There will be a new Christmas tree in town this holiday season, actually about 2,000 of them. This week, the Watt’s Christmas Tree Farm is beginning their move to downtown Zionsville at 165 W. Sycamore St.
“We are starting to move into the building and will be out of here (9180 Hunt Club Rd.) by the end of October,” owner Deborah Watt said. “We are moving into the Calico Corners building now, and the plans for renting the buildings next door are still being negotiated.”
The buildings are currently home to the Finer Consignor and Electric Image, which Watt hopes to also rent at their new location. Watt said they will continue to seek a more permanent location that can house their outdoor Christmas tree lot and have parking available for customers to load trees, but they are excited to be downtown for now.
“This is not a permanent spot. This land will eventually be developed.” she said. “But, after being in business 52 years, it’s great to still be here and now to be downtown.”
Along with the fresh cut Christmas tree lot, the new building will house their internationally known “Watts Train Station” as well as their thriving train repair business. Popular children’s toys, PlayMobile, Thomas and Chuggintown will also be available as well as Christmas items including ornaments, greenery, wreaths, and more.
Watts Christmas Tree Farm not only carries Christmas items but is part of many family traditions.
“Some people who come every year now bring their grandkids. They have grown up here,” longtime employee Debbie Ledrew said. “I helped Mr. and Mrs. Watts set up the first Christmas shop 52 years ago. There are so many memories. I hope the tradition carries on.”
If the move goes as planned, the new store will open in early October with everything in place for another Zionsville tradition.
“We’re really excited. It will be a unique opportunity to share with Christmas in the Village,” Watt said. “It’s such a perfect match. We’re evolving with what it will look like. We’ll definitely have a big beautiful Christmas tree.”