Holiday Fun Day 4—Cut down your own Christmas tree

Find the perfect Christmas tree and make holiday memories to treasure by visiting a choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm in Maryland where you can select and cut your own tree plus enjoy other activities. Some farms even have Santa stop by to visit on weekends!

Kids at a Christmas tree farmAt the farms, kids will love running up and down the rows of pines. Most farms have saws you can borrow and often will help you cut the tree once selected. Some farms even have tractors that will take you back to the barn once you cut your tree.

Warm up with a hot drink or snack after your trek. Many farms have stands or sell refreshments in a barn or building.

If you don't find the perfect Christmas tree, check out the fresh pre-cut firs available at several locations. Holiday shops often stock other decorations such as wreaths and ropings as well as poinsettias.

Trees bought directly from the farm are fresher and are often less expensive than precut trees sold on a lot. By buying from a local farm, you are also helping to support Maryland farmers.

Several Christmas tree farms across Maryland offer cut-your-own trees, and some 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 Christmas Eve, although some close early if supplies are low. To begin your search, check out the following farms, a selection of choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms.

 

 

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

Modlin’s Tree Farm
Address: 5910 Little Road, Lothian
Phone: 301-643-3147
Website: www.facebook.com/modlinstreefarm
Hours: Opens Friday after Thanksgiving, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
Of note: Also sells handcrafted wreaths, garland and decor. Enjoy coffee, apple cider or hot chocolate plus snacks to purchase.

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Friendship Trees and Christmas Shop
Address: 6950 Old Solomon Island Road, Friendship, 20758
Phone: 301-855-5756
Website: www.friendshiptrees.com 
Hours: Opens Nov. 25, 2017, through sell-out; Monday through Friday, 1 to 4:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 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 to $95.
Of note: Holiday shop sells crafts, wreaths and roping, ornaments, kissing balls and more. Bathrooms are available and leashed dogs allowed.

Mas-Que Christmas Trees
Address: Masque Farm Road, Annapolis
Phone: 410-224-4233

HOWARD COUNTY

Greenway Farms
Address: Two locations - 14098 Reps Road, Cooksville 21723 and 15101 Frederick Road, Woodbine 21797
Phone: 410-442-2388
Website: www.greenwaytrees.net
Hours: Opens Nov. 25, 2016.
Cooksville field – Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Woodbine field – Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 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.
Of note: Both locations have 6- to 9-foot trees but the Cooksville field also has trees that reach 12 to 13 feet tall. Trees are $50. Larger trees are individually priced. Price includes shaking, baling and tax. Both locations also offer 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 
Address: 15155 Triadelphia Mill Road, Glenelg 21737
Phone: 410-489-4460
Website: www.tlvtreefarm.com
Hours: Open Nov. 18 and 19 without Santa. Regular hours Nov. 24-Dec. 24, 2017, Monday through Thursday, noon to 5 p.m. and Friday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 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-$54 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. 25.


EASTERN SHORE

Blue Heron Christmas Tree Farm – Queen Anne's County
Address: 317 Devers Branch Road, Centreville, 21617
Phone: 410-758-0405
Website: www.blueherontreefarm.com
Hours: Open Nov. 24 to Dec. 17, 2017; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Monday through Thursday.
Trees: Douglas Fir, White Pine, Fraser Fir (pre-cut)
Cost: Trees range from $25 (clearance fields) to $55 to cut your own. Price includes free shaking, bagging, drilling and twine to secure tree to a vehicle. Pre-cut Fraser Firs are $55 to $95.

Fox Farm Trees - Queen Anne's County
Address: 313 Fox Meadow Rd., Queen Anne 21657
Phone: 410-758-1819
Website: foxfarmtrees.blogspot.com
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
Of note: Limited supply due to excessive rainfall which caused fungus.

White Marsh Christmas Trees - Queen Anne's County
Address: 515 White Marsh Road, Centreville, 21617
Phone: 410-758-4349 or 410-490-6137
Website: whitemarshorchard.com
Hours: Opens Nov. 27, 2017, or earlier by appointment. Monday-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.

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY

Linden Hill Christmas Tree Farm
Address: 4102 Old Crain Hwy., Upper Marlboro 20772
Phone: 301-637-3768 or 301-520-3127
Website: lindenhillchristmastreefarm.com
Hours: Nov. 19, 2017, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. tag day to hold tree for $10 more. Normal season is day after Thanksgiving to Sat., Dec. 16 or until sold out, Friday-Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Trees: Douglas Fir, Norway Spruce, White Pine, limited Concolor Firs. Also has fresh-cut Fraser Firs
Cost: $40-$90 depending on size and quality; also has “Ugly Christmas Trees” for $5-$20.
Of note: Cash and Local checks only. Snack shack with hot chocolate, hot spiced cider, sodas, hot dogs and chips on-site.

The Pines Farm
Address: 16900 Magruders Ferry Road, Brandywine 20613
Phone: 301-579-2522
Hours: Saturday after Thanksgiving until Dec. 24., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Trees: White Pine, Scotch Pine, White Spruce, Douglas Fir; also has precut Fraser Firs
Of note: Call to verify dates and hours

CARROLL COUNTY (Select farms; several others in the area)

Pine Valley Farms
Address: 1150 Fannie Dorsey Road, Sykesville 21784
Phone: 410-795-8314
Website: www.pinevalleyfarms.com
Hours: Open daily Nov. 18 to Dec. 21, 2017, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open Thanksgiving Day 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Trees: Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Canaan Fir, Concolor (White) Fir, Nordmann Fir, Norway Spruce and Blue Spruce
Cost: $49-$120 depending on tree type and size. Price includes 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
Address: 3501 Hanover Pike, Manchester, 21102
Phone: 410-374-9538
Website: www.thomastreefarm.com
Hours: Open Nov. 20-Dec. 24, 2016, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Trees: White Pine, Douglas Fir, Canaan Fir, Blue Spruce, Fraser Fir. Balled and burlapped trees also available.
Cost: All trees $42.45 plus tax, including shaking and baling. Drilling available.
Of note: The Thomas family has more than 65 acres of Christmas tress available on its farm, with some trees as tall as 12 feet. The farm also sells balled trees, which can be planted, for $36 to $90, depending on the height.

HARFORD COUNTY (Others in the area)

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Jarrettsville Nurseries
Address: 1121 Holy Cross Road, Street 21154
Phone: 410-452-8677
Website: www.jarrettsvillenurseries.com
Hours: Open Nov. 24 through Dec. 22, 2017, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Trees: Blue Spruce, Concolor (White) Fir, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, White Pine, Balsam Fir; pre-cut Frasier fir and Douglas Fir available
Cost: Precut and cut-your-own trees start at $25. 
Of note: Christmas Barn sells handmade wreaths and home decor, bonfire, hot apple cider and hot cocoa available as well as pit beef sandwiches, Boardwalk fries and steamed shrimp. Train garden and wagon rides to the field. Visit Santa on the weekend.