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Havana Christmas Tree Farm, 30 years of holiday traditions across the big bend

Posted at 2:02 AM, Dec 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-06 08:19:01-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In Gadsden County, it's a place surrounded by families looking for the perfect tree to fill their homes with Christmas joy this holiday season.

Havana Christmas Tree Farm has been a family tradition for 30 years.

"My husband purchased this property in ‘85," Owner Linda Sellars said."He wanted a Christmas tree farm. Then, in ‘89, we opened up the business to come out and cut your own tree down.”

Sellars said this 30-acre property, with 3,000 trees, all started as a dream.

Sellars husband started the farm as a side business during the winter, but never expected it to become so popular.

"Now, I’ve seen people bring out their kid, and then their kids bring their own kids," Sellars said. "We’re probably at four generations of families coming here.”

Sellars said they’re open 6 weeks a year, but the process of getting the tree ready takes several years.

She says she plants new trees every January with each growing a foot a year. She said she doesn't start selling them until they’re at four feet.

This is a labor of love all worth it to see the smiles on faces that visit the farm.

"The little kids are running around saying , 'which tree? Can I pick it out mom? Can I cut it down?'" Sellars said. "It’s just such a fun thing to see all the people come out here and have such a good time.”

From decorated Christmas trees and unique ornaments lining the gift shop, to people loading up their cars with their new freshly cut tree.

Linda’s created her own Christmas wonderland in the Big Bend that is totally Tallahassee.

“It's just really special... holds a special place in my heart," Sellars said.

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