There’s nothing quite like the smell of a fresh Christmas tree. You always thought it would be cool to chop down your own tree, but you’re not quite ready to become Clark Griswold and drag your whole family through snow and mud in search of the perfect one. We respect that and have found the perfect compromise!
Risen Christ Catholic Church in Boise has an amazing garden ministry that raises fresh vegetables and fruit which they distribute to the hungry within the parish community as well as to the wider Boise community working with organizations like the Saint-Vincent de Paul food bank.
As the garden and the passion for it grew, the church came up with the idea of turning an unused, weed-infested area of the church grounds into its own Christmas tree farm. . It took years to get it up and running, but with a lot of help they were able to plant their first 350 trees in 2011. They continued to plant a similar amount of trees for 7 years, putting in places the Garden Ministry to host an event they’ve always dreamed of: a family-focused Christmas tree fundraiser. The first was in 2019 and it has become an annual tradition!
During the fundraiser, the church offers families in Treasure Valley an opportunity that falls somewhere between Clark Griswold and roaming a Christmas tree lot. On November 25 and 26 and December 3 and 4, the community is invited to visit the garden behind the church and cut down their favorite tree. The money from the sale of the trees will go towards the church’s mortgage debt.
If you don’t want to fell the tree yourself, there will be volunteers on hand to do it for you after you indicate which tree would be perfect in your home. In addition to the tree sale, the church will also be offering fresh wreaths made by parishioners and hot chocolate.
Tree sales take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The church is located at 11511 Lake Hazel Road in Boise.
But wait…I want to be Clark Griswold
Hey, we’re not going to stop you from wandering around the Payette or Boise National Forest looking for your tree if you really want to. Here’s what you need to know to get yours!
Boise National Forest
The Boise National Forest recommends purchasing your permits online as they will not be selling permits at the Boise Interagency Visitor Center this year. These permits went on sale in mid-October and can be purchased at Recreation.gov. Online purchases will incur an additional $2.50 service charge.
According to Boise National Forest website, if you want to purchase your tree permit in person, their only sales permit vendor in Treasure Valley is East Cleveland Beverage in Caldwell. Other vendors also sell permits in person, but are a bit further away. You can see these locations HERE.
Permits are valid from Saturday, November 19 to Sunday, December 25.
Payette National Forest
Like Boise National Forest, Payette National Forest also has permits on sale now via Recreation.gov. The same $2.50 service charge applies to their permits.
Payette National Forest permits are valid from Saturday, November 19 through Saturday, December 31. You can help the child look forward to the big trip to find the tree by printing out one of these cute coloring pages the Forest Service has prepared. HERE.
FREE tree permits for fourth graders
Don’t forget that the Payette and Boise National Forests participate in the “Every Kid Outdoors” program. Under this program, fourth graders can get a free Christmas tree permit for their family. For more information, click here.
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