FREE Trees FB Arnies Place

Good things come to those who wait. In Concord, New Hampshire, that included free Christmas trees for last minute decorators and people who couldn’t afford a tree.

Arnie’s Place sells burgers, barbecue, and ice cream year round. But in December, they add a parking lot full of Christmas trees and garland to their offerings.


This year, owner Tom Arnold had about 100 trees left after the final weekend before Christmas.

It was going to be hard to sell them all before the holiday, and Arnold realized there were people in town who couldn’t afford a tree, so he decided to give them away.

The trees usually sold for as much as $45, but the sign out front now read, “Free Trees Until Daylight.”

“We’re serious,” he posted on the Arnie’s Place Facebook page. “Help yourself and bring rope/twine if you’ll need it! MERRY CHRISTMAS CONCORD!”

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Arnold watched a couple of disabled veterans and their wives picking out trees before he left for the night. When he came in the next morning, not a single tree remained.

But there were lots of thank you messages to his Facebook post.

“Thank you so much Arnie’s!” one woman wrote. “I can now take the money we were going to spend on a tree and put it towards under the tree. What an amazing, thoughtful thing you have done for the community.”

Photo: Dineshraj Goomany, CC; Arnie’s Place, Facebook

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