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Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
The derecho that took out trees across Iowa mostly spared the Christmas trees at Hoffman Tree Farm in Marion.
'Any trees 8 foot and under came through it just fine. We lost only maybe five or six Christmas trees if something fell
on top of them,” co-owner Dan Hoffman said.
They did lose taller, more mature trees on the property and have been working hard to get the farm ready to welcome visitors again on Friday.
'It's given us something to work at for the last three months and probably the next three years,” he said.
He encourages visitors to wear gloves and a scarf or mask due to the coronavirus pandemic, but said he feels tree cutting is a fairly safe activity, since it is outside.
Many tree farms have put extra precautions in place this year due to the pandemic, such as closing or limiting gift shops or canceling visits from Santa.
Here's what you need to know about where to pick a live tree in Eastern Iowa this year. This list may not be comprehensive and is compiled from tree farm websites and the Iowa Christmas tree Growers Association. Farms are listed in alphabetical order by county.
Kacena Family Tree Farm
Where: 2510 55th St., Vinton
When: Nov. 27 until sold out
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. opening day and Saturdays and Sundays; weekdays by appointment only.
COVID information: Masks required when inside barn and gift shop.
Black Hawk County
Kriss Kringle's Trees
Where: 5220 W. Bennington Rd., Cedar Falls
When: Nov. 27 to Dec. 11 or until sold out
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. opening day and weekends; 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays
COVID information: Santa not appearing this year.
Wapsie Pines Tree Farm at Fairbank
' Where: 2778 Whitetail
When: Nov. 27 to Dec. 13
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends and opening day, 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays
COVID information: Santa not appearing this year; separate warming shed entrance and exit doors, plus an outdoor payment window option.
Kelly Tree Farm
' Where: 1045 Stone Mill
' When: Due to demand, may only be open for one weekend, Nov. 27 to Nov. 29. Call or check website for additional
' COVID information: Christmas rabbits will
not be available for children to hold this year.
Handley's Holiday Hillside Inc.
Where: 1731 White Oak Ave. NE, Solon
' When: Nov. 27 and Saturdays and Sundays in December until
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
' COVID information: Visitors asked to maintain six feet of social distancing and wear masks when social
distancing not possible. Cocoa cabin and gift shop not open.
A & A Christmas tree Farm
Where: 14201 170th Ave., Monticello
When: Nov. 27 and every weekend up to Christmas
Hours: Sunup to sundown
Cedar's Edge Evergreen Market
Where: 2188 Ivanhoe Rd., Ely
' When: Open for pre-cuts only 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 22, and then open for field cutting Nov. 27 until
sold out. Limited field cutting available this year.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and opening day, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday to Thursday
Hoffman Tree Farm
Where: 9409 C Ave., Marion
' When: Nov. 27. Limited availability of choose and cut trees. Fields will
be open for cutting Thanksgiving weekend, though they may open again depending on availability. Pre-cut trees available until sold out.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday to Sunday, 3:30 to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday
COVID information: Masks or scarves encouraged.
Wickiup Hill Tree Farm
' Address: Wickiup Hill
When: Nov. 27 to Dec. 4
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 27 to 29; 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 30 to Dec. 4
' COVID information: Guests will not be allowed into craft and goody shop, but will be able to browse and pay through a window. Cash only. Saws sanitized between uses. Visitors asked to wear a mask and social
distance while waiting in line.
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' Where: 1501 L
Ave., Morning Sun
When: Opened Nov. 21, through Christmas
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays
COVID information: Appointments encouraged during weekdays to reduce weekend crowds, masks encouraged, staff temperature checks, outdoor pay option and other precautions.
Bappe's Holiday Pines Tree Farm
' Where: 1846 Whitetail
When: Opened Nov. 21 through Christmas
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
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