Vancouver and Lower Mainland area charities and community groups are great places to buy Christmas trees from during the holiday season.
This article lists places you can find trees for sale that benefit local charities most years. There is also a list of Lower Mainland farms that you can drive out to and pick out a fresh tree. And towards the bottom of this page are tips on what to look for in a Christmas tree and how to dispose of them at the end of the season.
Lower Mainland Christmas Trees for Sale
This December why not get in the Christmas spirit of giving and purchase a tree at a location that supports local charitable causes? Check out our list below of the best places to buy Christmas trees where proceeds go to worthy charities.
Most non-profit organizations have their Christmas tree sales during the last weekend of November and first couple of weekends in December. Sometimes they are open longer, and sometimes shorter. Generally places remain open for business until they sell out (which often means by the middle of December if not before).
Organizations that usually sell Christmas trees in the Lower Mainland as part of their fundraising efforts include Lions Clubs, Aunt Leah’s and Scouts groups. The UBC Forestry Undergraduate Society at the University of British Columbia also usually sells Christmas trees.
Lions Club Tree Lots
Lions Clubs around the Lower Mainland do yearly Christmas tree sales to raise funds for community programs and local charities. A few of Metro Vancouver’s local Lions Clubs and their Christmas tree-selling locations are listed below.
Lynn Valley Lions Club (North Vancouver)
Christmas tree sales are run by the Lynn Valley Lions Club every year. Proceeds from sales are usually donated to local community organizations and schools.
In 2020, because of the coronavirus outbreak, the event was held in a drive-thru format. Folk browsed the trees from inside their own vehicles, and then chose the tree they wanted to purchase. Volunteers then helped load the trees into customers’ cars. Trees were also available to purchase online with delivery.
Opening date for the Lynn Valley lot in 2020 was Tuesday, December 1st, and closing date was Friday, December 11th. The Lynn Valley Lions Club tree lot was at a new location in 2020. The address was 500 East 2nd Street at Ridgeway in North Vancouver.
2021 dates and details are to be determined.
Note: Similar to the Tiddlycove Lions Club at Ambleside, this group usually does tree chipping after Christmas in addition to their pre-Christmas tree selling. Click Vancouver Tree Chipping Locations for information about the organization’s fundraising event in early January.
For more details click Lynn Valley Lions Club Tree Sales.
Richmond/South Vancouver Lions Clubs
The Lions Clubs of Richmond and Vancouver South partner up around the holiday season to run their Christmas tree lot. It’s an annual event that sells local Canadian-grown trees.
The lot took place at John Oliver School at 530 East 41st Street in 2020. This is right at the corner of Fraser Street and East 41st Street, about a 10-minute drive from Queen Elizabeth Park.
Opening date for the 2020 season was on Friday, November 27th. Monday to Friday hours were from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm, and weekend hours were from 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm.
Dates and details for the 2021 sale are to be determined.
Check out the Vancouver South Lions Club Facebook page for more information.
Ambleside Tiddlycove Lions Club (West Vancouver)
Taking place at the Ambleside Park parking lot in West Vancouver most years, the Ambleside Tiddlycove Lions Club sells trees for a range of prices (all depending on the tree’s height and variety). Proceeds from the sale benefit local charities.
Ambleside Park is located at 1180 Argyle Avenue, right at the base of 13th Street in West Vancouver. Opening date for the lot in 2019 was November 29th and it ran until there were no trees left. The tree lot was open Monday to Friday from 12:00 until 7:00 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. Due to COVID-19, the sale did not take place in 2020. Hopefully the event will be back again in 2021!
Note: In years when there isn’t a pandemic, the Tiddlycove Lions Club sell Christmas trees at Ambleside before Christmas and they typically offer tree-chipping services in the New Year. See our article about Tree Chipping Locations for details about the post-Christmas fundraising event. Also at this venue, trees usually come with a hole drilled up into the bottom of the trunk which helps the tree soak up water and fit the stands that the volunteers have for sale.
The types of trees on sale usually vary depending on how late in the season it is. Some trees are on sale earlier and some later. For example, grand fords arrive later in season.
For more information see the Ambleside Tiddlycove Lions Facebook page.
Aunt Leah’s Place
Aunt Leah’s Place is a local charity that supports children in foster care as well as young mothers in need. The charity celebrated its 25th year of selling Christmas trees in 2019.
There’s a large selection of Christmas trees available at Aunt Leah’s and their various locations. They sell a variety of fir and spruce trees that range in price from around $10 per foot up to $17 or so. Also available are a variety of tree stands, holiday wreaths, planters and additional items.
Locations and Hours
There were three Aunt Leah’s Place locations selling Christmas trees in 2020, plus an additional venue on the North Shore that was open just for pick up. The tree lots were in Kerrisdale, Burnaby and Coquitlam. The North Vancouver location was for pick-up orders only in 2020. Hours and opening days for each venue from 2020 are listed below.
- Burnaby – at All Saints Anglican Church at 7405 Royal Oak Avenue. In 2020 the lot was open from November 27th onwards, from 1:00 to 8:00 pm Monday through Thursday and from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm Friday through Sunday.
- Coquitlam – at Eagle Ridge United Church at 2183 Glen Drive from December 3rd in 2020. Hours of operation were from 1:00 to 8:00 pm Monday to Thursday and from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
- Kerrisdale/Marpole – at St. Stephens United Church at 7025 Granville Street. The lot was open every day of the week from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm for the 2020 season which began on November 26th.
- North Vancouver – the lot was located at the Lonsdale Quay East Market Plaza at 123 Carrie Cates Court (just a 60-second walk from the SeaBus terminal). Trees were available for pick up from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm on December 3rd, or from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on November 29th and December 6th.
Trees sold at Aunt Leah’s locations are usually from British Columbia, Washington or Oregon. The different venues also usually have stands for sale for about $25, $30, $35 or $40 depending on their size.
If none of these locations are close to you, Aunt Leah’s also offers online tree sales. Click Aunt Leah’s Christmas Trees for more information.
Scouts Christmas Tree Sales
Another group of organizations that often runs tree sales near Christmas time is the Scouts Clubs. All funds raised from tree sales go back into the community to fund programs for boys and girls. Check out the two North Shore clubs selling trees for the holidays listed below. At least a few other Scouts groups in other parts of the Lower Mainland are likely selling trees too.
11th Seymour Scouts (North Vancouver)
In North Vancouver, the 11th Seymour Scouts operate their annual Christmas tree fundraiser at 489 Dollarton Highway.
The trees at the Seymour Scouts lot range in price from about $75 up to $150 depending on the size. They were selling four types of trees in 2020 – Alpine True Firs, Fraser Firs, Grand Firs and Noble Firs.
Hours of operation for the tree lot starting on November 28th, 2020, were as follows:
- Monday to Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 pm
- Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Orders could have been placed online last year. Click 11th Seymour Scouts Christmas Trees for more details.
North Shore Scouts (West Vancouver)
The North Shore scouts usually hold their annual tree lot in West Vancouver, right across the street from Park Royal Mall. In years when the sales do take place, the lot is located at 693 Clyde Avenue.
In 2019 the tree lot was open every day of the week from November 27th until December 23rd. Hours of operation were from 12:00 to 8:00 pm Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm on Saturdays and from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm on Sundays.
The sale did not take place in 2020 but hopefully it returns in 2021.
For more information click North Shore Scouts Christmas Trees.
UBC Christmas Trees
Christmas tree sales at UBC did not happen in 2020. Hopefully they’ll return in 2021.
In years when there isn’t a pandemic, the UBC Forestry Undergraduate Society runs an annual Christmas tree sale. The lot has been running since 2006. All proceeds raised from sales of trees usually go to the Forestry Undergraduate Society and a portion is donated to both the UBC Farm and the Forests Without Borders initiative.
Sales ran on the first Friday and Saturday of December in 2019. On the Friday it ran from 2:30 to 4:30 pm and on the Saturday it ran from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. In years when the event does take place, tree sales go until they run out of trees.
Click UBC Christmas Trees for more details.
Christmas Tree Farms
While not charitable groups, there are a variety of farms (mostly in the Fraser Valley) that sell Christmas trees. Visiting these places is a great way to get a Christmas tree while also supporting local!
Below is a list of a few of the farms that were offering u-cut and/or pre-cut Christmas trees in 2020. 2021 dates and details may be similar.
(Note: information below was subject to change. See vendor websites for the most up-to-date information.)
- Abbotsford – Bough and Branch Farm at 28339 Downes Road from November 28th to December 5th in 2020.
- Aldergrove – Churchland Christmas Tree Farm at 4726 248th Street from November 28th in 2020.
- Chilliwack – Woodsong Christmas Trees at 701 Blatchford Road on November 21st and 22nd, and then most days between November 28th and December 20th.
- Fort Langley – Dogwood Christmas Tree Farm at 8589 252nd Street. This place features around 20 acres of trees and has been operating for about 60 years, so it’s well-known in the area. They were open daily from November 28th between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm in 2020.
- Langley – Aldor Acres Farm at 8249 252nd Street, from November 28th until December 20th. Weekday hours of operation were from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, while weekend hours were from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Another Langley venue is the Oh Christmas Tree Farm at 21858 Maxwell Crescent. As of December 1st, 2020, however, they were already sold out of trees.
- Maple Ridge – Alouette Tree Farm at 23083 132nd Avenue, from December 4th onwards.
- Mission – Connie-Firs Tree Farm at 36359 Lougheed Highway was open daily from November 28th.
- Surrey – Red Truck Trees at 18630 2nd Avenue was open as of November 28th.
For a more comprehensive list of farms with Christmas trees in the Vancouver area click Lower Mainland Christmas Trees.
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips, suggestions and additional information to help you with your Christmas tree-shopping endeavors.
TIP #1: Buy your Christmas tree from a charity if you can. The money goes to a worthwhile cause (and giving is an important part of Christmas).
TIP #2: According to organizations like the Sierra Club of BC, you need to use the same artificial tree up to 20 years or more to be more environmentally responsible than using a real tree every year. So real trees can be the more earth-friendly option than fake trees (but only if they are disposed of responsibly at the end of each season).
TIP #3: The best way of disposing of a real Christmas tree is to have it turned into mulch (like at a Tree Chipping Event that charities sometimes do at the end of the holiday season). One of the worst things to do is to just drop it off at the dump.
TIP #4: The most environmentally-friendly real trees are ones that are grown locally. Ones that are imported from far away have a much higher carbon footprint because of their transportation requirements. Trees that haven’t been sprayed with pesticides are also obviously preferable (both for you and the environment).
TIP #5: Real trees look better, smell better and, in most cases, are much better for the environment than artificial trees (which can contain toxic substances). If you buy one that is grown locally you also get a tree with a lower environmental footprint, and more of your dollars remain in the local community.
TIP #6: Ask the tree seller where their trees come from. Most are grown in BC, Washington or Oregon.
TIP #7: Looking for a tree that won’t lose its leaves for a long time? Frasers and Nobles are the best trees as they last the longest. They are also some of the prettiest trees, most labour intensive to grow and most expensive. If you plan to set up your Christmas tree in late November or beginning of December, and you want it to still look good on December 25th and beyond, pay the little bit extra and get a Noble or a Fraser.
TIP #8: Tall trees have been in short supply all across the Lower Mainland in recent years. If you want a tall tree, and you see one, buy it right away! If you wait a while in the hopes of finding another one you might end up being disappointed.
TIP #9: The selection of trees at different venues changes over time as the trees don’t all arrive at the beginning and in the same initial delivery. If you don’t see the tree you want on the first weekend, there won’t necessarily be less of a selection the following weekend (although that can be the case towards the very end of the tree-selling season).
TIP #10: Before taking the tree into your house, give it a good shake first to get rid of any bugs. There probably won’t be any, but very occasionally there are. Some people even give their trees a bit of a vacuuming.
TIP #11: Yes, you can usually buy cheaper Christmas trees at supermarkets and big box stores. If you want to do this, instead of buying from a non-profit fundraising event or local farm, consider donating the money you save to a charitable cause. You can even get a tax receipt for your generosity.
The above are just a few examples of where to buy Christmas trees from charitable organizations in the Lower Mainland. Look out for other places in your area.
Other articles that may be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver Christmas Tree Chipping
- Best Christmas Activities
- Vancouver’s Top Things To Do at Christmas
- December Calendar
- Free December Events