It wasn't until I was an adult that I learned just how expensive Christmas trees are, and if you get a fake tree, the cost is even more.

I'm fortunate to have inherited a tree from my in-laws. This year, the tree turns 53 years old and it has some "character." The branches, like a real tree, sort of bend whichever way they please, and the markings used for assembly have long since worn off. But I'm so grateful to have the tree because there were many years when my husband and I would have been hard-pressed to pay for a tree, fake or real.

One of the cheapest ways to get a tree is to go out and cut one yourself. You can get a Christmas tree permit for $5 from, and even with the transaction fee, you can get a tree for under $10.

Related: Best Christmas Trees in Montana and Where to Find Them

But of course, not everyone has the resources to harvest a tree (like a car to haul the tree once it has been cut down), and that's where the Lolo Peak Brewery & Grill comes in.

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Coming up this Sunday, December 3, Lolo Peak Brewery & Grill will have Christmas trees available for anyone who needs one.

It's not the first time they've given out trees, but it's one of those things that it's nice to be reminded of. It's also a great opportunity to spread the word.

Thank you to Lolo Peak Brewery & Grill for helping out in this way. Another timely reminder, if you can give back this season, mark your calendar for December 8. KYSSMAS for Kids the annual auction and fundraiser to buy presents for Missoula's kids will be happening on that day. Keep scrolling to get a peek at this year's auction items.

SEE: KYSSMAS for Kids 2023 Auction Items

To place a bid on any auction items for KYSSMAS for Kids 2023, visit

Gallery Credit: Ashley

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