Where to buy a Christmas Tree?

 Where to buy your Christmas tree in Park Slope. Did Foley’s Firs hold up? Did the expensive guy in front of CVS have trees that were perfect? Here are what PSP members say about their Christmas trees.

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 Union Street, next to the Coop

"We bought ours on Union Street next to the Food Coop. I think they are Vermont Trees. I believe they also sell on 7th Ave & 7th Street. We got ours 3 weeks before Christmas and it’s still fine. This is the 2nd year we bought our tree from them and have been happy so far." (12/2018 Review)

“We got a great tree from the folks on Union St next to the Coop. It was from VT and super fresh. We bought it the first weekend in Dec and it's just starting to shed (and we were away for 5 days!). It was $90 for a 9 ft tree, which feels a bit pricey, but it's beautiful and has held up so well. (Pre-2018 Review)

"We’ve always had great luck with the folks right outside the park slope coop. I don’t think they donate, but we’ve always gotten beautiful trees from them that have held up well." (Pre-2018 Review)

 

Old First Nursery sale, 7th Ave

We had a very positive experience w tree purchased from Old First. We got it the first weekend in December and it’s held up wonderfully. Not a strong scent (we were told that and chose), perfect shape. Willing to pay a premium again (thought it was a little expensive) and we will go back! (12/2018 Review)

"We got our tree at Old First, as we have done on occasion in prior years, and much later than usual—around the 15th. We were disappointed that it did not drink much water and faded quickly, though we figured it was our fault as we were in a rush and did not ask them to recut the trunk this year. We had to get a smaller one too as they did not have many big ones. My husband read something saying that during the financial crisis of 08 fewer trees were planted so the crop this year is affected. (12/2018 Review)

Anyway Merry Christmas! I’m now looking forward to getting all these needles out of here."

"We always buy ours for $20 on the last Sunday before xmas at the Old First Nursery sale on 7th ave.” (Pre-2018 Review)

"Another place we liked that we used to go before starting PS321, was the Christmas tree sale by the parents of who run the coop preschool at Carroll St & 7th Ave, where the money went to benefit the preschool." (Pre-2018 Review)

"All proceeds go to benefit the school (a 501(c)(3)).  It's a big sale with several types of beautiful, fresh trees, sizes ranging from table-tops to 12' Balsams, wreaths, garlands, stands, etc.  The sale is open Saturdays (10-7) and Sundays (10:30 - 7) and is staffed by parents of current students." (Pre-2018 Review)

"We get our tree every year from the sale in the alley of the Old First Reformed Church on 7th Avenue near Carroll Street.  All proceeds benefit the Old First Nursery School and the sale is staffed by the parents.  There is a nice selection of trees, wreaths and garlands." (Pre-2018 Review)

"I like the trees outside the coop - there was just one year that we maybe got a dud and it dried out very quickly. The one we got last year from them was great." (Pre-2018 Review)

 

Grand Army Plaza Market

"Another place we've gone in the past is the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket. The trees, which I think come from upstate NY, have always been super-fresh. They are limited by what they have brought down for the day, so it makes sense to go early for the best selection." (Pre-2018 Review)

 

Shannon's FLorist* on Ft. Hamilton Pkwy

"We bought our tree at Shannon's nursery on Dec. 15th.  It was beautiful and still has the needles going strong on Jan. 2nd.  While they are not giving them away,  they are much less than the guys on 9th street in front of CVS for the same size.  I didn't do a lot of price comparison.  This is our second year buying at Shannon's with good results.  Their wreaths and other greenery  are good too.  You need a car to transport unless you live nearby in Kensington." (12/2018 Review) 

"We found one of our best trees ever last year sort of late in the season at Shannon's Nursery.  While it isn't a non-profit, at least it is a local business! 
*Note, Shannon's Florist is a PSP Perks Provider and offers PSP members 5% off all products. More information here >  (Pre-2018 Review)

 

Green-wood Park

We purchased our Christmas tree on Dec 9th at 19th St and 7th Avenue. $90 for a 6-foot Silver! It still looks and smells great though. (12/2018 Review)

 

Home Depot

"We had good luck one year at Home Depot."

 

Lowes, 118 2nd Ave, Brooklyn 11215

“I LOVE LOVE LOVE our tree from Lowe's that we got the first week of December.  I think it's a Douglas fir, a little over 6 feet tall, and it was $35.   Before we had a car, we once walked home with a much inferior tree that we bought for $90!!  I know people hate the big box stores (with reason) but I can't believe the price gouging that goes on at the neighborhood places when compared to the big stores (at least the stands that I've been to). “ (Pre-2018 Review)

 

Our Lady's Field of Holy Name (16th Street off PPW)

For the past several years, I get our gorgeous 9-foot tree from the guy (Steve?) on 16 St off PPW, in the entrance to the greenspace. Our Lady's Field of Holy Name. He comes down from Vermont with a wide choice of organic trees -- Balsam, Fraser, Douglas, etc -- grown in the Northeast Kingdom (perhaps the only kingdom in the U.S. other than Disneyland). I bought a gorgeous hybrid Balsam/Fraser on Thursday Dec 13; a fresh load of trees was en route to arrive that night. It's now Jan 2 and my tree is still happily drinking up water. It will definitely last to Jan 5 when I take it down.

 

Whole Foods, 214 3rd St, Brooklyn

"We got our tree at Whole Foods. They didn’t cut off the end and so I had to buy a saw to cut the end. Also it immediately dried out. It really has no right to still be up. Thanks for asking. I hoping to find the perfect tree next year!" (12/2018)

"We bought our tree for the second year in a row from Whole Foods. They're well-priced (well, at least compared to the CVS guy!) -- at about $50 or $60 for an 8-foot tree. They're friendly there and help you load it on top of your car, and will cut the bottom off. I'm not sure if they deliver. And both years the tree has looked really great and held up beautifully throughout the season. Last year, we bought it on Black Friday and got a good deal. I can't remember exactly what it cost then though!" (Pre-2018 Review)


Foley Firs, website

"We get ours each year from Foley Firs on 8th Avenue b/w 7th and 8th. We’re typically very happy with the quality but got a dud this year as the tree stopped taking water and was dry two days after bringing it home! Prices have also crept up to the absurd - $80 for 6.5 foot where the last six inches were really just a long angel topper branch that needed to be trimmed. This might be the last year we shop local as this is a $40 tree at Home Depot." (12/2018 Review)

"We also got ours at Foley Firs, got a Cook fir and it was very fragrant and full.  I also dislike how you get charged for a bare 6 inches at the top most of the time, but managed to pick a tree where this year where that wasn’t the case.  We got it a little on the early slide, December 1, it was doing great for about 2.5 weeks then slowly dried up but still ok for Christmas. I was told they all get cut at the same time so getting it later doesn’t help it last longer." (12/2018)

"Should have listened to my gut. Got our tree December 9th or so and by December 20th or so it had started to stop drinking water. By December 29th it was brittle. We've had iffy trees from there before but was lured by the "$10 to my kids school."  (12/2018)

Reviews Pre-2018

“Our tree from Foley Firs held up great with very little loss of needles after 3 weeks. Best part about them is donating to the schools' PTAs. In previous years we drive out to tree farms to cut our own tree but no time to do that this year. We might just stick with Foley from now on.” (Pre-2018 Review)

“I got my large tree from the guys on 8th ave and 8th street. I wasn't impressed this year. There was limited selection for large trees (over 10 feet) and the tree was dried up after 2.5 weeks. Quality was quite lackluster and not cheap.” (Pre-2018 Review)

“I've been hit or miss with the 8th and 8th guys too.  A few years ago-- brittle within two weeks.  This year, same place, much better…” (Pre-2018 Review)

"I hear about this place every year and I have to say that their trees are (at least) $10 more expensive and they give that to the schools. Why not just give the money directly to the school?" (Pre-2018 Review)

"We went to Foley's for the first time this year since our daughter is now in Kindergarten and a portion of the proceeds are supposed to go to her school. (Am hoping they did! The guy who sold us the tree didn't instill a lot of confidence.) Anyway, the tree is fine. Still smells really good a few days after Christmas, and it isn't losing too many needles yet. It's a little skimpy compared to the ones we'd been getting the last few years from the farmers market at Grand Army Plaza. There are tons of super-thin branches that sag under the weight of the ornaments. That said, it IS able to hold upwards of 200 ornaments. Foley charged $12/foot. We paid $80 for our 6+ foot tree, which was slightly cheaper than our GAP trees of previous years. Overall, it's a decent tree. Would only go back, though, if I knew for sure my kid's school received some of the proceeds. I was disappointed with the tree-buying experience (wasn't shown many options, workers seemed disgruntled), but the tree itself is fine." (Pre-2018 Review)

“We got our from the Pta fundraiser on 8th ave and 7th street. We are very happy with the quality (it is still fresh) and the delivery and set up at home. We will go there again next year.” (Pre-2018 Review)

“We bought one at the 8th ave/8th street multiple PTA sale. It was a little more money but at that late date it was one price for any size tree (!) so we got the biggest nicest one we've ever had, and they even delivered it to us the next morning at no charge. (It was pouring rain when we bought it.)” (Pre-2018 Review)

"I have not checked the price for the people who sells trees on 8th St & 8th Ave, but they are great working with us on delivery time, there were minimal pine needles on the hallway & floors during delivery (unlike when we tried to carry the tree into the apt), and the set up by the tree farm person (forgot the young man's name) was literally five minutes, and the tree stayed put and well balanced until it was time to bring it to mulch fest!  It was amazing, saved us so much time trying to balance the tree then screw it into place!  Of course we also liked that they donated money to the schools." (Pre-2018 Review)

"We've gotten trees the past couple of years at Foley Firs. For a 7-8 foot tree, it was about $100 (kind of expensive). Each tree had a gap somewhere that was not noticeable directly after they cut the rope around tree binding the branches. Yes, they say they donate $10 to schools, but I was not impressed with the quality and was actually looking for an alternative this year." (Pre-2018 Review)

Chelsea Garden Cente

We just had a tree delivered from Chelsea Garden Ctr and I'm happy with the product and service. It's a beautiful tree! They set it up and swept fallen needles. I've had a few things delivered by them this year and the service is excellent. (Pre-2018 Review)

 

Cut your own.

Fox Ridge Christams Tree Farm 

Great tree. Cut your own. Originally 10+ ft cut to 8.5 $25. Great find don’t tell anyone. (12/2018 Review)