Oh, Christmas Tree! 9 Places to Cut Your Own Tree This Season

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Looking to spread a little holiday cheer early this year? Put up your Christmas tree ASAP; it’s proven to make the season that much merrier! Most farms open Fri., Nov. 26, so you can usher in Christmas as soon as you set down your Thanksgiving fork. Want a festive tree up before you cut the turkey?  Showvaker’s opens Nov. 21.  Don’t worry if you’re a procrastinator, Clemonville Christmas Tree Farm is open on Christmas Eve. For more cut-your-own tree farms near Washington, DC, scroll down.

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Friendship Trees

There’s a reason why families come back year after year to Friendship Trees. Their cooperative staff makes this the perfect place to cut your own Fir, Pine, and Spruce Christmas trees. Not feeling up to chopping down your own tree? This farm also has North Carolina Fraser firs ready to go. Friendship Trees opens their fields to the public at 9 a.m. on Nov. 26. 

6950 Old Solomons Island Rd.
Friendship, MD
Online: friendshiptrees.com

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Otterdale View Christmas Tree Farm

There is no price haggling at Otterdales; all Christmas trees are just $70!  You won't find pre-cut trees here, but cutting down your own spruce or fir tree is half the fun. Need to warm up? Head into the shop where complimentary cider is served. Little ones will enjoy the train that makes its way around the store while you shop. You can also pick up red tarps before you head out to the field to help drag you tree back to your car. 

4364 Middleburg Rd.
Union Bridge, MD
Online: otterdaleview.com

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Clemsonville Christmas Tree Farm

If you hate spending lots of money on your tree, head to Clemsonville! They sell all their trees for $35! They’re also home to the “Everlasting” Christmas Tree made out of limestone rock and measuring over 50 feet, as well as America’s largest real Christmas wreath! You won’t want to miss all their wonderful things with your family. Clemsonville is open Fri.-Sun. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Christmas Eve. 

10120 Clemsonville Rd.
Union Bridge, MD
Online: clemsonville.com

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Showvaker’s Quality Evergreens

Get a jump start on the Christmas season; Showvaker's opens their doors on Nov. 21st so you can prop up a tree before you cut the turkey. This farm is anticipating a record number of visitors, so they suggest visiting on a week day for the best service. Want to take a picture here? Just make sure your professional photographer makes an appointment before you head to this Christmas tree farm. Bonus: Pets on a leash are welcome to join you in your quest for the perfect pic (and tree!).

2020 Garrett Rd.
Manchester, MD
Online: qualityevergreens.net

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Wolfe's Pine Valley Farm

Want the tree up and decorated before Turkey Day? Pine Valley Farms is ready for you (they open Nov. 20)! Bonus: They’re even open Thanksgiving Day from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  if you need to exercise after your big meal. This family owned and operated farm has been around since 1977 and truly is a homegrown operation.

1150 Fannie Dorsey Rd.
Sykesville, MD
Online: wolfespinevalleyfarms.com

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Hartland Farm

Hartland Farm offers is a no frills operation! All cut your own trees are $60. They make fresh wreaths at the farm both decorated and bare. They open on Nov. 26 and stay open daily until they sell out.  Bonus: on weekends, they sell warm beverages, burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches to help keep you toasty

3205 Hartland Ln.
Markham, VA
Online: hartlandfarmandorchard.com

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Clouses' Pine Hil Farm

Forty years ago, Ron and Roberta Clouse allowed some high schoolers to plant pine trees on their property for a school project. All these years later, that assignment has affectionately become the Clouse family’s Pine Hill Farm. Visit their peaceful home and choose the perfect tree for your family. Their official season kicks off on Nov. 26; "Evergreen Friday."

Editor's Note: This farm is going to extra lengths to protect guests during the holiday season. They disinfect saws, carts and measuring poles between each use. 

2696 Greenspring Rd.
Winchester, VA
Online: clousespinehillfarm.com

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Moose Apple Christmas Tree Farm

For a day in the country, head to Moose Apple, located in the charming Shenandoah Valley (it’s just one hour west of DC). They have a variety of tree types to choose from as well as an assortment of wreaths made on the farm. The scenery is delightful and you can dream of living in the log home with wrap-around-porch and barn. Need card pics? There’s an antique horse drawn Amish sleigh for photo ops. 

Editor's Note: Tree tagging ended Nov. 14th. This farm is now sold out. 

2425 Wickliffe Rd.
Berryville, VA
Online: mooseapplechristmastreefarm.com

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Snickers Gap Christmas Tree Farm

With thousands of trees to choose from—including douglas firs and Norway spruces—you'll have to just go with your gut at this farm. The farm doles out maps, saws, and rope to pull the tree back to the barn. And they graciously shake and tightly bale trees for you. Their suggestion: Bring bungee cord to secure the tree to your car. But before hitting the road with your prize, swing by the snack shack for hot dogs and complimentary cups of hot apple cider.

34350 Williams Gap Rd.
Round Hill, VA
Online: snickersgaptrees.com

—Meghan Yudes Meyers, Guiomar Ochoa and Ayren Jackson-Cannady

 

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