Ocean Beach tree creates holiday centerpiece around city's uniqueness

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - It may look a little weird and wacky, but it's the holidays in Ocean Beach.

Ocean Beach's tree is as unique as the city where it stands. Covered in lights and decorations - some handmade by local students - the tree will grace the coastline at Newport Ave. for December.

But it has represented Ocean Beach for far longer.

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Twenty years have passed since the tree was planted in the backyard of an Ocean Beach home. Over time, the tree has developed a unique tilt to the right - drawing visions of something out of a Charlie Brown or Grinch movie.

The tree has also caused problems with the property's foundation as it has grown, according to the Ocean Beach property's owner, Kimm Rogers.

Kimm, a former Ocean Beach Elementary teacher, volunteered the tree to headline the community's holiday celebration. And the uniqueness of the towering tree made it a prime candidate for the town's 38th annual holiday centerpiece.

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Most trees selected as Ocean Beach's tree are from the area, though city organizers call this one a "true OBcean" because of how long it's been in the community.

Organizers will turn on the tree's lights on Saturday, Dec. 2 to kick off the OB Holiday Parade at 5:05 p.m.

10News' Ariel Wesler speaks to Rogers about the tree and Ocean Beach celebration on 10News at 5 p.m.

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