GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – Golden Gate Canyon State Park announced it will hold a Christmas Tree Cut and Holiday Open House this year.

The park will offer a limited number of permits to cut down a Christmas tree in selected areas of the park beginning Monday, Nov. 10. Tree cutting will take place on the weekend of Dec. 6-7.

“You can warm up at the Visitor Center with hot cider, cookies and candy canes, and save 10 percent on unique presents from our gift shop,” Jennifer Churchill with Colorado Parks and Wildlife said in a statement.

The $25 permits can be purchased in person at the Golden Gate Canyon State Park Visitor Center or by phone with a credit card at (303) 582-3707 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each person can buy up to four permits.

Permit holders will be able to take vehicles into the park with a pass but some hiking will be required. Trees must be cut with hand tools. Chainsaws and other power saws are prohibited.

Douglas fir, Ponderosa pine, Lodgepole pine and Rocky Mountain juniper trees will be available to cut down.

“By cutting a Christmas tree, the permit holders will assist Golden Gate Canyon State Park in thinning overcrowded and dense vegetation. This selective thinning will improve the overall forest health and reduce the impacts of future wildfires,” Churchill said.

Canned goods will also be collected for the local food bank.

Additional Information From Colorado Parks And Wildlife

For additional information, please contact the Visitor Center at 303-582-3707.

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