It’s the time of year when brands come out with seasonal air fresheners and pricey candles promising to pipe the scent of pine throughout the house. But let’s face it — nothing beats the real thing. From cut-your-own tree farms to quick grab-and-go lots, here are 10 places in and around Austin to find the perfect Christmas tree.
The Great Outdoors — 2730 S. Congress Ave.
This local urban garden center is sourcing its trees from Washington State this year, including Noble Firs, Douglas Firs, and Nordmann Firs. The trees are stored in water upon their arrival to keep them fresh and ready to make the trip home. After picking the perfect tree, it will be cut again before it's secured to your vehicle. Delivery services are also available.
Montana’s Fresh Christmas Trees — 7601 Burnet Rd.
Montana’s Fresh Christmas Trees, located in Crestview, carries a variety of trees. Fireplace and stairway looking a little bare? This location also has Noble Fir and Western Red garlands up to 75 feet — perfect for transforming your house into something Hallmark Channel-worthy. Delivery services in the Austin area are available.
Optimist Club of Austin — 2813 San Gabriel St.
The Optimist Club of Austin has been selling trees for 67 years and features ver 4,000 trees to choose from. Something special about this lot is that all profits go directly to youth charities in the Austin area, so it's also a great opportunity to give back to the local community. Selections include a variety of firs, Scotch Pines, and Fraser Fir wreaths and Noble garland.
Papa Noël Trees — Multiple locations
With nine locations in the state, five of which are in Austin this year, Papa Noël Trees is a true Texas treasure. If you want a tree grand enough to stand in the halls of the Driskill Hotel (which these trees have), Papa Noël Trees is the right choice. Each tree is grown on farms in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains for 12 years before making the trip to Texas. Pick a tree, stand, wreaths, and garland, and Papa Noël will deliver and set it up in the stand.
Cross Plants and Produce — 705 N. Old Hwy. 81, Kyle
South of Austin is veteran-owned Cross Plants and Produce, a plant nursery and produce market with its own Christmas tree forest. All trees are unique, and because of that, each tree in the forest has its own special name. An opportunity to meet Santa Claus himself is also offered to visitors along with a Christmas shop selling ornaments and festive treats.
Elgin CHRISTmas Tree Farm — 120 Natures Way, Elgin
For those looking to cut down their own tree, Elgin CHRISTmas Tree Farm, east of Austin, is the place to be. A pleasant hayride ends at the choose 'n' cut field, where visitors can pick and saw the perfect tree. This tree farm also has a variety of fun activities including a corn maze, playgrounds, tetherball, train rides, duck races, and more, making it a fun time for the whole family.
Evergreen Farms — 242 Monkey Rd., Elgin
Nearby is Evergreen Farms, another choose and cut Christmas tree farm in Elgin. Upon arrival, a wagon ride heads out to the field, where you can cut your own personal, Texas-grown tree. After that, snuggle up to a warm campfire and roast marshmallows. Experience the fresh country air with a nature trail walk, farm animals, and outdoor games. Pine cone painting along with a concession stand fitted with hot chocolate, s’mores fixins’, sausage wraps, and more, is sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit this season.
Pipe Creek Christmas Tree Farm — 805 Phils Rd., Pipe Creek
In the mood for a road trip this holiday season? Located a couple hours south of Austin, Pipe Creek Christmas Tree Farm is a cut-your-own tree farm with free hayrides on the weekends and plenty of photo ops, so make sure to bring a camera and snap a pic with Santa and Mrs. Santa Claus cutouts. This farm also carries living Leyland Cypresses and Blue Ice Cypresses in 15-gallon pots available for purchase.
How to buy trees online
Christmas cookies in the oven keeping you in the house? No problem. Brungot Farms makes buying a Christmas tree as easy as the click of a button. These trees are grown on North Carolina and New Hampshire farms and transported to Texas in a refrigerated truck. After arriving, the trees are stored in a 30’x30’ water pit that keeps them fresh and fragrant before delivery. This year, Brungot farms is looking to raise $14,000 to provide trees and wreaths for 188 families in Central Texas. Learn more about this here.
Did you know you can order your tree from Home Depot online? Not only is there a huge variety of trees from various locations in the U.S., it also offer free delivery service.