Your family may be all about that concrete jungle life most of the year, but once the holidays hit it’s time to change things up. Start by visiting a nearby Christmas tree farm. With Santa appearances, hayrides, holiday activities and more, your little saplings might find that life on the farm isn’t so bad. Read on for all the details on Atlanta’s most festive tree farms.

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Photo: Thompson’s Tree Farm

Thompson’s Tree Farm
You choose and you cut—or, you choose and they cut. No matter how you slice it this farm is fam-friendly with hay rides, s’more roasting and free hot chocolate and cider. The season opener is Nov. 19, but you’ll want to be sure and catch Santa’s visit on Dec. 6 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Thompson’s Tree Farm
1829 Prospect Rd.
Lawrenceville, Ga
770-513-2552
Online: thompsonstreefarm.gacta.com

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Photo: Bottoms Tree Farm

Bottoms Tree Farm
If the scent of freshly cut Christmas trees and apple cider doesn’t make you melt, then the taste of roasted marshmallows and the promise of happy kids watching a Christmas movie in the “Kid’s Barn” will. This farm offers a variety of pre-cut and cut your own trees, and your little elves can enjoy a hay ride, a stroll around their lake, and checking out farm animals while you oversee the loading-up of this year’s tree. Opening day on Nov. 19 includes a visit from Santa, and you can choose a tree weekdays from 3 p.m. to dark or 9 a.m. to dark on Saturdays.

Bottoms Tree Farm
5880 John Burruss Rd.
Cumming
770-889-5235
Online: bottomstreefarm.com

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Photo: Julie Corsi via flickr 

Sugarland Christmas Tree Farm
Just 30 minutes south of Atlanta you’ll find Sugarland Christmas Tree Farm, where you can choose from four different varieties: Virginia Pine, Cedar, Leyland Cypress, Blue Ice, and pre-cut Frasier Firs. Make a trip Thanksgiving weekend and the first three weekends in December from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and you’ll see Santa.

Sugarland Tree Farm
3933 Hwy. 155
Stockbridge, Ga
770-957-6438
Online: sugarlandtreefarm.com

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Photo: Julie Corsi via flickr 

Coker Tree Farm
At this Marietta farm you can choose from four different varieties: Murray Cypress, Leyland Cypress, Carolina Sapphire and Fraser Fir, beginning Nov. 24. Coker is open weekdays from 4-6 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and they provide the saws, tree shaking, wrapping and loading assistance (with elves, of course).

Coker Tree Farm
2280 MacLand Rd.
Marietta, Ga
770-424-8047
Online: cokertreefarm.com

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Photo: Jason Lander via flickr

Kinsey Family Christmas Tree Farm
Beginning the weekend before Thanksgiving, head to Gainsville during the week from 12-7 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. if you’d like the option of selecting among both both pre-cut and cut-your-own Christmas trees, where you’ll take a wagon ride out to choose your tree. Select from a wide range of varieties: North Carolina Fraser Fir, Douglas Fir, Concolor Fir, Leyland Cypress, Carolina Sapphire Cypress, Blue Ice Cypress, Naylor’s Blue Cypress, Norway Spruce, Eastern Hemlock and Deodar Cedar, then warm up around the fire with marshmallows and hot chocolate.

7170 Jot-em Down Rd.
Gainesville, Ga
770-887-6028
Online: kinseyfamilyfarm.com

Live or cut? How do you like your tree, and where will you get the perfect one? Tell us below!

—Shelley Massey