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Did You Know… ? Christmas Trees

Did you know… that the first decorated Christmas Tree was in Riga, Latvia in 1510? We prepared a great list of LOCAL CHRISTMAS TREE LOTS to go along with a brief history of the Christmas tree.

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2021 11 Christmas Trees FEAT

Did you know…  that the first decorated Christmas Tree was in Riga, Latvia in 1510?

The first written record of a decorated Christmas Tree comes from Riga, Latvia. In 1510, men of the local merchants’ guild decorated a tree with artificial roses, danced around it in the marketplace. Then they set tree on fire!!

Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we now know it in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. It acquired popularity beyond the Lutheran areas of Germany and the Baltic governorates during the second half of the 19th century.

The tree was traditionally decorated with roses made of colored paper, apples, wafers, tinsel, and sweetmeats. Moravian Christians began to illuminate Christmas trees with candles. It is a widely held belief that Martin Luther, the 16th-century Protestant reformer, first added lighted candles to a tree.

The Christmas Tree comes to America

Most 19th-century Americans found Christmas trees an oddity. The first record of one being on display was in the 1830s by the German settlers of Pennsylvania, although trees had been a tradition in many German homes much earlier. Thomas Edison’s assistant, Edward Johnson, is said to have come up with the idea of electric lights for Christmas trees in 1882. Christmas tree lights were first mass-produced in 1890.

The early 20th century saw Americans decorating their trees mainly with homemade ornaments, while the German-American sect continued to use apples, nuts, and marzipan cookies. Popcorn joined in after being dyed bright colors and interlaced with berries and nuts. Christmas lights became widely used, making it possible for Christmas trees to glow for days on end. With this, Christmas trees began to appear in town squares across the country and having a Christmas tree in the home became an American tradition.

Here is a great list of our local Christmas Tree Lots and Christmas Events

Make sure to contact the Christmas Tree lots before you go.

Big Wave Dave’s Christmas Tree Lot & Pumpkin Patch
Location: 103 S. Mills Rd
Ventura, CA 93003
(at Pacific View Mall near Trader Joe’s)
Hours: Daily 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
November 26 – December 23, 2021
Phone: 805.218.0282
Website: bigwavedaveschristmastrees.com/christmas-trees
Big Wave Dave’s Christmas Tree Lot
Location: 4075 Telegraph Road
Ventura, CA 93003
Hours: Daily 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
November 26 – December 23, 2021
Phone: 805.218.0282
Website: bigwavedaveschristmastrees.com/christmas-trees
Big Wave Dave’s Christmas Tree Lot
Location: 2157 Pickwick Drive
Camarillo, CA 93011
(in Post Plaza)
Hours: Daily 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
November 26 -December 20, 2021
Phone: 805.218.0282
Website: bigwavedaveschristmastrees.com/christmas-trees
Big Wave Dave’s Christmas Tree Lot
Location: 3370 Sunset Valley Rd
Moorpark, CA 93021
(at Underwood Family Farms)
Hours: Daily 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
November 26 -December 20, 2021
Phone: 805.701.1335
Website: bigwavedaveschristmastrees.com/christmas-trees
Big Wave Dave’s Christmas Tree Lot
Location: 3805 State St
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(at La Cumbre Plaza in the Macy’s parking lot)
Hours: Daily 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
November 26 -December 23, 2021
Phone: 805.218.0282
Website: bigwavedaveschristmastrees.com/christmas-trees
Sal’s Pumpkins and Christmas Trees
Location: 1101 Saviers Rd
Oxnard, CA 93033
Hours: Mon 8:30 am – 9:00 pm
Tues – Thu 8:30 am – 9:30 pm
Fri 8:30 am – 10:00 pm
Sat-Sun 8:30 am – 10:30 pm
November 20 – December 24, 2021
Phone: 805.628.6571
Website: facebook.com/alfierijr
Prancers Christmas Tree Village
Location: 3075 Johnson Dr
Ventura, CA 93004
Hours: Mon – Fri 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sat-Sun 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
November 26 – December 19, 2021
Phone: 805.749.0004
Website: prancersfarm.com/
Prancers Christmas Tree Farm
Location: 18540 E Telegraph Rd
Santa Paula, CA 93030
Hours: Daily: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
November 26 – December 19, 2021
Phone: 805.749.0004
Website: prancersfarm.com/
Hagle Tree Farm
Location: 3442 Somis Road, Somis, CA 93066
Hours: Mon – Fri 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sat – Sun 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
November 26 – December 24, 2021
Phone: 805.390.9718
Website: hagletreefarm.com/
Christmas Ranch Tree Farms
Location: 1586 Pederson Rd
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Hours: Mon -Fri 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sat-Sun 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
November 27 – December 24, 2021
Friday, November 26, 2021 only, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Phone: 805.624.0031
Website: christmasranchtreefarms.com
Christmas Ranch Tree Farms
Location: 3800 Cochran St
Simi Valley, CA 93063
Hours: Sat-Sun 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
November 27 – December 24, 2021
Friday, November 26, 2021 only, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Phone: 805.624.0031
Website: christmasranchtreefarms.com
Mupu Farms Christmas Trees
Location: 3710 Ojai Road
Santa Paula, CA 93060
Hours: Mon – Fri 11:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
November 28- December 24, 2021
Phone: 805.525.6983
Website: mupufarms.synthasite.com

Local Christmas Events

Camarillo Christmas Parade
Where: In Camarillo, beginning at Temple Ave, the Parade travels down Las Posas, turning onto Carmen Dr and ends at the Camarillo Community Center.
When: 10:00 am
Saturday, December 11, 2021
What: Bands, floats, autos, horses, Santa Claus
Phone: 805.482.1996
Website: pvrpd.org/christmas-parade
Christmas on the Farm
Where: Underwood Family Farms
3370 Sunset Valley Rd
Moorpark, CA 93021
When: Daily 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
November 26 – December 23, 2021
What: Celebrate the holidays at the farm. Enjoy holiday photo opps, animal center, tractor-drawn wagon rides, pick your own fruits and veggies.
Admisson: $9.00 per person weekdays
$12.00 per person weekends
Children under 2 free. Seniors (65+), Military, Veterans, & Emergency First Responders receive a $2 admission discount every day (with valid ID).
Phone: 805.529.3690
Website: underwoodfamilyfarms.com/christmas-on-the-farm/
Camarillo Santa’s Village
Where: Camarillo Community Center
1605 E Burnley St
Camarillo, CA 93010
When: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday, December 11, 2021
What: Holiday shopping, food trucks, music, visit Santa
Phone: 805.482.1996
Website: pvrpd.org/christmas-parade
Snow N Glow Holiday Festival
When: Days and times vary – check website.
November 26 – December 26, 2021
Where: Ventura County Fairgrounds and Event Center
10 West Harbor Blvd
Ventura, CA, 93001
What: Over 1 million holiday twinkling lights on display to see, stroll through, and explore. Snow is made fresh daily (Fridays–Sundays)! Build a snowman, toss a snowball, or snow tube down a 20ft snowslide! Make memories and celebrate the holidays while sipping hot chocolate and roasting s’mores fireside.
Admission: Tickets start at $20 for adults and $15 for children.
Phone: 805.585.7811
Website: https://www.snownglow.com/ventura

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