If the warm weather has left your holiday spirit feeling a bit lack luster this season, you still have a few weeks to turn your house into a scene from the Griswold's Christmas Vacation. And luckily, you do not have to travel far to find the best selections on trees and other beautiful holiday décor.
Gateway Garden Center
7277 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin
The aroma from the gorgeous Frasier Firs hits you as soon as you step on the premises of Gateway Garden Center. Owner Peggy Castaroni said the trees come from the mountains of North Carolina and "hold their needles the longest, are soft, and have great fragrance."
Gateway is selling 5-6 foot trees for $45 and trees as tall as 14 feet for $198. If you need more decorating inspiration, attend Gateway Garden Center's Magical Night of a Thousand Lights on Saturday, Dec. 8. Gateway Garden Center designers will be available to discuss ideas for bringing some holiday magic into your home.
400 Hockessin Corner, Hockessin
If an artificial tree is more your style then look no further than Casual Marketplace. Here, you can get a pre-lit tree and purchase coordinating centerpieces, garlands, and mantelpieces. "We will go to someone's home and decorate it for them," Petey Fleischut said. The store will also deliver, set up the tree, and make sure all the lights are working.
Casual Marketplace promises that once you purchase a tree from them, you can bring it in and have it serviced. Trees ranging in size from 7 ½ feet to 9 feet average in price from $299 up to $899.
Snuff Mill Farm
467 Upper Snuff Mill Row, Hockessin
If you are looking for a true family experience, then look no further than Snuff Mill Farm, a choose-and-cut tree farm.
Owned by George and Donna Uhde, this 13-acre farm is filled with enough evergreens and Douglas Firs to make you dizzy.
Trees are $50 a pop, while pre-cut Frasier Firs cost between $65 and $94. Handmade wreaths are selling for $35-$45, and the couple is again offering complimentary hot chocolate, coloring books and candy canes for kids.
"Last year, seventy percent of our customers were repeat customers," George said. "We really try to make this a family-oriented place."