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Santa’s Forest tree sale in Saanich implements one-way perusing, curbside pick up

Christmas tree, wreath sales in Braefoot Park through Dec. 24
Tressa Yanchuk (left) and Marc Gagnon (right) took one-year-old Lazlo out to Santa’s Forest to pick a tree ahead of his second Christmas. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

The holiday season may look a little different this year due to COVID-19, but the Braefoot Community Association is gearing up to deliver its annual Christmas tree sale safely.

Every year since 1996, the community association has partnered with Santa’s Forest to host a tree sale in the Braefoot Park lacrosse box at 1359 McKenzie Ave.

This year, a maximum of 30 people will be permitted inside at one time with a one-way path through the rows. Those seeking the perfect tree can loop through noting their favourites then speak to staff at the exit to make a selection. If possible, households are asked to send just one person to choose and purchase a tree.

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For those who want to avoid the crowds altogether, customers can call 250-342-6857 or email to describe the height and appearance of their ideal tree and the Santa’s Forest team will choose a tree and have it ready to pick up. Torsten Schulz, office manager for the Braefoot Community Association said the option leaves selection up to the tree experts.

Attendees can choose from seven species – both farmed and natural – of various sizes and prices vary from $45 to $120. Santa’s Forest will also have wreaths, table-top trees, gift cards and other decorations.

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Schulz recommends coming by to pick up a tree early, because between COVID-19 and a tough growing season, the supply of trees is lower than in a standard year and Santa’s Forest may run out before Christmas Eve.

A portion of the proceeds funds the association’s low-cost summer camps for 2021.

The tree sale runs Nov. 27 to Dec. 24 (depending on supply) from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends.

The annual Braefoot tree recycling dates will be announced later.

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Adam O’Meara and his son Max carried the family’s chosen tree out to the parking lot on Saturday afternoon. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
(Left to right) Warren Mappin, Taco, Gordon Hay, Lucca Hay, Chelsea Mappin and Isla Hay picked out the perfect tree on Nov. 28. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)