Cut your own tree at Strickland’s Christmas Tree Farm in DeFuniak Springs

Linda and Cody Strickland welcome you to their Christmas Tree Farm in DeFuniak Springs.

Leyland cypress, Southern Red Cedar, Arizona Blue Ice Cypress available

Bring back an old holiday tradition, or start a new one as you select and cut down your Christmas tree at Strickland’s Christmas Tree Farm. Located in DeFuniak Springs, the farm is owned by Cody and Linda Strickland. The 60-acre farm is one of the largest in Florida, and offers the following varieties: Leyland Cypress, Red Cedar, Arizona Blue Ice Cypress, and Florida Pine. A few of the Virginia Pines are also now available.

Started in the early ’60s by Strickland’s grandfather with just a few trees, popularity soon grew, and more trees were planted every year. Practicing good stewardship, this third generation farm has expanded to more than 10,000 trees.

More than 60 acres of Christmas trees at Strickland's farm. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

More than 60 acres of Christmas trees at Strickland’s farm. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

“We replant a minimum of three times what we sell,” said Cody Strickland.

Live wreaths will be available for purchase as well.

Pricing is $7/ft. up to 8 ft., $8.00/ft. 8 1/2 – 10 ft. tall, $9.00/ft. 10 1/2 – 12 ft. tall, $10/ft. 12 1/2 ft. tall, $11/ft. 14 1/2 – 16 ft., $12/ft. 16 1/2 – 18 ft., $13/ft. 18 1/2 – 20 ft., $14/ft. 20 1/12 – 22 ft., $15/ft. 22 1/2 and up. A 10% discount is offered to military and first responders Dec. 8-10. Delivery is available, inquire for prices. Wholesale pricing is offered for more than 20 trees.

Santa Claus will be out again this year on Dec. 2nd from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Dec. 3rd from 12 – 5 p.m.

Arizona Blue Ice Cypress is one of the varieties of Christmas trees you can choose from at Strickland's Christmas Tree Farm. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoor

Arizona Blue Ice Cypress is one of the varieties of Christmas trees you can choose from at Strickland’s Christmas Tree Farm. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoor

Tree stands, preservatives and removal bags are available on site. Hand saws are provided in addition to assistance cutting trees down if needed. Measuring poles are also available. Baling is offered for a minimal fee in addition to shaking to rid the trees of bugs.

Hot chocolate, soft drinks and snacks will be available.

Strickland Tree Farm is located at 1602 Kidd Road (CR183) in DeFuniak Springs. Their hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. 12 – 5 p.m. Sun. Trees will be available from the day after Thanksgiving until Dec. 22. For more information, call (850) 951-1005 ::Map::

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Christmas Reflections in DeFuniak Springs Nov. 24 – Dec. 31

A full moon rises on Lake DeFuniak during the Christmas Reflections. Lori Ceier/Walton OutdoorsChristmas Reflections in DeFuniak Springs runs from 5 – 9 p.m. nightly Nov. 24 – Dec. 31. See how six million Christmas lights multiply to 12 million when reflected on the perfectly round lake which is the centerpiece of the DeFuniak Springs Historic District. This incredible display on the original grounds of Florida’s Historic Chautauqua has no equal. $3/person, Season Passes $35, ages 6 and under free.

Enter at Live Oak Ave. and Circle Drive along the lake.

Carriage rides by High Horse Farm LLC will be available for an additional fee Nov. 24 – 26, Dec. 1 – 3, then nightly Dec. 8 – 31. Sponsored by the Christmas Reflections Committee of the City of DeFuniak Springs.

For more information call Carolyn Mora at 850-892-3950.

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Moonlight paddle at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Dec. 2

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for a moonlight paddle on December 2, 2017 from 4 – 7 p.m.  Experience Campbell Lake on a Ranger guided paddling tour.  Participants must be experienced canoers/kayakers over 12 yrs old.

Program is $40 per person and space is limited. Advanced online registration is required and can be done at www.topsailparkfriends.org. Program fee includes watercraft rental, PFD, paddle, park admission fee, glow sticks, tram ride to Campbell Lake and a donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park.  Program is weather dependent.  In order to prevent the introduction of invasive species in to Campbell Lake, which is a rare Coastal Dune Lake, watercraft and gear from outside the park is not allowed

For more information about the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, please visit:

www.topsailparkfriends.org or email friendsofthsp@gmail.com

To learn more about the park, please visit: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Topsail-Hill.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP::

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Walton Master Gardeners taking pre orders for annual plant and tree sale

The Walton County Master Gardeners are busy planning for their annual Plant and Tree Sale to be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018, from 9 a.m. to noon at the County Fair Grounds. As in past years we will offer an opportunity to pre-order plants.

Pre-orders may be placed until Thursday, December 7, 2017.  The forms are available at the Extension office in DeFuniak Springs.  Orders may be placed in person at the Extension office, called in at 850-892-8172 or emailed to waltonmg@ifas.ufl.edu.

Citrus will be available through pre-order on a first come-first served basis while supplies last. Order early if you are interested in citrus.

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Wesley house at Eden Gardens State Park decorated for the holidays, Candlelight Tour Dec. 16

Eden Gardens State Park and the Friends of Eden invite you to join them for a tour of the Wesley House through the holidays. All of the rooms of the house have been decorated in Christmas cheer with each decorated in a variety of different themes by local organizations.

Downstairs, upstairs entry and stairway: Destin Woman’s Club – “Victorian Christmas”
Library: Pt. Washington Historical Society – Christina & Paul Flynn – “Festive Feathered Friends”
Dining Room: Ladies of Impact 100 – “Blessed Holiday Season”
Downstairs Sunporch: Karin Anderson, Drift30a – “Home for Christmas”
Red Bedroom: Jacque Wright – “The Nutcracker Suite”
Blue Bedroom: Tricia Willis, Twin Interior Design – “All Hearts Come Home for Christmas”
Children’s Bedroom: S. Walton Montessori Academy – “A Children’s Christmas”
Pink Bedroom: Tara Stacey – “A Child’s Christmas Dream”
Upstairs Sun Porch: Seagrove Garden Club – “American Christmas Tradition”

Tours of the Wesley House are Thursday – Monday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., every hour on the hour. The Christmas decorations will be up through Dec. 31. The rest of the park is open 7 days a week.

On Dec. 16, enjoy the Candlelight Tour, with a traditional walk through the luminaries to the Historic Wesley House to enjoy it’s beautifully seasonally decorated rooms. After the tour is completed, the Friends of Eden will be providing refreshments in the pavilion. It’s an evening meant to be enjoyed by all who attend. Donations to the Friends of Eden Gardens are welcome and appreciated. To volunteer or for additional information call the park office. 
Fees: Admission fees to the park and the event are waived.
 Contact: (850) 267-8320.

About Eden Gardens State Park

One of the most beautiful parks in Walton County sits along Tucker Bayou in Point Washington in South Walton. Large moss covered live oaks, gardens, walking trails and panoramic views of the bayou provide a visual delight for the visitor to this dynamic and historic State Park.

The focal point of the park is the two-story Wesley house with large white columns and wrap-around porch. Originally owned by the Wesley’s a wealthy Florida timber family, the mansion was purchased in 1963 by Lois Maxon who renovated the home, and created a showplace for family heirlooms and antiques. The house is now owned by the State of Florida, and is the centerpiece of the park.

Hours of Operation
The park is open 7 days a week. Guided tours of the Wesley house are available hourly Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (including holidays)

Directions
Eden Gardens State Park is located in Point Washington, off U.S. 98 on C.R. 395.
For more information, call (850) 267-8320.
181 Eden Garden Road, Point Washington, Fl. 32459

The parks website is http://www.floridastateparks.org/edengardens
Park Fees
$4.00 per vehicle
$2.00 for Bikes and Peds
$4.00 per adult house tour
Children free

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Old fashioned Christmas celebration in Chipley Dec. 1

The holiday season is upon us and the Chipley Christmas Fest is gearing up to bring together a family friendly celebration in Downtown Chipley. The event will take place on Friday, December 1, 2017 from 4-9 pm.

The holiday stroll will be back again this year. Come out and do your Christmas shopping locally this year and you are sure to find some unique gift ideas and holiday discounts. Also, don’t miss the Christmas marketplace with local arts and crafts vendors selling their wares.

The annual Christmas parade will begin at 5:30 pm (lineup is at 4:30 pm at the old CHS track on North Railroad Ave) and is a lighted parade. Parade applications are available at the Washington County Chamber of Commerce. The Washington County Arts Council will judge.

There will be plenty of other activities this year as well, including free carriage rides and Santa photos at the gazebo by the Farmer’s Market Complex, free pony rides, petting zoo, and inflatable slide and bounce house.

Live entertainment will be provided along with classic Christmas tunes from 4-7 pm. the Chipley High School Vocal Ensemble on stage from 7-8 pm and Rick Kent closing the night out from 8-8:30 pm. The Washington County Historical Society will be hosting an open house during the festivities, so stop in and see all the wonderful displays. Food and drink vendors will also be available.

For more information or to become a vendor, please contact (850) 703-3656 or chipleychristmasfest@gmail.com.

Tobacco Free Florida, Community South Credit Union, The Northwest Florida Community Hospital, Sand Hills Santa, JC3 Photography, Chipley Garden Club, Chipley Woman’s Club, Distinguished Young Women and Washington County Public Library, The Pony Life, Lane’s Outdoor Equipment, Metric Engineering, and PC Inflatables are sponsoring the event.

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