers were ready for Christmas on Friday as Santa made his grand entrance at South Coast Plaza, and a 115-foot white fir was lighted at Fashion Island. For anyone who couldn't make it to the tree-lighting ceremony at Fashion Island on Friday night, the shopping center is hosting an encore presentation tonight beginning at 6 p.m. Friday night was historic for Fashion Island, marking the 40th time a tree has been decked out at the mall.
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November 1, 1999
Susan McCormack Move over Rockefeller Center. Fashion Island is gearing up for the nation's tallest Christmas tree to arrive in Newport Beach Tuesday morning. A 110-foot white fir will make its entrance at the shopping center's Bloomingdale's courtyard at about 6 a.m., when a 140-foot flatbed truck arrives from a trip originating at Mt. Shasta, said Fashion Island spokeswoman Nina Robinson, who added that the famous tree in Rockefeller Center is expected to be only 90 feet tall and the National Tree in Washington, D.C., a mere 78. The Christmas tree hoisting and decorating are an annual event at Fashion Island, said Robinson.
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By Sue Thoensen | October 25, 2007
Fire is one thing, but at least the South Coast Plaza Christmas tree will be strong enough to withstand any Santa Ana winds. The tree, delivered Thursday, is the 96-foot incarnation of a 26-year tradition initiated by the Segerstrom family. The 60-year-old white fir endured a two-day road trip from Mt. Shasta before being erected at Town Center Park. The Segerstroms wanted the annual holiday tree to represent more than a beacon to shoppers; they wanted it to become a place for families, friends and the community to celebrate “a more tolerant, nice, neat time of year,” said Stan Taeger, director of office property management for South Coast Plaza, who has been part of the tradition from the beginning.
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By Candice Baker | November 5, 2009
The Fashion Island Christmas tree has a new home this year — and new dimensions. It’s about three times smaller than last year’s yuletide tree that went up at the outdoor shopping center in Newport Beach. Fashion Island customarily lays claim to one of the largest Christmas trees in the nation, but construction at its usual home has caused downsizing, shopping center representatives said. This year’s white fir is about 40 feet tall, Fashion Island spokeswoman Laura Davis said, compared to last year’s 115-foot tower of foliage.
NEWS
October 28, 2007
In the midst of devastating wildfires still raging around us during the worst fire season in California history, South Coast Plaza has hoisted a 96-foot-tall white fir in Town Center Park to signal the holidays are here. It’s no surprise; the Christmas tree erection is an annual disturbance to our daily routines — the first big local event early in the season that makes us stop and think about pending happy times when (those who are lucky) will be gathered with family and friends.
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By Britney Barnes | November 15, 2012
The rest of the country might be gearing up for Thanksgiving, but at South Coast Plaza, Christmas officially began Thursday evening. The shopping destination hosted its 31st annual tree lighting ceremony at Town Plaza Center with traditional carolers, tap-dancing reindeer, and Santa and Mrs. Claus' arrival from the North Pole leading up the main event - lighting up a 96-foot tall tree. "From our family to yours, we wish you the very best the holidays have to offer, and we thank you for coming to celebrate with us today," said Stan Taeger, speaking on behalf of the Segerstrom family and South Coast Plaza.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 21, 2013
Rain turned to snow as Santa arrived at South Coast Plaza's 32nd annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony Thursday night. Families in the crowd pulled their fuzzy Santa hats down tight, and a few popped up umbrellas as the first musical number began during the celebration that kicks off the Costa Mesa shopping destination's holiday season. But by the time "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" was piped through the loudspeakers at Town Center Park in front of the Westin South Coast Plaza hotel, the weather had broken.
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By Britney Barnes | November 15, 2012
The rest of the country might be gearing up for Thanksgiving, but at South Coast Plaza, Christmas officially began Thursday evening. The shopping destination hosted its 31st annual tree lighting ceremony at Town Plaza Center with traditional carolers, tap-dancing reindeer, and Santa and Mrs. Claus' arrival from the North Pole leading up the main event - lighting up a 96-foot tall tree. "From our family to yours, we wish you the very best the holidays have to offer, and we thank you for coming to celebrate with us today," said Stan Taeger, speaking on behalf of the Segerstrom family and South Coast Plaza.
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By Lauren Williams | November 1, 2012
The air at Fashion Island was scented Thursday morning with the smells of the holiday season. A 90-foot white fir was moved to its holiday home near the south end of the coastal shopping center. The Christmas tree traveled about 30 hours, departing Tuesday from Mt. Shasta in Northern California and arriving at the luxury shopping center, where a crane hoisted the fir into an 8.5-foot hole. Between 6:30 and 7 every morning, Sharon Fagundes and her shih tzu Sophie walk Fashion Island.
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By Sarah Peters | October 21, 2011
COSTA MESA - Even for the most seasoned trucker, hauling a 14,000-pound Christmas tree down the 5 Freeway is a pretty unusual experience. South Coast Plaza's 96-foot white fir - the same size and species as the one used last year - arrived at 7 a.m. in Town Center Park on Friday after an 11-hour drive down one of the state's busiest freeways. "It's the start of Christmas," said Richard Coffey, the truck driver who's been responsible for transporting the holiday cargo 650 miles from Mt. Shasta for the last three years.
NEWS
November 3, 2008
The giant Christmas tree at Fashion Island arrived early Monday morning in the courtyard outside of Bloomingdale’s. The 115-foot-tall white fir tree, carted down from Mount Shasta in Northern California, is virtually a taller twin of the 96-foot-tall white fir, also from Mount Shasta, that was lifted into place in Costa Mesa late last month. South Coast Plaza may have been first this year, but Fashion Island can boast that its tree is 20 feet taller. The two trees’ lighting ceremonies are attended by thousands.
BUSINESS
By Michael Miller | November 17, 2007
NEWPORT BEACH — Claire Guetig may not have comprehended much about the festivity at Fashion Island Friday, but she appeared to enjoy it. The 10-month-old Long Beach resident attended the annual lighting of Fashion Island’s holiday tree on the arm of her father, Kevin Guetig, who brought his family to the ceremony for the first time Friday. Shortly after 6 p.m., the towering white fir glowed with lights — a few thousand, at least — and bathed the dark courtyard by Bloomingdale’s in a multitude of colors.
BUSINESS
By Michael Miller | November 1, 2007
NEWPORT BEACH — The holiday season arrived at Fashion Island Thursday at dawn, stretched out across a flatbed truck with an “Oversize Load” sign draped across the back. With a few employees in attendance and most of the walkways deserted, a crew delivered the mall’s annual holiday tree to the courtyard outside Bloomingdale’s. Fashion Island has billed its tree throughout the years as the tallest in the nation, and Vito Serrao, the owner of Victor’s Custom Christmas Trees, said the 115-foot white fir tree was the largest he had delivered this year.
NEWS
October 28, 2007
In the midst of devastating wildfires still raging around us during the worst fire season in California history, South Coast Plaza has hoisted a 96-foot-tall white fir in Town Center Park to signal the holidays are here. It’s no surprise; the Christmas tree erection is an annual disturbance to our daily routines — the first big local event early in the season that makes us stop and think about pending happy times when (those who are lucky) will be gathered with family and friends.
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