Our province is home to 530 Christmas tree farms that generate more than $12 million in sales per year. For every Christmas tree harvested in the province, there are ten more growing, making Ontario-grown Christmas trees a sustainable agricultural crop. “This year, as you prepare for the holiday season, consider branching out and include a locally grown Christmas tree into your festivities,” said Ernie Hardeman, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Buying an Ontario-grown tree supports our hardworking Christmas tree farmers, promotes environmental sustainability and helps our province’s economy.” “There’s nothing like the fresh smell of a real, Ontario Christmas tree in your home to spark the fond memories of past Christmases,” said John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. “More than a million trees will bring the spirit of the season home across the province. We encourage families to buy local this year.” Once you’ve purchased and set up your tree, making it perfect is all about how you decorate it. Invite friends and family to decorate and share a cup of cheer including Ontario mulled wine or hot apple cider and have a holly jolly Christmas this year.