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Dear PoPville – Where to Buy a Christmas Tree?

by Prince Of Petworth November 26, 2012 at 1:30 pm 48 Comments

Eastern Market Lot

“Dear PoPville,

Where are places to buy christmas trees in DC?”

You can see some recommendations from last year here. I also passed the lot at Eastern Market above as well as the Old City Green lot at 9th and N St, NW:

Additionally I received the following emails:

“On Thursday, November 29th at 4pm, Sixth Engine, the firehouse of contemporary cuisine and craft cocktails, is clearing out the patio for their first- ever Mt. Vernon Triangle Christmas Tree Lot. All of the proceeds will benefit the DC Firefighters Burn Foundation. Sixth Engine is also warming the spirit by offering a special gift with every tree purchase, to be redeemed at the neighborhood restaurant.

The Fir-friendly lot runs M-F 4-10 pm & weekends 10am-10pm and will feature both Fraser and Douglas trees along with all the accessories — stands, wreaths, garlands and collectible DCFD ornaments.

Sixth Engine is located on 438 Massachusetts Avenue NW”


“HOLIDAY TREE SALE! On December 8 and 9 from 10-4, come out to buy your holiday tree, gifts and bake goods and support Bancroft Elementary School. The Bancroft PTA is sponsoring our annual holiday tree sale on the school playground (off 18th Street, North of Newton) with trees for every budget, wreaths, roping, tree stands, and baked goods. We also deliver trees in the neighborhood for a small donation. The kids can decorate their own pine cone ornament! We hope to see you there!”

Where will you get your tree?

  • Ross Elementary (near 17th & R NW) will sell trees of various sizes this weekend to benefit their PTA. I’m getting a small tree and a wreath. Can’t wait! Perhaps someone in the know can post the times?

    • Ross Tree Sale Committee

      Thanks for the mention!

      The Ross Tree Sale will be the next three weekends from 10am-4pm.

      For those of you exploring elementary school options, this Saturday’s sale coincides with the Ross Open House and Bake Sale.

  • The Columbia Heights farmers market (Saturdays 9am-1pm) will have trees through Dec. 15.

    • KenyonDweller

      This is where we got ours. The tree is beautiful, and, for us, the convenience can’t be beat.

  • Annie’s Ace Hardware has trees.

  • Ryan

    For the past few years my wife and I have ordered trees from Licking Bend Creek Farm (http://www.lickingcreekbendfarm.com/content/7464). The trees are always great. They deliver to Adams Morgan Farmers Market on Saturday mornings and Takoma during the week.

    I highly recommend them. The trees last forever since they cut them the day before they deliver.

    • jcm

      I’ll second the recommendation for Licking Creek. Plus, they don’t use pesticides, herbicides, or chemical dyes when they grow them, if you care about that sort of thing.

  • Lisa

    LAMB charter school is selling Christmas trees this Saturday, Dec 1st from 9am to 5pm.

    Location: 1375 Missouri Ave, NW (14th and Missouri Ave at Military)

    Fraser Fir Trees and Wreaths. Tree prices will range from $40-$80. Stands will be for sale as well. Enjoy hot cider, cocoa, and treats while you shop. All proceeds benefit programs at this great school.

    • Anonymous


  • Anyone know if Bancroft is having a sale again this year? We tried to purchase greenery last year, but arrived too late.. Can’t find anything about it this year. Thanks!

    • Details of the Bancroft sale are up above.

      • Duh, thanks – clearly I didn’t read all the way through. It’s definitely a Monday.

  • TG

    I go to Home Depot on Rhode Island Avenue every year. They pretty much have the best prices and best selections that I have found.

    • Boo … Home Depot Rhode Island is the worst.

      • Anonymous

        best hardware store in ward 5 though.

        • saf

          I like Brookland Hardware.

          • Anonymous

            do you? i’ve only been there 5 or so times over the years, but i can’t stand it.

            what do you like about it?

      • TG

        Ha ha. I knew I would be booed for invoking the dreaded home depot. Progressive heresy. Honestly. They have better prices on trees than most of the lots in the City.

        • Anonymous

          it’s not progressive heresy, it’s that the DC home depot is the worst run HD in the entire metro area, if not the entire world.

          • Anonymous

            You might have had me at “the worst run in the entire metro area,” but you lost me at “if not the entire world.” Really!?

          • Anonymous

            it’s definitely the worst in the metro area. i was exaggerating about the world. sorry.

  • Anonymous

    Bah Humbug!!

  • Tom

    Ginkgo Gardens in Capitol Hill – nice trees and wreaths (and LOTS more gifts, etc)

    • +1 great selection of plants year round, great garden gifts, great service – and always plenty of street parking

  • Anonymous

    big bear cafe will have trees

    • anon

      Any idea when? We’ve gotten our tree there the past two years, but haven’t seen any info on the sale yet this year.

      • Bloomingdame

        I got my tree from Painted Hand at BBC last year. I sent them an email the other day and they replied that they would not be selling trees at BBC this year. Don’t know if anyone else will be selling there or not.

        • anon

          Yeah, we got ours from Painted Hand last year and knew they weren’t doing it this year, hence the question on who was doing a sale at Big Bear this year.

        • Anonymous

          oh no! i guess i was wrong about them having trees this year. sorry!

  • Southwest

    Frager’s Hardware in SE

    • RegO


  • Dupont Italian Kitchen on 17th and R/ NW

  • Anonymous

    Theresa’s up on New York Avenue has good prices. The Whole Foods on P has trees, all look to be around 6-7 feet? They have a “bundle deal” for a tree, a fresh wreath and 20 feet of pine roping (for your stairs, bannister, over the windows?) for 59 bucks, that’s a pretty good deal. My friends go up to a place in Poolesville MD called Homestead Farm for cut-your-own and pre-cut trees, they are open Fri-Sun 9-5, there is also a scenic farm in Va called Snickers Gap for cut-your-own firs and spruces and hot cocoa (they provide a hand saw, no chain saw noises on the peaceful mountainside…) Thinking I’d like to do cut-your-own this year, the kids are the perfect age and I want a tree that will not dry out so fast…

  • “Go Green” – there is a sign for trees on New Hampshire heading north out of the district, somewhere near the border. It says, “Go Green”… get a fresh cut tree. My fiance and I laughed. We almost stopped to talk them about their marketing approach.

  • Honey Badger

    Depending on where you live, Oyster Elementary in Woodley Park sells trees as well. I’m not sure how their prices compare since we haven’t shopped elsewhere in awhile, but it’s nice to support a neighborhood school.

    • Anonymous

      Isn’t Oyster Elementary school actually in Adams Morgan and not in Woodley Park? Or are there 2 schools with really similar names? I thought it was on 19th street.

      Do you know if the money will actually go to the elementary school, sort of like a fundraiser? Or is the school just letting people use their lot to sell the trees?

      • Identified

        Different schools.

        Oyster Elementary is up on Calvert.
        Oyster-Adams Elementary is on 19th (formerly the John Q. Adams Elementary)

        • Anonymous


      • Honey Badger

        Identified answer your first question. As to the second, their announcement about the tree sale last year said all proceeds went to the students, so I assume that is true this year as well.

  • We got ours at Annie’s Hardware in Petworth. Our 7.5 ft frasier fir was less than $30, and according to the guy there, was locally cut in central Va. Excellent deal so far as I can tell.

  • ITS Parent

    The Inspired Teaching School’s Winterfest will have a great selection of trees for sale. Please stop by 1328 Florida Ave NW on Saturday December 8th (9 AM to dusk) and pick out a tree. Candles, baked goods, children’s books and games will also be for sale. All proceeds benefit the Inspired Teaching School, a D.C. demonstration public charter school.

  • Anonymous

    Brent Elementary PTA has a sale every year. I know they are on sale this weekend (Dec 1&2), possibly the following weekend as well. Free delivery if you live in Capitol Hill!

  • jem

    Anyone know if any of these places deliver? I’m in Edgewood and don’t have a car. I was over at the Rhode Island Home Depot today just checking out their tree selection and was told that they do deliver their trees but I would prefer to support a local school or business instead.

    • Hoodrat

      Was just wondering the same thing! Anybody? Old city green?

      • dcl

        There was a Living Social deal yesterday to this place FedExMas that will deliver and set up. I’ve got a fake tree so didn’t bite, but it seemed like a good deal? I think it is a NoVa company but said they will deliver to DC and Maryland.

        • A NoVa company named FedExMas, eh? Wonder how long that lasts before they get a cease-and-desist letter.

        • jem

          Thanks! I will check this out.

  • I just got my tree from the small lot at Sixth Engine. Looks like their trees are going fast – mine was one of the few over 6 feet they had. I probably could have gotten a similar tree cheaper elsewhere in town, but the price was the same as I paid at a cut-your-own way out in Middleburg last year, and it comes with a coupon for a free drink at Sixth Engine! All that, and it supports a good cause, too.


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