Many families will be getting started on their Christmas tree this weekend. There are several places in the Tri-Cities to pick up a fresh-cut tree. You may have abandoned live trees for plastic ones with implanted holiday lights and artificial pine scent, but for the traditionalists out there we've compiled a list of our favorite lots.

  • Flickr, Tom Hodgkinson
    Flickr, Tom Hodgkinson

    Heritage Nursery and Garden Center

    2816 West 27th Avenue, Kennewick

    We chose this as our No. 1 pick because it offers festivities on Friday. The trees arrived on Saturday to be ready in time for families that like to decorate on Thanksgiving.

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    Flickr, Steve Wilson

    Beaver Bark

    607 Aaron Drive, Richland

    Beaver Bark was a close second in our office poll. It too, is offering festivities. Bring your kids to see Santa Claus on Friday; here's the schedule: They are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

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    Flickr, Dawn Ashley

    Richland Fire Fighters

    Uptown Center, near George Washington Way

    To help needy families, Richland fire fighters are continuing their tradition of selling Christmas trees at the Uptown. Don't look for them this Friday, they haven't started yet, which is why they ranked third on our list. Visit the lot from Dec. 2 through the 12 between noon and 8 p.m.

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    Flickr, Harry Wood

    Farmer's Exchange

    215 W. Canal Drive, Kennewick

    No festivities, no charity, just regular fresh trees. Still they deliver, which warranted a No. 4 spot on our list. Instead of buying more Christmas decorations while you're there, you can pick up useful stuff. The hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

  • Flickr, Lisa Dusseault
    Flickr, Lisa Dusseault

    Gamache Landscaping, Inc.

    1212 Columbia Park Trail, Richland

    The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed Sundays. That's a little less than the others so we chose this as our No. 5. Still, they can decorate your home with lights -- something a nursery can't say.

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