The Beachcomber Holiday Guide

Annual Christmas Tree Sale Benefits Volunteer Fire Company

By Gina G. Scala | Nov 08, 2019
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

Ship Bottom — For months now, Christmas has been in stores and online. Locally, two things need to happen before it feels like the holiday season has arrived on Long Beach Island: the theme of the Ship Bottom Christmas parade is announced and the Ship Bottom Volunteer Fire Co. strings its white lights at its Central Avenue location in preparation of its annual live Christmas tree sale.

The parade is Dec. 7 this year, one week later than normal, but the volunteer fire company is kicking off its Christmas Tree Sale on Black Friday, Nov. 29. Trees are available until Christmas Eve or until they run out, whichever comes first.

The Pennsylvania Douglas firs come from a family-run Christmas tree farm just outside of Milleville, Pa.; sizes range from 3 feet to 12 feet.

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. 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.

Stop by the firehouse, 20th Street and Central Avenue, from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to check out the trees. The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The event is closed Tuesdays and Thursdays. Stay tuned for more information about this event and other holiday happenings that benefit the fire company. G.G.S.

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