SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — The holiday tree at the Old Sacramento Waterfront will be lit for the first time this holiday season on Wednesday night. 

The ceremony takes place at Front and K Streets in Old Sacramento and the tree will be lit at 6 p.m. The outdoor ceremony is free to attend. 

FOX40’s Sonseeahray Tonsall will emcee the event, and Slamson, the Sacramento Kings mascot, will make an appearance.

The first Theatre of Lights show will follow the lighting at 6:20 p.m. Before the tree lighting, there will be performances by Sac Dance Labs and the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus at 5 p.m.

Once the tree is lit, it will light up each night to welcome guests throughout the holiday season.

According to a news release, this year’s holiday tree is the largest to date, standing at 65 feet tall, being between 35-40 years old, and weighing approximately 12,000 pounds. The tree is tapered fir from Shasta County and arrived at the Old Sacramento Waterfront on Nov. 7.  

Since the tree arrived, a crew of volunteers and involved businesses have decorated the 65-foot tree with 24,000 lights, 550 icicles, 400 strobes along with other specialty lights.