As the calendar moves toward Christmas Day on Dec. 25, more than 1,000 locally grown Christmas trees are decorated and glowing in homes across Bandera County and beyond.
The trees came from the Pipe Creek Christmas Tree Farm that has supplied area families with their yule time centerpieces for more than two decades.
The farm’s biggest draw is that families and individuals came choose and cut down a Christmas tree of their choice - like people did ages ago.
The 10-acre Pipe Creek farm has 6,000 Christmas trees in various stages of growth, and roughly 1,000 are sold each year and sold fast.
“We sold more than 1,000 trees earlier than usual, and we had one less week this year,” said farm owner Jim Hingst. “That tells me a lot of people wanted to make sure they could cut down their own tree.”
Hingst and his farm have been helping area residents get the Christmas tree they want for their homes since 1994, when the farm sold 200 Christmas trees.
He said the trees take four to five years to grow to a size for cutting and taking home for the holidays.
“We also raise and sell Christmas trees in pots that can be decorated for the holidays and then planted in the backyard,” Hingst said.
The owner said the Christmas tree customers are roughly half new people and half repeat buyers.
“We have customers who have come for our full 25 years and new ones who heard about us the day they showed up,” Hingst said, adding it is always a great feeling to see the joy people experience at his farm.
Brian Allerheiligen, who lives in north San Antonio, was among the new customers visiting the farm earlier this month.
“We wanted a real tree for Christmas, and I found this location on the internet,” Allerheiligen said as he and eight other visitors tied their new tree purchases to the tops of cars.
The farm sells Afghan pine, Leyland cypress and Arizona cypress Christmas trees that are cut in the field for $8.95 a foot, with a four-foot tree being the minimum purchase.
The facility is turned into a pumpkin patch in November for the Thanksgiving holiday and is a nursery the rest of the year.
It is located about a half mile off of Highway 16 on Phil’s Road in Pipe Creek.
For more information, call 210-426-6191 or visit www.pipecreekchristmastrees.com