The Salvation Army Tree of Lights was assembled by 50 iron workers volunteering their time and labor on Saturday in preparation for the lighting ceremony on November 8th.
The steel Christmas tree was moved to its destination Friday as police escorted a convoy of semis to the American National Bank on the corner of 90th and Dodge in Omaha. “It is a 6,000-pound tree,” said the Salvation Army’s Joanne Bemis. “We will have over 80,000 LED lights and it's a 75-foot tree."
The Salvation Army says it's the largest illuminated tree in Omaha and 80 percent more efficient than traditional lit trees of the past.
In honor of The Salvation Army's 125th anniversary in Omaha, a special light display is planned. This year, a new animated star will top the tree and 200 twinkling strobe lights will add extra sparkle.
The Tree of Lights Campaign begins with the lighting of the tree at 6 p.m. on the 8th and continues through the holiday season.