Christmas Tree Farms
An expedition to a Christmas tree farm to cut your own Christmas is a holiday season experience that’s unmatched! Whether it’s a family holiday tradition or a new experience, there’s nothing quite like the real thing ... a sweet smelling, sap-sticking fresh Christmas tree! And with that comes the opportunity for creating some lasting family memories. Take the time to check for fun family activities at the farm such as hay rides, wagon rides, hot cocoa sampling and much more!
We've rounded up some cut-your-own farms in the GTA and keep reading to the end for helpful tips!
Activities: Magic Hill is a scenic 100 acre Century Farm with over 30,000 trees. The wagon rides, munch house, and playgrounds create a carnival atmosphere. Munchhouse Refreshments, Wagon Rides, Sandpit Playground, Tobogganing (bring your own), Bonfire, Candy Canes, Fresh Boughs for Sale (Munch House and Wagon Rides - weekends only).
Types of Trees: Scotch Pine, White Pine, Green Spruce, Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir, and Blue Spruce. They no longer offer pre-cut trees.
Activities: Wander through 20 acres of plantation in secluded rolling hills and pick your tree from a large selection. They carry extra-tall spruce perfect for high ceilings or foyers. Warm up around the bonfire and enjoy hot chocolate and snacks from the old barn kitchen. Free Hayrides, Free Hot Chocolate, Bonfire, Tree Baling, Fresh Boughs for Sale.
Types of Trees: Green Spruce, Balsam Fir, White Pine, and Blue Spruce.
Activities: Horton's Home Farm is one of the very first Christmas tree farms in Ontario. Everyone enjoys the beautiful natural setting and the peaceful ambience. The restored log cabin is a favourite spot to step back in time 100 years among the century antiques or simply to warm up around the woodstove and enjoy hot chocolate.
Types of Trees: Balsam Fir, Spruce, White Pine, and Fraser Fir.
Activities: Free Hayrides - Free Hot Chocolate - Snacks for sale - Bonfires - Tree Baling - Fresh Boughs for sale .
Types of Trees: Fraser Fir, White Spruce trees, and some Pine (Scotch & White). Some local pre-cuts available.
Note: Hockey Valley Tree Farms is now closed.
Activities: Wreaths, garlands, tree stands, and accessories for sale. Family fun includes: Bonfires and Wagon Rides (weather permitting). Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus visit on weekends (check website for dates). Visit the Heated Christmas Gift Barn for unique hand crafted gifts, decorations, and collectibles. The Snack Bar is open weekends only. Saws provided to cut your own tree, or bring your own saw. Free tree shaking and wrapping.
Types of Trees: Cut-Your-Own: Scotch, White & Austrian Pine, White, Norway & Colorado Spruce (blue & green) and Canaan Fir trees. PRE-CUT trees include Fraser, Balsam, Canaan Fir, Scotch & White Pine.
Activities: A quiet family Christmas Tree Farm. Established Since 1985. Walk through trails, or feel free to bring your toboggan. Easy access to the trees - great for seniors and families with small children.
Types of Trees: Scotch Pine, Balsam Fir, and Canaan Fir.
Activities: Wagon rides.
Types of Trees: Balsam fir and Spruce. Also have 'ready to go' large premium trees such as Silver fir, Fraser fir and Colorado Blue spruce.
Go early. All of these farms suggest you go as early as possible in the season for the best selection. Some farms have a limited amount of trees and close when they are all cut. Dress warm! Good gloves are helpful. Cutting the tree involves getting down low so a piece of plastic can be useful if the ground is wet or snowy. An old blanket and rope will come in handy if you plan to tie the tree on your car. Ask the farm for baling twine or bring your own. Most farms provide saws, but some allow you to bring your own so inquire ahead of time.
Cutting the Tree
Cut low to the ground and straight across. You can always trim off the lower branches if need be but leave enough trunk to fit in the tree stand. Have someone pull the tree slightly away from the side where you're cutting. This will prevent the saw from binding and make the work much easier.
Bringing the tree home
Place the tree in a bucket of water outside until you’re ready to bring it inside. Be sure to use a good-quality tree stand that holds at least four litres of water. Check the water level daily. Your tree stump must always be submerged in water, or you’ll have lots of dried pine needles.
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