Your Christmas tree shopping guide for 2021; because we are so over plastic ones
17.11.2021

Your Christmas tree shopping guide for 2021; because we are so over plastic ones

Words by Ashlee Simpson

Where to buy a Christmas tree locally this year, all in one place.

You can hear the distant jingle of bells… You can feel the ice dripping as Michael Buble defrosts… You can see fathers wobbling on the ladder as they try to restrain the inflatable Santa on the roof… You can smell the trio of meats and veggies perfectly seasoned and roasting in the oven… You can taste the whisky your weird uncle gave you that is just not quite right…

Christmas is coming and there is no doubt about that. But one age-old dilemma we all face each year is whether to buy a real Christmas tree or to dust off the grotty old plastic one from somewhere in the garage; because Geelong’s iconic floating tree will just not suffice!

There have been many debates surrounding the positives and negatives of real vs fake Christmas trees, and it has been determined that buying real trees is not just amazing for having that Christmassy scent linger, but is also the most eco-friendly solution as farmers work towards harvesting trees with the upmost sustainability. 

Research found that plastic trees are substantially found within the surge of waste that the Christmas and New Years period produce and are left to spend years in landfill, which adds to the favour of buying real trees; a biodegradable, eco-friendly alternative that not only benefits the household which it resides in, but also the environment, farmers, and small businesses that sell the trees. 

Plus, there’s the option this year to get all of your decorations and goodies from the Big Christmas store locally. Now that you’re convinced to buy a real tree this year, here’s your complete guide on where to buy one locally this year. 

Christmas Trees Geelong

Highton and Mount Duneed

Emphasising their stance on real trees being the far more sustainable option than fake, Christmas Trees Geelong operates under the Highton Scouts group, so you know you’re supporting the community. The trees are freshly cut the day they are delivered to provide the highest quality possible. Whilst pickup is available from 43 Barrabool Road, Highton or 1170 Surf Coast Highway, Mount Duneed, Christmas Trees Geelong also offer delivery to the entire Geelong region from $25. Trees are incredibly affordable and for all of you high-ceiling households; XXL trees of over 2.5m are available! Here is a price guide: 

  • Small, 1.4 – 1.5m, $55
  • Medium, 1.7 – 1.8m, $65
  • Large, 1.9 – 2.0m, $85 
  • Extra large, 2.1 – 2.3m, $115
  • Extra extra large, 2.4 – 2.6m, $165

Sorry folks, their XXXL trees (any tree a whopping 2.7 metres or taller!) are out of stock this year. There are a number of weekends where pickup and delivery are available, starting from Friday, November 26, until Sunday, December 12, so make sure to get in quick whilst stocks last, or pre-order online.

Holiday Christmas Trees

Geelong and Warrnambool 

Holiday Christmas Trees is a locally owned and operated farm where buyers have the opportunity to select their tree. They have trees ranging from 5ft to 8ft, and emphasise the importance of creating family traditions and lasting memories when selecting the perfect tree. Holiday Christmas Trees also offer tree stands from $40 and have a range of sizes and prices: 

  • Small, 4-5ft, $70
  • Medium, 5-6ft, $80
  • Large, 6-7ft, $90
  • Extra large, 7-8ft, $110

Trees are available from Wednesday, November 24, until Wednesday, December 22, at 227 Colac Road, Waurn Ponds, or the Gateway Plaza Carpark, 154 Raglan Parade, Warrnambool. More info is available here

Kings Christmas Trees

Drysdale

Boasting the experience of being able to cut your own Christmas trees with saws provided (and the watchful eye of professionals in case you need a hand), Kings Christmas Trees Drysdale offer families an incredible experience, especially when all trees are only $50. They operate from Saturday, November 27 at 9 am, right up until Thursday, December 23 at 6 pm for all of those late-decorators. Here’s a link to their Facebook page if you would like to get in touch with them.

Scouts Christmas Trees

Ocean Grove and Drysdale

The scout’s groups on the Bellarine are at it again, providing several locations where you can find your perfect tree. All trees are four years in the making, being perfectly crafted and groomed specifically for Christmassy delight. Tree sizes begin at 6ft for $60 and range up to 8ft for $80. 

The Ocean Grove scouts offer pickup from 123 The Avenue, Ocean Grove on Saturday, December 4 and 11, or from the Bunnings carpark in Leopold from Saturday, December 4, 5, 11 and 12. They also offer delivery to the Ocean Grove, Queenscliff, and Barwon Heads suburbs, with pre-orders are available here

As an added bonus, the Drysdale scouts offer free delivery right across the Bellarine peninsula with a variety of dates available starting from Monday, November 29. Otherwise, pickup is available from the scout hall from December for pre-order or walk-ins unless sold out prior, at 18-20 High Street, Drysdale. Check out their site for more info and to pre-order.

The Christmas Tree Elves

Melbourne 

The Christmas Tree Elves are a family-owned and operated farm that marks themselves to have the most sustainable Christmas tree production. They deliver across metropolitan Melbourne after their farm works towards complete sustainability. As well as having a Williamstown, Point Cook, and Brighton retail site, their trees are offered in small, medium, or large, at $80, $100, or $120 respectively. Further, the Christmas Tree Elves offer a selection of dates where they offer tree pickup after jolly celebrations, where the trees can be brought a new life and purpose. The company also works towards their sustainability promise, where they “will plant two trees for every tree sold… and are committed to being Carbon Neutral”. You can pick your tree here.

Daylesford Christmas Tree Farm

Daylesford 

If you feel like a bit of a road trip, the Daylesford Christmas Tree Farm emphasis to their buyers that their trees are perfectly shaped and grown in the rural country, where the city pollution cannot dare harm their perfection. Their philosophy is posed around sustainability, where “for every tree cut, a new one is planted”, but also work towards providing an affordable, friendly service. They offer the experience of being able to wander around the farm so you can personally select your tree and pose a $5 service of netting the tree so that it can travel home with you safely. They have a range of sizes and prices, including: 

  • 4ft at $50
  • 5ft at $60
  • 6ft at $70 
  • 7ft at $80 

And so forth, right up to 10ft and beyond. They are open every day from Saturday, November 20 right up until December 23, so “look for the Christmas tree sign on the Daylesford-Trentham road” and head to 197 Coopers Lane, Daylesford, or read their site for more details.

Colac Christmas Tree Farm

Colac 

For those out west, the Colac Christmas Tree Farm makes use of the sandy soil in the terrain to grow the perfect trees in the most eco-friendly fashion, as the sturdy roots of Christmas trees help bind the soil for more use. The trees are specifically grown for Christmas wholesale, so get in contact with them today to discuss your perfect tree. 

Now there are no excuses as to why you can’t buy a real tree this year, so make sure to jump in quick before they all sell out!