'Beautiful trees' - Best five places in Edinburgh to get a Christmas tree according to YOU
For many of us the festive season begins when the Christmas tree goes up at home.
You may already have your tree up, with the last weekend in November becoming an increasingly popular time to do so. But before Christmas trees even arrived in the UK, decorations wouldn't go up until the last possible moment and this trend continued during Victorian times.
Real or fake, many folk will still be looking to buy their tree, so we asked Evening News readers for their recommendations. Here are their top five picks...
Real Christmas Trees at Jenners Depository
Jenners Depository will donate £5 to Maggie's Edinburgh for every tree sold. You can order online to 'click and collect' a tree which is perfect for your home.
There is also free parking and easy access if you want to come along with the family and choose your tree.
The depository has over 50 trees on display so that you can choose the tree shape.
All payment cards are accepted so there is no need to worry about bringing cash.
Reader Ann Anderson said: "Crimbo at Jenners repository Saughtonhall, very generously donated trees to Maggies centre so support them."
Visit: 140 Balgreen Road, 0131 346 9539, https://www.crimbotrees.co.uk/edinburgh/
If you’d like a Christmas tree for a bargain price this year, IKEA at Straiton is offering a great deal.
You will receive a £20 voucher when you buy a real Christmas tree at the furniture store by Straiton for £29. The offer is subject to availability.
Caroline Wardhaugh said: "IKEA, great tree usually not a lot of needle drop and voucher to use."
Grant A Llan said: "Ikea, if you use the voucher you get a Christmas tree for £9"
Naomi Marjoribanks also gave her vote to Ikea.
Visit: Costkea Way, Loanhead, https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/stores/a-christmas-tree
Aldi is selling real Christmas trees once again this year.
You can opt for their large, British-grown Nordman Fir at a height of between 6.2ft and 6.9ft.
Even if you're tight for space, you can enjoy a real Christmas tree with their potted Nordman Fir, ideal for smaller rooms - and you can plant it in your garden afterwards.
Bob Kirk, who sent in a picture of his Christmas tree, said: "From Aldi, £24.99,a real tree."
Trees for Bethany Trust
Buying a Christmas tree is simple but it can have a huge impact.
The Bethany Trust’s Every Caring Christmas Tree helps fund vital work to transform lives across Scotland, helping homeless people and families gain the skills to find work and contribute to the life of their community.
Reader Flora Johnston said: "Caring Christmas Trees - beautiful trees and all the proceeds go to help those who are homeless and vulnerable."
Visit: 65 Bonnington Road, 0131 561 8930, https://www.caringchristmastrees.com/edinburgh/
The DIY and home store offers a huge range of Christmas tree sizes for you, whether you're looking for a small tree suitable for tight spaces or a large tree for rooms with high ceilings.
There are also a range of styles, from traditional to those with a modern design including coloured trees. Pre-lit and pre-decorated Christmas trees are also available.
Reader Jenny Baird said: "We got ours from B&Q, a big beautiful tree that will hopefully last for most of my wee girl’s childhood."