After growing up cutting our own Christmas trees every year (local farmers were generally happy for us to remove cedar trees off their properties!), I was so excited as an adult to exchange that tradition with unpacking the artificial tree. While it may not be politically correct in these times to extol the virtues of artificial trees, I have to say I love my fake trees – even better when pre lit! But while I was happy to get rid of the accompanying traditions of “real trees” (like falling needles, fire hazard worries, and crawling on all fours to water the tree daily), I was sad to give up the going out and selecting a real tree, and mostly just the time spent being with my parents and brothers/sisters to do so. So, this year, we may just go to a Christmas Tree farm to “pretend” we’re getting a tree….and take a hayride instead. And buy a wreath. And take lots of pictures.
Here are a few of your local options to choose your own tree:
- Mainstay Farms, south of Fort Worth – Choose and cut 3 different varieties of trees. Grab a ride on a tractor-pulled wagon to the field and cut your own (they provide the saws – and farm hands to help!). Very cool gift shop in the old milking barn on the property so you can buy a souvenir of your trip.
- The Elves Christmas Tree Farm, Denison (1 hour North of Dallas). They carry choose-and-cut Virginia Pines as well as pre-cut trees. Their farm is “50 acres of fun, so don’t forget your camera!”.
- 4 CeeSons Christmas Tree Farm, Caddo Mills (East of Dallas). Choose-and-cut Virginia Pines as well as pre-cut trees. Their site had a few comments about the environmental effects of artificial Christmas trees (gulp!).
- Canton Christmas Tree Farm, Canton (southeast of Dallas). While this may be a longer trip, there are a lot of family activities here – including a real tipi. Wow! Their website made me want to go visit.
For more (LOTS MORE!) Christmas Tree Farms around Dallas-Fort Worth, check out the Texas Tree Growers Association website. You can choose the DFW area from their “locations” link to find area farms mapped. Enjoy your time of the farm with your family!