VERDE VALLEY- Those who have been shopping in the past few months know that Christmas is right around the corner.
Stores have had their holiday decorations out since right after Halloween. But what they haven't had out are the fresh cut Christmas trees.
There are many ways to purchase a tree this holiday season. Whether it be an artificial tree, a real tree from the store, or one cut down by families in a forest, a Christmas tree is for most families the centerpiece to a festive home.
There are only a few places to get Christmas trees in the Verde Valley. Those include Home Depot, Walmart, Ace Hardware, Prescott National Forest, and the Kiwanis Club.
The Kiwanis Club of Camp Verde has fresh cut trees for sale in the Bashas' parking lot. The prices range from $20 to $60. The types of Christmas trees offered are Douglas, Noble and Nordmann firs. The trees are shipped in from a tree farm in Oregon.
The money from the tree sales will be donated to different organizations throughout Camp Verde. The Kiwanis Christmas tree lot will open on Dec. 2 and will be open Wednesday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information stop by the lot or call (928) 567-6203.
Ace Hardware in Camp Verde sells fresh cut Christmas trees.
The prices range from $20 to $60, also based on size, height and variety. Ace Hardware does not carry artificial trees, but staff can order them on request.
Ace is located at 285 S. Main St. Store hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
For more information call (928) 567-4172.
Wal-Mart sells both artificial and real trees. Prices for the reusable trees run from $15 for a table top tree to around $200 for trees that are more than seven feet tall. Prices vary depending on whether they come with lights or not, or the color of the light, and also the height. Wal-Mart's fresh cut trees also vary in price based on height and type of tree.
Wal-Mart is located at 2003 E. Rodeo Drive in Cottonwood and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For any questions on the trees call (928) 634-0444 and ask for the garden center.
Home Depot has fresh cut Christmas trees. Prices range from $24.95 to $100 based on size and variety of tree. Home Depot offers Noble, Douglas and Frasier firs. Home Depot also carries artificial trees that vary based on size and Christmas lights.
Home Depot is located at 1030 SR 260. The hours are Monday through Saturday 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. For more information, call (928) 649-3758.
Elsewhere in the Verde Valley
The Verde Ranger District sells permits for people who want to cut down their own trees in the Prescott National Forest. Verde Ranger District started selling permits on Nov. 17 and sold out in two and a half hours this year.
People that purchased these permits got to go into the Prescott National Forest and cut down their own tree. The permits cost $15.
People who buy permits are able to cut down up to five trees.
The Verde Ranger District gives individuals a map of the forest that guides people to trees that are ready to be cut down.
People with permits are able to go into the forest and cut down their tree from the day of purchase up until Christmas Eve. Although the permits sold out this year, next year is always an option so keep an eye out for the October press release if interested.
For more information, call (928) 567-4121 or visit the Camp Verde office, located at 300 SR 260.
Other places to look for artificial trees can be a consignment shops in the area.
There is no shortage of thrift stores in the Verde Valley and can be a great place to purchase a used tree for a reasonable price.
But if the tree comes pre-lit, make sure to plug it in before purchasing to check the condition of the lights.
There can be all different sizes of trees at these shops and can be convenient for people on a budget this holiday season.
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