Christmas is nearing, and many people seem to be more excited about the festive season than ever after an unprecedented and tough year.
For this reason, families may be looking to go all out with their home decorations, especially since most celebrations are off the cards due to the pandemic.
And, of course, the most important decoration is the Christmas tree.
While some opt for artificial versions, which are usually easier to put up and last forever, buying and dressing a real tree can be an exciting festive activity with a magnificent end result.
But be warned, real fir trees have a short lifespan and typically last for about four weeks before they start to shed their needles.
For this reason, The British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA) recommends buying your tree at the beginning of December if you want it to last throughout the holiday season.
This means you should start planning where to buy your tree from now, and many outlets are already selling them, with the appropriate Covid restrictions in place.
Here’s where, and when, you can buy a real Christmas tree in Edinburgh.
Caring Christmas Trees
Various Edinburgh locations
Caring Christmas Trees is a charity helping to end homelessness in Scotland, and all profits from Christmas tree sales go towards the work of Bethany Christian Trust.
The funds help homeless people by providing housing, basic furniture and support.
Not only are you helping people by buying a Caring Christmas Tree, but they are sustainability and ethically sourced from a local farm.
Trees, priced from £35, can either be collected or delivered to locations in Edinburgh
Pick up locations include Asda Chesser, Ocean Terminal, Cameron Toll and Portobello St Marks.
Order and collect a tree from now. Delivery between 4 Dec and 10 Dec, order deadline 9am 30 Nov, caringchristmastrees.com.
Dobbies Garden Centre Edinburgh
Melville Nurseries, Lasswade, EH18 1AZ
Dobbies Garden Centres are a haven of festive cheer at Christmas time, so it’s no surprise that you are able to purchase a real tree in-store.
Visit Dobbies Edinburgh, just outside of the city, to choose your perfect Christmas tree from a large selection of Nordmann Firs, growing up to 8 feet.
If you’d prefer delivery, Dobbies can transport a Christmas tree straight to your door for delivery in December - simply choose which one you’d prefer online and order as normal.
Trees available in-store and online now, 8am - 7pm weekdays, 8am - 6pm Sat and Sun, dobbies.com.
The Jenners Depository, 140 Balgreen Rd, Edinburgh, EH12 5XQ
If you’re searching for the perfect Christmas tree, look no further than Crimbo Trees, situated at Jenners Depository on Balgreen Road.
It has over 50 Nordmann Fir trees on display, with varying heights of up to 10 feet, so you can pick your ideal shape and size before taking it home.
What’s more, for every Christmas tree purchased, the company donates £5 to support Maggie’s Edinburgh, a charity providing free cancer support.
Head straight to the site to choose a tree, or click and collect by choosing a tree variety, size and location.
Trees available from 28 Nov, online orders open now, crimbotrees.co.uk.
Costkea Way, Loanhead, EH20 9BY
IKEA is always a sure bet for a fresh, genuine Christmas tree, and this year they have a fantastic offer on for Edinburgh shoppers.
Those who purchase a Christmas tree for £29 will receive a £20 IKEA voucher, which will be valid until 28 February 2021.
The Swedish homeware giant is also asking shoppers to reserve a Christmas tree online in advance before buying and collecting it in-store, in an effort to keep staff and customers safe during the pandemic.
Available from 22 Nov - 24 Dec, 10am - 8pm every day, ikea.com.
John Lewis Edinburgh
John Lewis is a haven for Christmas lovers everywhere, with their expansive offering of festive decorations and artificial trees.
What many people don’t realise is that the department store sells real, premium fir trees for delivery - but be fast, as they usually sell out quickly.
Choose from Nordmann Fir, Korean Fir or Fraser Fir, with prices ranging from £75 to £125.
Pre-order now for deliveries from 27 Nov, johnlewis.com.
36 South Groathill Avenue, Craigleith Retail Park, EH4 2LN
You can always rely on Homebase to provide all things Christmassy, and it is selling real fir trees this year.
As well as its range of artificial fibre optic trees, customers can get their hands on the range of Nordmann Fir, Norway Spruce and Blue Spruce, priced from £15 to £110.
Home delivery from 25 Nov is also available, as well as a click and collect service.
Trees available now, 9am - 7pm, Mon - Sat and 9am - 6pm Sun, homebase.co.uk.
Various Edinburgh locations
Aldi is bringing back its hugely popular real Christmas trees this year to its Edinburgh stores.
The shop is stocking Nordmann Fir trees, with prices starting from as little as £14.99.
It’s a sustainable initiative, too, as for every tree that Aldi cuts down, it replants another four in its place.
Trees available week commencing 23 Nov, find your local Edinburgh Aldi store here.