The saddest time of the year to be a Christmas tree is when all the fun is over, and it’s time to chip up the holiday centerpiece.

This year, you can take your old Christmas trees to various locations throughout Victoria for free or by donation.

Don’t forget to remove all screws, nails, lights and ornaments from the tree before recycling. These items may be potentially hazardous if passed through chipping equipment.

Central Saanich

Central Saanich Lions Club

  • What: This is by donation. Funds raised go towards supporting local organizations such as the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation, Shawnigan Lake Kids Camp, Mount Newton Centre, Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association, Sidney Food Bank and local sports Teams. Chipping donated by Dogwood Tree services.
  • Where: 1703 Keating Cross Road (opposite the municipal works yard)
  • When: December 29 and 30, January 5, 6, 12 and 13
    Volunteers will be onsite between 9 am and 4 pm, however, trees can be dropped off at anytime. There will be a donation box on location.

Fernwood

Central Middle School Music Program

  • What: By donation. Sponsored by the Central Music Parents Association with all proceeds benefiting the Central Music Program.
  • Where: Central Middle School, 1280 Fort St
  • When: January 5 and 6, 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.

Victoria High School R&B and Concert Bands

  • What: This is a by donation event, and is a fundraiser for Victoria High School bands for career preparation trips.
  • Where: Victoria High School, 1260 Grant St
  • When: January 5, 6, 12 and 13, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Lansdowne Middle School

  • What: By donation. Drop off your tree for chipping or your cans and bottles for recycling. Proceeds for Grade 8 Silver Team students’ year-end trip to Camp Thunderbird.
  • Where: Lansdowne Middle School, 1765 Lansdowne Road
  • When: January 6, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Langford

BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities

  • What: All proceeds go towards Easter Seals Services and Programs.  Tree Chipping provided by Davey Tree. Residents can also register by December 30 for tree pickup on January 5, minimum $20 donation. Contact Lions Society at 250-370-0518 or [email protected]
  • Where: Westshore Town Centre, 2945 Jacklin road
  • When: January 5 and 6, 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.

Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue

  • What: By donation. Tree chipping provided by Aron at Legendary Tree Services and hosted by Slegg Lumber
  • Where: Slegg Lumber, 2901 Sooke Road
  • When: January 5th and 6th, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Gordon Head

BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities

  • What: All proceeds go towards Easter Seals Services and Programs.  Tree Chipping provided by Davey Tree. Residents can also register by December 30 for tree pickup on January 5, minimum $20 donation. Contact Lions Society at 250-370-0518 or [email protected]
  • Where: University Heights Shopping Centre, 3980 Shelbourne st
  • When: January 5 and 6, 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.

Braefoot Community Association

  • What: All the donations go towards all the children programs at the community centre.
  • Where: Braefoot Community Association, 1359 McKenzie Ave
  • When: December 29, 30 and January 1, 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and December 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon 

Oak Bay

Oak Bay Firefighters

  • What: This annual event is by donation with all proceeds going to support the students of Monterey Middle School.
  • Where: Fireman’s Park parking lot, 1703 Monterey Avenue
  • When: January 5 and 6,  9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities

  • What: All proceeds go towards Easter Seals Services and Programs.  Tree Chipping provided by Davey Tree. Residents can also register by December 30 for tree pickup on January 5, minimum $20 donation. Contact Lions Society at 250-370-0518 or [email protected]
  • Where: Save on Foods – Fort and Foul Bay, 1950 Foul Bay Road
  • When: January 5 and 6, 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.

Castaway Wanderers

  • What: With the help of Bartlett Tree Experts, the Castaway Wanderers Rugby teams will collect your trees with a donation.
  • Where: Oak Bay Windsor Park – Rose Garden Corner, 2451 Windsor Road
  • When: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. December 29 and 30, January 5 and 6
    12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. January 1

Saanich

Reynolds Music Program

  • What: Students will be chipping Christmas trees by donation. Funds raised will go to support the Reynolds Music Program and students’ music education activities.
  • Where: Reynolds Secondary School, 3963 Borden St
  • When: January 4, 5 and 6, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

McKenzie Elementary Parent Advisory Council

  • What: Annual Christmas Tree Chipping Fundraiser, with the generous support of Bartlett Tree Experts. By donation. Proceeds going to the creation of an Outdoor Learning Space. Tree pick up is available by request, within 3km. To make arrangements, please email
    [email protected]
  • Where: Mckenzie Elementary School, 4005 Raymond St North
  • When: January 5th and 6th,  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities

  • What: All proceeds go towards Easter Seals Services and Programs.  Tree Chipping provided by Davey Tree. Residents can also register by December 30 for tree pickup on January 5, minimum $20 donation. Contact Lions Society at 250-370-0518 or [email protected]
  • Where: Tillicum Shopping Centre, 3170 Tillicum Road
  • When:  January 5 and 6, 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.

 Claremont KEY Club

  • What: The suggested donations for when you bring your tree in is $10
  • Where: Claremont Secondary School – Back parking lot, 4980 Wesley Road
  • When:  January 5  from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and January 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Strawberry Vale Elementary School

  • What: By donation. Drop off your tree for chipping or your cans and bottles for recycling.
  • Where: Strawberry Vale Elementary School, 4109 Rosedale Avenue
  • When: January 6, 11:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m.

BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities

  • What: All proceeds go towards Easter Seals Services and Programs.  Tree Chipping provided by Davey Tree. Residents can also register by December 30 for tree pickup on January 5, minimum $20 donation. Contact Lions Society at 250-370-0518 or [email protected]
  • Where: Broadmead Village Shopping Centre, 777 Royal Oak Drive
  • When: January 5 and 6, 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.

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View Royal

Knights of Columbus

  • What: Tree chipping by donation.
  • Where: St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 753 Burnside Road West
  • When: December 29 and January 5, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Esquimalt

Archie Browning Arena

  • What: Trees are being collected by donation
  • Where: Archie Browning Sports Centre Parking Lot, 1151 Esquimalt Road
  • When: January 5th and 6th, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

North Saanich/ Sidney

North Saanich Firefighters

  • What: Tree chipping and open house at Wain Road Fire Hall. Tree collection at McTavish Fire Hall. By donation. Proceeds to CFAX’s Santa’s Anonymous. North Saanich and Sidney residents may call 250.656.1931 prior to or the day of to arrange for tree pick up with a minimum $10 donation.
  • Where: 986 Wain Road and 1620 McTavish Road (the fire halls)
  • When: January 5th, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sidney Lions Club

  • What: By donation. Supports the local Sidney Lions Club.
  • Where: Overflow parking lot at Iroquois Park in Sidney
  • When: January 5th, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Colwood

Colwood Volunteer Firefighter’s Association

  • What: Colwood Volunteer Firefighters will be chipping trees by donation. Funds raised will go to the Colwood Firefighter’s Historical Society.
  • Where: Colwood Fire Hall, 3215 Metchosin Road
  • When: January 5th and 6th, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Did we miss one? Email us the details to [email protected] – include Xmas Tree Chipping in the subject.

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