What’s more fun than decorating a Christmas tree? Cutting one down! Get into the pine-scented spirit at one of these DC area Christmas Tree farms where you can tag, chop and bag your own tree. It’s the perfect backdrop for a family photo and—if you time it right—you can cross Santa pics off your list at the same time.

photo: Tanesa B. via Yelp

Maryland

Linden Hill Christmas Tree Farm
The name of the game at this popular tree picking spot is to get there early–in the day and in the season. Last year their large selection of Douglas Fir, White Pine, Norway Spruce, Concolor Fir, and Canaan Fir, was sold out in two and a half weeks(!!). Forgot snacks at home? No worries. This farm has a snack shack filled with $1 munchies. 

4102 Old Crain Hwy., Upper Marlboro, MD
Online: lindenhillchristmastreefarm.com

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

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Otterdale View Christmas Tree Farm
No price haggling at Otterdales! All Christmas trees are $60. 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 $25! 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. Bonus: Pets on a leash are welcome to join you in your search for the perfect tree.

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

photo: Joseph Gonzalez via Unsplash 

Virginia

Bees & Trees Farm
Honeybee Farm in summer, Christmas Tree Farm in winter, Bees & Trees is definitely a distinctive addendum to creating holiday memories.They grow a vast variety of Christmas trees from firs to spruces and pines to cypresses. If you want to read about how Christmas Trees get their conical shape, the Bees & Trees site is a great resource for the young and old! 

18028 Carrico Mills Rd., Elkwood, VA
Online: beesandtrees.biz

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
Online: hartlandfarmandorchard.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

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 an antique horse drawn Amish sleigh for photo ops; Santa is available for Insta-worthy posts from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 29 & 30 and Dec. 7 & 15. 

2425 Wickliffe Rd., Berryville, VA
Online: mooseapplechristmastreefarm.com

Middleburg Christmas Tree Farm
Middleburg during the holidays is glorious. Spend an afternoon in town and then head north to the Middleburg Christmas Tree Farm (it’s approximately a 15 minute drive from Washington St.). It’s the oldest and largest Christmas Tree Farm in Loudoun County. From firs to spruce’s, this farm has it all.

Christmas Tree Ln., Round Hill, VA
Online: middleburgxmastrees.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 with Guiomar Ochoa and Ayren Jackson-Cannady

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