The convenience of a plastic Christmas tree can be very alluring but why not get into the festive spirit and opt for a real Christmas tree this year? The scent of natural pine will have you feeling more festive than ever. Christmas tree farms are scattered throughout Melbourne and Victoria, so your options for purchase or delivery are plentiful. Stuck for Christmas gift inspiration? We've got some good ideas. Or why not wander through some of Melbourne's summer night markets? 'Tis the season, after all.
Real Christmas trees
Just half an hour from the CBD, this family owned business has been offering 5-12 foot Christmas trees for over 30 years. If you're feeling the stress of the silly season, order your tree online and enjoy free delivery seven days a week.
Melbourne Christmas Tree Farm, Plumpton
These guys have been in the Christmas tree business for 45 years and understand what makes the perfect tree. Tree are grown across two locations (Nar Nar Goon and Officer), so there are plenty to go around.
Dandenong Christmas Tree Farm, Nar Nar Goon and Officer
Convenience is king for this family run business in Kew - they'll take care of delivery and pick up, leaving you the joyous task of decorating your natural beauty. All Christmas trees are locally grown and freshly cut on the morning of your (free) delivery, and when the festive season comes to a close, the team will arrive at your doorstep to collect and dispose of your tree.
The Christmas Tree Shop, Kew
Your local Scouts Group is working hard this Christmas. Their Christmas trees are priced between $45-$90 and all profits will fund the running of programs, building maintenance and equipment repairs. Christmas trees are sold across a range of Melbourne locations, so check out the Scouts Victoria website for more information.
The folks at Daylesford Christmas Tree Farm live by a single philosophy: for every tree cut down, a new one is planted. You can be sure that your Christmas decorations won't contribute to environmental damage. Plus, every tree is at least four years old and has been carefully sculpted to maintain a perfect shape.
Daylesford Christmas Tree Farm, Daylesford
If you buy your Christmas tree from Santa's Place, you can sure to leave with your own little slice of the North Pole. The Christmas tree plantation covers ten acres and trees range from 1-10 metres in height. The Christmas Shop stocks indoor and outdoor decorations, and Mrs Claus's Kitchen serves up a portion of hearty festive fare.
Santa's Place, Moorooduc
If you live around Bayside or Mornington Peninsula, the Christmas Tree Elves are on hand to make sure the festive period is as stress-free as possible. All trees are handpicked, freshly cut, pruned and shaped, and are available in a number of sizing options. If you order between November 24 and December 20, they'll deliver a five, six or seven foot tree straight to your door.
The Christmas Tree Elves, Bayside and Mornington Peninsula