A forest chock-full of balsam, fir, spruce and pine? Arguably, all the best smells all in one place – sign us up! The best part of grabbing a tree of your own? Your house is going to smell like a forest for the rest of December.
Where should you go? Well, it depends on what you want.
Some farms offer so many activities, you can stretch your visit into a day trip. Some are closer to the city, while some are far enough from Winnipeg that you could turn the experience into a mini road trip. If you don't have a lot of time, we've sought out some alternatives that still offer a great time, with less effort.
Windrift Christmas Tree Farm - Tyndall
A sleigh ride down decorated Candy Cane Lane is in store after you choose from pre-cut trees available in Windrift’s chalet. If you’d like, you can also go with the choose-and-cut option. Later, warm your toes next to the cozy fire inside. Bonus: some of their proceeds go in support of The Dream Factory. Cash or cheque only.
Country Pines - Tyndall
On weekends in December, venture to this tree farm, located 20 minutes from the perimeter of Winnipeg. Nice and simple: choose your tree, cut it down and be on your way. Have extra time? Take in a “Walk and Talk” tour.
Timber Trails Tree Farm - Steinbach
At this tree farm, enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides, and if you’re lucky, you might even stop by at the same time as Santa. After you borrow a saw to chop down the tree you’ll be admiring for the rest of December, munch on homemade Christmas cookies and sip holiday hot chocolate. They’re located 8.5 miles from Steinbach and open until December 22.
CD Trees - Steinbach
Located 10km south of Steinbach, this tree farm isn’t too far out of the way, and it offers so many fun activities you’ll want to make it a day trip. Take a ride on a horse-drawn sleigh, sip on a plethora of warm-drink options, shop the indoor Christmas store, walk the forest AND get a pre-cut tree or use one of their saws to pick your own. Plus – it’s dog-friendly, so don’t leave the pupper at home. Accepts credit, debit and cash.
Hemminger's Christmas Trees - Lac Du Bonnet
Travel ½ mile north of Old Pinawa Dam and walk through the forest to choose a Spruce, Balsam Fir or Scots Pine tree to take home. They have saws, you can get a tree bag for $3, and they even have free hot apple cider – yum! Accepts cash or cheque, prices range from $25-$40. After you snag a tree, explore the area and trek around Pinawa Dam Provincial Park.
Mount Nebo Trees - Between Morden and Miami
Get that old fashioned Christmas feeling at Mount Nebo Trees, located north of Morden and south of Miami! The tree farm is open on the weekends until December 18.
Don’t have a lot of time? Try:
Shelmerdine or Jensen's Nursery and Garden - Winnipeg
Your favourite garden centres open in December to bring you the best of holiday greenery. Bonus: you can shop both centres’ boutique gift shops and check a few things off your Christmas lists.
If you’re feeling truly adventurous: cut your own tree in the wilds of Manitoba
The Manitoba Government offers Christmas tree cutting in designated areas. This route is sure to create special memories as it will involve trekking and searching for that perfect wild tree. The permit costs $9.75 and you can pick it up from Sustainable Development’s head office.