Decorating the Christmas tree is a moment and a memory that many families cherish. For some, the traditional outing to hunt down the quintessential conifer is just as important as the decorating of the tree itself. What does your perfect tree look like? Whether it’s scrawny Charlie Brown-style or something to make all the Whos in Whoville green with envy, there are lots of Christmas tree farms within a short distance of Toronto.
Farms often offer complimentary services once you’ve selected your tree: shaking, baling, and assistance loading it onto your vehicle. Shaking is important since it removes any loose needles, and may even displace a few creatures too (nobody wants a squirrel launching itself out of the tree onto Santa’s plate of cookies). Be sure to ask prior to going if you’ll need to bring your own saw and tie-down supplies — and a mask of course.
Photos courtesy of the tree farms’ websites and Facebook pages
Growers of: Balsam fir, Spruce, Blue spruce, and some Fraser fir. Cut down your tree of choice and load onto the tractor-drawn wagon and head to the barn for tree baling. Fresh cut trees are also available in front of the parking lot and barn. Leashed dogs are welcome.
335481 7th Line, Amaranth
This small family-run Christmas tree farm has been furnishing holiday traditions since 1966, offering Spruce, Fraser fir, Balsam, Scotch Pine, and Blue spruce. Take a tractor ride to the field with saw in-hand, or choose a pre-cut tree. They also have a food booth and hot apple cider by the fire. Cash is accepted.
3065 10 Line N, Hawkestone
Formerly McKendry’s Tree Farm. There are thousands of Eastern White spruce and Colorado blue spruce available, plus a few just-tall-enough Fraser firs. Selections of cut-your-own and pre-cut trees range from 6’ to 12’ tall.
954466 7 Line E, Mono
A variety of cut-your-own and pre-cut trees are available for purchase. Shop the Evergreen Store, stocked with holiday gifts and décor, fresh handmade wreaths, garlands, locally made treats, artwork, and more. Dogs are welcome! Hours for cut-your-own, pre-cut, and the Evergreen Store vary.
6635 Simcoe County Rd 56, Egbert
Cut-your-own Blue spruce, Norway spruce, White pine, and fresh-cut Fraser fir and Balsam fir, or give a Charlie Brown tree a chance this year. Explore open-air trails, grab something from the food truck (on weekends), and shop in the 1850 Heritage Barn. Did we mention there’s a gourmet hot chocolate bar?
9467 Erin East Garafraxa Townline, Hillsburgh
Here you’ll find Spruce, Fraser, and Balsam firs of various sizes ready to cut, open now, weekends until Christmas eve — but don’t wait that long to pick the perfect pine.
954208 7th Line EHS, Mono
Search the fields far and wide for either a Spruce, White Pine, Balsam fir, or Fraser fir. Pre-cut trees are also for sale. Cut-your-own trees range from 4’ – 6’ tall; pre-cuts are 6’ – 8 ½’ tall. Leashed dogs welcome. Cash only accepted.
545 Regional Road 21, Port Perry