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Evergreen Season - Christmas Trees For Sale

 

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This week marks the start of Forestry Commission Scotland’s annual Christmas Tree sale at forests and visitor centres across Scotland, beginning this week with the grand opening of Tyrebagger Christmas Tree Sales Centre (pictured - another happy customer with her tree). Our staff are on hand to help you pick the right tree for your festive season - there’s nothing like the look, feel and scent of a genuine tree to bring on the Christmas spirit!

The beauty of winter

Winter in the forest can be a beautiful time even when it’s cold outside - and there is plenty of fun to be had. Perhaps you will catch a glimpse of rare wildlife, like the elusive red squirrel - or you could try your hand at some ice art or snow graffitti. Check out our recommendations for 10 stunning winter walks and get some sightseeing with the family done while shopping for your trees.

Searching for the perfect tree

Up at Tyrebagger, near Aberdeen, they have a huge selection of spruce, pine and fir trees available, with something for houses of all sizes and all budgets. Prices start from £17, and standard trees are between 4ft and 12ft. There are even super-size trees available, measuring up to 40 feet! The Tyrebagger team look forward to welcoming you, with a range of Christmas accessories, tree stands, candle holders and firewood on sale, and snacks on hand courtesy of Tomintoul Venison. Open from 9am to 5pm every day until 22 December. Don't miss the chance to take an 'elfie' with Santa's pointy-eared little helpers, and share online using the hashtag #TyrebaggerXmas!

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Santa Claus is coming...

Most of our Christmas Tree sales points open this weekend  - head to Blairadam Visitor Centre near Dunfermline to check out our trees, wreaths and accessories from 9am-4pm from 1st December. Glenbranter, near Lochgoilhead also has beautiful Fraser Fir trees on sale from Saturday 2 December - check their page online for opening times. Glentress, near Peebles, is also open from Friday - there, you can take the kids on a visit to Santa’s grotto, or relax with a hot cup of coffee at the Peel Cafe.

Gifts, crafts and activities

Inver, near Dunkeld, will have a selection of fir, spine and spruce for sale from 9am to 4.30pm,  as will Kinnoull Hill near Perth (from Friday 1st - see site for exceptions). Over at The Lodge near Aberfoyle, they will have traditional Norway spruce and Nordman fir trees available from next Monday, 4 December. They will be running fun craft and activity weekends for all the family throughout the festive season - see the website for details of when to come and visit Santa’s Grotto, or pick up some unique gifts from local craftspeople.

On Saturday 9 December, The Lodge hosts the Lomond Mountain Rescue Team, who will be bringing their hard-working dogs to the Lodge and will be running their much-loved annual tombola. Throughout December, you can enjoy The Lodge’s special festive trail, or bring the kids and enjoy some arts and crafts time in their Wildwatch room.

All trees sold are FCS-approved - buy yours now and you can be ready for this year’s Tree Dressing Day on 3 December! Look here for full listings and details of our Christmas markets and events throughout Scotland in the run-up to Christmas.

Want to know more about the tradition of the Christmas Tree? Read our in-depth article here.


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