Looking to make unforgettable holiday memories in Michigan this season? Bundle up the family and head to one of the many Christmas tree farms across the state.
Michigan ranks third in the United States for the number of holiday trees harvested – supplying approximately three million Christmas trees to the nation each year – and no other state produces more Christmas tree varieties. Take your pick of Balsam firs, Douglas-firs, Fraser firs, Noble firs, Scotch pine, Virginia pine and White pine to name a few.
To find the perfect tree, check in with the Michigan Christmas Tree Association which has more than 70 you-cut farms and nearly 30 retail lots listed. Or look through the directory of u-pick farms and farmers’ markets from The Michigan Farm Marketing and Agri-Tourism Association.
Candy Cane Christmas Tree Farm in Oxford specializes in many unusual varieties of premium Snowfresh trees – all Michigan Snowfresh trees are cleaned, baled and stored in a covered area within 72 hours of cutting to preserve freshness. For those that want Christmas to last through the year, the farm also offers living evergreens, grown in containers, which can be replanted when the holidays are over.
Enjoy a hotdog roast around a campfire after finding the perfect tree on 1,500 acres of pine, spruce and fir at Duddles Tree Farm in Reed City. Kids will enjoy the petting zoo and a special tree of their very own to take home.
Find Austrian, Scotch and White Pine, Balsam, Concolor, Douglas and Fraser Fir, and Colorado Blue Spruce, along with horse-drawn wagon rides, live reindeer and buffalo, and visits from Santa Claus at Badger Country Christmas Trees in Otsego.
Juneau’s Christmas Trees and Reindeer Farm in Foster City features 25 acres of sheared Spruce and Balsam available for choose-and-cut customers. Say hello to the bottle-fed reindeers and get a family photo on Santa’s sleigh.
Addison-Oaks Christmas Tree Farm offers 11 varieties of hand-trimmed and organically grown trees. Bring every member of the family along to this pet-friendly farm.
With blueberry season over, Bredeweg Acres in Stevensville transforms into Christmas tree headquarters offering you-cut and pre-cut Fraser Fir, Douglas Fir, Concolor Fir, White Pine and Blue Spruce.
- Douglas, Balsam and Fraser firs hold their needles best and are considered the most fragrant.
- Before taking your tree home, shake it to eliminate dead or loose needles. Most tree farms have mechanical shakers to perform this task after you choose your tree.
- When transporting your tree, bring a cover for the top of your vehicle, wrap your tree in a tarp and tie down securely. The top of the tree should point toward the hood of the car to protect needles from flying off.
- Once home, keep a good level of cool water in the base container as fresh trees may dry out quickly.
- When the holiday season is over, call 1-800-CLEANUP to locate the nearest Christmas tree recycling program.