With Christmas only a few weeks away, those who opt for real Christmas trees are getting ready to head out and find that perfect one. There is something very traditional and “Christmassy” about taking a break from the congested malls and heading into the country with your kids, partner or friends. Many tree farms also have caroling, hot chocolate and candy canes to add to the experience. Even if you aren’t into buying a tree most also have wreaths and boughs available.
Where to Get a Live Christmas Tree
Whether you are partial to full, groomed trees or have an affinity for more of a “Charlie Brown” style, there are plenty of options if you know where to look.
- The farms provide saws, leave the hatchet and chainsaw at home
- Most farms don’t allow dogs
- They close before or just after dark so make sure to check hours of operations (most close between 4:00pm – 5:30pm)
- A good quality tree will last you the month of December but make sure to water daily when you first bring it home
- Many are cash or cheque only (although a few do accept debit and credit cards)
- If you don’t know much about trees or what you are looking for, talk to the staff they are generally a wealth of knowledge on the subject
Frosty’s Family Christmas Tree Farm
Hours: Open Daily. U-cut 9:00am – 4:30pm, Fresh cut 9:00am – 8:00pm
Location: From Highway 1, take the 264th St. exit, and go over the overpass. Turn west on 56th Ave at the light. Follow 56th Ave to 248th St and turn south. At 52nd Ave, turn west and continue down the road until you see our festive family of snowmen greeting you at our Farm Entrance.
Features: Hot Chocolate, Hot Apple Cider, and Hot Dogs are available on the weekends till 4:30pm.
H&M Christmas Tree Farm
Hours: Pre-cut Monday to Friday 10:00am – 10:00 pm and Saturday, Sunday 9:00am-10:00pm. Open 7 days a week.
Location: 6640-6980 Steveston Hwy in Richmond
Features: Open fires, Christmas music, hot apple cider, ample parking and complimentary hot dogs.
Dogwood Christmas Tree Farm
Hours: Open Daily 9:00am – 4:30pm
Location: 8659 252 St. Fort Langley, 4 kilometers east of The Fort, on River Road & 252nd St.
Features: 18 acres of Douglas Fir, Grand Fir, Noble, and Fraser Fir. U-cut and farm-fresh cut trees, fresh holly, boughs, and wreaths. Complimentary Candy Cane,Christmas carols. Hot Dogs, Hot Chocolate, and Hot Cider are available on the weekends from Santa’s Snack Shack.
Should you have any family favourite locations not listed, please feel free to add them in the comments.
Update The following suggestions have been contributed for cut trees:
The Wildlife Rescue Association out at Burnaby Lake will be selling organic, salmon-safe Xmas trees on Friday, December 17, 2010 between 10:00am and 2:00pm. The trees have been generously donated by The Bees Knees Christmas Trees who own two organic farms out in the Columbia Valley. The charity is located at 5216 Glencarin Drive, Burnaby V5B C1 and a minimum donation of $20 is suggested.
Aunt Leah’s Independent Lifeskills Society has lots in Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam and on the North Shore. Your purchase will go to Aunt Leah’s programs that help prevent youth homelessness.