Plastic, pre-lit or natural; the hunt for the DTLA Christmas tree
Although last week's Christmas tree selection at Mikie's Craft Inc. was limited, employees say they will be getting more shipments of the real trees this month.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — The holidays are officially upon us and if Christmas trees are part of your winter plans, you may have to get a little creative in DTLA. Thanks to the help of our readers and Blogdowntown's own forest foraging, here's a guide to the green.
Mikie's Craft, Inc.: This store located on a fairly desolated strip of Alameda sells the real deal trees, imported from Ohio. Although right now they only have about 10 of varying sizes on display, employees said they will be getting another shipment next week and will continue to be restocked for the rest of the month. The trees range in size and price from about $20 for a few foot tree, to $40 for a 6' tree. Some even come pre-decorated -- with festive red bows tied all over the tree branches.
Mikie's Craft is located at 426 S. Alameda
Home Depot: Although this is a few steps outside Downtown proper, the Home Depot on Wilshire Boulevard sells real, live Christmas trees and seems to have a huge variety. Short or tall, wide or thin, pre-strung with lights or not, Home Depot has a whole section of their website dedicated to helping customers pick their perfect tree. If the store doesn't have your favorite in stock, you can order it online and have it delivered to the nearest location. If the live tress are too much hassle or mess, Home Depot also sells artificial ones. Both types of tree ranges from $15 to $300.
Home Depot is located at 1675 Wilshire Blvd.
City Target: This new retail addition to Downtown L.A. caters to "city living," so their Christmas tree selection is limited (although they have an array of other holiday decorations, including sparkly reindeer and new-school nutcrackers.) Some of the most apartment-appropriate trees though can be found here; 2 to 4-feet tinsel trees that come in bright colors including fuchsia and lime. As an added bonus, these trees are located right next to the holiday candy aisle -- so even if you don't have a huge green tree to hang candy canes on, you can buy a box to eat.
City Target is located at 735 S. Figueroa
Moskatel's: While all the trees here may be fake, they get extra points for size and creativity. This store sells red, green and even pink Christmas trees, as well as a tree that comes covered in fake snow. The smallest tree starts at about 4 feet and the largest one reaches up to a towering 9 feet. Prices change accordingly -- with base costs around $29 a tree, going upwards into the hundreds for a towering nine footer that will never die.
Moskatel's is located at 733 San Julian Street.
This is list is a work-in-progress, so please share your own suggestions in the comments. Or, let us know on Facebook where the best place in Downtown is to find Christmas trees or holiday decorations.