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Video: Camelback Santa Takes on Phoenix Parks and Rec

John Cressey, who hikes a Christmas tree to the top of Camelback Mountain every year, might lose his annual tradition.

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John Cressey, otherwise known as the Camelback Santa, has been hiking a Christmas tree to the summit of Camelback Mountain every year—but park rangers and conservationists are no longer amused (or moved). Whether it’s a lovely tradition or an instance of litter is up to the parks and recreation board, who will decide on the tree’s fate in September.