Where to Buy a Legal Christmas Tree in Ukraine

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As the Catholic Christmas and New Year are approaching, buying a fresh Christmas tree becomes a real challenge. To make sure you get a certified and legal tree, check out the list of locations in Kyiv, Lviv and Odesa.

Illegal logging is one of the most pressing issues in Ukraine that is especially prominent during the winter holidays. Each year, hundreds of pines and other trees are cut and transported illegally and then sold without any licenses in all regions of Ukraine. This year, state administrations have published lists of verified locations where you can buy a legal Christmas tree. Besides, the trees even have a chip and a sticker with a barcode that lets the owner check the birthplace and age of the tree.

Kyiv

Christmas trees on saleKyiv City Administration has announced that the capital will have 190 locations for selling natural coniferous trees from December 15 until December 31. The trees were transported from forest farms in Sumy, Kyiv, Zhytomyr and Poltava regions. All trees will be chipped and will have an ecological passport as well as a forestry certificate. In addition to chips, the trees will have stickers that contain an individual number and the corresponding bar codes registered in the electronic system of wood conversion in Ukraine. You can check whether the tree is legal and find out all the information at ukrforest.com by entering the individual number. The list of locations includes but isn't limited to:

  • 115, Antonovycha Street
  • 10, Parkovo-Syretska Street
  • The intersection of Academician Tupolev and Igor Turchin Streets
  • The intersection of Dorogozhitska and Khokhlov Family Streets
  • 18/2, Povitroflotsky Avenue
  • 8-10, Baggovutivska Street
  • 39, Solomianska Street
  • 60/1, 66, 100 Pravdy Avenue
  • 5, 20, Heorhii Gongagze Avenue
  • 2, 3, 5, Vasyl Poryk Avenue
  • 111-113, 125, 127, Kyrylivska Street
  • 21/6, 69, Vyshorodska Street (+ "Parkove Misto")
  • 1B, 15, Obolonskyi Avenue
  • 16, Verkhnii Val
  • 27, 46, Heroiv Stalinhrada Avenue
  • 6, Obolonska Square
  • 2, Minskii Avenue
  • 15, Poliarna Street
  • 3, 21, 34, Marshala Malynovskoho Street
  • 30, 32, 34, Heroiv Dnipra Street
  • 3, 12, 25, 28/41, 39, Lisovyi Avenue
  • 6, 15, 26, 39, 40, 44, 47, 60/10, 62, 63/12, 75/2, 97, Volodymyra Mayakovskoho Avenue
  • 49, 57, 144, 158, Kharkivske Highway
  • Dnipro Quarry (near the NOVUS Shopping Mall)
  • 20A, 42, Academician Zabolotnoho Street

The highest number of legal sale spots is located in the Desnianskyi district. You can check out the full list at the link above.

Lviv

Christmas trees with snow on sale Lviv City Administration has the list of locations where you can legally buy a Christmas tree from December 18, 2018, to January 6, 2019. The locations are appointed by Lviv City Administration to supervise the legal sale of Christmas trees in the city. The list is the following:

  • Voloska Street
  • 4/1, Patona Street
  • 11, Petliury Street (near the Lublin Siaivo market)
  • Chernivetska Street - Horodotska Street
  • Shyroka Street - Hnizdovskoho Street (near the Yarmarok market)
  • 4, Solodova Street (near the Dary Lvivshchyny market)
  • 2, Poliska Street (near the Galician Crossroads market)
  • 120, Bohdana Khmelnytskoho Street (near the Dary Lvivshchyny market) 1
  • 6A, Sykhivska Street
  • 57-59, Stryiska Street
  • 36-40; 109, Chervona Kalyna Avenue
  • 112, Knyahyni Olhy Street
  • 29, Naukova Street
  • 59B, Volodymyra Velykoho Street
  • Velichkovskoho Street (near building #8)
  • 9A, Haidamatska Street (near the Volodar shopping center)
  • 11, Mazepy Street - Pylypa Orlyka Street
  • 4, Hrinchenka Street (near the Kholm market)
  • 8, Mykolaichuka Street
  • 360-364, Tarasa Shevchenka Street (near the Yaroslava market)
  • 67A, Chornovola Street (near the Stary Lytsar market)

Odesa

Small Christmas trees on saleAs for Odesa, the official website of Odesa Regional Forestry and Hunting gives a list of locations that are mostly situated in Odesa region out of the city. One of the closest spots to Odesa is State Enterprise "Odessa Forestry" located at 77, Chornomorska Street in the Velykodolynske village. Other locations include but aren't limited to:

  • 8, Pershotravneva Street (Izmail)
  • 4, Melnychenko Street (Podilsk)
  • 1, Soborna Street (Sarata)
  • 1, Zarichna Street (Berezivka)

Each tree will be tagged with a barcode sticker. Given that the locations of legal tree sale in Odesa require car trips, it's better to invest in a fake tree instead. Note that the trees sold in Odesa that aren't marked with a barcode are illegally cut and transported.

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