A dazzling angel tree, a Frosty the Snowman tree and a tree with many Nativity scenes hanging from its branches are among more than 20 Christmas trees on display along the “Magical Wonderland Tour of Christmas Trees.”
Free and open to the public, the tour at Prestige Estates Assisted Living and Memory Care, 6928 Paluxy Drive, Tyler, will run from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Jo Anne McMeans, community relations director, said, “Each tree has a theme and each tree has a message about Christ. It is fun to stand and look at a tree and see what it is about that tree that relates to Christ.”
People are welcome to bring children and cameras and pose with the trees to take pictures while on the tour, McMeans said. Groups from schools, preschools, home schools and others may arrange to take the tour by calling McMeans at 903-561-6102.
At the end of the tour, Prestige Estates gives peppermint canes to participants.
The Redman family, local owner and operator of Prestige, has opened the Christmas tree tour/exhibit to the community as well as Prestige residents and their families annually since Prestige opened 12 years ago to share the Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations.
McMeans said, “In the early days, the staff put up and decorated the trees. They were a little homespun, but beautiful. Residents got to help decorate.” Six or seven years ago, Prestige decided to have its designer, Melody Lade, assume the job of designing and decorating the trees, she said.
Lade said, “All my trees are inspired by the true meaning of Christmas.”
Probably the most spectacular tree on the tour is a 12-foot tall angel tree with a bodice and angel’s gown. The designer had it in mind three years before the angel tree made its debut this year.
A firefighter’s tree displays miniature firetrucks. Prestige is designated as a collection location for unwrapped gifts that people may want to donate to the Tyler firefighters’ toy drive for Christmas.
There is a “fisher of man” tree with fish nets and displaying different kinds of fish and sand dollars. The church tree is decorated with small churches. The heavenly host tree is covered with all kinds of beautiful angel ornaments. Similarly, the Nativity tree is covered with miniature Nativities and features the star over Bethlehem, the angel Gabriel, shepherds and wise men.
Other trees on exhibit include a peacock tree, a nostalgic Coca-Cola tree and a Grinch tree. Other attractions on the tour are Bethlehem Village on a tabletop, 5-foot-tall nutcrackers and a manger scene.