With so many Christmas activities being put on hold or “paused” by Provincial Health Orders (PHOs) until at least December 7, 2020. So this is the year to think of creative ways to have festive fun with our kids.
Getting outside is encouraged, so one of the best things to do with your family is to visit a Christmas tree farm! There is nothing like a real Christmas tree and half of the fun is searching for the perfect one. Turn your Christmas tree search into a memorable adventure this year.
Top Ten Christmas Tree Farms in the Lower Mainland
1. Aldor Acres
One of my absolute favourite places to visit in Langley is Aldor Acres. Along with choosing your perfect Christmas tree they have a friendly farm animal display for you to wander through. This is the perfect place to take your family for a festive outing. They have u-cut, fresh cut and live trees.
- Address: 8249-252 St. Langley
- Dates: Nov 28 – Dec 20 (while supplies last)
- Hours: Weekdays 10 a.m -7 p.m., Weekends 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- (Fresh cut only from 4:30pm to close)
>> Aldor Acres
Note: Masks are mandatory in all farm areas. Saws will be disinfected between use, but you can bring you own. Consider visiting on a weekday when it is less busy.
2. Oh Christmas Tree Farm – Sold Out
This is the perfect place to go on a tree hunt with your family. They have over 17 acres of trees for you to choose from, including big trees up to 20 feet tall. They have wagons and saws for you to use. And this lot is pet friendly!
- Address: 21858 Maxwell Crescent, Langley
- Dates: Nov 21 until they sell out.
- Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
3. Dogwood Christmas Tree Farm
Dogwood Christmas Tree Farm is the perfect place for some family fun. In addition to Christmas trees they have fresh holly, boughs and wreaths. Due to COVID-19 Santa’s Hall Snack Shack will be closed this year.
- Address: 8589 252 St. Fort Langley
- Dates: Open Nov 28, 2020
- Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily
Notes: Face masks are required for everyone ages 2 and up. There is one entrance and one exit. They are encouraging customers to bring their own handsaws. Power tools and axes are not allowed. They ask visitors to obey signage and not stay on the property for extended periods of time to allow others to enter the farm.
4. Frosty’s Family Christmas Tree Farm
This is one of the most festive Christmas tree experiences in the Lower Mainland. They create a festive atmosphere with Christmas carols and complimentary candy canes. They have acres of trees for you to chose from and a huge variety, including Douglas Fir, Grand Fir, Norway Spruce, Noble Fir and Fraser Fir.
- Address: 24488 52 Ave. Langley
- Dates: Open Nov 28, 2020
- Hours: U-Cut 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Fresh Cut 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Note: They provide saws, which are sanitized between guests. No chainsaws or axes allowed.
5. Giesbrecht’s Tree Farm
Giesbrecht’s Tree Farm is one of the largest Christmas tree producers around. They have have a great selection of fresh cut trees along with endless options if you prefer to cut your own. This farm has so much cheer and a genuine festive feel to it. There are also several super cute spots to take photos of your kids.
- Address: 5871 – 248th Street, Langley
- Dates: Retail lot opens Dec 4, 2020. U-Cut lot opens Dec 5, 2020 (U-cut weekends only)
Note: Wear a mask and follow posted social distancing rules.
6. Armstrong Creek Farm
If you’re looking for a fun and festive setting for all ages Armstrong Creek Farm is the farm for you. They have been growing Christmas trees since 1995 on 5 acres of land.
Address: 4457-190 Street, Surrey
Winter 2020 Dates/Hours
- Nov. 21st: 1.30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
- Nov. 22nd: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Nov 28th & Nov 29th 10:00 am – 4:00 pp
- Dec 5th & Dec 6th 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
- Dec 12th & Dec 13th 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
7. Fern Creek Tree Farm
If your family is looking for a true forest experience, look no further. Fern Creek Tree Farm has rolling hills and a stream through the middle of the property which creates a unique experience in the heart of Langley.
- Address: 22441-79th Avenue, Langley
- Dates: Nov 28, 2020 (weekends)
- Hours: 10 a.m. – dusk
8. Red Truck Trees
By appointment only
Things will be a little different at Red Truck Trees this year. They are offering farm visits by appointment only. Book early to avoid disappointment as they sold out quickly last year. They want to ensure the safety of guests and employees and make sure everyone has an enjoyable experience.
They are also offering a contactless tree delivery service throughout the Lower Mainland south of Burrard Inlet. You can order and pay online and they will deliver a beautiful, freshly cut Christmas tree to your front door. Book your farm visit, pre-pay for a drive thru tree or order your tree delivery here.
- Address: 18630 2nd Ave, South Surrey
- Dates: Nov 28, 2020
- Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
9. Fernridge Christmas Tree Forest
If you’re looking for some good old fashion Christmas family fun Fernridge Christmas Tree Forest in Langley is a great option. This tree farm has been family owned and operated since 1988. Free candy canes will be given out, but due to the pandemic no free hot drinks this year. They encourage you to bring your own warm drinks to have while you enjoy the fields and pick out your perfect tree. They supply saws for cutting down trees and twine for securing it to your vehicle. And pets are allowed!
- Address: 2828 – 208 Street, Langley
- Dates: Nov 28, 2020
- Hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
10. Art’s Nursery
If trekking through the woods isn’t exactly the adventure you are looking for this season, but you still want some festive family fun — Art’s Nursery is the place for you! They have it all – fresh cut Christmas trees, live/potted trees and and even flocked. They also have wreaths, winter porch pots and a Christmas market with tons of festive ornaments and decor. They do not have a U-cut option, but the fresh trees arrive at the nursery in multiple shipments to keep them as fresh as possible.
- Address: 8940 192nd Street, Surrey
- Dates: Christmas market is open, trees are brought in
- Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Holiday Hours: Dec 23: 9 am – 6 pm, Dec 24: 9 am – 3 pm, Dec 25 – Jan 12: Closed for the holidays
>> Arts Nursery
Note: Masks are required. Please follow the social distancing rules posted.
Alouette Tree Farm – Sold Out
If you were hoping to visit Alouette Tree Farm in Maple Ridge this year hopefully you already registered for a spot. According to their website they are limiting the number of people on the farm to ensure the safety of staff and customers and the registration for 2020 is full. Sigh. Maybe next year.
I am determined to make this Christmas a memorable and happy one for my kids! It seems like there are a lot of cancellations of events happening and disappointing news lately. I have decided to go on a Christmas tree farm adventure. If the weather cooperates I would love to visit every farm on this list. But living in Vancouver we all know how the weather can be. I will keep you updated on our Christmas tree adventures — I am in search of holiday joy for 2020!
Kera is a full-time mom with three kids. She lives in the suburbs of Vancouver and recently started Kids Cuddles Coffee, a ‘mommy-news’ blog. She loves going on adventures with her kids all over the Lower Mainland. She has a passion for writing and the news. Before becoming a mom she worked at CBC radio and at a local newspaper. Follow her on Instagram @kidscuddlescoffee