It may only be November, but Christmas will be here before we know it, and that means it's already time to start thinking about decorations. We all know Christmas trees are a staple of the holiday, and while a fake one gets the job done, there’s something so enchanting about having a real tree in your home. The festive smell of cedar or pine wafting from room to room truly can't be beaten. Luckily, there are numerous Ottawa Christmas tree farms in and around the city where you can chop down your own perfect tree this season.

Even if you consider yourself the Scrooge of the group, these charming farms will have you trading in your bah, humbugs for fa-la-la-la-la's.

Even aside from the chance to pull up your own Christmas tree and then bring it home, tree farms are so delightful that you could totally spend hours wandering through the snowy forests. Plus, most farms offer a long list of other enticing winter activities for you to enjoy. You'll often be greeted with free hot chocolate and a cozy fire pit, with some farms even having horse-drawn sleigh rides and more.

So, if you've never harvested your own Christmas tree before, it's time to branch out (not sorry) and get into the holiday spirit at one of these magical tree farms.

Ian's Christmas Adventure Park

Price: Prices vary

When: November 23 - December 22

Address: 804 Richmond Rd., Beckwith, ON

Why You Need To Go: When it comes to Christmastime fun, Ian's Aventure Park has it all. You might come to get a beautiful Christmas tree, but you'll stay for all the activities and tasty snacks along the way. With a petting zoo, a cozy campfire, free hot chocolate, skating rink, twinkling lights, and so much more, you may never want to leave.


Thomas Tree Farm

Price: Starting at $48.46

When: November 23 - December 24

Address: 6421 McCordick Rd., North Gower, ON

Why You Need To Go: After you cut down your tree or choose one of the pre-cut options, you can enjoy complementary hot chocolate and cookies that are sure to warm you up. You can also travel through the maple bush on a horse-drawn sleigh or tractor-drawn wagon ride. Be aware: the rides and treats aren't available until after 1 p.m. on weekdays.


Hillcrest Tree Farm

Price: Prices vary

When: Opens November 23

Address: 7357 Fourth Line Rd., North Gower, ON

Why You Need To Go: With incredible trees and festive wreaths, your home will feel like a Christmas paradise in no time. A visit to Hillcrest on the weekend will be accompanied by free hot chocolate or cider and complementary wagon rides around the farm.


MacGowan's Christmas Tree Farm

Price: $55

When: Opening Saturday, November 23

Address: 4611 Mohrs Rd., Kinburn, ON

Why You Need To Go: Cutting down trees is hard work. Luckily, at this charming little tree farm, you can cozy up to the fire with a hot chocolate and a cookie or enjoy a wagon ride around the farm. If you live in Stittsville or Kanata, they can even deliver a tree straight to your home.


Cedar Hill Christmas Tree Farm

Price: Prices vary

When: November 12 - December 24

Address: 951 8th Concession S., Pakenham, ON

Why You Need To Go: Even if you're not cutting a tree, there is plenty to enjoy at Cedar Hill Christmas Tree Farm. Why not pop into their cafe? They serve a variety of tasty meals and treats like chilli, bacon on a bun, butter tarts, and more. If you do cut a tree, you can enjoy a variety of activities like the sliding hill, straw play structure, bonfire, and more.


The Log Farm

Price: Free admission 

When: Weekends 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting December 6

Address: 670 Cedarview Rd., Nepean, ON

Why You Need To Go: The Log Farm is one of Ottawa's hidden gems. Here you can enjoy the cutest little gift shop, friendly farm animals, and a selection of pre-cut Christmas trees. There's even a dropbox where you can mail your letters to Santa. Be sure to take advantage of the wagon rides and cozy fire as well.


Fallowfield Tree Farm

Price: Prices vary

When: Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Christmas

Address: 6100 Fallowfield Rd., Stittsville, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can choose from pre-cut or cut-your-own trees and afterward, enjoy toasted marshmallows and hot chocolate around the fire. If the weather allows, you can go for a sleigh ride with the farm horses Diamond & Chico. Coming with kids? There is also a bouncy castle, tunnel slides, pony rides, and farm animals for petting. Starting November 25, the farm will stay open until 7 p.m. according to their website.



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