Queen’s Christmas tree farm: the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit

December 9, 2019 — by Anjali Nuggehlli and Kavita Sundaram

With only barely one more weeks of school until winter break, it’s safe to say that almost everyone is already in the holiday mindset. And what better way to embrace that then to take a visit to a Christmas tree farm? 

Queen’s Christmas Tree Farm on Saratoga Avenue is the ideal Christmas experience. From the crisp smell of fresh Douglass firs to the luminescence of bright Christmas lights, the tree farm is a consistent, yearly, appearance that immediately puts visitors in the holiday spirit. 

When we first arrived at the farm, we were hit with a chilly breeze, something that might’ve been miserable if not for the immediate consolation of the warm apple cider and hot chocolate available. 

After a brief stop for popcorn, we wandered through the selection of trees, searching for the perfect candidate. From wimpy trees that barely stood 3 feet tall to towering Fraser Firs, there was a tree for everyone. 

The farm had a selection of trees ranging from Douglass firs, noble firs, fraser firs, Silver tips, Nordman firs, and Grand firs, all of which are imported from Oregon. The employees were super friendly and helpful, making the selection process of a tree a lot easier. 

Despite the rain and puddles of mud that we stepped in more than once, being surrounded by holiday cheer made us forget about the dreary weather.  It was relaxing to stroll through the rows of trees and warm up at the fireplace after exploring. We walked away from the Queen Christmas Tree farm with an adorable 4-foot tree that was destined for Kavita’s living room. We also walked away with a bit more Christmas cheer.

 

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