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Lots of Options for People Searching for that Perfect Christmas Tree

by on December 06, 2013 6:30 AM

Corey Mihlo, a manager for a local restaurant, recently bought her first real Christmas tree.

Mihlo grew up around artificial trees, but this year she decided to purchase a pre-cut tree along with her roommate, Anne Williams. The two decided a real Christmas tree is an essential for their upcoming Christmas party.

“We decided to just go for it,” Mihlo said.

Mihlo and Williams picked out their Colorcon fir tree on Tuesday afternoon at Meyer Dairy on South Atherton Street.

This weekend is expected to be one of the busiest of the season for Christmas tree sales. For people in State College the selection of real trees is plentiful.

From locally-owned tree farms to large home improvement stores, residents have plenty of options when it comes to the traditional holiday fixture.

Meyer Dairy

The owners of Meyer Dairy, located at 2390 S. Atherton St., rent a space to Peter Cannizzaro who sells pre-cut trees primarily from Tuckaway Tree Farm.

There are roughly eight different types of trees on site, along with wreaths.

“We come to you rather than you coming to us,” Cannizzaro says.

A tree purchase here offers a unique bonus – free ice cream for kids. With a tree purchase children under 12 receive free ice cream from Meyer Dairy.

“The key is relationships with customers … because that to me is what makes it so festive,” Cannizzaro says.

Tannenbaum Farms

Tannenbaum Farm, located at 161 McCool Road, Centre Hall, has been in business for 43 years. Owners Martha and Craig Weidensaul initially sold trees to wholesalers. Their trees were then shipped to other places in Pennsylvania and out of state. But gradually, the couple began selling pre-cut trees and brought customers in to cut down their own trees.

The farm offers Fraser firs, Balsam firs and Concolor firs. The most popular tree is the Fraser fir thanks to its reputation for needle retention. It also has the look of a traditional, “old time” Christmas tree, according to Martha Weidensaul.

A tree growing in popularity is the Concolor fir due to its fragrance.

“People are quite fascinated by the nice fragrance that they have and they continually come back for more. Then they tell their friends and we hear, ‘I want to find that tree that smells good,” says Martha Weidensaul.

The farm closes Dec. 22. However, customers with unique needs can make an appointment. Click HERE for more information.

Tait Farm

John Tait, owner of Tait Farms, says weather permitting this weekend will be the biggest of the season for tree sales.

Tait Farms, located at 121 Tait Road off of Route 322 just east of Boalsburg, sells a variety of trees. Tait says the most popular types are Canaan, Fraser, Concolor and Douglas firs.

Here a customer can cut down his or her own tree or purchase a pre-cut tree.

“Most people would like to go out and cut their own tree. People enjoy that. But people are really busy,” Tait says.

Tait’s father planted the farm’s first tree in 1950. Some customers have been returning for decades.

The farm will be open until the late afternoon on Christmas Eve. Click HERE for details.

Harner Farms

Harner Farms owner Dan Harner said the next couple of weeks will be full of activity with a shortened period between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year.

“We expect the next two weekends to be very busy,” Harner says.

The tree farm, located at 2191 W. Whitehall Road, sells fresh pre-cut trees and allows customers to cut their own down.

Typically, families with young children prefer to cut their own tree as part of a family experience, he says.

The farm offers Douglas firs, Fraser firs and Concolor firs. They also sell table-sized Blue Spruces.

The farm also offers wreaths, roping and swags.

The farm will be open until the early afternoon on Christmas Eve.

Kuhns Tree Farm

Larry and Marianne Kuhns own Kuhns Tree Farm located at 2101 Boal Ave., Centre Hall, just off Route 322. The couple has been in the Christmas tree business since 1980, according to the farm’s website.

Customers can select a tree and cut it down with provided tools, or choose a pre-cut tree.

The farm specializes in Fraser firs and has trees up to 14-feet tall.

The trees are grown on a 44-acre farm. The first trees were planted in 1981.

Initially, the farm sold trees wholesale, but in 1987 expanded to retail.

The farm will be open until Dec. 23. For more information click HERE.

Home Depot

If you’re in a rush, Home Depot offers a variety of pre-cut trees. The home improvement store also sells artificial trees – if you don’t want to deal with the needles.

Located at 2615 Green Tech Drive, the store also sells indoor and outdoor Christmas lights and decorations.

“We’ve got a really great staff here and we really want to make people happy and we enjoy what we do,” says Ettore DiVirgilius, operations assistant store manager.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government. jenn.miller@statecollege.com
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