Procrastinators, take heed. It’s not too late to buy a Christmas tree. You don't even have to leave Towson to get a good one. Here are a couple of spots in town that still have a decent selection.
Where: The front lawn of St. Pius X Church, 6428 York Road
When: Monday – Friday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9:00pm, through Dec. 18 or until sold out.
Price: $30 to $100
Types: Douglas firs, blue spruces, fraziers
Inside scoop: St. Pius has been selling Christmas trees to the public for the past 35 years. The all-volunteer operation includes adolescent confirmation candidates, St. Pius students and parishioners. Proceeds benefit the church’s youth ministry program.
Where: Stevenson Lane, between Bellona Avenue and Charles Street, on the grassy plot across from Woodbrook Baptist Church (25 Stevenson Lane)
When: Daily, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Christmas morning
Price: $15 (for miniature, table-top trees) to $250
Types: Douglas firs, fraziers
Inside scoop: Jeff Nicoll, the 70-year-old owner of West Virginia's Nicoll Tree Farm, has been selling Christmas trees in the Towson area for 52 years, according to business partner Frank Muller. Nicoll owns the grassy knoll where the trees are displayed and, save for the six weeks of the year when Christmas trees overtake it, invites neighborhood kids to use it as an impromptu play area. He and his few buddies who help him run the operation comprise the fourth generation of this family-and friend-operated business. On Christmas morning, the men will sip coffee, stay open for business, then take the few remaining trees to downtown charities that distribute them to families in need.
When: Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: $25 to $2,000
Types: All trees are artificial
Inside scoop: Stebbins sells artificial trees in all sizes. Most are from local manufacturer Good Tidings. Artificial trees may not be the most traditional sort, but they're gaining in popularity—especially for people with allergies or an aversion to needles dropping all over their house. Plus, most of the trees at Stebbins come pre-lit, thereby reducing light-stringing hassles.