Where to Buy Your Christmas Tree This Year

Not much is better than the smell of fresh pine needles around the holidays. 🎄
Christmas Tree

Whether you put your tree up before or after Thanksgiving, now is the time to start strategizing. (Photo courtesy of Unsplash)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, which means it’s time to start thinking about a tree, whether your preference is to cut one down at a farm, arrange for contactless pickup or browse the options at a pop-up sale with a side of steaming hot cocoa and snacks. No matter which route you go, remember one thing: Measure your space first! Here are seven places to buy Christmas trees in or near Arlington in 2021.

Clarendon United Methodist Church Annual Tree Sale

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 $75, 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, so you know there’s one available for you. You can either pick out the one you want in person, or do contactless pickup. Trees are available for pickup Nov. 27 and 28 or Dec. 4 and 5. Masks required at the Christmas tree lot. // 606 N. Irving Street, Arlington

National Landing Christmas Tree Lot

There may be no better place to snag a fresh tree than outside a well-regarded restaurant and watering hole, where you can relax and recharge after strapping the green beast to the top of your car. Head to Freddie’s Beach Bar for a one-day-only, pop-up Christmas tree shop. There, you’ll find trees of all sizes, as well as wreaths, garlands and string lights. Stop by Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. // Freddie’s Beach Bar, 555 23rd St. S, Arlington

Optimist Club of Arlington Annual Tree Sale

The yearly event is back starting on Nov. 26 for its 75th year. Volunteers from youth athletic teams, high schools and, of course, Optimist Club members will be at the ready to help load your vehicle with the perfect tree. You can choose from Fraser fir and white pine trees, ranging from tabletop size (perfect for apartment living!) to 12-foot behemoths. All trees are grown in Galax, Virginia. 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. The lot is open Monday through Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m., Friday from noon to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. // 2213 N. Glebe Road, Arlington

Cox Farms’ Christmas at the Corner Market

The Corner Market returns this year on Nov. 26—but sans Santa, because, well, Covid. Shoppers can sip hot chocolate or cider and munch kettle corn, apple cider doughnuts and cinnamon-roasted almonds while browsing the farm’s selection of Fraser firs. The trees measure anywhere from tabletop height to 10 feet tall, and hail from the mountains near the Virginia/North Carolina border. However, there will be fewer trees than normal, warns Co-Farmer-in-Chief Aaron Cox, and he expects the farm to sell out completely by early December. So don’t wait! The market is open Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Dec. 19. // 15621 Braddock Road, Centreville

Milltown Creek Farms in Lovettsville

Roam this 100-acre Christmas tree farm in northwestern Loudoun County to find your perfect tree starting on Nov. 26. Family-owned and operated, the farm has blue and white spruce; Douglas and concolor fir; and Scotch, white and southwestern 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. You can reward yourself for the effort with complimentary hot cider on the weekends. The farm is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  // 38757 Householder Road, Lovettsville

Merrifield Garden Center

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 to 15-foot Fraser firs; 5- to 8-foot blue spruce and Scotch pine; and 4- to 12-foot Douglas firs. Noble and Turkish firs are typically available, but supply is iffy this year because of the fires and heat out West, where these trees grow. While there, take a look at their more unusual species of trees: concolor and balsam firs and Canaan firs from Canaan Valley, West Virginia. The store is open from Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. // 8132 Lee Highway, Falls Church

Scout Troop 167 and Mount Olivet United Methodist Church

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 8 feet—or large—8 to 9 feet—Fraser firs. Drought made smaller ones unavailable this year, but troop members can trim down a larger tree on request. Additionally, you can pick up a fresh balsam fir wreath in Cranberry and Victorian styles. Pre-order for pickup or delivery is available. Trees cost $125, and wreaths cost $45. // 1500 N. Glebe Road, Arlington

Boy Scott Troop 162 Christmas Tree Lot

Troop 162 has been selling trees in Arlington since the 1970s, according to its Facebook page, and it’s not stopping now. This year, the troop offers Fraser firs ranging from four to nine feet, plus pine garlands and Fraser wreaths. The trees cost $55 to $100, depending on the height. The garland is $20 for 25 feet and $45 for 75 feet, and a wreath will be $45. Opening Day is Nov. 26 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The regular hours will be Monday through Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. // 6000 Wilson Blvd, Arlington

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