Where to Buy Your Christmas Tree This Year

Head to these local tree lots to make your season merry and bright. 🎄
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Looking for that perfect tree? Look no further than these tree lots within driving distance of Arlington. (Photo by Ekaterina Kasimova on Unsplash)

You’ve nearly polished off the Halloween candy, solidified your Thanksgiving menu and at least contemplated buying some Christmas gifts. Now it’s time to officially launch the start of peppermint mocha season with the purchase of your Christmas tree. Whether short or tall, Fraser fir or Scotch pine, that perfect tree can be found (by gum!) at these spots in and around Arlington.

Clarendon United Methodist Church Annual Tree Sale

Now-Dec. 4

Freshly cut and arriving from a farm in Canada, these trees, which measure between 6 and 8 feet tall, are a hybrid cross—a combo of a Fraser and balsam fir. Each tree costs $85-$100, and the proceeds benefit Arlington Thrive, a nonprofit that provides same-day emergency financial assistance to residents in sudden crisis. CUMC recommends prepaying for your tree and choosing a pickup time, but you can also stroll through the greenery (they’ve got 300 trees available till they sell out) in person. Trees are available for pickup Nov. 26-Dec. 4.  // 606 N. Irving Street, Arlington 

Merrifield Garden Center

Now Available | Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-6 p.m. 

The halls at the  Merrifield Garden Center are decked with natural and artificial wreaths, garland and cut greens plus themed artificial trees—all of which are for sale. But if it’s a tree you’re after, they have those, too, in several varieties, subject to availability. Merrifield has tabletop-height-to-18-foot trees, including Fraser firs, Douglas firs, Turkish firs and white pines ($45-$145+). P.S. Their Fair Oaks location is offering Storytime With Santa on Saturdays Nov. 26-Dec. 17. // 8132 Lee Highway, Falls Church

Optimist Club of Arlington Annual Tree Sale

Starts Nov. 25 | Monday-Thursday 2-8 p.m., Friday Noon-8 p.m., Weekends 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

The yearly event is back, with volunteers from youth athletic teams, high schools and, of course, Optimist Club members ready to help load your vehicle with the perfect tree. Choose from Fraser fir and balsam fir trees, ranging from tabletop size (perfect for apartment living!) to 10-foot behemoths. Also find White House Christmas ornaments and extra greenery to help fill your home with cheer. The sale is the major fundraiser of the Optimist Club, which is dedicated to supporting more than 10,000 Arlington children in participating in academic, civic and sports programs, and donations are tax deductible. // Knights of Columbus, 5115 Little Falls Road, Arlington

Cox Farms’ Christmas at the Corner Market

Nov. 25-Dec. 18 | Thursday-Friday Noon-8 p.m., Weekends 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 

The Corner Market returns this year, and Santa may make a return after his Covid-era hiatus! Shoppers can sip hot chocolate or cider and munch on kettle corn, apple cider doughnuts and cinnamon-roasted almonds while browsing the farm’s selection of Fraser firs. If you can, make your visit early, as they anticipate selling out of trees very early this year. // 15621 Braddock Road, Centreville

Milltown Creek Farms in Lovettsville

Starts Nov. 25 | Monday-Friday Noon-5 p.m., Weekends 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Roam this 100-acre Christmas tree farm in northwestern Loudoun County to find your perfect tree. Family-owned and operated, the farm has blue, meyer and white spruce; Douglas and concolor fir; and Scotch and white pine trees ranging in height from tabletop to 8 feet tall. Pre-cut trees are available, but you can also borrow a saw and tree cart to cut your own. Reward yourself for the effort with complimentary hot cider on the weekends, and also take home free gifts for the kiddos. // 38757 Householder Road, Lovettsville

Scout Troop 167 and Mount Olivet United Methodist Church

Nov. 25-27 | Friday Noon-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday Noon-8 p.m. 

This local scout troop and church are partnering for a short and sweet, three-day Christmas tree sale the weekend after Thanksgiving (or the following weekend, if it rains). Be prepared to haul home medium—7 to 9 feet—or large—9 to 11 feet—Fraser firs. Additionally, you can pick up a fresh, 25-inch balsam fir wreath in cranberry splash and Victorian styles. Pre-order for pickup or delivery is available. Trees cost $165, and wreaths cost $47. // 1500 N. Glebe Road, Arlington

Boy Scout Troop 162 Christmas Tree Lot

Starts Nov. 25 | Monday-Friday 4-8 p.m., Weekends 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Troop 162 has been selling trees in Arlington since the 1970s, and it’s keeping the tradition going this year. Find Fraser firs, garlands and wreaths. Pricing information is forthcoming. // 6000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

National Landing Christmas Tree Lot

Dec. 3-4 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Hoping to find a petite tree for a small space? Check out the variety of offerings at this Christmas Tree Farm Pop-Up on National Landing’s Restaurant Row. And if you’d like a sneak peek at the selection, take a look at the trees, holiday decor and accessories from Almost Heavenly Trees in advance. // 23rd St. Restaurant Row, Patio and terraces at 556 22nd St., Arlington

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