Alexandria, VA

If you waited, unlike the City of Alexandria, to put up your Christmas decorations after Thanksgiving, there are plenty of places to get your tree.

For one, the Alexandria Police Department is hosting its annual Christmas tree sale, a yearly fundraiser that helps cover the cost of sending over 50 children to Camp Kekoka in the summer. The program specifically aims to help Alexandria children who would otherwise be unable to afford summer camp.

The trees are sold at 110 Callahan Drive, near the Masonic Temple. Trees are available from 4-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, or on weekends from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

According to the camp website:

For more than 70 years, the Alexandria Police Youth Camp has been offering children in Alexandria a place to meet friends, try new exciting adventures and participate in character-building activities… Our mission is to own and operate a camp for children, where they can receive wholesome recreation, moral, physical, mental, cultural and civil training.

The prices for the trees are not listed online.

Almost Heavenly Christmas Trees is open daily at Landmark Mall from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on weekends and from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. during the week.

The company is also hosting a sale in North Ridge (2911 Cameron Mills Road) this weekend from Friday, Dec. 6, through Sunday, Dec. 8. Proceeds from the sale will help benefit the North Ridge Citizens Associations and Trinity United Methodist Church.

Tree prices range from $30 for a 3-foot tree up to $525 for a 15-foot tree. The company also offers accessories like garlands and wreaths.

Other Christmas tree sales around town include, but are not limited to:

  • Greenstreet Gardens (1721 West Braddock Road) — Staff at Greenstreet Gardens said the prices vary significantly by the size of the tree.
  • Basilica School of Saint Mary (400 Green Street) — The Christmas tree sale starts Tuesday, Dec. 5 and ends Sunday, Dec. 15. The sale is open 6-9 p.m. on weeknights and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on weekends. All proceeds benefit the school.
  • Fairlington United Methodist Church (3900 King Street) — The church is hosting its annual tree sale starting Thursday, Dec. 5 through Sunday, Dec. 15.

For commuters, nearby Arlington also has a number of sales, including in the Crystal City area.

Staff photo by Jay Westcott

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Morning Notes

Meeting About Detention Center Held Last Night — “Should a youth detention center in Northern Virginia stay open? That question spurred passionate debate at a series of public meetings this month, as the operators of the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center make decisions about the future of the facility… ‘I would like to see the facility stay open because it helps youth,’ said Bill Cleveland, former vice mayor of Alexandria.” [WTOP, Twitter/@AmyJacksonVA]

City Council Approves Waterfront Restaurant — “The Mill, a southern kitchen and market, gained approval to open in a historic Alexandria warehouse at 10 Duke Street on the waterfront. City Council voted on Nov. 16 to approve the special use permit and encroachment into the public right-of-way on Duke Street for a balcony, steps and signage.” [Patch]

Xmas Tree Selected for Dec. 8 Tree Lighting — “After scouting for the Del Ray Christmas tree by air over the Naughty Pines tree farm in Dickerson, Md., the perfect specimen has been identified. They found it in Anderson’s single engine Cirrus airplane, and all they have to do now is inspect it on the ground, cut it down, lift it onto a trailer, and haul it over to Mount Vernon Avenue.” [Zebra]

NORAD Exercises Planned Tonight — “Don’t be frightened if you see and hear military aircraft speeding overhead… The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is expected to conduct air exercises over the Washington area from Thursday night into early Friday morning. Flights are scheduled between midnight and 5:30 a.m.” [WTOP]

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Alexandria wants you to plant a tree.

Specifically, the city needs some help to get 40 percent of the city covered with trees by 2035, a goal expressed in the city’s Environmental Action Plan.

A native tree sale is underway through Wednesday, Oct. 30, to encourage residents to plant trees native to Alexandria in their yard. Trees for sale include:

  • Flowering Dogwood: $40
  • Black Oak: $35
  • Pitch Pine: $40
  • Tulip Poplar: $20
  • Chestnut Oak: $35
  • White Oak: $40
  • Black Gum: $40

For those without yards in which to plant, residents can also purchase a tree and have it planted at no cost on city property near their residence or at a local business, provided the site is approved by the city arborist.

Trees can either be purchased online or at the Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center (5750 Sanger Avenue).

The city is already close to its tree canopy goals, achieving 36 percent in 2016, according to the Environmental Action Plan.

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