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Where Holiday Memories Grow

Walton EMC members Walter and Delores Lee annually welcome families to their Greenbriar Creek Tree Farm to choose and cut Christmas trees.

Those living in and around Oconee County know that finding the perfect Christmas tree involves driving southwest of Watkinsville along Old Bishop Road to Greenbriar Creek Tree Farm.

For nearly 20 years, Walter and Delores Lee have been welcoming families to their farm to choose and cut their own fresh tree.

“We’ve been having some of the same families coming every year since we opened,” Walter said.

It takes about three to four years to grow the ideal Christmas tree. But the hard work of planting and maintaining the trees is well compensated by the joy of seeing families as they choose their special tree, Delores said.

“We want this to be a place where people bring their children to run and play,” she said.

The Lees offer Murray, Carolina Sapphire, Blue Ice and Green Giant cypress along with fresh-cut Frasier firs from North Carolina. Trees are available in heights from 6 feet and up.

Delores greets every customer and provides a short safety lesson before giving them a saw to cut their tree. For those who’d rather a pro do the job, farm personnel are happy to oblige.

Though acquiring a tree is central to the experience, the Lees encourage guests to stay for a while and enjoy the outdoors. They can climb aboard a wagon for a hayride through the farm, an opportunity that usually provides a variety of wildlife sightings.

“We’re not just selling Christmas trees, we’re helping families create memories,” Walter said.

Before you visit
Greenbriar Creek Tree Farm is scheduled to be open through Sunday, Dec. 18 — or while the supply of fresh trees lasts. Check the farm’s website , Facebook page or call 706-340-3763 for directions and hours of operation.