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Tree-mendous Tradition

Is this your Christmas Tree Weekend or do you wait until closer to the big day?

Petrucci's Ice Cream Store on Nutt Road is selling Christmas Trees as it as for the past 15 years. Photo: Bob Byrne
Petrucci's Ice Cream Store on Nutt Road is selling Christmas Trees as it as for the past 15 years. Photo: Bob Byrne
With Thanksgiving coming as late as possible in November this year, holiday merchants and Christmas tree stands are scrambling to get your business before it's too late.

When Do You Buy Your Christmas Tree?

At Petrucci's Ic Cream on Nutt Road in Phoenixville, the ice cream is gone for the winter season but the trees are back.  Just as the store has done for 15 years, Petrucci's is geared up for a big weekend, with fresh cut trees from a tree farm in nearby Bloomsburg, PA.  The trees went on sale the weekend after Thanksgiving but with each passing day, the demand for the Douglas and Frazier Fir trees grows.

Petrucci's will sell and wrap up your tree to take home on the spot, or you can arrange for delivery in the 19460 zip code for an additional fee. (They will deliver further out but there is an added fee for the added miles). Trees run an average 6-8 feet and prices are marked on tags right on the trees. There are also shorter trees and trees up to about 10 feet available, 

Hours are Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.. Petrucci's business partner Bob Littlewood says weekends are the busiest time for the tree sales and they have added extra hours for Friday and Saturday from 10a.m.-10 p.m..   Famous Dr. Seuss character The Grinch will also being making weekend appearances.

There are several more tree stands now up and running, including one at the Freedoms Foundation on Route 23 in Schuylkill Township that sells live trees which are sold in burlap bulbs filled with dirt that can be planted before or after Christmas.

Where's your favorite Christmas Tree Stand?

If you have a favorite place to get your tree or if you own/operate a tree stand tell us about it in in the comments below.



thismustbetheplace. December 08, 2013 at 10:18 AM
Don't forget about Shep's Yard!! We're a local family owned business, and have been selling Penn-State grown Fraser Firs for 7 years. We have a HUGE following for our exceptional trees, which are grown with lots of love by a nationally known horticulturist. Our sizes range from baby tabletops to big daddy 12 footers. We use the "Stand Strait" system (so each tree is perfectly straight), we fresh cut each tree, net it and put it on/in your vehicle. We're not a "fly-by-night" operation -- we don't just sell trees at Christmas time... we sell trees all year-round. We also make hand made wreaths FRESH daily. Remember: we're no longer on Bridge Street -- we've moved to a bigger and better location on Pothouse Road, right behind Foresta's Market (another Phoenixville landmark). It really is worth a trip out to see our perfect trees ... you won't be sorry, we promise. You can check out our website @ Shepsyard.com or we're also on Facebook Shep's Yard - Landscape Supply. We wish you and your family a happy, healthy and warm Holiday Season :)
Paul O'Leary December 09, 2013 at 08:07 AM
We've been going to Westlake's Tree Farm in St. Peter's Village for the last 25 years, cut you own. It's a great family run tree farm.

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