There's nothing quite like the sweet scent of a real Christmas tree during the holiday season.
They require more care than artificial trees — from constant watering to disposal — but they add an undeniable festive touch.
Here are some options so you can head home with a tall Fir or petite Pine this holiday season.
Local tree lots are likely your best bet for pre-cut trees.
A number of local charitable groups open tree lots every year so you can buy a tree while helping others.
Vancouver South Lions Club - the lot is run by volunteers and proceeds go back to projects supported by the Lions club including projects for kids and seniors. They're located outside John Oliver Secondary at the corner of Fraser Street and E. 41st Avenue. Credit cards are accepted.
TREK Trees - Students, their parents and teachers from Prince of Wales secondary's TREK outdoor education program rally every year to open this lot. They say they're Vancouver's largest with 2000 trees available. Prices range from $20 to $60 and they will even make free deliveries to seniors. You can find the lot at Prince of Wales 2250 Eddington Drive.
Aunt Leah's Tree Lots - If you live outside of Vancouver, then Aunt Leah's might have the tree for you. Proceeds from purchases will support the charity's work with foster kids, teen mothers and provide retail training experience for youth right at the lot. Prices start at $15 for a tree.
- Burnaby - All Saints Anglican Church, Royal Oak and Rumble.
- Coquitlam - Eagle Ridge United Church, 2813 Glen Drive.
- North Vancouver - Lonsdale Quay, East Plaza 123 Carrie Cates Court.
- Vancouver - St. Stephen's United Church, W. 54th and Granville Street.
Scouts Christmas Tree Lot - The North Shore Scouts host an annual tree lot to raise funds supporting a number of groups in the area. You can find them at Park Royal at the corner of Taylor Way and Clyde Avenue.
For those in smaller homes or want a live tree, potted options might be more desirable.
Keep in mind if you plan on re-planting the trees outside after you've had it in your home, it can only remain indoors for up to two weeks.
Garden Centres - stores like Figaro's Garden in East Vancouver and Art's Nursery in Surrey have stocked up on a selection of potted trees that you can nurture year-round after the decorations come down.
Grocery stores - grocery chains across the Lower Mainland like Whole Foods and Save-on-Foods are carrying Christmas trees in pots. Some also offer pre-cut options. Prices range from $25 to $50.
If you want to head out and cut your own tree, the B.C. Christmas Tree Council has compiled a list of farms across the province you can visit with your family. Some farms let your borrow their saws and help with baling.
Farms like Langley's Frosty's Family Christmas Tree Farm and Richmond's H&M Christmas Tree Farm even serve up hot cider and carols for a fully festive outing.
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