It’s time to pull the plaid out of your closet and lace up your boots, because if you’re looking for a Christmas tradition to thrill all ages, you should head to the farm. Cutting your own tree might be fun enough, but it also often comes with Santa visits, hayrides, holiday activities, and more at many of the following spots. Keep reading for the best places to take your little saplings to find the perfect fir, below.

Photo: Hunter’s Christmas Tree Farm via Facebook

Hunter’s Christmas Tree Farm
This family farm has been producing trees for over 20 years, and with prices starting at $6 a foot for Leyland and Murray Cypresses (and increasing with tree height and grade), and $8 a foot for fraser firs, Hunter’s is one of the most reasonably-priced options around. Pick up your garland, wreaths, and tree stands while you’re there, and don’t forget to dive into the complimentary hot chocolate and cookies. Santa makes a stop at Hunter’s on opening weekend (the day after Thanksgiving kicks it off) and on Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hunter’s Christmas Tree Farm
14680 Wood Road
Milton, Ga
770-475-0713
Online: hunterschristmastreefarm.com

Photo: Yule Forest via Facebook

Yule Forest
Beginning Nov. 22, Yule Forest’s offering of pre-cut Fraser Fir Christmas trees, cut-you-own Christmas trees and flocked Christmas trees of all sizes, shapes and fullness is a sure bet for families on a mission to find the perfect fir. Complimentary hot apple cider, candy canes, hayrides and petting zoo on the weekdays will keepy your elves merry (a fun zone is also open on the weekends for $3.00). Make sure to check Yule Forest’s Facebook page to see updates on their stock of trees or unexpected closings due to weather or tree shortage.

Yule Forest
3565 North Hwy 155
Stockbridge, GA 30281
770-957-3165
Online: aboutyule.com

Photo: Thompson’s Tree Farm via Facebook

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 on Sat., Nov. 17th at 9:30 a.m. and remains open until Sun., Dec. 16, or until sold out of trees. Santa Claus will be making a special appearance on Sat., Dec. 1 between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and photos are free!

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

Photo: Bottoms Tree Farm via Facebook

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. 17 through Dec. 22, and Santa will be on the farm on Nov. 24, Dec. 1, and Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

Photo: Sugarland Christmas Tree Farm via Facebook

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. Need to grab some other festive decor for your home or as gifts? You’ll find plenty at the Sugarhaus, including handcrafted floral arrangements for tables, mantels and mailboxes, fresh and artificial wreathes, lights, ornaments, stands and most anything related to Christmas trees. 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

Photo: Coker Tree Farm via Facebook

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. 23 at 9 a.m. 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

Photo: Kinsey Family Farm via Facebook

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

—Shelley Massey

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