YMCA Christmas Tree Lot Opens Tomorrow in Temescal

Six “elves” helped unload a 15-foot pine tree from the semi-truck. It can be purchased at the Malibu-Palisades YMCA tree lot – and local deliveries are available.

The pine-flavored scent at Simon Meadow, at the corner of Temescal Canyon and Sunset, is sweet this week.

On Sunday, a semi-truck laden with Christmas trees from Oregon arrived at Simon Meadow. The truck driver told Circling the News it was a 16-hour drive and that the trees had been cut freshly and loaded the day before. “I smelled the trees the entire trip,” the driver said. “Even when I wash out the truck, the smell of pine trees will still be there.”

About 20 “elves” helped Palisades YMCA Executive Director Jim Kirtley unload the truck that was packed with everything from wreaths to towering 15-ft. pines.

The tree lot opens tomorrow at 3 p.m. and will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, it will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. And if you’re planning on purchasing a 14-ft. Noble fir, be assured that local deliveries are available.

We have been reading reports that there might be a tree shortage this year because of a heatwave that hit Oregon last summer and damaged inventory at many of the tree farms. Luckily, that is not the case at the YMCA lot.

“I am excited to say we will have some new varieties that are absolutely beautiful trees,” Kirtley said, “Come early, get the best trees on the Westside, enjoy Simon Meadow and support your local YMCA.”

Net proceeds from the Y’s tree lot help provide scholarships and are used for other community programs, such as the Y’s weekly Grocery Give-a-way on Via de la Paz that aids people with food insecurities. Kirtley said that there are more than 240 participants in this program.

The annual HO!HO!HO! will be held at Simon Meadow on December 11, with Santa Claus and the Mrs. arriving at 3 p.m. A Santa Monica College artists holiday sale is also planned.

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