If you live in the Geelong or Bellarine region and are looking for a 'real' Christmas tree this year, there are plenty of options to find the perfect tree, without having to travel into Melbourne or regional Victoria.
Some of the local options include:
Greater Geelong Christmas Trees - Waurn Ponds
Ocean Grove Scouts - Ocean Grove
Kings Christmas Trees - Drysdale
Christmas Trees Geelong - North Geelong.
Oxfam Shop (Delivery available within Geelong & Bellarine region)
Located in the Geelong suburb of Waurn Ponds, Greater Geelong Christmas Trees offer a wide variety of different-sized trees, starting from $30. Stands are also available in two sizes (small stands are $30, and large stands are $40).
Another good thing about purchasing your tree from here is that for every tree sold, a $3 donation is made to the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.
Trees will be available to pick up from the 26th of November, 2016.
The Ocean Grove Scouts are having their annual Christmas Tree sale on Saturday the 3rd and Saturday the 10th of December 2016, at Ocean Grove Park. Trees start from $55 and if you are unable to fit the tree in your car, they offer a home-delivery service for a small fee.
This is where I purchased my tree from last year, and I was very happy with the range of trees and the service. Stands are also available for purchase ($25 for a medium, $35 for a large).
A tree-removal service is also available for $10. I found this service very convenient, as it's arranged online, so all I had to do was leave the tree out the front to be collected.
King's Christmas Trees is located at 32 Belchers Road Drysdale (Off Grubb Road). They will be open again from the 3rd of December 2016 and have a range of different-sized trees for you to choose from and cut down yourself.
Grab a bargain, with all trees costing only $30.
Delivery Service is available (cost depends on your location)
Tree Removal Service is available for $20
Stands are available (prices start from $30)
Located in North Geelong, Christmas Trees Geelonghave a range of trees available, starting from $40 for a small tree, to $140 for an XXX-Large (10 1/2′- 12′) tree. Pick-Up and Delivery options are available, and they also have a range of stands and decorations for sale.
Trees are delivered to your home in the Geelong and Bellarine region
All trees are $89
If you're looking to buy a tree, and wanting to give at the same time, the Oxfam tree is perfect. Just order it online before the 27th of November and it will be delivered to your door between the 1st to 8th of December. As with all Oxfam purchases, the money goes towards local and overseas community programs.
The trees don't come with a stand, however stands can be purchased separately from hardware stores.
Another non-plastic option is to purchase a small living Christmas Tree, which you can continue to use each year.
Bunnings sell potted [LINK=https://www.bunnings.com.au/140mm-picea-glauca-christmas-star_p3561249]140mm Picea Glauca Christmas Star trees for just $14.86 each. They are easy to look after and grow to around 1.5m over 10 years.
Bunnings stores in the Geelong region are located at Waurn Ponds, Geelong North and Leopold.