Winter Wonderland a holiday affair

By: Eric Laughlin, Telegraph Correspondent
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Despite wet weather over the weekend, several families went out searching for the perfect Christmas tree at Green Valley Nursery’s annual Winter Wonderland. The plant and landscaping business is hosting the event up until Dec. 20, during which trees of all shapes and sizes can be found, as well as warm beverages and fun holiday crafts for the kids. “The kids can get their own 6-inch Alberta Spruce tree that they get to put in a pot and decorate,” said nursery co-owner Julie McCarthy. “Then if they bring the same tree back next year, we’ll help them re-plant and decorate it for free.” The little spruces, as well as plenty of bigger family-sized trees, are being highlighted by all kinds of holiday decorations and even a few fire pits to warm up against. Folsom resident Donna Freed came with her son Nick and daughter Kelsey to pick out their family’s tree of choice, a noble fir. “We had a little break in the rain and started putting up our Christmas lights, and then decided to come get a tree while it was still dry,” Donna said. “The trees here are the best because they keep them in water. We also like the idea of supporting our local businesses.” Alycia and A.J. Spoerle also came to get a tree and said they were delighted with the complimentary apple cider and holiday treats. “They have a good thing going here,” A.J. said. “And we just found the perfect tree.” McCarthy said she and co-owner Don DeVorss have had a lot of fun with this year’s event. “Picking out the right tree is a great family tradition,” she said. “I grew up here and I remember how we used to head up to Apple Hill to get our tree. With this event, we’re bringing Apple Hill to you.” Winter Wonderland is open daily from noon to 7 p.m., through Dec. 20. The nursery is located on Green Valley Road across the street from The Purple Place. For more information call (916) 941-0401. Or you can check out their Web site at