Fearful of messy pine needles, some people choose to play it safe with an artificial variety, but others wouldn't dream of doing without the Alpine authenticity of a real fir or spruce.
So we’ve compiled an indispensable guide detailing 10 of the best places in Derbyshire to buy a proper Christmas tree – meaning the only tasks left are to start choosing, and buying…
1. Dunston Hall Garden Centre
Dunston Hall Garden Centre at Newbold, Chesterfield, is selling real trees and promises this year's quality is 'absolutely brill'. (https://www.dunstonhallgardencentre.co.uk)
2. Riverside Garden Centre
Riverside Garden Centre on Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, says it has a 'full selection' of real trees. (https://www.gardenbuild.com)
Supermarket Aldi is selling real trees this year. The chain has multiple branches in Derbyshire including shops at Chesterfield, Buxton and Bakewell.
Photo: Alex Wong
Dobbies, which has a branch at Barlborough, is selling real Christmas trees. It is also delivering them in December. (https://www.dobbies.com)