Austrians usually don’t put up their christmas trees until Dec 24th (as Christkind brings and decorates the tree in many homes on this date). So the Christmas stands open later than in other countries (December 10th this year). But it’s possible to find a tree earlier at places like Obi or garden centers. Below are some tips for buying a christmas tree in Graz.
According to old farmer traditions, the best time to cut down christmas trees in Styria is three days before the 11th full moon, so many have already been felled in mid November. Supposedly the trees should then last longer or lose needles less.
Local farmers are setting up their stands around Graz around Dec 10th this year (usually Dec 14th but earlier this year due to the demand for trees). You can find trees of all sizes and they will wrap them for you to carry home. Look for the red and white striped label to know it’s a Styrian tree. Below is a list of christmas tree stands from Grazer.net.
You can also already find cut trees, or living ones in a pot at hardware stores like Obi or Hornbach or at garden centers such Bellaflora. There are also christmas stands in carparks in front of Spar and Billa supermarkets and bigger shopping centers. Plus there are options to cut your own tree at tree farms outside Graz such as in Andritz, Radegunder Straße 201 8045 Graz „Christbaum Verkauf“ or Hofladen Pfeifer-Sieber, Hinterer Plattenweg 81 in Mariatrost.
You can search on this useful site for local christmas trees vendors in your area with the options for cut your own tree or a living tree in a pot. There are two bigger companies who rent living trees, prices are more expensive but include delivery and pick up – Gartenbau Wilhelm and Green Tree.at.
For affordable tree decorations I can recommend checking out your local carla store, most have a good selection at very good prices.
After christmas, the city of Graz has 70 sites around Graz where you can dispose of your christmas tree (remove all the decorations first). This is the list from last year which can be found here.