We bought a fake Christmas tree for the first time when we moved here, thinking it might be a bit easier in the long run, not knowing exactly when or how we would get rid of the tree at the end of the year. I miss the scent of the tree, but I don’t miss the mess.
However, if you are in Utrecht centrum and want a real tree to get you in the holiday mood, you can find them for sale each year at Janskerkhof. Usually starting around December 5 or 6 (in other words, after Sinterklaas), the trees go up behind Janskerk. From there, you see trees carried or biked home. I almost got clotheslined by a few people the other day as they were carrying one of the trees over to a bakfiets (a bicycle with a cart up front). Trying to dodge their tree and avoid the bike path immediately next to us made things a bit hairy for a moment! In other words, just a normal day!