What are the hottest items this Christmas season? No, it’s not fancy video games or cute talking dolls; it’s freshly cut, real Christmas trees in Toronto. This year there is a shortage of Christmas trees again! And for the second year in a row, IKEA won’t be selling Christmas trees either
Thankfully, there are still quite a few spots in and around Toronto where your family can secure a real tree (so long as you do it sooner than latter; some farms are already saying that they may run out of trees as early as December 12). Below, we’ve rounded up eleven of those businesses, all of which offer pre-cut trees and of some of which will even let you pick out and cut down the conifer of your choice.
Because demand for trees is so high, to avoid disappointment, just be sure to contact your selected retailer before you and your family head out.
Where to Find Real Christmas Trees in Toronto
Clembrook Christmas Farm
4231 Derry Road, Milton
Seeking that classic cut-your-own Christmas tree experience? Then pop in the car and head out to the Clembrook Christmas Farm. While some of the farm’s usual fun extras aren’t happening this year, your family can still pick out their ideal conifer straight from the farm’s field. Scotch, white and Austrian pines; Norway and Colorado blue and green spruce and Canaan firs are all available to cut, with some trees as tall as seven feet. Pre-cut trees are also available for purchase, as well as wreaths, tree stands, and bags.
Davenport Garden Centre
368 Davenport Rd., 1466 Bayview Ave. & 903 Pape Ave., Toronto
It should come as no surprise that one of the better-known names in local gardening supplies is also a reliable source for real Christmas trees in Toronto. For $99, your family can pick up a 5-to-6-foot-tall balsam. Taller trees, as well as Fraser pines, are also available, as is the option for installation, which includes delivery. Looking for something a little smaller? Grab one of the Centre’s potted conifers, which start at $30. Davenport Garden Centre also offers plenty of other festive foliage and décor for sale, including absolutely adorable birch reindeer and snowmen.
East End Garden Centre
1395 Queen St. E, Toronto
For over 30 years, the East End Garden Centre has been a great source of real Christmas trees in Toronto. As in those years past, the Centre’s 2022 allotment of trees includes everything from cute mini-trees to towering firs. Pricing for a 5-to-6-foot Fraser fir will run you around $55. Note that while the Centre does have rope on hand for you to use, securing your purchase to your vehicle is all on you. If you prefer, you can also pay for delivery. Besides trees, the Centre also sells plenty of other holiday greenery, including ready-to-display arrangements that are perfect for your front porch.
13682 Heart Lake Rd., Inglewood
Having packed away its Halloween decorations and pumpkin patch for another year, Downey’s has now moved onto celebrating the holidays with its Christmas at the Farm event. For $22 a person, your family will enjoy a wagon ride, hot chocolate and cookies, a private and socially distanced meet and greet with Santa (which includes a gift) and more. This event lasts roughly 60-75 minutes, after which your family can head over to Downey’s Farm Market and pick out your tree from the farm’s collection of pre-cut fir and pines, available in a variety of heights and shapes. At the Market, you’ll also find all kinds of gift baskets, holiday decorations, and sweet treats.
Elliott Tree Farm
467 Erin East Garafraxa Townline, Hillsburgh
History and the festive spirit are found in abundance at this farm, which has been growing Christmas trees since 1890. Here you can cut your own blue spruce, Norway spruce, or white pine, which are available in heights from 6 to 14 feet. Alternatively, pick up a freshly cut Fraser, balsam, or concolor fir from the farm’s Christmas Tree Garden. Want to make a day out of your trip to Elliott Tree Farm? Purchase a $10 per person Entrance Pass (kids 10 and under are free), which will give your family access to hiking trails (dogs are welcome), a campfire. and photo ops. Free to explore is the Heritage Barn Gift Shop (set in a barn built in 1850!), which sells all kinds of maple syrup products, Christmas wreaths, and more.
Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Ave., Toronto
Want to select your family’s tree in an outdoors-y setting but aren’t up for leaving the city (let alone swinging an axe)? Then the Evergreen Brick Works is the tree shopping destination for you. Always scenic, yet conveniently located in the middle of the Toronto, the Brick Works is home to the Evergreen Garden Market, where your family can select a pre-cut tree. Pricing starts at $50, and a nice selection of sizes and species are available. The Market also sells a wide selection of seasonal plants and décor, as well as products that make for great gifts for the gardener on your shopping list. Please note that the Market is only open Thursdays through Sundays.
200 Christie Ave., Toronto
This is not your ordinary grocery store tree lot for real Christmas trees in Toronto. With six varieties sold in sizes from two-feet to a whooping 12-feet tall, Fiesta Farm is a “Tdot tree-shopping nirvana.” Here, not only is an axe not required, neither is any physical exertion. For a small donation, Fiesta’s “elves” will wrap and tie your selected tree to your car. And for an actual fee, the store will arrange to not only deliver a tree to your house but will also install it in the room of your choosing. Trees start at $44, and orders can be placed online.
Horton Tree Farms
14844 Warden Ave. & 15899 Kennedy Rd., Stouffville
Run by the Horton Family, these two farms are packed with lush, healthy trees that will be available for sale as of November 27. Your family can select and cut down the tree that’s just the right size and shape for your home or you can select a pre-cut one. Just make sure to get out to the farms before December 12, when the Hortons anticipate they’ll have low inventory. While Horton’s usually offers some fun extras, including wagon drives, this year, wagons are “designated primarily for transporting trees.” However, both Farms do allow leashed dogs and will be selling maple syrup products. Please note that these farms are cash-only operations.
Middleton Tree Farm
16210 Ninth Line, Whitchurch-Stouffville
With the slogan of, “a family Christmas tree farm,” Middleton is where to go for a simple and friendly DIY tree-cutting experience (tree bailing is free). The farm is also known to be ideal for families with seniors and young kids, as its tree orchard is located a short, easy walk from its ample parking lot. Three tree varieties are available, including the always popular balsam fir. After you’ve selected your tree, your family is welcome to walk around the farm’s pretty trails (pop the kids on a toboggan for added fun).
1805 Taunton Rd. E, Hampton
East-end families, Pingle’s is your destination for an magical Christmas farm experience that goes beyond selecting your ideal balsam or Fraser fir. Pre-cut trees are available at the farm’s Mistletoe Market, which also all kinds of real, seasonal greenery, as well as a wide assortment of products perfect for gifting. No tickets or advanced registration is needed to access the market however, your family will need tickets to access Pingle’s Christmas Fest. Starting at $15, Christmas Fest includes crafts, story time with Mrs. Claus, live animals including a reindeer, and of course a meet-and-greet with Santa.
Tom’s Dairy Freeze
630 The Queensway, Toronto
Picking up a fresh cut fir from this beloved Etobicoke ice cream parlour is an annual traditional for many West end families. While Tom’s didn’t have pricing available as of press time, they did assure us that they are expecting trees in a variety of sizes. They also let us know that the trees should be arriving at the end of November/start of December.
Cut Your Own Christmas Trees near Toronto
Is this the year you go full Griswold and cut your own Christmas tree? Here’s a list of places to go in or near the GTA. Watch out for squirrels!
Durham (Clarington, Oshawa, Scugog, Whitby)
Powell’s Christmas Trees
2945 Regional Road 20, Bowmanville
Uses natural growing practices, Christmas trees: you choose and you cut, plus pre-cut Christmas trees, Christmas boughs, trees baled, free tree trimmings, saws provided, gift shop, porta-potties, picnic area
Halton (Burlington, Darbyville, Halton Hills, Milton, Oakville)
Clembrook Christmas Farm
4231 Derry Road, Milton
Cut your own or pre-cut pine, spruce, and fir. Christmas gift barn is open with crafts, gifts, collectibles, wreaths, garlands, tree stands, hot drinks, and snack bar.
5369 Wellington 27, Guelph/Eramosa
Cut your own or pre-cut Christmas trees, plus wreaths and tree stands
14800 Innis Lake Road Caledon
Phone: (905) 584-0354
Cut your own or pre-cut Christmas trees, plus a gift shop and a country market with pies, jams, and gifts. Warm up inside with the smell apple pies baking in the oven and enjoy a steaming cup of cider.
York (Aurora, Georgina, King, Maple Hill, Markham, Newmarket, Vaughan, Whitchurch-Stouffville)
Crones Tree Farm
5624 Herald Road, Mount Albert
Cut your own trees – due to limited supply Crones was closed last year but look to be back for 2022.
Horton Tree Farms
14844 Warden Avenue, Stouffville
Phone: 905-888-1738 or 800-420-7385
Cut your own Christmas trees plus saw loans and tree balers for easy transport.
MacPherson Tree Farm
17422 Hwy 48, Ballantrae
Phone: 905-473-6668. Alternate phone: 905-473-3173
Cut your own Christmas trees plus saw loans, tree baling, wagon rides, scavenger hunts, and free hot chocolate!
Middleton Tree Farm
Ninth Line, Stouffville
Cut your own Christmas trees with easy access to the trees — good for seniors and families with small children.
5578 St. John’s Sideroad, Stouffville
Cut your own Christmas trees plus a small tobbogganing hill for the kids and free hot chocolate and cider on weekends
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