Cut your own Christmas Tree
Whether cutting your own Christmas tree is a family holiday tradition or a new experience, this fun activity is hard to match! There’s nothing quite like the real thing. Go to a local farm to pick your own pine-smelling, sap-sticky Christmas tree and create lasting family memories.
We've rounded up some cut-your-own farms in the GTA and keep reading to the end for helpful tips!
Horton's Magic Hill Tree Farm
13953 Ninth Line, Stouffville, ON
905-888-1738 or 1-800-420-7385
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 and fresh boughs for sale. Types of Trees: Scotch Pine, White Pine, Green Spruce, Balsam Fir, Blue Spruce. They no longer offer pre-cut trees.
Horton's Kennedy Farm
15899 Kennedy Rd, Stouffville, ON
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.
Horton's Home Farm
5924 Slaters Rd, Stouffville, ON
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, Scotch Pine, White Pine.
Blackstock Christmas Tree Farm (Oshawa Area)
4060 Mountjoy Road, Blackstock, ON L0B 1B0
Activities: Christmas themed store with decorations, complimentary tree bailing, complimentary candy canes, cider and hot chocolate. Cash only. Types of Trees: Fraser Fir, White Spruce trees, and some Pine. Some local pre-cuts available.
Hockley Valley Tree Farms
934091 Airport Road - R.R. #5, Orangeville, ON L9W 2Z2
519-942-4030 or 800-665-6406
Note: Hockey Valley Tree Farms is now closed.
Clembrook Christmas Farm
4231 Derry Road West, Milton, ON - between Appleby and Walkers Line
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: Scotch, White & Austrian Pine, White, Norway & Colorado Spruce (blue & green) and Canaan Fir trees. Some pre-cut trees available.
MacPherson Christmas Tree Farm
17422 Highway 48 (Markham Rd), Stouffville, ON
Activities: Weekends include free wagon rides, scavenger hunts, hot chocolate, tree bailing. a hot dog cart is also operating. Types of Trees: Cut your own trees all priced at 50.00$ (cash only) including Fraser, Balms and Canaan Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce and White Spruce, White Pine, Scots Pine & Red Pine.
Middleton Tree Farm (north of Stouffville)
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.
Rudolph's Tree Farm
North on Airport Road., 3 km North of Highway 9
Activities: Wagon rides. Types of Trees: Balsam fir, Spruce. Also available are "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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