Where to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree
If picking your own tree is 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 farms offer family activities – from pictures with Santa to wagon rides – so you 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...
Hockley Valley Tree Farms
307509 Hockley Road, Mono, Ontario, L9W 6M9
Surrounded by over 90 acres of forest, trails and the beautiful Nottawasaga River, Hockley Valley Farm is your perfect destination for a scenic horse drawn wagon ride, unique family and nature photography settings and finding the perfect Christmas tree. More
Horton's Magic Hill Tree Farm
13953 Ninth Line, Stouffville, ON
905-888-1738 or 1-800-420-7385
This year, Magic Hill is celebrabrating 35 years! Magic Hill is a scenic 100 acre Century Farm with mature trees. The wagon rides, munchouse and playgrounds create a carnival atmosphere. There is a limited selection this year so you are encouraged to check their other farms. Pre-cut trees at Magic Hill are no longer available. More
Horton's Kennedy Farm
15899 Kennedy Rd, Stouffville, ON
Kennedy Farm has the best selection of trees this year. Wander through 20 acres of plantation in secluded rolling hills and pick your tree from a large variety. Warm up around the bonfire and enjoy hot chocolate and snacks from the old barn kitchen. More
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. More
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. More
The Tree Farm
935343 Airport Road, Mono, ON L9W 2Y8
Offers cut-your-own Christmas Trees, and sleigh rides. The farm opens the last weekend in November and then every weekend in December. More
Clembrook Christmas Farm
4231 Derry Road West, Milton, ON - between Appleby and Walkers Line
Cut-your-own field trees include Scotch, White & Austrian Pine, White, Norway & Colorado Spruce (blue & green) and Canaan Fir trees. Wreaths, garlands, tree stands, and accessories are available 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. The farm opens November 16. More
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 November 25. More
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. More
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. Opens the last week in November. More
For more Christmas Tree Farms, visit www.christmastrees.on.ca.
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.
Some farms are not equipped for interac or credit card payments. Check ahead or always bring cash.
These farms are all in the open air so 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.
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
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. Once 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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