It’s time to get into the holiday spirit! So pile your kids into the family station wagon, sing Deck the Halls at the top of your lungs, and head into the country to cut down a mighty spruce or pine. Just don’t forget the saw!*
If the adventure of cutting down your own family Christmas tree Clark W. Griswold-style appeals to you, there are plenty of farms in Lake County and the surrounding area where you can cut your own. There are also farms where they cut them for you. Usually you can find a farm that offers both — but to be safe, make sure you call ahead before you go.
* most places below have saws and rope; call ahead to confirm
Christmas Tree Farms in Lake County
Gengel Tree Farm
38614 N. Fairfield Rd., Lake Villa | (847) 356-5661
Cut your own and pre-cut trees are available here as well as wreaths. Open weekends, Friday through Sunday, starting November 24 – December 16.
13236 W. Townline Rd., Waukegan | (847) 662-5733
Open beginning November 25, they offer only pre-cut trees from Wisconsin as well as wreaths, boughs and roping. Call ahead for dates and times.
Sullivan Family Tree Farm
24774 W. Petite Lake Rd., Lake Villa | (847) 949-0172
This beautiful 150 year old farm has both pre-cut and u-cut trees. They open Friday, November 24 (day after Thanksgiving) and remain open every Friday and Saturday through December 24. Many sizes of trees and wreaths are offered here as well as free hay rides. Bring Fido on a leash for an all-family adventure.
Christmas Tree Farms in McHenry County
Ben’s Christmas Tree Farm
7719 Ryan Rd., Harvard | (630) 279-0216
Cut your own tree farm that offers organic, pesticide-free trees. You will also find wagon rides, farm animals, Santa Claus, hot chocolate, coffee and much more. Ben’s is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from November 24 through December 17.
Grandpa’s Christmas Tree Farm
13616 Il. Rte. 176, Woodstock | (815) 33-SANTA (-72682)
One weekend only, head here to get your Christmas trees the weekend of November 25, 26 and 27. Call the Santa line above for details.
Oney’s Tree Farm
16608 Rt. 14, Woodstock | (815) 338-4108
Open November 24 – December 10, this tree farm has it all including a gift shop, free wagon rides, a bakery and more. They offer pre-cut, cut your own trees, or you can get a tree cut with roots for planting later. Leashed pets are welcome as you get your tree! Read about Little Lake County writer Jessica’s visit here.
Pioneer Tree Farm
4614 Pioneer Rd., McHenry | (815) 385-8512
This friendly tree farm offers organically grown Christmas trees for you to cut yourself. Enjoy a wagon ride to and from the trees, as well as a warming house with hot chocolate and coffee, all free of charge. Leashed pets are allowed, but not in the warming house. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., November 24 (Friday after Thanksgiving) and Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday December 17. Cash or check only.
Christmas Tree Farms in Southern Wisconsin
Borzynski’s Farm and Floral Market
11600 Washington Ave., Mt. Pleasant, WI | (262) 886-2235
Located just outside Racine, this market offers pre-cut trees of one variety only (North Carolina Frasier Firs). They also offer a market with fresh deli meats, ice cream and a beautiful gift shop as well.
Sugar Creek Farm
N6447 Church Rd., Burlington, WI | (262) 767-1177
Open daily from November 24 (day after Thanksgiving) until Christmas, this cut your own tree farm doesn’t offer the bells and whistles of the others but has a large selection of trees to choose from as well weekday hours to serve those who work on weekends. Cash or check only.
Valley View Farms
W798 Valley View Rd., Burlington, WI | (262) 210-7235
Open daily from November 18 through Christmas Eve, this farm offers both pre-cut trees as well as cut your own. Hours for cutting your own are only until dusk, but the pre-cut lot will be open until 8:00 p.m. You will find wreaths for sale here, too.
Has your family been to a pick-your-own Christmas tree farm? Let us know about it in the comments section.