Christmas tree farms across Maryland offer cut-your-own trees, and many also have pre-cut trees onsite or even offer to have you pick and they will cut it. Most have saws on hand for customers and stay open through the third week in December, although some close before Christmas Eve if supplies are low. To begin your search, check out the following farms, a selection of choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms.
Christmas tree farms outside of Annapolis
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY
Modlin’s Tree Farm
Address: 5910 Little Road, Lothian
Hours: Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.
Of note: Also sells handcrafted wreaths, garland and decor. Enjoy coffee, apple cider or hot chocolate plus snacks to purchase.
Friendship Trees and Christmas Shop
6950 Old Solomon Island Road, Friendship
Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Trees: Cut your own White Pine, Douglas Fir, Spruce ; precut Fraser Firs available
Cost: Cut-your-own prices range from $52–$95.
Of note: Wreaths, roping, and stands for sale.
Bathrooms are available and leashed dogs allowed.
15097 Frederick Road, Woodbine AND 14098 Reps Rd., Cooksville
Hours: Opens Nov. 26, 2021
Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday– Sunday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Choose and cut field open until dusk with fresh-cut trees in lighted area open to closing.
Trees: Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, White Spruce, Douglas Fir, Canaan Fir; also has precut Fraser fir and Douglas fir.
Costs: $70 & up. Larger trees are individually priced. Price includes shaking, baling and tax. Plus pre-cut Fraser and Douglas fir trees.
Of note: Poinsettias also for sale, as well as wreaths, roping and crafts. Train display at both locations plus hot cocoa and hot cider. Restrooms available as well as saws and twine to use.
Triadelphia Lake View Farm
15155 Triadelphia Mill Road, Glenelg
Hours: Open Monday–Thursday, noon–5 p.m. Friday–Sunday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Trees: White Pine, Douglas Fir, Canaan Fir, Concolor (White) Fir, Balsam Fir, Blue Spruce, White Spruce; fresh-cut Fraser Firs available
Cost: $40–$60 depending on type. Includes shaking, bailing and drilling.
Of note: Also sells crafts, wreaths, ornaments and tree stands plus snacks, hot dogs and warm drinks in a warming hut. Visit with Santa on Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m.–4 p.m. starting Nov. 30.
EASTERN SHORE- Queen Anne’s County
Blue Heron Christmas Tree Farm
317 Devers Branch Road, Centreville
Hours: Open Nov. 26 to Dec. 19, 2021; Nov. 26 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Fridays 1–5 p.m.; Sat.–Sun. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Closed Monday through Thursday.
**2021 Notice: Keep socially distanced from others. Sanitizing stations and wipes available on site.**
Trees: Douglas Fir, White Pine, Fraser Fir (pre-cut)
Cost: Trees range from $45–$60 to cut your own. Price includes free shaking, bagging, drilling and twine to secure tree to a vehicle. Pre-cut Fraser Firs are $60–$100.
Fox Farm Trees
313 Fox Meadow Rd., Queen Anne
Hours: Weekends after Thanksgiving, Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Trees: Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, Scotch Pine, White Pine
Cost: $30–$40; you choose and they cut
White Marsh Christmas Trees
515 White Marsh Road, Centreville
410-490-6137 or 410-739-8649
Hours: Open Tuesday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–dark; Sunday 12:30 p.m.–dark.
Trees: Douglas Fir, Canaan Fir, Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce
Of note: You choose and cut or they will cut it for you. Has trees 15- to 16-feet tall and also extra-tall trees 18 feet and taller. Also has a Christmas Shop with decorations. Also, Christmas shop filled with festive Christmas decorations.
22222 Davis Mill Rd, Germantown. butlersorchard.com
Cut your own Christmas Trees begin Nov. 26. Cut Your Own will be by Reservation Only. Admission is $5/car and reservations are available Fridays-Sundays from 10am-4pm. Pre-Cut Trees can be purchased at our Holiday Harvest Days at the Farm Park, open Wednesdays-Sundays from 9am-5pm (last entry at 4pm).
PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY
Linden Hill Christmas Tree Farm
4102 Old Crain Hwy., Upper Marlboro 301-637-3768 or 301-520-3127
Hours: Opens November 26, 2021, then each Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 8:30am-4:30 pm until sold out.
Trees: Douglas Fir, Norway Spruce, White Pine, limited Blue Spruce, Concolor Firs, Canaan Fir. Also has fresh-cut Fraser Firs
Cost: $40–$90 depending on size and quality.
Of note: Cash and Local checks only, no cards. Snack shack with hot chocolate, hot spiced cider, sodas, hot dogs and chips on-site.
Pine Valley Farms
1150 Fannie Dorsey Road, Sykesville
Hours: Opening Day Nov. 20. Open Thanksgiving Day 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Then Mon.–Thurs. 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Fri.–Sun. 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Trees: Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Canaan Fir, Concolor (White) Fir, Nordmann Fir, and Blue Spruce
Cost: $79–$189 depending on tree type and size. Price includes tax, shaking, baling and drilling.
Of note: The farm sells wreaths and crafts, as well as hot chocolate, hot cider, and other drinks and food.
Thomas Tree Farm
3501 Hanover Pike, Manchester
Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. starting November 22
Trees: White Pine, Canaan Fir, Blue Spruce, Fraser Fir. Balled and burlapped trees also available.
Cost: All fir and spruce trees $42.45 plus tax, including shaking and baling. Drilling available.
Of note: The farm also sells balled trees, which can be planted, for $36 to $90, depending on the height.
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Tips for buying artificial trees
For some families, a fresh-cut tree is not part of the holiday plan. Trees and other seasonal greens can carry mold spores, triggering allergy symptoms like sneezing and watery eyes in children allergic to mold.
If your family is buying an artificial tree this year, here are a few things to consider:
Size – Before buying a tree, decide where it will be displayed. Which room will it be in? Will it be a centerpiece, or will it fit into a corner, along a wall, in front of a window or next to a doorway? How much space can the tree fill? Look for a tree that is six inches lower than the ceiling height. A 7.5′ tree is best for a standard 8-9 foot ceiling. This ensures that the tip of the Christmas tree does not hug the ceiling and allows space for a tree topper. For the diameter, check the widest point of the tree. The true space occupied by the tree will be about six inches less than the stated diameter.
Lights – Ninety percent of the artificial Christmas trees bought last year were pre-lit. Of the pre-lit trees, clear lights are the most popular. When shopping for a pre-lit tree, the general rule for lights-to-tree is 100 lights per foot. So a 7.5 foot tree should have at least 750 lights on it. A high-end tree will have more than 750 lights and will wind the lights up the underneath of each branch so there are no visible wires. This allows the tree-maker to put more lights on the tree. LED lights are a great way to save money as they use less electricity. They also burn cool and have plastic rather than glass bulbs, so they are safer to use and less likely to cause a fire.
Warranty: A good tree should last at least 10 years. Look for a manufacturer with a warranty of no less than seven years on the tree or no less than three years on the lights.
Source: Balsam Hill Christmas Tree Company
Updated 2021. Original story posted 2014.