Skip the fake Christmas trees and instead 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. Most open around Thanksgiving. Make sure to call or check the website before heading out.
- Address: 2855 Hart Road, Aurora
You can choose to cut your own tree or buy a pre-cut one. Choose from a Scotch Pine, White Pine, Austrian (untagged Christmas trees) or Spruce trees (has white tags on them). Shop The Emporium Store or schedule a visit with Santa Claus inside the Nagel Farmstand Emporium.
- Address: 508 IL-126, Plainfield
This working farm offers many different kinds of u-cut trees such as Douglas Fir, White Pine, Balsam Fir, Colorado Spruce and Norway Spruce. The pre-cut options are Fraser Firs from North Carolina.
- Address: 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. You can also enjoy horse-drawn and tractor-drawn wagon rides, and Santa. They have a limited supply of fir trees this year. Check online for dates.
- Address: 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 seven varieties of trees to choose from.
- Address: 5810 N. Schultz Road, Harvard
Choose to cut your own tree or buy a pre-cut Christmas tree. It also sells live potted trees, garland and wreaths. Choose a Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir, Serbian Spruce, Black Hills Spruce or Norway Spruce.
- Address: 13616 IL Route 176, Woodstock
Select the perfect pine tree at this Christmas tree farm. Most of the trees are 5-6 feet tall, but they have larger trees there, as well. The farm provides saws, twine, wagon rides and free hot chocolate to their visitors.
Opens Nov. 13, 2023
- Address: 1013 W. Roscoe St., Chicago
This store has been open for more than 30 years and offers what they call the “Rolls Royce of Christmas Trees,” the Fraser Fir from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Caroline. It also has online ordering to make it easier to get your tree, with pick-up and delivery options. Although this isn’t a tree farm per say, it is a good option if you need a tree delivered or an easy pick up. Pick up orders include a free tree tie down, goodie bags for your kids and doggie snacks for your pup.
Opens Nov. 24, 2023
- Address: 4404 Somonauk Road, Sandwich
It offers 18 acres of Christmas trees such as Norway Spruce, Scotch Pine, Caanan Fir, Concolor Fir (limited supply) and White Pine. Use one of their saws or bring your own to cut your tree down. Browse the heated barn store afterwards to warm up. No pets allowed. Cash or check only.
Opens Nov. 24, 2023
- Address: 10904 Bull Valley Road, Woodstock
This Christmas Tree Farm is a cut-your-own kind of place. Hot chocolate and coffee will be offered this year. Dogs are not allowed. Cash or check only.
- Address: 16608 Route 14, Woodstock
Oney’s Tree Farm is one of the oldest and largest tree farms in Northern Illinois. This year, they are only offering pre-cut Fraser Fir Christmas trees, due to the nationwide shortage. Visits with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be available on select days.
- Address: 309 Three Oaks Road, Cary
This farm offers pre-cut and cut your own trees. Once you’ve found the perfect tree, they’ll even help you tie the tree to your car. Dogs are welcome on a leash. Cash and check are preferred.
- Address: 4614 Pioneer Road, McHenry
Families can cut their own Christmas tree down in McHenry County, just 50 miles north of Chicago. The trees are organically grown and pruned by hand. They offer free wagon rides and tree shaking and baling. A portion of sales is donated to nonprofit Environmental Defenders of McHenry County.
- Address: 9407 Richardson Road, Spring Grove
Weekends bring wagon rides to and from the fields, and they’ll even haul your tree for you. Tree types include Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, White Pine, Canaan Fir and Concolor Fir. The homemade doughnuts are popular among all ages. Inside the barn, enjoy free hot chocolate or coffee, treats and a gift shop.
- Address: 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.