Holiday Guide

Christmas Tree Sale, Winter Market at Ship Bottom Firehouse

Nov 10, 2017

Christmas is about tradition, and one of the most recognizable traditions on Long Beach Island is the Ship Bottom Volunteer Fire Co.’s Christmas tree sale. You can’t miss the signs as you drive along Central Avenue, from the white lights that make it feel a little like a scene out of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at its Central Avenue lot to the smell of the trees, and finally seeing the trees bright with green branches. It’s how you know the Christmas season is coming to the Island.

As it does every year, the Christmas tree sales event, just one of the holiday season’s fundraising events for the volunteer fire company, kicks off Thanksgiving weekend, and runs through Christmas Eve, or when the trees sell out.

“Our trees are cut to order,” Rick McDonough, fire company president, said. “The very next day we pick them up.”

The Pennsylvania Douglas firs come from a family-run Christmas tree farm, he said. Not only are the trees freshly cut, but the prices are competitive, and the fire company offers free delivery for Island residents, and within reason on the mainland, too, McDonough said.

Worried about getting the tree into the house once it’s been delivered? Don’t be – the firefighters will carry the tree into the house, he said.

In its 25th season, the Christmas tree sale is the most visible and consistent fundraising event for the company, but the Winter Market, sponsored by the women’s auxiliary, is quickly making a name for itself.

The event is slated for Dec. 2, the same day as the annual Ship Bottom Christmas Parade, McDonough said, at the firehouse. It expects to be open from noon to 6 p.m., and provides offerings from local crafters, makers and artisans.

“Some of them from last year have already called to see when it was going to happen,” he said.

So, if you’re on the look for holiday gifts or Christmas tree ornaments, make sure you stop by and check out the second annual market. Stay tuned for more information about both events. —G.G.S.

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