So you want a real Christmas tree this year? Well here is The Edinburgh Reporter list of where to go and get it in time for carols around the tree.

Bethany Christian Trust sells Caring Christmas Trees each winter with the proceeds going to projects such as the Care Shelter.   People order their tree online and can then collect it from a number of sites across the city on a couple of weekends before Christmas.

This year they are very short of volunteers to help with the distribution of the trees and they need your help.

The role involves greeting members of the public, marking them off a list, helping them to choose a tree and load it into their car.  The slots are 9.30am till 12.30pm or 12 noon till 2.30pm at the following sites:

Please click on the links above if you would be able to give a couple of hours of your time.  If you only have partial availability – say one or two hours – you can volunteer by emailing or by calling 0345 111 8733.

Restoration Yard Dalkeith

The new attraction in Dalkeith has beautiful trees for sale on the weekends of 3rd-4th, 10th-11th and then daily from 17th-24th December; 4ft, 5ft and 6ft beautiful Nordmann Fir trees grown in Stirling, so you can pick your perfect one to decorate at home.

Restoration Yard Dalkeith Country Park Dalkeith EH22 2NA t 0131 654 1666

Dobbies Edinburgh

Yes you can buy one online here too, but maybe it’s a good idea to head on down to Lasswade to choose your own and bring it home (somehow!)

Crimbotrees at Jenners Depository

They have everything here from trees to wreaths and stands – and parking!

Click here for online and directions.

Green Fir Christmas Trees

They offer free delivery so why not take them up on it? Click here for more information.

Dalmeny Christmas Trees

They are situated at Craigie’s Farm and so you can have a coffee after you choose your tree. More information here.

Hopetoun Trees

They offer the trees for sale on site – and it’s cash only as they can’t get a signal for their card machine.

More information here.

And if you don’t want your own tree then get down to Edinburgh’s Christmas Christmas Tree Maze for a look at theirs!