A number of unusual Christmas trees can be found atop the coastal bluffs in Carlsbad!
Today, Monday the 26th, is the official observed holiday for Christmas this year. I decided to jump on the Coaster train and enjoy a walk by the ocean.
I walked north along Carlsbad Boulevard (historic Highway 101) from a point near the Poinsettia train station all the way into Carlsbad Village. Imagine my surprise when I saw several of these trees, decorated profusely with dangling ornaments. Most of the windswept trees were dead, which perhaps made the placement of the colorful ornaments more meaningful.
I don’t visit Carlsbad that often, so I don’t know the story behind these trees. If you do, please leave a comment!
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2 thoughts on “Christmas trees on Carlsbad’s coastal bluffs!”
Hi Richard. I don’t recall ever seeing any Christmas decorations on any of the dead trees along the Carlsbad stretch of Coast Highway prior to 2015. As I was driving that stretch in late November, 2015, I noticed the largest of all the trees in your pictures and thought the dry, leafless specimen could use some Christmas cheer. I envisioned one large red ornament for simplicity and contrast. I found one the next day and later fastened it towards the end of the branch pointing towards the road. Several days later, I informed my best friend and his wife of what I had done. They loved the idea and the next day, they were out hanging ornaments on the same tree. Apparently others felt the same way. Every time I drove by the tree, more and more ornaments were hanging on the branches and there were always at least a few people taking pictures and and having a good time.
I believe it was the following year that I noticed the other dead trees north of “my” tree were also being decorated.
It’s a real special treat to be part of a community that’s keeping the Spirit alive .
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It’s a wonderful tradition now! Thanks for letting us know. Very cool!