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Take home a tree at the Christmas Tree Spree. Courtesy photo.




Christmas Tree Spree

When: Friday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Nov. 27, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (RSVP online to pick a time slot)
Where: Charmingfare Farm, 774 High St., Candia
Cost: Admission and certain activities are free; pony rides, s’mores, cocoa bar and picking a tree require a fee.
Visit: visitthefarm.com/christmas-tree-spree or call 483-5623 to RSVP




Branching out
Charmingfare Farm introduces Christmas Tree Spree

11/24/16
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 Families who want to make picking out a Christmas tree more of an experience than a chore to check off the to-do list can head over to Charmingfare Farm in Candia during Thanksgiving weekend.

It’s the farm’s first Christmas Tree Spree event, where you can RSVP online anytime from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, Saturday, Nov. 26, or Sunday, Nov. 27, and receive free admission to the farm as you shop for a tree.
Linda Ellis of Charmingfare Farm said the trees that will be available for purchase come in a variety of sizes and from several area farms. All of the trees were going to be freshly cut on the Monday before the event, she said.
“We have sold trees periodically [at the farm] before, but this is the first time that it’s going to feel like its own tree event,” she said. “Before, they were kind of only available for people that needed them, but now there will be a bit more of a focus on supporting local farmers as you get a tree … and we’re incorporating more elements to take the process of getting a tree back to a more traditional experience. We just don’t want people to feel like getting a tree should be stressful.”
Ellis said those elements will include a hot cocoa bar, a campfire and opportunities to explore the farm, go on pony rides, and go on tractor train rides to see live reindeer.
“We’re also going to fill the gift shop with lots of plush toys and puppets, some candles and other seasonal items,” she said. “So if someone wants to do more of that small local shopping instead of at the malls, this just might be a kind of one-stop shop.”
The cocoa bar and s’mores will cost a small fee, as will the pony rides, but everything else is free. Ellis said. 
Charmingfare Farm staff members will be available to help you select the kind of tree and the right height for your home. Fraser firs and balsam firs will be among the choices, she said.
“Everybody has their own mindset of what trees should be, and sometimes you don’t necessarily know what you’re buying and sometimes some trees can support the ornaments you have … so we’ll have people that help them,” she said.
The Christmas Tree Spree will be the first of three holiday-themed events at the farm this year; the other two have been popular favorites for more than 20 years.
Santa’s Big Party begins the first weekend of December and will continue every weekend through Dec. 18. The event is a horse-drawn ride that travels to a secluded party area on the farm where Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and other costumed characters will be taking photos and giving out cocoa and cookies.
The Lighted Winter Wonderland, which also begins the first weekend in December but continues every weekend through Christmas Eve night, is a horse-drawn wagon ride to the “North Pole,” with thousands of lights to see along the way. Santa and his friends also participate and give out goodies.
“The difference between the two events has to do with the younger kids that perhaps can’t handle being out late at night when it’s darker and colder,” Ellis said. “Santa’s Big Party is more interactive, and if you’re looking to see more of the lights, you need to come at night [during Lighted Winter Wonderland]. … Some people do go to both, though.”
But Ellis added that the Christmas Tree Spree is meant to throw in a bit more fun just as people are starting to think about the beginning of the holiday season.
“Our hope is that people can have a shopping experience that doesn’t necessarily have to start at midnight on Black Friday, or have to involve walking through crowds of people in malls,” she said. 





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