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About Us and Our Products

HOLIDAY HILLS CHRISTMAS TREES is family-owned and family-operated in the rich farming area of Oregon known as the Willamette Valley.  Daryll and Elaine Smith have been growing and selling their premium Christmas trees in South Texas and the greater San Antonio area since 1988.  Their sons, and now the grandkids, too, pitch in to help during summer vacations.

The soils in the Willamette Valley were deposited millennia ago when the ice dams in Montana and Idaho burst repeatedly over several thousands of years as the Ice Age receded.  As these ice dams built up and crashed over and over again from the weight of the compacted snow, ice, soils, and rock behind them, the pent-up waters were forced with tremendous pressure through what is now the Columbia River Gorge between the states of Oregon and Washington.  These riches over-spilled into what is now the Willamette Valley, gushing south from the Columbia River, backing up the Willamette River some 200 miles!  This massive deposit of riches created one of the most fertile areas on earth, and our loamy soil is known throughout the world for its ability to produce superior crops.

These trees are hand-trimmed and individually selected from this moist, green valley, blessed with abundant rainfall and mild, sunny days to produce perfect specimens.

 
Our four select species:


Douglas Fir
Oregon’s state tree, beautifully cone-shaped and fragrant


Nordmann Fir
our newest variety, a native of Russia – similar in shape to a Noble, noted for its amazing keep-ability


Grand Fir
the most fragrant of them all


Noble Fir
a strong tree with branches that can hold and display your heaviest heirloom ornaments among its layered boughs

 

Your tree is cut fresh at the latest possible date, it is shipped in a refrigerated truck, and it is kept in water on our lot to assure you the freshest, healthiest tree possible.  We bring you these finest quality trees with the hope that your family Christmas season will bring much joy to you all.

Sizes available:  Our trees range in size from Table Tops (3 feet), all the way up to 16 feet.  Not all species are available in all sizes in any given year, so if you are in the market for a tree over 12 feet tall, please give us a call as early in the summer as possible so we can find just what you’re looking for, tag it, and reserve it just for you.  You may specify a wide and full tree; or a skinny, layered tree, or anything in between.  Call us at our home in Salem, Oregon:  503-362-5124 (Pacific time zone).

 

Other products:

We have TREE STANDS to fit all sizes and weights of trees, and our knowledgeable Lot Operators and Sales Staff can help you select the stand that will most safely hold your tree.  All stands hold an abundance of water.

FLOOR GUARDS fit under your stand to protect your hardwood floors or carpets, they keep moisture and spills from leaking through.

Be sure to check out our WATERING SPOUTS – the coolest tree accessory since Santa started his deliveries.  Allows you to keep your stand full of water without crawling under the tree and removing packages or looking under your tree’s skirt (they’re shy that way, you know!!).

But wait, there’s more!

Live, green WREATHS and GARLANDS.  Our wreaths are straight out of the Olympic rain forests in the state of Washington, they are transported refrigerated, and we keep them refrigerated in San Antonio until they are dispersed to your favorite Holiday Hills location.  We only place a few at each location at a time to ensure their freshness at point of sale.

Lengths of GARLAND come in two varieties – Noble fir and Cedar fir.

ROUND WREATHS are made in three sizes – 20”, 28”, and 34” – decorated with cones and juniper berries.  We also have live wreaths in the shape of CHRISTIAN CROSSES and CANDY CANES.

 ONE STOP SHOPPING:  To make your shopping experience as seamless as possible, we also carry the following products:

  •  WREATH HANGERS (one size holds all)
  •  TREE REMOVAL BAGS (to help keep your house needle-free).  The trick here is open the package, place the bag under your stand, cover with your tree skirt, and when ready to take the tree down after Christmas, simply slide the bag up and around the tree, twist-tie the top, and carry the tree outside and – Voila!  No needles!!!!
  •  KEEPS-IT-GREEN – a proven, liquid preservative that is safe for both children and pets – will NOT attract ants or other bugs.
  •  NETTING is available for those who want to “minimize” their tree for transport.  Unlike other vendors who furnish netting “at no extra cost” (but obviously must pass the cost on to everyone), we do charge a nominal fee – but just for those that want the netting.
  •  POLY-TUBING – a clear, plastic wrap for your tree if protection from the weather is necessary for its trip home (poly-tubing is standard and free with all flocked trees).
  •  FLOCKING (looks like SNOW!!) can be applied per your specifications – from a light dusting on the tips to a heavier look and anything in between, and SPARKLES can be added for extra glitter.

 

Interesting facts about flocking:  The water-soluble solution (made from pulp of recycled paper) preserves the tree’s freshness — no need to keep the tree in water.  It suppresses any aromas that might cause allergies to act up, and with gentle treatment will last as long as you want to keep your tree.  It’s not unheard of that someone kept their tree until Valentine’s Day (or beyond) and re-decorated it for the next holiday!  And if no rain is predicted, set it outside and take next year’s Christmas pictures now!

DELIVERY SERVICE can be arranged, and all our locations have Christmas music, clean & sanitary porta-potties for your convenience, and personalized service.  Our trees are all under big circus-style tents to keep you and the trees out of the sun, wind, and rain!

Our hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day except Saturdays, which are our busiest day, so we’re open 9 to 9 every Saturday.  We take cash, checks and debit/credit cards.  And to thank our friends in the armed forces for their service to our country, active military personnel receive 10 percent off their purchase.

We have come to love Texas as our second home, and invite ya’ll to visit us in Oregon.