Photo courtesy of local photographer Brooke Biro Photography.
There’s nothing quite like having a real Christmas tree in your living room. The smell of pine needles rings in the festive season and just begs for you to pour a glass of eggnog and put on the carols.
When you buy a real Christmas tree the whole day becomes one of ceremony and excitement. Decorating the tree with baubles and tinsel is only half the fun; the first and most exciting task for little ones – and adults too – is choosing the tree.
Rotary Christmas Trees
The wonderful volunteers of local Rotary Clubs of Erina, Kariong-Somersby, Northlakes Toukley and Woy Woy are once again selling real Christmas trees across the Central Coast.
Price: It’s $80 for a 6ft tree (some very large trees may be more). They take eftpos or cash, and all proceeds goes to supporting local charity Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and other Rotary Central Coast projects.
When: Weekends of 30 Nov – 1 December and 7 – 8 December from 7am until sold out (they sell out early; normally by 10am, so don’t sleep in!)
Where: They sell Christmas trees at multiple venues across the Central Coast (scroll down for a map of all locations):
- Fagan Park, cnr Brisbane Water Drive & Jirrah Avenue, Point Clare.
- Ourimbah RSL Parking Lot, 6-20 Pacific Highway, Ourimbah.
- Rotary Park, Terrigal Drive (next to the fire station), Terrigal.
- Anaconda Parking Lot, Central Coast Highway, West Gosford.
- Bateau Bay Golf Range, 466 The Entrance Road, Bateau Bay.
- Commuter Car Park, Railway Street (between Station Street and Charlton Street), Woy Woy.
- Bunnings Lake Haven, cnr Lakehaven Drive & Charmhaven Road, Charmhaven.
Phone 0499 042 864 or click here for more details.
Central Coast Christmas Tree Farms
Central Coast Christmas Trees
You can buy your pine direct from the grower at Central Coast Christmas Trees in Kulnura. The Thomas family farm has some 40,000 trees that are pruned by hand into the classic Christmas-tree shape. You’re welcome to walk the rows of trees now, find your perfect tree and tag it for pick up closer to Christmas. Mel from Central Coast Christmas Trees says regulars have already started tagging their trees in readiness for the festive season. She says a pine should last 3-4 weeks out of the ground – depending on how hot the summer is.
Price: $10 deposit to tag a tree. Trees range from $8 – $10 per foot – i.e. $32-$72 per tree depending on the size. Trees range in size from 4 foot up to 9 foot. You can take the tree home yourself or have your tree delivered anywhere on the Central Coast for $50. Need a tree stand? They’re $35. Only cash is accepted on the farm or you can order online here.
Open: They’re open 9am-5pm 7 days/week starting 2 November.
Contact: Call Mel on 0488 437 612 or send a Facebook message to check opening hours and with any enquiries.
Where: 59 Yorky Waters Rd, Kulnura.
Tumbi Umbi Christmas Tree Farm
Tumbi Umbi Christmas Tree farm is one of the Central Coast’s best kept secrets! With trees taking up to four years to grow, owner Sue McInnes says “we grew our kids and now we grow our trees”. Set upon lovely acreage, this wonderful farm is the home to up to four thousand trees at any one time. “We have high ones, big ones, fat ones and skinny ones” Sue says.
Not only can families head along to the farm to choose their own Christmas tree, but little ones can travel in style as they hitch a ride in the festively decorated buggy on their tour of the farm!
Price: $65 per tree (cash only). Tree stands are $40.
Open: Weekends from 30 November between 8am and 6pm or call in advance to book an appointment to attend outside opening hours.
Contact: Call Sue on 0429 112 945 for further details.
Where: Stimsons Lane, Tumbi Umbi (look out for the big sign!)