Bundling up and heading out to choose the family Christmas tree is one of the traditional activities many Toronto families enjoy at Christmas. If you’re wondering where to buy real Christmas trees in Toronto, you’ll have to decide whether you want to cut your own tree at Christmas tree farms in Markham, Stouffville or Whitby or select a pre-cut Christmas tree from Toronto nurseries, retailers or your local Boy Scouts group.
Located at Bloomington Rd. and Concession 2, the Taylor Tree Farm, 905-640-1325, sells cut-your-own and pre-cut Christmas trees including Scotch Pine, White Pine, Fraser Fir and Balsam Fir from $55 to $80 including HST. The 100-acre farm, which offers tractor rides to the fields, free tree drilling, baling and shaking, is open weekends only from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from December 1 to December 23, 2012.
Drysdale Tree Farms, Essa
Open seven days a week, Drysdale Tree Farms, 705-424-9719, offers cut-your-own or freshly cut Christmas trees including Scotch Pine, White Pine, White Spruce, Balsam Fir and Fraser Fir varieties, as well as fresh garlands and wreaths. Enjoy horse drawn wagon rides and tractor wagons to carry your Christmas tree from the fields. Drysdale Tree Farm is open daily from Nov. 17, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located 8 km north of Hwy 89 and 8 km west of Hwy 27 in the hamlet of Egbert in Essa Township.
Sobczak Tree Farm, Whitby
The Sobczak Tree Farm, located at 305 Watson St. E., 905-725-3090, is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offers cut-your-own and pre-cut White Spruce, Balsam Fir, Scotch Pine, Serbian Spruce and Colorado Blue Spruce for $25 and up. The Christmas tree farm is located south of Hwy 401 and two blocks east of Brock Street.
Horton Tree Farms, Stouffville
Cut your own Scotch Pine, White Pine, Douglas Fir, Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir, Blue Spruce and Green Spruce Christmas trees at Horton’s Magic Hill Tree Farm, which has been operating for 27 years. Enjoy wagon rides to the fields and a playground for the kids, as well as a refreshment house. Dogs on leash are permitted. All cut-your-own trees are $55 including HST and baling. Cash only. Open Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Mon., Dec. 17 to Fri., Dec. 21, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Horton’s Tree Farm is located at 13953 Ninth Line, Stouffville.
You’ll find freshly cut Christmas trees including Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir, Scotch Pine, White Pine and Norway Spruce at the Niemi Family Farm in Sharon (East Gwillimbury), 905-478-8857, as well as fresh wreaths, garlands and firewood. Christmas tree prices range from $29-$79. The Niemi Farm is located at 3113 Herald Rd., which is east of Hwy 404 and Greenlane. Farm hours are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday closed.
Breakfast Television Christmas Tree Sale
Kevin Frankish of Citytv’s Breakfast Television will be on hand to host Breakfast Television/Home Depot Christmas Tree Sale on Fri., Dec. 14, 2012 from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Yonge-Dundas Square. A minimum $10 donation to the food bank is required to get a Christmas tree. All proceeds go towards the Daily Bread Food Bank.