For those in the Magic Valley who haven't gotten your Christmas Trees yet, there's an opportunity to bundle up, have some hot chocolate, take a sleigh ride through the Idaho backcountry, and select from Noble or Douglas Fir trees and be ready for Christmas week. The experience awaits just 130 miles from Twin Falls.

Our Christmas tree goes up in my home no later than December 1. We keep the tree up, decorated, and lit through New Year's Day. I realize there are many Idahoans that don't like having a tree dropping needles and taking up a large amount of space in the living room for an entire month, and to each their own. For those who like to display a tree Christmas week only, a trip to Garden City for some tree hunting, elk feeding, and incredible mountain views from a sleigh is still very doable.

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We are now less than two weeks from Christmas Day. Most roads to the South Hills where the good trees can be found are closed due to snowpack. Twin Falls does have tree lots where you can drop anywhere between $40 and $70 for a fresh tree, or you can bring one home from Idaho Sleigh Rides just two hours to the northwest.

According to the website, opportunities to get the full treatment including the sleigh ride, selecting a tree, and feeding the elk will be wrapping up on December 16. Bring a blanket and a warm beverage and enjoy this amazing experience. You'll save money, and you'll have that tree up in your Twin Falls home in plenty of time for December 25.

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