There are some great places in and around Ryedale where you can buy your Christmas tree, some where you can make it into more of a family outing rather than just a shopping trip.
In our house, there is something exciting about going to get the tree. It means Christmas really is coming and the kids love it. Getting a good tree is really important to me, there is nothing worse than having to look at an unbalanced, bald, half dead tree for a month!
As Ryedale is such a vast area, it partly depends where you live as to where you may go to buy your tree. Here are a few that sell really good trees in our area.
The Balloon Tree – Gate Helmsley
We truly value what an integral part of the festive season picking the perfect tree can be. To this end we transform the front of our Shop and Cafe Garden into a Christmas forest of Trees. These are all locally sourced and grown to be minimum needle drop trees – to save on the hoovering of course.
Our Trees can range from 4ft to a whopping 10ft tall, and from the bushiest Nordmann, to the sleekest Fraser Fir. The Nordmann Fir is your stereotypical Christmas Tree; bushy, long needles and branches which are a deep dark green. The Fraser Fir however, are just as stunning but a slimmer build with shorter needles which have a certain silvery sheen to them, these may be more suited to fit into corners as they take up much less space. In addition to this we do supply a range of potted trees. These are ideal for anyone who wants a tree for outside their house, or even to use inside and then plant in the garden once the festive period has reached a close.
Upon selecting your tree, our team will net it up for you and help you get it into the car… you’d be surprised the size of trees we’ve managed to get into small cars.
Once you’re set and ready to go, you can even extend your festive outing by having a Mince Pie and Mulled wine in our Cafe, and to finish it all off, place your Christmas Food Order with us ready for the big day.
T: 01759 373023
A166, Gate Helmsley, York, YO41 1NB
Why not visit the house to experience the 12 Days of Christmas (read the review here) then pick up your tree from the Garden Centre. There is a great selection of decorations as well so you can ensure your tree looks truly beautiful this year!
The tree in the Great Hall is 25ft this year and has approximately 4000 baubles on it!
T: 01653 648333
Castle Howard Estate, York, YO60 7DA
Cedarbarn Farm Shop
Christmas Trees & Handmade Christmas Wreaths from the 1st December. Cedarbarn aim to bring you top-quality, healthy, fresh food with impeccable provenance and as few food miles as possible. There are loads of gift ideas, quality hampers, decorations, homemade cakes, puddings, tasting sessions and lots more all under one roof – for a convenient local shopping experience! Plus you can pop in to the newly extended cafe to enjoy some post shopping refreshment!
Maybe tie in your visit with a ride on the Santa Express, running 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 21st & 22nd December.
T: 01751 475614
Cedarbarn, Pickering. YO18 7JX
Christmas Trees & Wreaths at Ellerburn
This is a family effort! They are grown at the daughter’s farm in Great Barugh and sold from the mother’s farm at Ellerburn. They are in a shed, open pretty much all the time for sales and there’s lights in the shed for those that come after work/school in the dark.
It’s no problem to choose your actual tree as we have a netter so trees can be viewed and then netted for the journey home. So no nasty surprises when you take the net off when you get home!
It is on a dog walking route so perhaps take your dog to choose your Christmas tree!
There’s also her pet alpacas in the shed if children wish to see something different!
As well as the tree, you can buy your Christmas wreath here too!
T: 07872 678325
Low Farm Campsite, Ellerburn.
Dalby Forest – Santa approved Christmas trees
Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays 30th November to 16th December. Along with the tradition of choosing your tree, there will be festive events and activities to enjoy in a lovely Christmas courtyard setting.
There will be plenty of opportunities for the kids to get hands-on and creative too.
Why not make the most of your forest visit by staying a while or making a day of it? You can get some fresh air and stretch your legs by following a sign-posted family Christmas trail through the trees.
Parking is free with every tree sold and you also get a free baby Christmas tree to take home and nurture!
T: 01751 460295
Dalby Forest Courtyard, Low Dalby. YO18 7LT
Newburgh Priory – Coxwold
Choosing a tree from Newburgh Christmas Trees at Newburgh Priory is a special tradition for many local families at Christmas time, step inside the magical Ancient Ruin and select from a wide range of varieties and sizes.
As well as Norway Spruce there are non-drop varieties such as the Nordman Fir, Norway Spruce and the narrower Fraser Fir. Additionally, potted trees are available for those who want to keep their tree growing all year round! Grown on the estate Newburgh Christmas Trees are available at Newburgh Priory from Thursday 29th November, open daily 9am – 5pm.
A Pop up Christmas Shop selling decorations and wreaths will also be open.
T: 01347 868372
Newburgh Priory, Coxworld, York, YO61 4AS
Sell their Christmas Trees at two locations, Scampston Hall and Lowthorpe in Driffield – so two handy locations depending on where you live in Ryedale. Traditional Norway Spruces and non-drop Nordman Firs Trees will be on sale daily 10am – 4pm. Delivery is available on request within 10 miles for £10.00. Scampston will also be selling decorations and gifts from Croft Community in Malton – proceeds for which go straight back to the charity.
T: 01944 759111
Scampston Walled Garden, Malton. YO17 8NG
Woodsman’s Cottage, Lowthorpe, Driffield. YO25 4AU
The Mile – Pocklington
The Mile sells local produce, animal and pet supplies, photo gifts and prints and is also well know for its lovely cafe, Smile Cafe @ The Mile, with indoor soft play and outside play area (weather dependent).
They will be selling real Christmas trees grown locally from 1st right up to 24th December, just call in and browse their range.
T: 01759 305420
The Mile, Pocklington, YO42 1TW. On the road out of Pocklington towards Millington.
Once you have got your tree home, it’s then really important to look after it to ensure it looks the best it can! Scamspton Hall and Castle Howard have very kindly provided some care tips for the Christmas Tree…
1. Encourage your tree to drink plenty of water, a Christmas tree with no roots will still drink water by capillary action through its trunk, in the same way a cut flower in a vase does.
2. Before placing your tree in water, saw the bottom 1” (3cm) of the trunk away as this will open up the pores which have blocked since harvesting. Don’t cut the trunk at an angle, or into a v-shape, as this makes it far more difficult to hold the tree in the stand. It also reduces the amount of water available to the tree. Drilling a hole in the base of the trunk does not improve water uptake.
3. If you are not decorating your tree immediately it will be best kept in a bucket of water, somewhere cool and out of the wind. By removing the net at this point you will allow the branches to relax and fall back into shape.
4. Place your tree in a stand that will hold water (a traditional reservoir type), as buckets containing sand or soil will cause the pores in the trunk to block and prevent your tree from drinking. Use a stand that fits your tree. Avoid whittling the sides of the trunk down to fit a stand. The outer layers of wood are the most efficient in taking up water and shouldn’t be taken off if possible.
5. Keep trees away from major sources of heat (fireplaces, heaters, heat vents, direct sunlight). Use of lights that produce low heat, such as miniature lights, will reduce drying of the tree.
6. Keep your real tree topped up with water, as they can drink anything up to 2 pints per day depending on size and room temperature.
7. Never allow your tree to dry out as this will create a blockage within the pores and prevent your tree from taking up further water.
8. Add a small amount of sugar to the water as this will convert it to a more sap-like solution and make it easier for the tree to take up (just like cut flower crystals). You can also add a little lemonade, but take care not to end up with a sticky carpet or presents!
9. Turn your Christmas tree lights off at night, not only for safety and to save energy, but also to help reduce the drying effect on your tree.
10. Ensure there are plenty of presents underneath it to keep it company, and have a very Happy Christmas!
Forestry Commission. Santa approved Christmas trees
Other places to buy Christmas Trees include Garrowby Estates, Norton Hardware, Jolly Farmers at Leavening, Paley’s of Malton, Duncombe Park, North Grimston and Dales in Malton and Pickering.