where to buy your xmas tree this year
We know, we know, a lot of people have got on it early this year and have their trees already up and decorated. But if you’re like us and a *little* less organised, then you might appreciate this mini-guide to local Christmas tree farms and suppliers, some of whom make the whole tree-choosing-shebang a super-festive experience and others even deliver straight to your door…
The Fruit Shop Brighton
These Open Market lockdown heroes are not just supplying all our fruit and veg needs each week (as well as a whole selection of other foodie staples from the Open Market, hey, Smorl’s!). Nope, they’ve branched out *squeal* into trees, too. They’re selling five to six-foot non-drop trees for £38 with free next-day delivery. Just send them a message on Instagram to order yours!
The Fruit Shop
The Brighton Flower Company
This friendly bunch will deliver a premium Nordmann fir tree to your local address seven days a week or you can pick up your tree from their shop on Western Road. And the trees are beautiful – lush green, bushy and symmetrical! Prices start at £30 for a small-but-perfectly-formed three-foot stunner. They also have a stunning DIY wreath kit, and we’d totally support you popping this pink-beribboned beauty in your basket, too.
Pick up from 102 Western Road, Brighton, BN1 2AA, or you can have it delivered to your home for free
One of our favourite interiors shops in the city – they source the most amazing pieces – Hove-based Three Angels is the place to go if you’re after a truly sensory tree-shopping experience. Vintage Santa ushers you in to the gorgeously scented, straw-lined Christmas tree alley, which leads to the sparkling shop itself. They’ll package up your tree for you, but you’ll need to hump it home yourself. Pick up some beautiful decorations while you’re there and don’t forget to check out the stunning holiday window (one of our faves so far this year). You might need to do that old credit-card-freezing technique to stop yourself buying the lot.
Open every day 10am – 5.30pm
Looking to dive into the Christmas spirit while you pick out your tree? Then book a slot at Mac’s Farm, a free-range egg farm in nearby Ditchling. This is their first year adding trees into the mix and they’ve already sold out on Saturday 5th December (damn these organised people)! There’s still plenty of space on Sunday 6th, though, To avoid waste, you need to pre-order your tree and book your time slot. But you still get to choose your dream tree on arrival. All while enjoying festive food from Oui Creperie, as well as hot drinks and live Christmas music. Brighton’s The Lavender Room will also be on site with a selection of their Christmas decorations, gorgeous-smelling candles and other gift ideas. The five and seven-foot trees are sold out, but there were 18 ceiling-scraping six-footer Nordmanns left (£65) at the time of writing. Get in there quick!
Saturday 5th – Sunday 6th December [Saturday completely sold out], 9.30-11.30am; 11.30-1.30pm and 1.30-3.30pm
Have you got your heart set on an absolute monster of a tree? Then you need to head to Northdown Plantation in East Sussex where you can select a tree up to 12 feet tall (if you have ceilings that can handle that, we are monumentally jealous). You can pick your own from the vast plantation and staff will chop it down for you on the spot or you can grab a ready-chopped one from the barn. Fancy yourself as a bit of a tree surgeon? Well, if you’ve got your own saw, you can have at the tree of your choice yourself! Animal lovers may prefer their other site, Goddenwick Farm, just outside Haywards Heath, which is home to a whole herd of friendly reindeer, alpaca, Pygmy goats and more. Both sites are around a 35-minute drive from Brighton. One for the tree connoisseur, perhaps, as they sell seven different varieties of tree from the always-popular Nordmann Fir to the soft-needled, orange-scented Sussex Fir. Oh, and there’s mulled wine on sale to keep you toasty, too. Cut-tree prices (as opposed to pot-grown ones) start at £22 for a three-footer Norway Spruce, going up to an eye-watering £650 for a towering 24-footer. If you haven’t got a car, you can also order online and they’ll deliver for free. Easy.
Both sites are open every day until 22nd December, 9am – 5pm
The Flour Pot Bakery
Fancy a side of coffee or a hot spiced apple juice (it is YUM) with your Christmas tree? Then The Flour Pot is the place to head on the next two Saturdays (5th and 12th December). This year, they’re selling the festive firs from their bakeries (check out their Instagram to see where they’re going to be). You can get your hands on a Nordmann Fir in one of three sizes: three-four foot, four-five foot and six-seven foot. Prices start at £35, but you’ll need to trek it home yourself. We’d advise a fortifying frangipane mince pie if you’ve got to hike up Elm Grove.
Saturday 5th (Elm Grove) and Saturday 12th December; locations announced on Instagram
Fox Hill Christmas Tree Farm
We also love the Fox Hill experience if you like to spend hours picking out a tree that has *just* the right amount of sass. This family-run business in Haywards Heath has four different tree varieties, including everyone’s favourite, the Nordmann Fir. Looking for minimum hassle? They also sell freshly dug potted trees, container-grown trees, homemade wreaths and firewood. Prices start at £22 for a four-foot Norway spruce. They do delivery locally, but Brighton is, sadly, not quite local enough to qualify.
Open every day 8am – 5.15pm (closes at 5pm and 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday, respectively)
The Sussex Christmas Barn
About a 30-minute drive from Brighton, and with expansive views over the South Downs, is the wonder that is the Sussex Christmas Barn. They’ve been selling trees (four varieties and pot-grown trees) sourced from the UK’s Infinity Christmas Trees for about three years now and they have some real beauties. They pay attention to the symmetry here! Tree prices start at £18 for a three to four-foot Norway spruce cut tree. They also have a cafe (now outdoors for Covid reasons) selling hot and cold food, and they sell a huge variety of decorations, felt toys, lights and local produce, too. You can order online, but you’ll need to collect from the barn; unfortunately, they don’t deliver.
Open Monday to Friday, 9am – 5.30pm, Saturday 10am – 5.30pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm
Don’t forget the baubles!
And if you’re looking for some extra decorations to hang on your new tree, as well as Three Angels Hove (mentioned above), Blackout Brighton has a joyous selection of kitsch bauble joy. For all things foodie, check out the gorgeous glass ones at Cook Book Bake (they start at £4.50 – message them on Instagram to order). The watermelon and the garlic have got our names on! Velvet in Hove also has a fabulous collection of sassy sparklers (we’ve got the leopard). And last, but by no means, are these hand-painted bauble-y works of art from Eat Pray Pedal (pictured above).
We’re getting our full festive on at BOTI Towers, so keep an eye out for the first of our gift guides this week!