The charm of the Christmas tree is undeniable, and there is no quenching the joy these prickly wonders ignite each December. The great news is, the coveted triangular-shaped trees are no longer difficult to find, with growers throughout Sydney putting in the hard yards in the months leading up to Christmas
While many Christmas tree farms sit comfortably along the city’s fringe, online ordering and delivery services make the process a breeze regardless of your schedule. To help you out a little, we’ve compiled our top picks for buying, erecting and caring for your tree. You'd better dust off the box of decorations!
Located in Sydney’s northwest, Willy’s Christmas Tree Farm boasts around 20,000 trees growing at any one time. Starting from $40, you can choose and cut-your-own Christmas tree or select from the pre-cut trees. They recommend investing in a sturdy tree stand that allows water to freely flow into the base of the tree.
TIP: When choosing a tree to cut down, make sure to look out for brown or brittle needles. This is an indication of an unhealthy tree and it may not last the distance.
281 Windsor Road, Vineyard
For a hassle-free Christmas, a visit to Elf Help is a must. You have the option to choose from a plain or decorated tree. Yes, you read correctly – you can select a theme and the team will decorate it to order. Over and above that, you can also select their signature service that includes the tree, home delivery, installation, water stand and pick-up in January. Jump online to pre-book your tree or go into to their Inner West store.
TIP: Once the Christmas period is over and you’re ready to part with your tree, most councils will collect Christmas trees for mulching and compost.
155-157 Parramatta Road, Haberfield
Based on the Northern Beaches, this Terrey Hills business is the largest supplier of fresh cut USA style Christmas trees. Available in store, Christmas World have trees of all sizes- from a modest 5 feet to a breathtaking 12 feet tall.
TIP: Keep your tree away from sources of heat including lamps, televisions and sunlit windows as these tend to speed up the process of evaporation causing the needles to wilt from moisture loss.
Cnr Mona Vale Rd and Forestway, Terrey Hills
Located in Duffys Forest, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Sydney Christmas Tree Farm has hundreds of trees for you to peruse. Trees are priced from $80 depending on size and bushiness. Bonus – the team also sell Christmas tree stands made of strong plastic with a water well and clamps to secure your tree.
TIP:Securing the tree to your car roof is simple and tidy. Lay the tree stump-forward on the car roof and fasten from the trunk to the roof racks with ratchet straps.
6 Namba Rd, Duffys Forest (off Mona Vale Rd)
Based in the Southern Highlands, the ‘Paddy’s River’ property has been growing Christmas trees for over 30 years. Available through an online ordering system, trees start at $145, depending on the size with delivery included.
TIP: Keep your tree away from sources of heat including lamps, heaters, televisions and sunlit windows as these tend to speed up the process of evaporation causing the needles to wilt from moisture loss.
Pine trees grown on farms in Oberon NSW are cut and delivered to a warehouse in Five Dock, in Sydney’s inner west. Choose a real cut Christmas trees or a live potted Christmas trees that will last well beyond Christmas day – be it a Monterey Pine, White Spruce or a Blue Star.
TIP: When putting Christmas lights up, cut the hook of a wire coat hanger and duct-tape the hook to the top of a 3-foot PVC pipe. With the hook directed up, you can easily lift the lights to the highest tree branches.
260 Great North Road, Wareemba
A cut-your-own Christmas tree farm, this lovely family run farm in the heart of Kenthurst is a charming place to visit in the lead up to Christmas. With paddocks brimming with green pines and a flat rate of $80 per tree, pay the Thomas family a visit and select your perfect tree.
TIP:If you plan on standing your tree on a carpeted floor, make sure to lay some plastic beneath the bucket to avoid any sap or water stains forming.
‘Tomalong’ 96 Pitt Town Road, Kenthurst
The Dural Christmas Tree Farm have mastered the perfectly shaped tree, and for lovers of a white Christmas, the farm offers a snow flocking service – a non-toxic spray that gives your tree a snow-laden effect. The Hills District farm has reservation, online ordering and delivery services. The farm also organises three pop-ups during December at Carriageworks Farmers’ Market, Cambridge Markets EQ and Watsons Bay Christmas Twilight Market.
TIP: Saw 2cm off the trunk of your tree immediately prior to placing it in its bucket will help with water absorption for fresh, lush needles throughout December.
879 Old Northern Road, Dural