It’s Time to Shop Local for Holiday Trees

Your Tree Can Support the Community

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Shoppers check out trees at a previous year's Brent ES Holiday Sale. Courtesy: Brent PTA

Worried about getting your Christmas tree? There were fears about supply and demand in 2021, but the Real Christmas Tree Board says for 2022, there’s enough joy to go around.

“The real Christmas tree industry met demand last year and it will meet demand this year,” said Marsha Gray, Executive Director of the board. “This is essentially a year without surprises.”

Lucky for you, you don’t have to go far (or even leave the house if you don’t want!) to get your tree. There’s a number of fundraisers, schools and local businesses that sell trees right here on the Hill. But most expect to sell out! So, don’t wait: preorder has already started for many school fundraisers.

Fundraisers

Courtesy: Brent ES. Click to order online!

Brent Elementary (301 N. Carolina Ave. SE) | online | Thursday Dec. 2 thru Sunday, Dec. 5

The Brent Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) will hold its 12th Holiday Sale from Thursday, Dec. 1 to Sunday, Dec. 4. The online sale runs from Nov. 11 to 30.

Fragrant Fraser fir trees and Hanukkah items will be available for presale starting November 11th at www.brentholidaysale.org  The outdoor on-lot sale will run from Thursday, December 1st through Sunday, December 4th and, in addition to trees, include greenery, poinsettias, winterberry, and Hanukkah items. All customers will also have the popular option to have their trees delivered on the day of purchase and the option for in-home setup.

Brent parents volunteer to staff every aspect of the sale. “The Holiday Sale is a highlight of the season. It brings current, past, and future Brent families together along with all of our surrounding neighbors,” said Mary Claire York, the sale’s co-chair. “We are excited this year to welcome people to Brent and hope we will be everyone’s first choice when shopping for a tree.”

Proceeds will be used to provide critical resources to students. For more information, please email brentholidaystore@gmail.com.

The on-lot sale is open at Brent ES (301 N. Carolina Ave. SE) on the following days and times: Thursday, Dec. 1, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Friday, Dec. 2, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Saturday, Dec. 3 , 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sunday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. brentholidaysale.com

Miner Elementary (601 15th St. NE) | online | Friday Dec. 2 + Sat Dec. 3

Click to order online! Image: Miner ES

Miner Elementary is hosting its 7th annual greenery sale Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3. They’ve sold out multiple years running, so pre-order today at: https://www.minerelementary.org/greenery2022.html!

You can support not just one but three local schools at this sale! Miner is partnering with the Eliot-Hine Middle School PTO (which is selling poinsettias) and the Payne Elementary School PTSA, which will sell greeting cards. This sale will be a one-stop shop for all your holiday needs, and all proceeds directly support educational opportunities for local students.

Stop by for holiday greenery, poinsettias, holiday cards, sweet treats and holiday fun. Preorder your trees, wreaths, garland and poinsettias today: https://www.minerelementary.org/greenery2022.html

Support your local schools by coming by Miner Elementary, (601 15 St. NE):  Friday, Dec. 2, 5 – 8 p.m. |  Saturday, Dec. 3, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Three wreath types are available. Order online now. Image: Maury ES

Maury Wreath and Holiday Sale Miner Elementary (1250 Constitution Ave. NE) | online | Friday Dec. 2 

Maury’s 3rd Annual Wreath sale is open and accepting pre-orders here! Wreathes will be able for pick-up at Maury on Dec. 2. There will be a very limited quantity of wreaths for sale on-site, but if you want to make sure you get the size and type you want, order here.

“Last year, we heard these wreaths “lasted longer than any we’ve ever had,” organizers said.

Come to the school to pick up your wreath and also for:

*Wreaths *Baked Goods *Hot Cocoa and Coffee *Music

Order online | Pick-up and sale: Friday, Dec. 2, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Image: The Salt Line DC

The Salt Line Tree Lot (79 Potomac Ave. SE) | Friday, Nov. 26 until trees are gone 

The Salt Line kicks off their 11th Annual Christmas tree lot at Noon on Friday, Nov. 25th –the day after Thanksgiving! Be sure to stop by to pick out your perfect Christmas tree. All proceeds from the Tree Lot sale will go directly to the DC Firefighters Burn Foundation.

While you’re there, take advantage of Happy Afternoon specials from 12 to 4 p.m., before or after you shop. They’ll start your holiday celebration for you. With every tree purchase they’re giving one free cocktail, so eat, drink, and be merry!

The Salt Line is offering their 10th Annual Christmas Tree Lot just in time for the holidays, which means you can get your Christmas tree and other decor items early, with an added treat. Stands, wreaths, garlands and collectible items will all be on sale.

The tree lot will open Friday, Nov. 25 at noon and will run weekly, Monday to Friday from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Saturday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Click to see Facebook Event. Scouts help unload the trees for the 2021 sale. Courtesy: D. Voss

Capitol Hill Scouts Christmas Trees, Wreaths & Tabletop Trees | 212 East Capitol St. (Lutheran Church of the Reformation) | Thurs Dec 1 through Sun Dec 4

Every year Scout Troop 500 and Pack 230 host a tree sale at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation (212 E. Capitol St. NE).  Find trees, Wreaths & Tabletop trees.

You’ll also find honey for sale from Capitol Hill beekeepers Del Voss and Second Story Honey.

Support the Boys Scouts with your tree purchase: Thurs Dec. 1: 5-7 p.m. Fri Dec. 2: 5-7 p.m. Sat Dec. 3: 9a.m. -8 p.m. Sun Dec. 4: 9 a.m. until they are gone. See Scout Troop 500 event on Facebook

Get your tree and your holiday spirits at Wunder Garten’s Winterfest and Giving Tree Lot. Click for info.
Courtesy: Wunder Garten

Wundergarten Giving Tree Lot (100-198 L St. NE) | Sunday, Nov. 27 

The Giving Tree Lot is back at Wunder Garten this year. You can choose from Frasier Firs, Balsam Firs, Douglas Firs, White Pine, Scotch Pine and Blue Spruce. Tree sizes are all the way from table toppers to more than ten feet.

While you’re there, pop into Wundergarten’s annual WINTERFEST holiday festival from Friday, Dec 2 through Friday, Dec 23. Find your tree but also a cozy fire pit and a hot chocolate bar, or holiday craft activities surrounded in a festively decorated Winter Wunderland for that perfect Instagram selfie or holiday card.

2021 was The Giving Tree Project’s most successful year yet, raising more than $46,000 for the h3 Project, a DC-based non-profit which provides support and connects people experiencing homelessness to services. Your donations will enable the h3 Project to purchase and provide household essentials for its clients, including kitchen utensils, small appliances, bedding and more!

Starting 4 p.m. Nov. 27: Monday to Thursday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. | Friday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat & Sun Noon to 9 p.m. Learn more at givingtree.business.site

Local Business

Eastern Market (225 Seventh St. SE) | Nov. 26 through Christmas Eve

Every year, regular suppliers from stalwarts like Dunham Farms, Ashton Farms and Pennsylvania Ave Tree Farm create a winter forest at Eastern Market, lining trees against the east side of the building and in rows under the green farmer’s hood. Sizes range from a few feet as high as 15 feet. Trees come in fresh daily. Each vendors is on-site at different hours, but you’ll be sure to find trees every day of the week from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 26 through Christmas Eve. easternmarket-dc.org 

Trees on display at Frager’s. File.

Foliage by Frager’s (1123 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) | Nov. 22 through January 

Frager’s already has a wide variety trees to choose from, as well as garland, wreathes, lights, wrap, decorations and more. It’s fun to explore all the greenery and decorations throughout the store. Look for holiday promotions throughout the season!

Monday to Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Sun 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Foliage-by-fragers

Ginkgo Gardens (911 11th St. SE) has trees, wreaths, greenery, decorations –and everything you need for the gardener on your list.

Ginkgo Gardens (911 11th St SE) | Nov. 22 through January 

Ginkgo Gardens has a great selection of trees to put all those locally-purchased gifts underneath. Trees at Ginkgo Gardens (911 11th St SE) usually standing between 3 ft and 10 feet and are very reasonably priced, starting at $49.99. They’ve also got tree stands, lights, decorations, tree ornaments, 15+ types of holiday wreaths and greenery bunches for mantels and home decorating. Tree delivery is available, too.

There’s a huge holiday sale on a Ginkgo’s from Nov. 26 to Christmas Eve, with discounts on everything besides the holiday greens, including houseplants, garden tools, trees, shrubs, perennials, windchimes and pottery with deals of up to 50 percent off.

Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. | Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  www.ginkgogardens.com

Nalls Winter Market @Union Market (1309 Fifth St. NE) | Fridays & Weekends Starting Friday, Nov. 25

Nalls Winter Market is back again! Starting Friday, Nov. 25, come shop Christmas trees, garland and more on Neal Place at Union Market.

Make it a thing! There are gifts for you and for those on your list at Union Market and the shops surrounding. The Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School is hosting a holiday market pop-up in Balcon at La Cosecha Friday, Dec 2nd through Sunday, Dec 4th with unique holiday gifts including hand-made leather bags, silver jewelry, beautiful necklaces, portraits, clothing and much more! Check out Futbol at La Cosecha or the Thorne Trunk Show at Shelter while you’re there.

Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Christmas. See info on events at unionmarketdc.com/events.