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Another 2020 holiday bummer: Capitol Hill Christmas trees will be a little harder to come by

It brings CHS no joy to deliver such Grinch-y news.

In 2020, it’s better if you keep your Thanksgiving feasts small and socially distanced.

And it’s not going to be easy to find a Capitol Hill Christmas tree.

Stevens Elementary, site of one of the neighborhood’s big annual holiday tree sales, has announced what you probably might have expected — there will be no trees at the North Capitol Hill school this year:

Unfortunately, we will not be having the Tree Sale this year. Pandemic restrictions and community safety are our main concern. It’s a loss, for sure! We’ll miss seeing the community come together and have the opportunity to connect with each other.

The school’s PTA says the annual sale raised around $15,000 for programs for the public school’s kids. You can give here if you’d still like to pitch in.

Without the Stevens sale, finding holiday greenery on the Hill in 2020 could be a challenge. Another longtime holiday tradition ended in the neighborhood in 2018 when Seattle Area Support Groups announced it was ending its annual sale as part of its move out of the Dunshee House.

Grocery stores will again stock trees and there will likely be commercial lots again in the area. Some might take the leap into an artificial tree or, gasp, no tree at all.

Meanwhile, Pike/Pine’s infamously wonderful Baby Doll Tree is probably also now a ghost of Capitol Hill Christmas past. Vintage shop No Parking closed earlier this year after more than a decade in the neighborhood.

For all the Scrooges responding to this with a bah and a humbug, enjoy the lumps of coal in your stockings while they last. Judging by evening walks across the Hill, people’s holiday light displays are going to be bigger, more plentiful, and, yes, earlier and probably longer lasting than ever in 2020. Ho, ho, ho, ho.


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lover of the babydoll tree
lover of the babydoll tree
2 months ago

I was at Grocery Outlet 2 days ago and they had a whole bunch of Xmas trees for sale in the lot! It’s a little bit off the hill but still close and the trees looked great.
I am going to miss that baby doll tree so much! Nothing says hill holiday like a tree with a bunch of disembodied doll arms, topped with the head! Perhaps our house will try to recreate it.

Mimi
Mimi
2 months ago

That’s sad. Maybe there’s a business opportunity here for someone?

NoMoTrees
NoMoTrees
1 month ago
Reply to  Mimi

No. Capitalism is the problem.

Bob
Bob
1 month ago
Reply to  NoMoTrees

Lol. Yep. That makes total sense.

Cappy
Cappy
1 month ago

City People on Madison sells trees