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Christmas Season Opens At Local Nursery
Family Tradition
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This classic display of Christmas goodies at Morris Nursery was unveiled Friday as part of their three-day Christmas Open House. It has been a traditional event since 1983, according to owner Ron Hoffman. RIC MCGINNIS/THE NEWS


A holiday tradition since 1983 continued in Riverbank with a three-day Christmas Open House held at Morris Nursery on Patterson Road this past weekend.

In addition to a near full size Nativity scene in the yard, there is evidence that Santa may actually be nearby, since his sleigh is parked out front.

If he’s not in the neighborhood, visitors can tell the big man has been there, at least.

The entire interior of the main building of the nursery has been dedicated to scenes of the holiday season, with trees, plants and decorations in many styles, from classic to modern. Each is guaranteed to be colorful. Customers can browse to their heart’s content, and mix and match if they desire.

And there’s something for the whole family, across the back wall. It’s a huge scale model railroad set, with four train lines, including three on the same level, going in different directions, without collision, and one higher up, traveling around a snow covered mountain, somewhat resembling the Matterhorn. Anna, Elsa and Olaf from Frozen are found near there, with one of the larger trains jam packed with other Disney characters. Trainman Jim Horner, on hand to offer information and insight about that particular display, said he’s been running his trains during the holiday season here for the past 20 years.

The displays are expected to be active throughout the month of December.