SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Downtown Santa Barbara.
A 42-foot tall southern Oregon White Fir made its grand entrance via helicopter this morning.
Crews worked meticulously with a giant crane and a chainsaw to get the holiday arbor situated on state street.
For many, this tradition marks the start of the holiday season and onlookers were impressed with the process.
"I'm watching a tree trying to get in a tube for Christmas," said Ky Schoenfeld from Los Angeles.
Onlooker Robert Else got a kick out of the entire operation.
"It's kind of humorous to see how many people it takes to do one or two little things," said Else.
Despite the logistics, folks like Else wouldn't have it any other way. "This is Christmas in Santa Barbara," he said.
The Christmas tree was proudly donated by Consumer Fire Products, Inc.
Santa Barbara will be decking the halls and lighting the tree during the 65th Annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.