Sat. Nov. 28th: Christmas Fest Begins with a Parade!

Can you guess who these two are? If you’re placing your bets on a famous couple from the North Pole, you are right! On Saturday, November 28th, Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at Hensler’s with great fanfare. The entrance to Hensler’s turns into a parade route on Saturday at 10 a.m. CST, and you’re invited to join us and line up along the lane.

Santa will arrive on one of the three fire trucks from Davis, Oregon, and Center Township. Mrs. Claus will greet all of the visitors as she arrives by horse-drawn carriage. You won’t want to miss it!

While the parade is on Saturday, we are ready and open for business on Friday the day after Thanksgiving. We have a beautiful crop of Christmas trees this year and loads of fresh greenery items.

We’re Decorating for Christmas Fest

We’re definitely getting into the Christmas spirit here at Hensler’s. With our Open House event this Sunday, we knew it was time to start rolling out our Christmas decor. This season is even more special to us as it is the year of Mrs. Claus. Many of you have been greeted by Mrs. Claus when you arrive at Hensler’s each year, and we’re honoring her with some new flags that line the Christmas Barn and wreath decorating building.

The elves are ramping up production on our greenery items. Continue reading this post to get a behind the scenes look at our hand-made kissing balls, mini-crosses and stars.
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Open House on Sunday, Nov. 15th

You’re invited to our Christmas Fest Open House Sunday, November 15th. Mrs. Claus is hosting our event from 1pm – 4pm Central Time.

We’ll be serving refreshments while you get the first look at the unique decorations and gifts that we’re offering this year at Hensler’s during Christmas Fest. This year you’ll find some new items that you won’t want to miss as well as some Christmas favorites that you enjoy each year.

  • Mini-crosses and Micro-crosses (new for 2009!)
  • Single and double snowflakes (new for 2009!)
  • Fontanini Nativiti collectables fully stocked with new items as well as discontinued/rare items 40% off
  • Wreaths custom decorated for pick-up when you want
  • Greenery items included grave pillows

40% Off Specially Marked Fontanini Natvity

Fontanini Nativity Sale

Looking for a great bargain? We have a 40% off limited sale on some of our Fontanini Nativity. The inventory includes a little more than 70 items that are either discontinued or no longer available in retail outlets. The majority of the figurines are the 5″ collectibles, although we do have a few in the 7 1/2″ size.

Items with the 40% off discount are available right now through Christmas. Stop by during Fall Fest and Christmas Fest, although you might want to hurry! Supplies are limited and we are not carrying large numbers of any specific figurine.

Download the PDF of the discounted items. We will not be updating this list, so keep in mind that items may sell out.

2009 Fontanini Items in the Christmas Barn

We have two new Fontanini items for 2009: Keturah and Nathanial. These Fontanini collectibles are available in our Christmas Barn, and the good news is that you don’t have to wait until Christmas to buy them. They’re available right now!

2009 Event Figure: 5″ Fontanini Keturah Young Girl

Depicts a young girl, Keturah, carrying a variety of fruit in her apron, done in soft pastel coloring. The hand-painting done to all of Fontanini’s figurines gives them a personal, finished touch.

Comes gift boxed and includes a story card. Actual Dimensions: 5″H x 2.5″L.

2009 Limited Edition: Fontanini 5″ Nathaniel, Shepherd with Animals Nativity Figurine

Depicts Nathaniel holding a sheep in his arms, with a donkey and ox at his feet. Beautifully sculpted and hand-painted by skilled, Italian artisans, this figurine’s quality reflects the many generations of talent behind the Fontanini name.

Comes gift boxed and includes a story card. Actual Dimensions: 5″H x 4.5″W.

Looking Forward to Christmas Fest 2009

Is it too early to begin thinking about Christmas? Not if you’re Hensler Nursery! Even though we’re gearing up for the opening day of Fall Fest, we’re still hard at work planning for Christmas Fest which begins the day after Thanksgiving.

We’ve worked hard over the last few years to raise a great crop of Christmas trees for the 2009 season. You won’t be disappointed when you and the family ride the horse drawn wagon out to the field to select your Christmas tree. We’re also planning on great custom wreath designs, kissing balls, crosses and grave pillows. In the Christmas barn you’ll find a new selection of Fontanini items this year, so check our website as the holiday draws near for new items and special promotions.

In the meantime, did you know that Hensler’s is on Facebook? It’s another way for you to keep up to date with everything going on at our farm and connect with other people who enjoy coming out to Hensler’s.

Hensler Nursery on Facebook

How We Grow Our Trees

Each summer we send a team of Hensler’s staff out into the tree fields to shape and contour our Christmas trees. The members of our team use a light touch to bring out the best shape and enhance the natural beauty of the trees.

This summer, we took a few videos of Joe hard at work using a long shearing knife and a little artistry to prepare our trees for Christmas Fest. As you’ll see in the video, it’s a lot of hard work but it’s time well spent once the families take the horse drawn wagon out to the field to select their Christmas tree.

Photos from Christmas Fest Open House at Hensler Nursery

Thank you to all who attended the Christmas Fest Open House here at Hensler’s on November 2nd. To help launch the Starke County Community Foundation’s Lights of Remembrance campaign, WKVI did an onsite broadcast from our wreath decorating building. The Starke County Community Choir was also here to help celebrate the launch of this fundraiser and delighted us with a live performance by the Christmas barn.

Mitch Markovitz and his son, Matthew, were also on hand to sign Mitch’s artwork. And if that wasn’t enough, visitors also enjoyed horse-drawn carriage rides through our 40-acre farm.

Visitors enjoyed horse-drawn carriage rides through the winding paths on our farm underneath a canopy of fall color.
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The Starke County Community Choir performed to help celebrate the launch of the Lights of Remembrance campaign.
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WKVI did a live broadcast in our wreath decorating building where they talked about the Lights of Remembrance campaign and interviewed Mrs. Claus about the activities we’re planning for this year’s Christmas Fest.
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Mitch Markovitz signed artwork that he created for Hensler Nursery. His son, featured in the illustration as Hensler’s Face of Fall, was also there to help Mitch with the signing.
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