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Families can cut their own Christmas tree

Christmas always has been my favourite time of the year. Some of my fondest childhood memories growing up in Dublin involve singing carols with my sister and brother, sharing a big family feast and, of course, decorating the tree.

Now that I’m all grown up with two children of my own and living in Hudson, we’ve started to create our own traditions around the holidays. One of my favourite was introduced to me by my husband Andrew when the kids were very young. One day in early December, he emerged from the basement with hack saws in hand and said it was time to go get a Christmas tree.  And thus began the annual ceremonial cutting down of the “perfect” Christmas tree.

We have some great shots of us all knee deep in pristine snow, hack saws in hand, chopping away and smiling our collective faces off. But wielding hack saws with little children in tow is not without its stresses. There was the year when the wind was so bitter on the horse-drawn ride out to the forest that I’m sure at least two of us had frost bite. There have also been the non-white Christmas outings that don’t feel quite as festive — but a little thermos of hot chocolate manages to keep the kids happy and enthusiastic.

I can’t think of a better way to launch the holiday season and embrace the spirit of Christmas.

For a full list of Christmas tree farms in Quebec and to search for nearest one to you,  click here. 

‘Cut-your-own’ Christmas Tree Farms

La Ferme Quinn

2495 Perrot Blvd. S.
Notre Dame de l’Île Perrot
Check website for specific days and hours before heading out.
Christmas tree picking begins Nov. 25, 2021 (with online reservations as of Nov. 5).

Hadley Christmas Trees

1600 ch. Vide Sac
Two weekends: Nov. 27 & 28 and Dec. 4 & 5, 2021.
Must reserve online.

Plantation JLS

5 St. Francois Rd.
Ste. Angèle de Monnoir
Weekends only from Nov. 20 to Dec. 19, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
No online reservations required.


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Sapinière les Sapins de Noël

2640 Montée Bullock  (Route 225)
Nov. 20 & 21 and Nov. 2 7& 28, 2021 (or until supplies last, as there will only be 400 trees available this season).
No online reservations required.
There will be no hot chocolate available on site this year.


Article updated October, 2021 

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