Come December in the city, and locals’ notoriously small apartments pack huge holiday cheer. Bringing a new meaning to the phrase “urban oasis,” Christmas tree vendors fill the city with the scent of the season—and a veritable forest of firs. Just in time for Santa’s visit, here are the best places to buy Christmas trees in New York City.
Occupied elves will love NYC Trees, an online service offering tree delivery, installation, accessories, and, once the holiday has passed (the least wonderful time of year!), tree removal. Servicing Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, this New Yorker-owned and operated outlet provides busy locals the gift of time.
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New York City Parks
Known more for their post-holiday tree-recycling services, New York City parks are worthy pre-Christmas pit stops as well. This season, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (which serves all five Big Apple boroughs) has designated 18 of its parks and playgrounds, including McCarren Park in Brooklyn and Manhattan’s Washington Market Park, as tree-selling sites.
Sidewalk tree stands
The best gifts are the ones you don’t expect. During this time of year, you’ll stumble upon hundreds of pop-up sidewalk tree stands, hailing from as far as Quebec, Canada. While many vendors have participated in New York’s Christmas circuit for years, you never know what tree species or exotic imports you’ll encounter on the city’s streets.
With seven Manhattan locations (and delivery to some parts of Brooklyn and Queens), SoHo Trees is one of the city’s most popular Christmas tree vendors. Here, you’ll find everything from four- or five-foot-tall Fraser firs to eight-foot-tall Canadian Balsams as well as rare Nordmann firs, wreaths, and even tree-decorating services.
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For the cost-conscious Christmas shopper, Tyler’s Trees provides delivery service with all the trimmings and none of the surprise surcharges. At this decade-old delivery company, packages including a tree that’s four to five feet tall, accessories, delivery, and installation start at just $119. Tip: For those looking to live like Christmas kings or queens, the aptly named Rockefeller Package features a whopping nine-foot tree with all the extras at pauper prices.
Urban Garden Center
Those willing to head way up to Harlem will be rewarded with personalized service and so-nice-they’re-naughty prices at Urban Garden Center. A family-owned nursery in East Harlem, this uptown utopia will satisfy all of your holiday needs, from trees starting at just $30 to weekend wreath-making workshops and beyond.
When you need a tree at 4 am, the 24-hour Greg’s Trees is the only place to go—literally. This Manhattan-, Queens-, and Brooklyn-based vendor is a great bet any time of day, thanks to its packages starting at just $79 in Manhattan and its uncommon offerings, such as luxury Nordmann firs and 12-foot jumbo trees.
NYC Tree Lady
Shopping at NYC Tree Lady will remind you what the Christmas season is all about. Run by the Tree Lady herself, Heather Neville, and her team of elves (Neville’s brother being one of them), this personable business makes seasonal shopping enjoyable—really. All trees from NYC Tree Lady are cut-to-order (including exotic species such as Korean, Nordmann, and Turkish firs), come from award-winning local farms and are guaranteed to make your most wonderful time of year just that much better.