The holidays can be a hectic time. Everyone is busy buying gifts, throwing parties and decorating homes. Why not take a day off from the hustle and spend time with your family by finding and chopping down your own Christmas tree? (Bonus: You’ll burn off a slew of holiday cookie calories while you’re at it!) So, pack up your crew and take the relaxing drive out to one of the many Christmas tree farms in the DMV (most open the day after Thanksgiving), enjoy nature and create new memories that will last a lifetime.

Photo: Mark T via flickr

Maryland

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. They also have a fun Christmas Shop where you can find an extensive variety of holiday items.

6950 Old Solomons Island Rd. (Friendship, Md)
Online: friendshiptrees.com

Otterdale View Christmas Tree Farm
No price haggling at Otterdales! All Christmas trees are $45. You can also buy plain or decorated wreaths. Watch their toy train travel around their Christmas shop and relax with a free apple cider after working hard to cut your tree!

4364 Middleburg Rd. (Union Bridge, Md)
Online: otterdaleview.com

Clemsonville Christmas Tree Farm
If you hate spending lots of money on your tree, head to Clemsonville! They sell all their trees for $20!! 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.

10120 Clemsonville Rd. (Union Bridge, Md)
Online: clemsonville.com

Showvaker’s Quality Evergreens
Showvaker’s, is ready to help you create memories for your family. They started out selling tress out of a small shed and have now expanded to a beautiful farm.

2020 Garrett Rd. (Manchester, Md)
Online: qualityevergreens.net

Pine Valley Farms
Want the tree up and decorated before Turkey Day? Pine Valley Farms is ready for you! They’re even open Thanksgiving Day if you need to do some 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: pinevalleyfarms.com

Homestead Farm
You don’t even need to remember your own saw when you come to this full-service Maryland farm. They’ve got them on hand, and once you pick your perfect pine (or spruce), they’ll shake it to remove any dead needles or hitchhiking critters, bale it and help you haul it onto your car. Plan your visit for the weekend. Like most area farms, they’re open Friday through Sunday from Thanksgiving until mid-December.

15604 Sugarland Rd. (Poolesville, Md)
Online: homestead-farm.net

Photo: Dan Hatton via flickr

Virginia

Bees & Trees Farm
Honeybee Farm in summer, Christmas Tre Farm in winter, Bees & Trees is definitely a distinctive addendum to creating holiday memories. They even have a photographer you can book to take fun pics of your family at the farm! They grow a vast variety of Christmas trees from firs to spruces and pines to cypresses. Bees & Trees is all the buzz!

18028 Carrico Mills Rd. (Elkwood, Va)
Online: beesandtrees.biz

Moose Apple Christmas Tree Farm
If you live in the District and don’t want to drive too far yet want to get away from it all, go 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 even an antique horse drawn Amish sleigh for photo ops. 

2425 Wickliffe Rd. (Berryville, Va)
Online: mooseapplechristmastreefarm.com

Hartland Farm
Hank at Hartland is no frills! All cut your own trees are $50. They make fresh wreaths at the farm both decorated and bare.  Enjoy warm beverages, caramel apples and kettle corn for sale on weekends.   

3205 Hartland Ln. (Markham, Va)

Middleburg Christmas Tree Farm
A picturesque and brief drive from Arlington, VA, Middleburg during the holidays is glorious. Spend an afternoon in town and then head over to the Middleburg Christmas Tree Farm. It’s the oldest and largest Christmas Tree Farm in Loudon County. From firs to spruce’s, this farm has it all.

Christmas Tree Ln. (Round Hill, Va)
Online: middleburgxmastrees.com

Clouses‘ Pine Hill 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.

2696 Greenspring Rd. (Winchester, Va)
Online: clousespinehillfarm.com

Pruitt’s Little Farm
Cutting, bailing and loading the family’s pick is a cinch and made easier courtesy of on-call helpers on certain dates. Before you head home for decorating, gather the family around the farm’s antique parlor stove to enjoy gratis hot chocolate and candy canes.

16477 Woodgrove Rd. (Roundhill, Va)
Online: pruittslittlefarm.com

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

 

 

 

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—Guiomar Ochoa