Choose and Cut or Retail Lot?
Congratulations, you made the decision to celebrate the holiday season with a fresh, farm-grown Christmas tree. Luckily for Michiganders, Christmas tree farms are located all over the mitten state, including the Upper Peninsula.
Michigan is the third largest producer of Christmas trees in the nation, with 700 tree farms producing an average of three million trees a year. Not only are we a top producer, but we also grow more varieties than any other state.
Whether your family is starting a new Christmas tradition or one that’s been in the family for years, selecting the season’s Christmas tree is a memorable experience for the entire family. Where you choose to purchase your real Christmas tree depends on what kind of experience you’re looking for this holiday. Fortunately, we’re not short on Christmas tree farm options in Michigan.
If you want to take your family on an exciting Christmas adventure, we suggest spending a day at a . Choose and cut farms involve exactly what you think; you choose a tree, cut it down, and bring it home to decorate. You can find our favorite choose and cut farms in Michigan, .
If you want a little less adventure, visiting a retail lot is another great option. Retail lots offer a wide selection of pre-cut Christmas trees while still preserving much of the real Christmas tree buying experience. You can find a list and map of our favorite retail lots, .
Most farms open the weekend after Thanksgiving, dubbing it “Green Friday.” Typically, farms provide saws if necessary and will trim and package your tree so it’s easy to transport home. Prices and types vary farm to farm, so if you’re looking for a specific price, size, and species it’s best to call ahead.
Similar to visiting pumpkin patches and apple orchards in the fall, many Christmas tree farms come complete with hot chocolate, tasty treats, festive decorations, and sometimes Santa visits and sleigh rides. The winter activities available are unique to each farm.
After you find your perfect Christmas tree, make sure you get a fresh-cut (the process of removing a 1/2” thick disc of wood at the base of your tree) and place it in water as soon as you get home; this will keep your tree fresh for the entire season.
If you’re still on the fence about whether to decorate your home with an artificial or farm-grown tree this season, we recommend going to explore one of the many tree farms Michigan has to offer and discover what is best for your family. We list each farm’s features, hours, and opening weekends on our .