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'Tis the season! Christmas Tree Sales Centres open from 29 November

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This week marks the start of our annual Christmas Tree sale at forests and visitor centres across Scotland, with the grand opening of Tyrebagger Christmas Tree Sales Centre, on Thursday 29 November (pictured - keen customers, taking their tree to the till!), and all of our other centres open on 1 December or soon after. Check here to find a centre near you.

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 real tree to bring on the Christmas spirit! Once you get your tree home, check out our Top 5 tips for looking after your Christmas Tree.

Picking 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. The Tyrebagger team look forward to welcoming you, with a range of tree stands, kindling and firewood on sale, and delicious hot food on hand courtesy of Tomintoul Venison. They are the first centre to open, trading from 9am to 5pm every day from 29 November to 23 December. Don't miss the chance to take an 'elfie' with Santa's pointy-eared little helpers, and share online using the hashtags #FoundMyForest or #TyrebaggerXmas!

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Santa Claus is coming...

Most of our Christmas Tree sales points open this weekend  - head to Blairadam 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 1 December, and they will be servinbg hot coffee and delicious mince pies - check their page online for opening times. Glentress, near Peebles, is open from 30 November - 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

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Inver, near Dunkeld, will have a selection of fir, spine and spruce for sale from 9am to 4.30pm from 30 November, as will Kinnoull Hill near Perth (from Friday 1st - see site for exceptions). They also have a range of tree stands, wreaths and firewood on sale. 

Over at The Lodge near Aberfoyle this year, they will have fir, spruce and pine trees available from 1 December. They will be running fun craft and activity weekends for all the family on 8-9 and 15-16 December, with a special visit from the brave dogs of the Lomond Mountain Rescue Team on 15 December. All month long, you can enjoy The Lodge’s special festive trail, or bring the kids and enjoy some arts and crafts time in the Wildwatch room. Finally, Glenmore will be selling trees too thuis year - pay us a visit on 15 or 16 December to experience their very special Christmas market, with gifts, crafts, and even a visit from Santa's reindeer! Tree stocks at Glenmore are limited, so if you want to buy one from them, give them a call in advance.

All trees sold are natural, sustainable, and guaranteed to bring you a magical Christmas! Get yours early, and you can be ready for this year’s Tree Dressing Day on 1 December.

Look here for full listings and details of our Christmas markets and events throughout Scotland in the run-up to Christmas.

Winter wonderlands

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.

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