Written for Daily Hive by Portia Yip
It’s that time of year again where it pays off to think ahead before the stressful holiday rush. Dust off your shopping chops, dig out the Christmas decor, and get ready for the holiday festivities.
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If you’re thinking about getting a new Christmas tree this year, real or artificial, there are plenty of places to find the perfect tree fit for any home.
Head to the woods, literally, and cut down your own tree out in Alberta’s provincial wilderness. A permit is required from the Environment and Sustainable Resource Development and costs less than $10 (valid for 30 days). Bring your own sharp tools and at least a 4X4 vehicle with enough space to haul back your chosen tree.
Location: Approved tree cutting areas. More information here.
Grown on a farm in Nova Scotia, Porter River Christmas Trees specialize in gorgeous balsam fir trees from five to eight feet tall. The company delivers to cities and towns all over central Alberta and can be ordered online from the website.
Save time and have a fresh Christmas tree delivered right to your doorstep. A top Albertan supplier of Christmas trees, there are a variety of different species in stock including balsam fir, BC douglas fir, white pine, and Fraser fir. Each tree is primped and primed into the ideal Christmas tree shape and multiple tree accessories are available to purchase with all orders.
Location: 36 64062 393 Avenue E, Okotoks
Each year, the Calgary Junior Forest Warden Society operates a designated lot for Christmas-tree hunters to cut down a wild, lodgepole pine tree. Located 45 minutes west of Calgary along Highway 66 at Powder Face Trail, the lot is open on weekends starting from the end of November until a week before Christmas. A $5 permit is required and sold on site with payment accepted in cash or cheque.
Location: Powder Face Trail off Highway 66
Bring the whole family out and together you can pick the perfect evergreen scented tree to decorate your home with this season. Family-owned and operated for over 25 years, this tree farm allows visitors to cut their own tree down or easily select from one of the pre-cut trees.
Location: RR #3, Rocky Mountain House
Available every year from November to the end of December, the Winter Wonderland Christmas Store at the Blue Grass Nursery is packed with sparkling Christmas decor, arrangements, trees, and more. Freshly cut Christmas trees arrive mid-November and range from five feet to a whopping 16 feet tall. A variety of unlit and pre-lit artificial trees are also in stock and come in different colours, shapes, and sizes.
Location: 260130B Writing Creek Crescent, Rocky View County (Balzac)
The 31st Scout Group will operate its tree lot from late November to about the third week of December, or until trees are sold out. Find the tree sales in the parking lot at the Holy Cross Anglican Church. Operation hours vary but the lot will be open daily on weekdays and weekends. Check the calendar here to schedule your visit.
Location: Holy Cross Anglican Church – 2828 19 Street NW
Drop by the YMCA and help support its ongoing initiatives by purchasing a pre-cut Christmas tree at the Crowfoot YMCA location. Trees are available from the end of November up to a week before Christmas or until all the trees are claimed.
Location: 8100 John Laurie Blvd NW