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Steel Shots: The Tallest Christmas Tree in the United States
Posted by Alison Trost on November 19, 2010 at 9:19 AM.


The tallest Christmas tree in the country will be on display for more than 200,000 visitors this year at the “Bentleyville Tour of Lights” which opens to the public on Saturday, November 20. (Click the image above to see the Christmas tree all lit up).


This annual event, named after its founder Nathan Bentley, is all about free family fun and includes a 120 ft-tall steel framed Christmas tree. Located at the Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth, Minn., the walk through lighted experience also includes visits with Santa, live musical entertainment from Elfis (a 50/50 blend of elf and Elvis) on the weekends and more.


The fabrication for the monstrous 12-story tree was provided by AISC member Dynamic Structural Steel, Proctor, Minn., and all erection and welding was donated by the Iron Workers Local 512. The structure was designed by AISC members from Krech Ojard & Associates and was created from 17 tons of steel, and is illuminated with 50,000 LED lights. This tree is more than double the height of the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York City.


For more information on Bentleyville, visit


To watch a time lapse video of the tallest Christmas tree’s framework being erected, click here. (Link updated Dec. 6, 2010.)


To see a video of the 2009 Bentleyville Tour of Lights, click here.


For more information about how Bentleyville came to be, please visit the History of Bentleyville.

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