With December fast approaching, so goes the yearly hunt for an awesome Christmas tree. Living in Missoula offers the privilege of beautiful abundance in this search.

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    USDA Forest Service—Bureau of Land Management:

    Authenticate the Christmas season by getting a tree permit. The cost of the permit is affordable at only 5 dollars, but better is making the day a family tradition, exploring the forest together for the perfect tree. Don’t forget the hot chocolate.

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    Copenhaver Plantations:

    On a spread of 12 acres is a Christmas tree farm where the choices are available to cut a tree, or pick one out pre-cut while sipping on free hot chocolate and coffee (and indulging in cookies over a bonfire). Close to Missoula off of Kona Ranch, this tree hunt is for those who want the bona fide Christmas experience.

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    Pink Grizzly

    This family owned nursery has been a stable part of Missoula’s scene for long time. Located on Wyoming Street, Pink Grizzly caters a wide selection of Christmas wants…from trees to amazing decorative wreaths. A slow stroll through this nursery entails a sure thing for a tree pick.

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    Benson Farms

    Decades of memories surround this farm in town. From the Halloween cornstalks to the spring nursery needs, most have been to Benson Farms at some point in their lives. It is a place just to ‘wander’. In these curious surroundings, there will be a treasure waiting.

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    Rosauer’s/Adams Nursery

    When fast convenience is the calling, then the pavement-top-tree-stop is Rosauer’s Grocery Store on Reserve. For years, the corner of this parking lot has acquired many followers for their custom Christmas trees. Affordable and with wide selection, if a snowstorm prevents the drive into the forest, then a drive down the street is all that is needed.