Mile High Tree Chancey Bush

People view the Mile High Tree, a 110-foot-tall art installation on 16th Street Mall at Welton Street in Denver, Colo., on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. The Mile High Tree was created by ILMEX Illumination. The music and light display last around five minutes and will run approximately every 15 minutes. To ensure safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, circles are placed inside the tree for families and groups to stand in during the show to ensure social distancing. (Chancey Bush/ The Gazette)

Standing tall in Denver's 16th Street Mall, locals and visitors, alike, can find the massive 'Mile High Tree,' a 110-foot-tall immersive light installation meant to inspire holiday cheer.

Resembling a giant Christmas Tree, lighted structure is large enough for people to step inside, looking up to view a swirl of lights above. It's the perfect spot for a unique photo shoot.

Mile High Tree Chancey Bush

People view the Mile High Tree, a 110-foot-tall art installation on 16th Street Mall at Welton Street in Denver, Colo., on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. The Mile High Tree was created by ILMEX Illumination. The music and light display last around five minutes and will run approximately every 15 minutes. To ensure safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, circles are placed inside the tree for families and groups to stand in during the show to ensure social distancing. (Chancey Bush/ The Gazette)

The tree was created by ILMEX Illumination and is the largest installation of its type in North America. It utilizes a pixel-mapping lighting design technology to put on a mesmerizing show.

Mile High Tree Chancey Bush Gazette

People view the Mile High Tree, a 110-foot-tall art installation on 16th Street Mall at Welton Street in Denver, Colo., on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. The Mile High Tree was created by ILMEX Illumination. The music and light display last around five minutes and will run approximately every 15 minutes. To ensure safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, circles are placed inside the tree for families and groups to stand in during the show to ensure social distancing. (Chancey Bush/ The Gazette)

The display is set to be lit throughout the holiday season, until January 2, and open to the public for light shows taking place on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, along with Sunday, December 27 (see full schedule, subject to change, here). During these nights, there's a free-to-attend 5-minute light show that starts every 15 minutes.

Mile High Tree Bush Gazette

People view the Mile High Tree, a 110-foot-tall art installation on 16th Street Mall at Welton Street in Denver, Colo., on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. The Mile High Tree was created by ILMEX Illumination. The music and light display last around five minutes and will run approximately every 15 minutes. To ensure safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, circles are placed inside the tree for families and groups to stand in during the show to ensure social distancing. (Chancey Bush/ The Gazette)

A number of COVID-19-related restrictions are in place at the exhibit, including mandatory mask wearing, limiting of groups to no more than five, and social distancing measures, among other rules.

Mile High Tree Chancey Bush Gazette

People view the Mile High Tree, a 110-foot-tall art installation on 16th Street Mall at Welton Street in Denver, Colo., on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. The Mile High Tree was created by ILMEX Illumination. The music and light display last around five minutes and will run approximately every 15 minutes. To ensure safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, circles are placed inside the tree for families and groups to stand in during the show to ensure social distancing. (Chancey Bush/ The Gazette)

This holiday exhibit can be found at 16th Street Mall on Welton Street. Paid-parking for this exhibit can be found in nearby lots, such as the 1627 California Street Parking Garage.

Find more information to help plan your visit here.

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(1) comment

Bluebird Skies

I'm not sure who is claiming it's the tallest in the country at 110', but the Zilker Holiday Tree in Austin, Texas, is 155' and has been welcoming people to spin under the lights since 1967. The tree is installed on one of the city's Moonlight Towers, which have an amazing history themselves. The city installed 31 towers in 1895 to illuminate the city and improve safety for nighttime strollers. Fifteen of the towers are still in operation (the only ones left in the country) and are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. http://www.austintexas.gov/department/zilker-holiday-tree

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