If you ever had a “real” Christmas tree growing up, you’ll know that the smell of fresh pine evokes happy, festive memories. At the Granite Belt Christmas Farm, walking through their fields of Christmas trees will surely bring those memories back.
The farm, which is run by locals Brad and Katrina Fraser (along with their two children) is the only Christmas tree farm in Queensland that is open to the public. An annual family visit would make a lovely Christmas tradition, and help boost the economy of rural Queensland.
Things to do at Granite Belt Christmas Farm
The Granite Belt Christmas Farm hosts various events throughout the year, such as their annual Christmas in July picnic, so keep an eye on their events calendar for details. In addition, you can buy a real Christmas tree, feed Santa’s animals, visit their Christmas gift shop or enjoy a coffee or Belgian hot chocolate.
Choose a Christmas tree to take home
Families are welcome to walk through the avenues of trees and choose one to take home. The cost of the tree depends on its height and whether you require netting to transport it. Their harvest weekends start in late November so check their website for details to ensure you dont miss out.
During the harvest weekend, there will be all-day BBQs, face painting and visits from Santa. If you miss the harvest weekend, you can still visit the farm between 1st and 23rd December to choose your real Christmas tree. They are open 7 days a week from 9am – 4pm (Mon-Sat) & from 9am – 2pm (Sun). (Check their Facebook page for updates or changes to hours)
The farm grows more than 10,000 Christmas trees shaped four times yearly, so you’re bound to find one just right for your home. If you are worried you will miss out, you can preorder one via their website.
Feed the Christmas animals
Admission to the Granite Belt Christmas Farm is free, and for just $2 you can buy a bucket of animal food to offer to the Christmas animals, including reindeer, donkeys, goats, sheep, ducks and chickens.
There are plenty of wide-open spaces here for the kids to run around on this family-friendly farm and plenty of Christmas-themed paraphernalia to keep kids interested or to use as a photo prop. Although Christmas trees can only be purchased in December, the farm is open to visitors year-round from Wednesday to Sunday.
Visit the Mistletoe Christmas store
Stepping into the Mistletoe Christmas store, you’ll find a wonderland of over 20,000 Christmas decorations, cards, ornaments and gifts. There are also vintage collectables, jewellery, scarves, homewares and cookbooks. There is a “Children’s Winter in Wonderland” book corner for the kids.
But undoubtedly, the best thing about the Mistletoe Christmas Store is the extensive range of home-made, hand-crafted Christmas treats and chocolates. Chocolate lovers will rejoice at the Signature Chocolate Slabs with flavours like “Festive Midnight Snack” (Belgian chocolate oozing with caramel and lightly salted pretzels) or “The Perfect Crunch” (Belgian milk chocolate bound with honeycomb, topped with popcorn, caramel and salt flakes). There are plenty of other drool-worthy options too, including Rocky Road, Turkish Delight and “Rudolph’s Magic Freckles”.
Indulge with a Belgian hot chocolate
Things to know before your visit
- Dogs are not allowed on the farm
- A full cafe is provided, therefore outside food and beverages are not permitted
- There are lots of breakables in their shop with a strict, you break you buy, just worth being mindful of before you take a bunch of kidlets inside.
- According to their website, their cafe, farm and shop are wheelchair accessible with allocated parking and an accessible toilet.
- They have vegan and gluten free options in their cafe.