Last updated: December 18. 2013 8:04AM - 674 Views
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Beth Wicker, left, of Wicker's Christmas Tree Farm shakes out a Christmas tree she donated to The Newberry Observer this year as Leesa Chavis from The Observer helps. The tree, which was decorated by the staff, will be presented to a local family for Christmas.
Beth Wicker, left, of Wicker's Christmas Tree Farm shakes out a Christmas tree she donated to The Newberry Observer this year as Leesa Chavis from The Observer helps. The tree, which was decorated by the staff, will be presented to a local family for Christmas.
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Elyssa Parnell


Staff Writer


NEWBERRY — With only one week left until Christmas, do you have your live Christmas tree yet?


For those that have been waiting for just the right time to buy one, Newberry has two local and family owned tree farms that will be open right up until the big day.


Shine and Lee’s Christmas Trees, located at 20670 U.S. 76 in Newberry is open every day up until Christmas Eve for families that wish to purchase a live tree for their homes, business, or family gatherings.


Sharon Ringer, also known as “Shine” and her husband Lee purchased the land around their house in early 2000, where she said they fenced and planted their first group of trees in 2003. By 2008, Ringer said they were open and ready to share their trees with the community.


Shine and Lee’s tree farm ships in Fraser Fir trees, but also supplies Carolina Sapphire, Leyland Cypress, and Red Cedar trees. They also make wreaths from clippings of the trees, table top and mailbox decorations, and bows, that are available to order or purchase.


“We always have supplies to make them with,” Ringer said.


For children, Ringer said they provide sleds to use during your visit to pull children around the lot, as well as handmade props to put your faces into for family photos.


“It frees the parents up from carrying them around the farm,” Ringer said. “We try to make it family friendly.”


Shine and Lee’s Christmas tree farm is open Sunday through Friday from 1:30 p.m. until dark and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until dark. Their telephone number is 276-0161. Although they close on Christmas Eve, Ringer said if someone comes up in need of a tree, they will gladly assist them in getting one.


Wicker’s Christmas Tree Farm, located at 940 Mud Creek Road in Newberry, is also encouraging the community to start a family tradition with getting a live Christmas tree from their tree farm.


Beth Wicker, along with her husband Wayne, own their tree farm near their home. Wicker said they got into the business when Buck Cockrell, who used to own a local tree farm, got out of the business about 1999. Cockrell helped the Wickers start their farm by showing them what trees they needed to plant, and other important aspects about owning a tree farm.


By 2005, Wicker said they were ready to begin selling their trees. They carry freshly cut Fraser Fir trees from North Carolina, as well as Murray Cypress, Leyland Cypress, Carolina Sapphire, Clemson Greenspire, and Red Cedar in their fields.


Wicker said for children they offer free rides on the “Mud Creek Caboose,” coloring books, snacks, and free hot chocolate and apple cider. They also accept canned goods, which are donated to a local food pantry, and coats, which are donated to the YMCA’s annual coat drive. Handmade ornaments and wreaths are also available for purchase.


Wicker’s Tree Farm is open from 1:30 p.m. until dark each day, opening at 10 a.m. on Saturdays. They can be reached at 321-0328.


“It’s been fun watching the children grow over the years,” Wicker said. “We love what we do.”


Elyssa Parnell can be reached at 803-276-0625, ext. 108 or at eparnell@civitasmedia.com.

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