Christmas trees at Santa Anita

Most people think of horse racing when Santa Anita Park is mentioned. But for the holidays, Santa Anita will be home to a circus starting on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas tree sales beginning Friday.

For the very first time, Christmas Trees will be available for purchase at Santa Anita Park, beginning Nov. 25.

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Update: A tent for the tree sales was not set up until  the week of Nov. 28, and no trees were in place when the tent and facility was blown down on Thursday, Dec. 1.

By Monday, Dec. 5, the tent had been re-set and loaded with trees for sale (see photo below).

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Tahoe Christmas Tree Company will set up in the track’s southwest parking lot, Gate 1, and more than 1,000 trees will be displayed through Dec. 23.

“The majority of our trees come from Oregon direct from the growers,” said Julian Blandino of Tahoe Christmas Trees. “Our trees are hand-picked from the fields and not bought from distributors and wholesalers who buy them in bulk form for chain stores, so Tahoe trees are always fresh. That’s why our trees come with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee.”

Tahoe Trees is family-owned and was started in the 1940s. They have five other locations, in City of Industry, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Pasadena and Upland.
Snowflocking, fireproofing and delivery service are all available. Tahoe Christmas Trees also provides free assistance in securing trees to cars or trucks after purchase.
The lot, which will adjoin the Westfield Santa Anita mall, will operate daily from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.

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