Where to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree
If picking your own tree part of your family's ideal Christmas then the Greater Toronto Area has lots of picturesque tree farms you can visit on weekends. Many tree farm owners offer family activities - from pictures with Santa to pony rides - so you and your kids can plan a special day around choosing the perfect tree.
Start your tree search by checking out our list of Christmas tree farms in the GTA...
Horton's Magic Hill Tree Farm
13953 Ninth Line, Stouffville, ON
905-888-1738 or 1-800-420-7385
Cut a fresh, real Christms Tree and enjoy a free Family funfest! This year, Magic Hill is celebrabrating 33 years! Magic Hill is a scenic 100 acre Century Farm with over 30,000 trees. The wagon rides, munchouse and playgrounds create a carnival atmosphere.
Horton's Kennedy Farm
15899 Kennedy Rd, Stouffville, ON
Wander through 20 acres of plantation in secluded rolling hills and pick your tree from a large selection. Warm up around the bonfire and enjoy hot chocolate and snacks from the old barn kitchen.
Horton's Home Farm
5924 Slaters Rd, Stouffville, ON
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.
Blackstock Christmas Tree Farm (Oshawa Area)
4060 Mountjoy Road, Blackstock, ON L0B 1B0
The farm is open every day from the last weekend of November until Christmas Eve. Bundle up and bring your family out for a memorable adventure on the tree farm. Take a stroll in hunt of your own perfect Christmas tree. Some pre-cuts available.
The Tree Farm
935343 Airport Road, Mono, ON L9W 2Y8
Offers U-cut Christmas Trees including sleigh rides! Open starting November 25 & 26 and every weekend in December!
Clembrook Christmas Farm
4231 Derry Road West, Milton, ON - between Appleby and Walkers Line
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. Some pre-cut trees available.
MacPherson Christmas Tree Farm
17422 Highway 48 (Markham Rd), Stouffville, ON
Offer a large selection of pre-cut Faser fir and Balsam fir, from 6-foot to 10-foot. New this year are pre-cut Cook Fir which has a distinctive blue color similar to Blue Spruce. Due to larger than expected sales over the past several years they have minimal selection of harvest your own Canaan and Balsam Fir, White, Red and Scrotch Pine. Call ahead. Large warming tent and on December weekends enjoy free hot chocolate, tree bailing, wagon rides and scavenger hunt. Also available; hotdog cart and baked goods. Opens December 1.
Middleton Tree Farm (north of Stouffville)
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.
Rudolph's Tree Farm
North on Airport Road., 3 km North of Highway 9
Cut your own and ready to go trees too. The farm also offers. Wagon rides.
For more Christmas Tree Farms, visit www.christmastrees.on.ca.
Note: Hockley Valley Tree Farms is now closed.
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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