‘North Pole Annex’ features Christmas trees, Santa, more

Martin Banuelos Jr. bought the first tree of the season–while the Optimists were still setting up their Tree Lot. Courtesy photos

BY DENNY DRESSMAN

Ho, ho, ho . . .

Santa’s North Pole Annex, otherwise known as the South Monaco Optimists’ annual Christmas Tree Lot, is up and running.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 

Located in the Villa Monaco Shopping Center parking lot near the southwest corner of East Evans Ave. and South Monaco Pkwy. (2285 S. Monaco Pkwy.), the Tree Lot features:

Five varieties of fresh-cut Christmas trees—Nordman, Noble, Frasier, Grand and Douglas firs—ranging from 12-feet tall down to small “Charlie Brown” trees in reusable stands.

A drive-thru pickup lane with lot workers available to load your tree on your car and tie it down.

Decorated wreaths, garlands and tree accessories; and

Santa Claus in his Santa Haus on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to  6 p.m., meeting with children and posing for pictures with them at no charge.

The Optimists’ Tree Lot transforms a parking lot into a forest.

The Tree Lot is the Optimists’ primary source of funds to support more than 50 youth and community service projects through each year.

Included are “Super Citizen” awards at nine Denver schools, oratorical and essay contests with cash prizes, the middle school Brain Bowl, Eagle Scout recognition, Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets, various volunteer support efforts (MS Bike Ride, JDRF Walkathon, Alzheimer’s Memory Walk and others), Optimists Junior Golf Tournaments and many other activities.

The Tree Lot is staffed by members of the Optimists Club of Monaco South with help from the Tamarac Optimists, students from Thomas Jefferson High School, a group from Bethany Lutheran Church, and volunteers from other Optimists clubs.