For many, pulling an artificial tree out of the box is fine. For others, the true spirit of Christmas starts with a real fresh cut tree in Grand Junction. For those of you who can't bear the thought of artificial, here are the places to shop.

This year, there is a shortage of tree farm trees across the US. This has  limited the number of trees available and in some cases, prevented some 'treetailers' from getting trees to sell.

You can also expect to pay more for a fresh cut tree. Some wholesale prices have reportedly increased 25% or more.

  • Grand Junction Boy Scout Troop 303

    Mesa Mall Parking Lot by Sutherlands

    Scout Troop 303 has been providing excellent trees for area families for over 30 years. This year, pick from over 600 freshly-cut trees while supporting scouting in Western Colorado. The troop will offer three varieties of trees in sizes ranging from 4′ to 12′ in height including Douglas Fir, Grand Fir, and Noble Fir. These will sell fast so buy early.

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  • City Market Stores

    All Grand Junction Stores

    Grand Junction City Market locations offer the convenience of shopping for a tree while you're doing your grocery shopping. You can also buy some lights and decorations there if you need a few essentials. Tree selection varies by store but they restock as needed and supply lasts. Prices range from $25 for the elf tree up to $80 for the large trees.

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  • Lowe's

    2525 Rimrock Avenue

    Lowe's offers pretty much everything you need for Christmas decorating, including the tree. The fresh cut trees are in the outdoor garden center with several sizes and varieties to choose from. Trees start at $25 with the largest varieties topping out at around $70.

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  • Walmart

    2525 Rimrock Avenue and 2881 North Avenue

    With two locations in Grand Junction, Walmart makes tree buying as simple as possible. All trees are ready carry to your car. They also have a great selection of Christmas lights and decorations. Small trees (unwrapped) are $18. Larger trees are $48.

    You can also order a 3 foot fresh cut fir tree delivered to the store for $55.99. A 6 foot tree is available for $82.99. (Prices subject to change).

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  • Home Depot

    2436 F Road

    After a day of shopping at the mall, just head across the road and pick out a tree you can fit all the presents under. Home Depot has several different sizes and varieties and plenty of Christmas lights and decorations.

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  • BLM Christmas Tree Cutting Permit

    Various locations in western Colorado

    If you are a true woodsman and prefer to cut your own Christmas tree, the Grand Junction Bureau of Land Management office offers tree cutting permits for $10 per tree.

    The permits are valid from November 20 through December 25. Pinyon and Juniper are the only trees that can be cut with this permit. You will get a map of designated cutting areas with the permit.

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