Local Christmas tree farm launches German-themed Christmas Market

Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 9:41 PM EST
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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) - Christmas Day is less than a month away and a local Christmas tree farm is bringing something unique to Rockingham County this holiday season.

Buffy and Fred Ostlund, the owners of Ostlund Christmas Tree Farm in Singer’s Glen, have been in the tree farm business for decades, but for the first time, they’re bringing something new to the farm for customers to experience.

“We are launching a German Christmas market down in a refurbished lamb barn,” Buffy said. “This idea came to us. We spent last Christmas in Bavaria visiting one of our sons who’s stationed there with the Air Force and we visited Christmas markets and fell in love with them.”

The Heartland Christmas Market will have seven to 12 local vendors for shoppers to pick-up holiday gifts.

“[The vendors] are very talented,” Buffy said. “This is another opportunity for us to support local artisans who’ve had event after event canceled because of COVID precautions.”

Food trucks will also be outside the market, and Buffy said one of those food trucks will have bratwurst to go along with their German theme.

“It’s a great way to get families out in the fresh air and have some fun,” Buffy said.

Face masks are required and 15 shoppers will be allowed at a time in the market.

“We count on people, that even though its open and fresh air, to keep distance and wear their masks to make sure it is safe,” Fred said.

The Heartland Christmas Market and full-service cut-your-own Christmas trees launch on Friday, Nov. 27 and will be open all weekend, just in time for the Christmas tree season. It will also be open on Dec. 5 and Dec. 6.

For more information on Ostlund Christmas Tree Farm, click here.

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