Christmas tree, hot cocoa and reindeer’s… all favorites of mine! All found at one of my favorite places: Ian’s Christmas Adventure Park.
I always wanted to see real reindeer’s, you know like the one Mariah Carey pets in her Christmas album… well I found them at this beautiful Christmas Tree Farm!
When Liam was one and Logan only a few months old, I started to search for Christmas Tree Farms in our region. We always had real Christmas Trees that we bought from a local merchant, but that year I wanted to go out and cut our own tree and take pictures with the kids. So I found many places where you could cut your own tree, but the most interesting one of them all was definitely that cute place I found in Beckwith, ‘just outside of Ottawa’ I told Brian.
I remember Brian not being really enthusiastic about going there the first time. He did complain for most of the drive there, saying he couldn’t believe we were driving 2 hours to get a tree… but last weekend marked the 5th year in a row that we go there on the first Saturday of December to get our Christmas Tree, and now it has become a family tradition that he wouldn’t miss. Ian’s Christmas Adventure Park is not that far, it’s about 30 minutes from downtown Ottawa, so one hour from home. But I would easily drive 3 hours to get there, I just love this place!
The family that owns the farm is the best. They make you feel like old friends. Remembering you, remembering your kids, and remembering that you want the biggest tree you can find!
The farm is huge, you can visit Santa workshop, you can skate, go through candy cane lane or a hay maze, tubing, warm up in a cabin or by the outside bonfire, all while sipping your hot cocoa. Tractor wagon rides take you to one of the trees lots, where you will find your perfect tree, cut it, and then bring it home. It’s never an easy job, these things are sturdy… and it’s quite a workout… well that’s what Brian tells me!
We have a corny tradition… we look for the tree we want, and once we found it, we put little surprises under it for the boys to find. We walk away for a minute or two, and then we bring them back closer to it so they can find the surprises and our tree by themselves… and that’s how they pick our tree every year! They love it! One year they found Rudolph and Clarice stuffed animals, then some Elf on the shelf ornaments. They know they’ll find something for them when they spot our magic tree! Last year, the magic even brought me some chocolate… I just loved it! (Thanks Mom)
The first couple times, we went with the boys, then the 3rd time we brought my Mom and Frank, last year Mom and Frank and Jojo and Lulu came; and this year Brian’s dad Joe was added to the group. Just like Brian the first year, he couldn’t believe we were driving that far to get our tree, but I’m pretty sure he’ll be back next year! We love to have our family with us. It’s the perfect early December/holiday activity.
The best part for me are the reindeers. They are gorgeous. I could spend hours just looking at them. The horns are spectacular. We even got to bring 3 horns home in the last few years… perfect Christmas decorations! We take a LOTS of picture, we laugh and we smile all day long!
Once we get home, we put the tree up, then Brian spends at least 20 minutes making sure it’s going to stay up (something we forgot do the first couple year!!!), and then while I prepare a big pasta diner for everyone, they all decorate our beautiful tree. Family is the best, Christmas is the best and Ian’s Christmas Adventure Park helps make the perfect memories.
You should definitely visit… the holidays aren’t even started yet and I can’t wait to go back to that place next year!