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Heritage Park is hosting its annual Christmas Tree Farm, with a hay maze for children and a garden patch decorated for the holidays. Frank Molina, an Arizona resident, volunteers every year at the Christmas Tree farm. The Noble Fir trees, grown in Oregon, are available for purchase 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. on weekends until Christmas Eve. / photo by Stephanie Arellanes

Heritage Park is hosting its annual Christmas Tree Farm, with a hay maze for children and a garden patch decorated for the holidays. Frank Molina, an Arizona resident, volunteers every year at the Christmas Tree farm. The Noble Fir trees, grown in Oregon, are available for purchase 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. on weekends until Christmas Eve. / photo by Stephanie Arellanes

Angie Marcos
LV Life Editor

The 12th annual La Verne Heritage Christmas Tree Farm will not only be selling Christmas trees to local residents this holiday season, but will offer families a day of fun with various activities located on the grounds.

“We have activities for kids here,” said Robin Molina, president and events coordinator for the La Verne Heritage Foundation.

“We have sleigh rides that go through the orange orchard and we also have a little hay maze that everyone enjoys,” Robin Molina said.

Sleigh rides are only available on weekends and cost $2 per ride.

The park’s hay maze and the historic Weber House, built in 1880, are decorated with Christmas lights in the night to add a more festive mood to the grounds, Robin Molina said.

Christmas music can be heard coming from the Weber House, adding to the Christmas holiday decorations at the tree farm.

The memorable service at Heritage Park has Jake Wiersma, a La Verne resident, returning to Heritage Park for the past seven years for his family’s annual Christmas tree purchase.

Those working the tree farm are so intent on helping their customers find the perfect Christmas tree, that even they will continually bring out fresh trees, Wiersma said.

“They really make an effort to help the customer,” Wiersma said.

“What I like the most is that I get to bring my son and he gets to run around and have a great time,” Wiersma said.

“Plus, it’s a little different than your average Christmas tree farm,” Wiersma said in regards to the various activities available for families and children to be part of while purchasing their Christmas tree. “The atmosphere is different here.”

“It’s more of a family experience. We have many repeat customers, which we appreciate,” Molina said. “The bad thing is that we’re a little hidden.”

Robin Molina’s son and daughter help deliver and set up Christmas trees for customers, adding to the family atmosphere at the tree farm.

“My favorite part is the smell of the trees,” Dorothy Molina, mother-in-law of Robin Molina and a former Claremont resident, said. “Being with the kids is also my favorite part.”

“We’ve got the best trees, we’re kid friendly and we have a family atmosphere,” Dorothy Molina said. “You can’t ask for a better spot than this one.”

“It’s a fundraiser for Heritage Park,” Robin Molina said. All of the money earned goes to the maintenance and preservation of Heritage Park, which the city of La Verne is liable for, she said.

Our Family Tree Company has been selling Christmas trees in La Verne for the past 12 years.

Christmas trees will be sold at Heritage Park from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. now through Dec. 24. Heritage Park is located at 5001 Via de Mansion.

For more information on the Christmas tree farm visit laverneheritage.org or call 909-593-2862.

La Verne will host the 10th annual Winter Wonderland in La Verne from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Park. There will be a $10 entrance fee.

Crafts, snow, and Santa Claus will be at the event for children ages 12 and younger. Sliding saucers will be provided for those playing in the snow.

For more information on Winter Wonderland in La Verne visit www.ci.la-verne.ca.us.

Angie Marcos can be reached at angie.marcos@laverne.edu.

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