The verdict’s in: people who put up their holiday decorations early are happier. So, get a jump on the Christmas season and get ready to cut-your-own tree at one of these Christmas tree farms! Want to have your tree up before the fam cuts the turkey? Pre-tag a tree at Moose Apple Christmas Tree Farm. Looking for a family-friendly activity on Thanksgiving day? Head to Wolfe’s Pine Farm. Don’t worry if you’re a procrastinator, there is a tree farm for you, too; Clemonville Christmas Tree Farm. Scroll down for the best places to make holiday memories at a cut-your-own tree farm outside DC. Timber!

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. Things look a little different this year; in order to maintain social distancing, all visitors must pre-purchase a ticket to visit the farm. Tickets are $1.25 (children 5 & under are free); please note, those without tickets will not be admitted on to the farm. You must wear a mask when on-property. Friendship Trees opens their fields to the public at 9 a.m. on Nov. 27

Editor's Note: The Christmas Shop is closed this season due to COVID. 

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 $60. You won't find pre-cut trees here. Due to COVID, you do need to BYO saw this year to help reduce the spread of germs. This farm is not baling or wrapping trees this season; they provide twine so you can DIY your own wrap. You can start chopping your own tree on Nov. 27

Editor's Note: Public bathrooms will not be available this year. 

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 $30! 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 kicks off their season Fri., Nov. 27th and are open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Christmas Eve. 

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

 

Showvaker’s Quality Evergreens

Get a jump start on the Christmas season; Showvaker's opens their doors on Nov. 22nd so you can prop up a tree before you cut the turkey. 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!).

COVID-19 Update: Masks are required in the pre-cut tree tent. 

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. 21)! Bonus: They’re even open Thanksgiving Day from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  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: wolfespinevalleyfarms.com

VIRGINIA

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Hartland Farm

Hank at Hartland is no frills! All cut your own trees are $60. They make fresh wreaths at the farm both decorated and bare. They open on Nov. 27 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: hankschristmastrees.com/christmas-trees

 

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. 27; "Evergreen Friday."

COVID-19 Update: Saws and carts are regularly disinfected. 

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. You can pre-tag your tree now, or wait until doors open to the public on Nov. 27. 

2425 Wickliffe Rd.
Berryville, VA
Online: mooseapplechristmastreefarm.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

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

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