With just a couple of weeks to go until the big day, now is the perfect time to put up your Christmas decorations and enjoy the cosy festive feeling that only tinsel, fairy lights and too much chocolate can bring.
Unless you have a fake tree stashed away in the loft, you need to act soon if you want to bag the best Christmas tree before they sell out. Luckily, our latest Locals’ Guide is here to help you make the right decision. Whether you want to support a charity with your festive buying, or you’re looking to kit out your whole house in festive bits and bobs, the Locals’ Guide to Christmas Trees in Harrogate is here to help!
If you’re looking for a real Christmas tree, one of the best places to look in Harrogate is Horticap. Based just off Otley Road, this charity works year-round to support and train people with disabilities to enable them to develop a wide range of new skills. From communication and co-operation to horticulture and craft, there are all sorts of opportunities for students to learn.
On top of that, Horticap offers a great service to the community. Its team offers a gardening service, while its Bluecoat Wood nursery has a peaceful garden full of interesting wildlife and opportunities to find out more about them.
The nursery sells plants and gardening equipment all year round, but at Christmas it really comes to life. Its polytunnel is filled with real trees, and a team of cheerful volunteers are happy to help you choose the best one. They’ll even carry it to your car for you!
While you’re there, you can pick up a hand-made wreath for your door, grab a mince pie and a cup of mulled wine (in return for a donation for their funds, selected dates only) or stop off in the charming tea room overlooking the garden. You can also get some great presents in the gift shop before you leave, including many hand-made by the students.
With the most Yorkshire of all patrons in Alan Titchmarsh, Horticap is a great Harrogate charity for all seasons – but it really shines at Christmas.
This family-run greengrocer has been a fixture on King’s Road for the last couple of decades – although the business has been in Harrogate for over 30 years – and their focus on great service has won them lots of loyal customers.
That personal service is also in evidence when it comes to their Christmas trees. There are plenty to choose from and Regal owners Peter and Dawn Weatherhead are always happy to open a tree so that customers can decide if they’re happy with it. It can then be re-wrapped and taken to the car, or there’s free delivery within the Harrogate area.
Regal sells a wide variety of soft-leaf Nordman trees, all of which are grown just outside Ripon and have minimal drop. Sizes range from pot-grown trees of up to 3ft (these can be kept in the pot and put out or even planted in your garden after Christmas) right up to towering 12 footers! Prices vary from £30 for the potted trees to £49 for 6-7ft trees, and beyond.
And while you’re buying your Christmas tree, you could also take a look at Regal’s festive display of gifts and tree decorations too. Their bespoke hampers and fruit baskets are also extremely popular for Christmas.
If you’re looking for the full grotto experience, you might want to stop by Crimple Hall, on Leeds Road as you leave Harrogate heading towards Leeds. A garden centre through the year, it stocks up on all things festive for December and offers a great selection of Christmas decorations.
As well as plenty of real Christmas trees to choose from, you’ll find artificial trees inside. There are poinsettias galore – and that’s before you set foot in the aisles of Christmas decorations. Whether your taste is traditional or contemporary, and no matter if you need something for the children or a more sophisticated style, you will find it at Crimple Hall.
Over weekends throughout the month and during the week up to 23rd December, Santa’s Grotto will be open for youngsters to visit.
As well as meeting the man himself and receiving a gift, they can try their hand at some festive activities and enjoy the most festive setting you’ve ever seen in your life – twinkling fairy lights and magical figurines everywhere! Booking is essential to avoid disappointment as it can get very busy.
Don’t forget to call in to Christian’s Bistro while you’re there and enjoy lunch, or a slice of cake, with Tom and his team.
Locally-sourced premium Nordman firs are also available at Leng’s on Cold Bath Road, which has a loyal following of customers returning every year to buy their Christmas trees. There’s a large choice of minimal-drop trees, which are available in various sizes from about 5ft to 8ft and cost between £35 and £65. Free delivery is provided within the local area on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Leng’s owners Robert and Carolyn Newsome took over the business three-and-a-half years ago, but it’s actually been established on Cold Bath Road since 1923. No longer just a grocer, Leng’s offers a lot more than you might realise, with a wide range of food on offer from local suppliers. And there a some festive treats available at the moment, too, with lots of ideas for foodie gifts. You can even order a turkey, goose or duck, as well as some other fine cuts of Fewston farm meat!
Drive past the family-run greengrocer Roots & Fruits and you’ll see a range of Christmas tress on display, along with a lovely selection of festive wreaths.
There are 4ft potted spruces for £30 (keep them in the pot for Christmas, then plant them in the garden next year) and Nordman firs ranging in size from 4ft to 7ft, with prices from around £35 to £55. The wreaths are made locally and cost £8 each (or two for £15) or, for larger sizes, £12 and £25.
Julian and Sarah Butler have been running Roots & Fruits for nearly six years, and they’ve become the go-to place for many local people’s fruit and veg. Between them, they have more than 30 years’ experience in the retail trade, and pride themselves on delivering excellent customer service.
The shop, which is based on King Edward’s Drive, stocks a selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, which they can deliver in boxes direct to customers’ doors. They also offer a variety of cheese, oils, spices, jam, pickles and fresh bread, all of which are made by Yorkshire companies.
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