The trees appear right after Thanksgiving at a select number of places in town – in front of the Greenwich Club, over on Frenchtown Road at John’s Bait & Tackle and at Briarbrook Nursery on South County Trail.
In the old days, of course, Christmas trees didn't go up until Dec. 24, with the biggest part of the holiday being celebrated between Christmas and New Year's.
These days, we’re putting up our trees earlier and earlier. If you are buying a cut tree, however, fire safety requires that you do everything you can to make sure it stays fresh for the duration of its holiday life. That means water – lots of it, tree sellers say.
After the season, the town will take your tree if you leave it UNWRAPPED on the curb with the rest of your trash.
For more information about different tree types and how to care for your tree, check out the National Christmas Tree Association website.
Now, without further ado, here’s information on local tree sellers (for info on tree places south of us, check out ):
Leyden’s, 5426 Post Rd. (in front of the Greenwich Club). Generations of teenaged town boys have worked at Leyden’s over the years. Some have grown up and still return each year to help out. Leyden’s sells Fraser and balsam fir trees. Leyden’s is open seven days a week up to Dec. 24, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Briarbrook Farm, 2693 South County Trail. This family-owned and operated nursery has been selling Christmas trees for more than 60 years. They have balsam and Canaan firs as well as wreaths, roping, and all the usually trimmings available. Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
John’s Bait & Tackle, 135 Frenchtown Rd. (technically North Kingstown!). John Wunner has operated his bait-and-tackle shop for 25 years. Every December, he brings in a lot of Christmas trees and fishing central is transformed into holiday central. Wunner’s daughter decorates the wreaths, with plain wreaths available too. Hours in early December are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day of the week. By the weekend of Dec. 10, Wunner will stay open until 8 p.m.