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The Best Places to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree in the GTA

Love wagon rides and sawing logs? We’ve got some fir-tastic ideas for you.

Close up view of snowy pines on a fresh Christmas tree

Is cutting down your own Christmas tree right up there with stuffing stockings and eating too much shortbread? Then you'll love our handy guide to five fir-bearing farms where you can bag your own balsam while having some family fun.

Chickadee Christmas Trees

The country setting at Chickadee Christmas Trees in Wellington County is home to beautiful nature trails just waiting to be explored. After you’ve made your choice, check out the Kids’ Activity Area for some mini golf and a chance to sit on Santa’s sleigh, then warm up with complimentary hot apple cider.

When: weekends 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Fridays 1 p.m.–8 p.m. starting November 30

Where: Puslinch

How much: ​from $50

Rinas Christmas Trees

Weekend visits to Rinas Christmas Tree Farm (in the Hamilton area) include wagon rides that take you between seven different fields to scope out the options. End your visit with some cider at Ruth’s Warm Up Shelter, a heated on-site cabin.

When: Monday to Sunday 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. starting November 24

Where: Rockton

How much: from $42 (cash only)

Horton Tree Farms

All through December, Horton Tree Farms runs its annual Christmas Tree Harvest Festival at its three York Region locations. Expect free hayrides and hot chocolate, plus a bonfire to warm you up after exploring their winter wonderland. The Magic Hill location in Stouffville also has tobogganing, a sandbox playground and Munchouse, a cabin with holiday eats and treats.

When: weekends 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (check online for Thursday and Friday hours)

Where: Stouffville and Aurora

How much: from $65 (cash only)

Clembrook Christmas Farm

Although they’re open during the week, there’s more action on weekends at Clembrook Christmas Farm. Mr. and Mrs. Claus could be in attendance (check online for dates), and you can grab a bite at the snack bar before hopping on a wagon ride with views of Rattlesnake Point. Once you’ve cut your tree, sing Christmas tunes around the bonfire, or shop for gifts, collectibles and decorations in their heated barn.

When: weekdays 12–7 p.m., weekends 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Where: Milton

How much: from $40

MacPherson Christmas Tree Farm

To mix things up a bit, a visit to the MacPherson Christmas Tree Farm includes a scavenger hunt, as well as traditional offerings like a warming tent, wagon rides and hot chocolate on weekends. Finish up your day with a hot dog or homemade baked treat.

When: Wednesday to Friday 12–5 p.m., weekends 9 a.m.–5 p.m. starting December 1

Where: Stouffville

How much: from $60

Need some Christmas decorating ideas, too?

Now that you’ve got your tree, check out these inspiring holiday style secrets from your favourite hotels. Plus, keep these safe decorating tips in mind as you’re decking the halls.