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Green Acres Spicewood pops with Christmas cheer

Green Acres is celebrating the holidays with a Kids' Day on December 21. Owners Debbie and Raymund Munk want to open the Spicewood facility year-round to visitors. Staff photo by Suzanne Freeman

Green Acres is the place to be in Spicewood from noon-4 p.m. Saturday when the pop-up Christmas store on Texas 71 hosts Kids' Day. Green Acres Spicewood, which is indeed named after the TV show that aired from 1965-71, is hard to miss. Located at 6038 Texas 71 West, it looks like a picture postcard of Christmases past.

Owners Debbie and Raymond Munk designed, built, and decorated every building, truck, and display on the property. In partnership with nieces Cheri Hardin and Lauren Prather, they have created a Christmas utopia — and beyond.

“I’ve always loved Christmas,” Debbie said. “I always wanted a Christmas store. That’s when the family all got together, at Christmas.”

The Christmas at the Barn gift shop is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, December 20-22. Shoppers will find plenty of gifts, including unique signs, prints, clothing, towels, and pillowcases.

Green Acres is also a photo-op paradise. In a picturesque playground on the property sits an old Pontiac, seesaw, tractor, tractor trailer, and travel trailer all made of wood so children can climb inside them and play. Also on hand are a giant Connect 4 game and a life-size chess set.

Raymond built many of the wooden structures on the property, including a big swing. An old renovated truck is decked out for the holidays. Another eventually will be used to sell ice cream, Debbie said.

Every item on the property is based on what the Munks loved about their own childhoods and their observations of children at play.

The name was a natural fit.

“We are the city folk coming to the country to be the farmers,” said Debbie, referring to the premise of “Green Acres” the TV show. “We’re trying to get back to the family.”

Green Acres Spicewood is not just for Christmas. The Munks want people to visit year-round with their children, dogs, picnics, and Frisbees for an enjoyable day out. They’ve built a seating area under shade trees and have travel trailers that can be rented for a “glamping” trip. The property also has a dog park with a waste station and water bowls.

Eleanor, a baby Longhorn, lives there among chickens, geese, ducks, and raised garden beds filled with lettuce and edible flowers, thanks to niece Lauren, a horticulturist.

The Munks said they aren’t finished adding pieces to the property. They want to bring in more trailers, restrooms, and outdoor kitchens to host campers, weddings, reunions, and other family-oriented activities, Debbie said.

Everyone is invited to their free event on Saturday, which will include photos with Santa.

“They don’t have to come out and shop,” Debbie said. “Just come out and enjoy the day.”

For more information, visit the Green Acres Facebook page.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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