Vancouver is one of the best places to stay for Christmas. The city, which is surrounded by towering evergreens and snow-capped mountains, has a cheerful spirit perfect for the holidays. If you’re staying in the city for a long period of time — or live there full-time — you may want to get a Christmas tree to celebrate. Luckily, there are many Christmas tree farms, lots, and stores in the greater Vancouver area, depending if you want an artificial one, a pre-cut tree, or a place where you can chop one down yourself.
Pre-Cut Christmas Trees for Charity
Aunt Leah’s Vancouver Christmas Tree Lots is open every year between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. All proceeds go to charities that prevent youth homelessness and help foster children. There are multiple locations all over the greater metro area.
Many of these locations are at churches around Vancouver. In the city, there’s St. Stephen’s United Church on Granville Street, whereas, in nearby Burnaby, you can check out All Saints Anglican Church on Royal Oak and Rumble. In Coquitlam, you’ll also find Christmas tree lots at Eagle Ridge United Church on Glen Drive.
More pre-cut Christmas trees are available for the picking at Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver and the Brewery District (287 Nelson’s Court) in New Westminster.
If you purchase a tree at Yaletown Rotary Club Christmas Tree Lot at CandyTown, all proceeds go toward Yaletown community projects.
The Christmas Tree Lot is part of a free, one-day Christmas festival in Yaletown. The date varies every year, but usually, it’s in late November, right after Thanksgiving. However, they also offer spruce trees for pre-sale if you want to get your order in early (they do often sell out quickly). Yaletown is an old warehouse district in downtown Vancouver that has been transformed into a trendy waterfront neighborhood full of hip restaurants, outdoor cocktail lounges, and indie boutiques.
Vancouver South Lions Annual Christmas Tree Lot donates all proceeds to Vancouver South Lions community outreach.
King George Secondary School Christmas Tree proceeds benefit the King George Secondary Library Resource Center. Trees can be ordered online and picked up on December 2 or — for an additional cost — delivered in the downtown area for your convenience.
If you want to support Lord Byng PE Department and Athletics, consider buying a tree at Lord Byng Secondary School Christmas Tree Lot, where proceeds are donated to the school sports department.
Christmas Tree Farms - Pre-Cut or Cut Your Own
Cutting your own tree can be fun for the whole family. Picture walking through rows of towering spruce trees until you find the perfect one to take home. There are many places around Vancouver to experience this, from H & M Christmas Tree Farm in Richmond, to Armstrong Creek Farm Ltd. in Surrey. Dogwood Christmas Tree Farm is a great option in Fort Langley, whereas the David Hunter Garden Center is ideal for those looking to pick a tree in downtown Vancouver.
Artificial Christmas Trees
Artificial Christmas trees have many perks over real trees. You don’t have to deal with cleaning up pine needles or sap, you don’t have to worry about watering the tree, and you can pay for an artificial tree once and keep it for many seasons to come versus having to buy and dispose of a real tree every year.
Recycling Christmas Trees in Vancouver
Recycling Christmas trees is not only good for the environment, it's good for the city as well. Usually, trashed Christmas trees are turned into reusable compost. Plus, groups that are used to pick up and dispose of the trees often put that money toward charities and canned-food donations for the holidays.