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You can hang out (for free) inside this 110-foot-tall digital Christmas tree coming to Denver

Mile High Tree, coming to the Denver Performing Arts Complex, will have free nightly light and sound shows

This massive digital tree will tower over the Denver Performing Arts Complex this holiday season. (Rendering provided by Visit Denver)
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This year, Denver has a new holiday attraction, one that lets you wander around inside a giant digital Christmas tree with 139 other Yuletide enthusiasts.

Mile High Tree, which Visit Denver calls “the largest installation of its kind in North America,” will tower over the Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex from Nov. 30 to Jan. 31, according to a press release. The 110-foot-tall tree, which is 39 feet in diameter, is large enough to hold 140 guests at a time for an “immersive viewing experience within the tree itself.” Every 30 minutes throughout the evening, the tree will light up with a “dazzling lights and music show,” according to the release, and recorded performances by the Colorado Symphony will play between shows.

The tree was created by Spanish lighting production company ILMEX Illumination, with lighting design and pixel-mapping from Madrid company Brut Deluxe. It will be visible from Speer Boulevard, beckoning visitors to the free attraction.

But wandering around inside of a giant Christmas tree won’t be the only thing you can do while visiting Mile High Tree; the tree will be surrounded by “dazzling, oversized holiday ornaments – a perfect selfie spot – as well as vendors selling holiday treats and drinks,” according to the release. Should you find yourself not feeling so holly jolly, you’ll find both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for sale beneath the towering digital display.

From Nov. 30-Jan. 1, the tree will light up every night from 5-10:30 p.m. From Jan. 2-31, the lights and music show will feature “homegrown Denver and Colorado musicians as well as music inspired by the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo,” according to the release.

There will also be events and specials throughout the season, including two-for-one date night drink specials on Thursdays in December, a “meet and greet” with various storybook princesses on Sunday, Dec. 8 and a pet-friendly night on Sunday, Dec. 22, when your pup can get a photo taken with Santa. On Thursday, Dec. 26, gather at the tree for a Kwanzaa celebration.

The tree’s official lighting ceremony will be held Nov. 30, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, with holiday performances beginning from University of Colorado Denver’s all-female a capella group, Lark, beginning at 4:30 p.m., followed by the tree-lighting at 5.

To access the Mile High Tree, head to the DPAC’s Galleria entrance at 14th and Curtis streets.

If standing inside this giant, twinkling Christmas emblem doesn’t make you feel the holiday spirit, well, you might be dead inside. Think of it this way: It’s one more holiday decoration that you, personally, won’t have to put up or take down yourself.

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