There’s nothing like a big, bright Christmas tree to transform an ordinary living room into a festive wonderland. Whether you’re after that fresh pine smell, a glammed-up artificial tree that’s not going to leave a spiky mess behind, or a cute potted tree for your balcony, we’ve found the nearby Christmas tree farms that deliver the goods – sometimes directly to your door. Take a look at our list below for real Christmas trees, trees for hire, environmentally friendly options and what to do with all that mulch come January. Find more things to do this Christmas, including indie Christmas markets.
Find real Christmas trees
For those on the hunt for a real Christmas tree that you don’t have to travel too far for, look no further than Kemps Creek Christmas Tree Farm. Based 15km from Parramatta and ten minutes from the M7, Kemps Creek Christmas Tree Farm sells real pine trees straight from the farm. Walk around the paddock, pick your tree, and they'll have it cut and ready for you to take home. Remember to bring your purse, Kemps Christmas Tree Farm accepts cash only and prices start from $50.
Whether you’re after a towering tree or a mini potted tree, Merlino’s Christmas Trees are sure to have what you need. There are four sizes of real cut Christmas trees (ranging from 5ft to over 9ft) and potted Christmas trees available in three species and multiple sizes – Monterey Pine (four sizes), White Spruce (six sizes) and Blue Star (two sizes). Plus, they offer free delivery to Wareemba, Abbotsford, Chiswick, Drummoyne, Russell Lea and Five Dock. For those living outside the free delivery zone, prices range from $25 (for delivery from 2-10km away) to $50 (15-20km).
Hire trees for events
Elf Help deliver, install, decorate and remove real Christmas trees for homes and business – taking all the hassle out of who gets to put the star/angel on top. Whether you’re looking to purchase or hire a Christmas tree, Elf Help will transport a fully decorated tree in your choice of traditional red, Champagne gold or snow white ornaments and ribbons. Rather decorate it yourself? Elf Help also sell and deliver undecorated Christmas trees starting from $182. Tree deliveries, installation, removal and pick-up range from $247 to $920.
Shop for ethical trees
Not only do Dural Christmas Tree Farm sell real pine Christmas trees that are available for delivery, but also they also offer post-Christmas tree pick-up and recycling. For $30, they’ll collect your used tree, mulch it back at their farm and use the waste to help look after next year’s crop. Plus, Dural Christmas Tree Farm will also be at Carriageworks Farmers Markets on the first three Saturdays of December if you can’t make it out to their farm. Christmas trees range from 5-14ft and start from $75. Delivery (including tree installation in a Cinco stand) is dependent on your postcode and ranges from $45 to $95.
At Reverse Garbage you can buy an artificial Christmas tree that has been donated from previous owners, plus they also have mini trees that have been made from recycled goods. They’re fun and creative (not to mention 100 per cent ethically sourced) and come in a range of size, styles and prices, which are mostly under $20. While you’re there, explore the warehouse – you never know what whacky Christmas decorations you might discover.
Find more things to do this Christmas
Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere means beach barbecues, long lunches and checking out the festive lights in the city. There’s no snow, sure, but we know how to party. Find out where you can sing Christmas carols, shop at the Christmas markets, and get a head start on the Boxing Day sales.