Oh, "deer," Christmas is almost here, and honestly, we can't wait. If you're ready for the jolliest holiday of the year, then you should check out this Christmas tree on Camelback Mountain in Arizona. It's one of the best ways to welcome the festivities with open arms. 

For as long as we can remember, a group of volunteers hike up the Phoenix mountain each morning and place a tree at the very top. One member dresses up as Santa and on some days hands out candy canes.

This year, you can see the sight for yourself every morning until Christmas. And if you're lucky, snap a picture with the guy in the red suit.

One of the trails to the peak is Echo Canyon. It's about 1.2-miles roundtrip and is rated as moderate to difficult. The rocky and steep ascent makes this hike challenging, but the views are worth it. 

There are no fees or parking permits needed. All you need to do to see the tree is to hike up the mountain! You can take your friends and dress the part too. 

According to AZ Central, you can score a pic with Santa from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on December 14, 15, and the 21st through Christmas day. 

He'll be handing out candy canes or maybe coal if you're on the naughty list. Grab your BFFs and take a morning trip here. It's never too late to tell the present-gifter what you want this holiday season. 

The tree is removed each night to prevent littering on the mountain and the volunteers use birdseed ornaments for decoration. 

We love that the squirrels and other little critters can enjoy the tree too. Whether you're a hiking enthusiast or love all things jolly, you'll want to see it for yourself. 

Echo Canyon Trail to Camelback Mountain Summit 

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult

Length: 1.2-miles roundtrip

Address: 4925 E McDonald Dr, Phoenix, Arizona

Why You Need To Go: You'll be able to get outdoors + get amazing views + snap a pic with Santa and the tree. 

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