Skip the local tree lots and get a fresh, sappy one with that one-of-a-kind pine smell direct from the ground. Illinois has a number of Christmas tree farms where you can cut down your own tree, and enjoy some fresh air and hot chocolate while making family memories. All these Christmas tree farms open the day after Thanksgiving, too!
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When: Nov. 27-Dec. 6
Where: 16608 Route 14, Woodstock
Oney’s Tree Farm is one of the oldest and largest tree farms in Northern Illinois, offering eight different Christmas tree varieties on its 60 acres. This year, COVID-19 protocols are in place including hand sanitizer around the farm, asking guests to wear face masks when in the gift shop or when you’re not able to social distance from others. Pony rides, horse-drawn rides and visits with Mrs. Claus will not be available.
When: Nov. 27-Dec. 13, weekends
Where: 7719 Ryan Road, Harvard
All you need is sturdy boots or shoes and you’ll be ready to head to Ben’s Christmas Tree Farm in Harvard. This 55-acre farm in McHenry County uses organic farming practices, so trees are pesticide-free and hand-trimmed. They have thousands of trees in nine varieties (they provide saws and twine at no charge). Wagon rides will not be available this year, and they will have COVID-19 protocols in place.
When: Nov. 27-Dec. 13
Weekends bring wagon rides to and from the fields, and they’ll even haul your tree for you. Donuts are popular among all ages. Dogs on leashes as welcome provided they “play well with others.” Wreaths and garland are also available, and you can also support the Trees for Troops initiative. Visit their website to find their COVID-19 protocols include hand sanitizer stations and regularly sanitizing all rides.
When: Nov. 27-29, Dec. 5-6, Dec. 12-13 and Dec. 19-20
Where: 309 Three Oaks Road, Cary
Once you’ve found the perfect tree, they’ll even help you tie the tree to your car. Don’t hesitate to ask for tips on how to keep your trees fresh for the holidays. COVID-19 protocols include wearing a face covering as per CDC guidelines and staying at least 6 feet away from others.
When: Opens Nov. 27
Where: 16380 S. Somonauk Road, DeKalb
This family-run business is not commercial. That’s by design, and makes it easy to focus on finding the ideal tree and to understand why families have been coming for generations. There are eight varieties of trees to choose from. This year, free refreshments will not be available due to COVID-19 protocols.
When: Opens Nov. 27
Where: 37131 Essex Road, Wilmington
With 160 acres of Douglas, Canaan and Fraser firs, odds are good that you’ll find the ideal tree for your family. Scotch pine and White pine up to 15 feet tall are also available. There’s even a wooded picnic area if you’re looking to really maximize your time outdoors. When social distancing is not available, they ask that you wear a mask.
When: Nov. 27-29
If you want a fresh tree and the fun farm experience without the cutting part, head to Kuipers. This year they are not offering a cut-your-own option. Instead, they have several varieties of pine and fir trees that have been freshly cut. Get complimentary apple cider donuts with the purchase of a tree. Visit their website to find their list of COVID-19 protocols.
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