Where will you buy your Christmas Tree This Year?

Photo by PoPville flickr user John Sonderman

I’ve been getting tons of queries about where to buy a Christmas Tree this year. There were a bunch of recs given that support charities @PoPville on twitter over the weekend. But let’s just compile a list in the comments here and let’s try to give preference to ones that benefit charities. A lot of folks suggested those that benefit elementary schools:





Please add your recs with dates/locations in the comments – thanks!

And thanks to Cait DeBaun for suggesting this one (I think they still have trees, anyone know for sure?)


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  • We will be purchasing our tree, as always, from Old City Farm & Guild at 925 Rhode Island Ave NW.

    • Same here. Have been buying the tree from Old City since they were back at 9th and N. I still think of their old lot every time I drive by the spanking new condos and restaurants that now occupy that corner.

  • Home Depot. Bought it the day after Thanksgiving, as always. It’s up, decorated, and looking good. They don’t tie it to the roof of the car anymore, so I should probably start driving a hard bargain like Ralphie’s old man.

  • Greek church up on Mass near WI Ave. Picked ours up Saturday!

  • West education campus. support the local school

  • Latin American Montessori Bilingual (LAMB) DC public charter school! They are selling this year on Dec 3 and 4, at their campus on South Dakota Ave (Perry Street is the cross street). http://www.lambpcs.org/winter-festival

  • I (first) read this as
    Where will you bury your Christmas tree this year?
    New recycling regs getting out of hand!

  • Prince Of Petworth

    “@EatonSchool will be selling trees, wreathes and roping at 33rd & L on 12/3,4 &10,11 9 to 5 Sat and 11-5 on Sun supports school”

  • maxwell smart

    Dan & Bryan in Chevy Chase

    • Ditto. It’s important to support charities when you can but there is a lot to be said for throwing your support behind a small farmer who is putting people to work and trying to survive in an environment dominated by Target and Walmart.

  • Question: I don’t have a car, but want a small tree. Do any of these places offer reasonably priced delivery?

    • Bancroft offers delivery, though I don’t know what their radius is off the top of my head. If you want to post a general location, I can ask.

    • Not an answer to your question, but I once carried a small 3-4ft tree on the metro without any problems from wmata or other passengers. Probably helped that the tree was bundled and was the size of a large suitcase.

    • A few years ago we had ordered from Brent Elementary and they delivered.

      The next year I just borrowed a friends bike trailer and rode my bike to Fragers and had them tie a small tree to the bike trailer and I rode it home.

      • +1

        The year we ordered through an elementary school PTA, delivery was included (they didn’t set up a lot; they just conscripted some dads to deliver on a designated day). It may have been Brent (don’t remember), but worth looking into.

    • You might be able to get a small one at Old City and cart it back to Ledroit?

      • This seem like a good option – thanks!! I might also try the ‘bag and stuff into zipcar’ approach, as suggested by comment artist above!

    • Sixth Engine offers delivery!

    • I think Annie’s Ace Hardware on Upshur delivers (did two years ago for me).

    • DCTreedelivery.com is awesome. They deliver and set up the tree!

    • Brent elementary school on Capitol Hill offers delivery!

  • Boy Scout Troop 466 at St. John the Evangelist Church. They have good prices and all their proceeds fund the operating budget of the scouts. It is run by the scouts and their parents (usually their dads) and the kids are polite, responsible, hard working, and always do a great job loading the tree onto our family car. My mom got a tree online last year and was not happy with it and we went tree hunting and wound up back with Troop 466. She’s planning on going back there again this year. It was such a happy, upbeat experience and I recommend it to anyone! http://troop466-ncac.blogspot.com/2016/11/christmas-tree-sales-begin-saturday.html

  • Cub Scout Pack 230 sells them out front of Lutheran Church of the Reformation. 212 East Capitol. December 2-4.

  • Sixth Engine lot. The guys are great and incredibly helpful. Bonus: you can get a hot toddy while they ready your tree!

  • BSA “Century” Troop 100 sale on Saturday, Dec 3, starting at 8 AM at Wisconsin Ave Baptist Church (3920 Alton Pl NW) – at Tenley Circle. Trees from local family-owned farm are cut on Wednesday for Saturday’s sale. Always a beautiful selection of trees (including table top).

  • We have purchased our tree at Sixth Engine every year they have had them. The guys running it are always nice and it benefits a good cause.

  • Prince Of Petworth

    DECEMBER 2ND, 3RD, 4TH, & 10TH

    Pre-order your holiday tree today!


    Pre-ordered trees can be picked up at Ross Elementary School (1730 R Street NW) Saturday, December 3rd between 9:00 am -4:00 pm. When checking out you have the option to select shipping and we will deliver your tree to your home OR you can select pick up in store to pick up at Ross on December 3.

    Delivery is available for a minimum donation of $10 for trees up to 6-7’ and $20 for trees 7-8’ or larger, which will be charged at checkout. The delivery area is as far west as Rock Creek Parkway, as far north as Calvert and Columbia Roads, as far east as North Capitol Street, and as far south as K Street.
    Delivery dates: December 3rd and 4th. Delivery Windows: 9 am – 12 pm, 12-3 pm, 3-6 pm.
    Please make sure to include a delivery date and time window in your order comments.

    Holiday Tree Sale Pre-Order closes on Thursday, December 1st, 2016.


  • I just saw the flier for Miner Elementary School’s tree sale. Dec 2 (4-8pm) &3rd (9:30-3:30) at the Miner School Garden. Proceeds benefit the PTA.

    To bad we recently moved off of Gales St or this would be where we buy our tree. Good option for Hill East and Rosedale.

  • The Mexican Pottery from Old Mexico/garden center off of NY-Ave/Montana Ave. Been going there for 7 years and only one dry tree.

  • For those looking to cut down there own tree, I cannot recommend Gaver Tree Farm enough—http://www.gaverfarm.com/christmas/christmas-trees/. Its out near Frederick and takes about an hour to get there. They have the saws and everything else you could need. Good times

  • Question for the early tree getters – how do they hold up over the next month or so? We saw lots of people with trees over the weekend and wondered whether they would be super-dry by New Years? (We generally have ours up until after New Years Day, but don’t get it until mid-December.)

  • saf

    Columbia Heights farm market – 78 acres has really good trees.

  • https://www.dctreedelivery.com/

    Have absolutely NO free time to get a tree this year, so took a chance on this service since they could deliver last night. The two delivery guys called just before the scheduled delivery time to explain they were in the neighborhood and explained the process and how long it would be before they were at the door. They showed up within minutes of the call…dealt cheerfully with our barking dog…set up…vacuumed…and departed with nary a trace. Cost a bit more, but if you’re in a pinch for time to shop for a tree, the quality is spot on and the service is professional and friendly. I highly recommend them!

    • These guys are the best! Tried them out last year, and just had ours delivered yesterday for this year. Ben and Kobe (the two owneers) are super friendly, quick, and punctual – worth every penny to avoid picking up our own tree, lugging it up three flights, and setting it up ourselves. DC Tree Delivery is the way to go!

  • I got mine for free after shopping at Glen’s and Compass in Shaw and showing my receipt last year. Anyone know if they will be offering the same shop local perk this year?

  • Plugging the Bancroft Elementary (NOTE: SEE NEW LOCATION BELOW) tree sale, from the flyer:

    “Bancroft Tree Sale – Sunday, December 4th – ONE DAY ONLY!!!
    10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    2 Locations this year: McCormick Paints Parking Lot & Lamont Park

    This year Bancroft Elementary will be partnering with the Mt. Pleasant Business Community to host our first combined event in the heart of Mt. Pleasant. This year’s event will still have all of the wonderful, fresh trees we love but we will also have Santa, puppets, gift bags, face painting, crafts, and more!!!

    Tree Sale – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the parking lot of McCormick Paints (corner of Kenyon and Mt. P Streets)

    Holiday Celebration – Puppet Show 11:30 to Noon; Santa Noon to 2:00 PM; Food, cocoa, face painting – 11:00 to 4:00 PM in Lamont Park (Lamont & Mt. P Streets)”

  • Got our Christma-nukkah shrub at Lowe’s last year. Will probably head over there again this weekend.

  • Is there anywhere in the Park View area people would suggest?

  • Anyone know where to get a Silver Tip Fir around DC?

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