Holiday Family Fun: Cut-Your Own Christmas Trees

For members of our community who choose to celebrate Christmas with their families, and who are looking for fun activities that limit possible exposure to and transmission of COVID-19, consider taking your family on an outing to one of the beautiful Christmas tree farms in the Twin Cities Metro area! Most farms have cut-your-own and pre-cut options, and many have added on fun activities to make your outing a memorable one. And, most farms allow photography, so take advantage of the gorgeous backdrop and get some family photos while you are out and about!

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South Metro Christmas Tree Farms

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Hours: Open 7 days a week 9am-4:15pm (tree lot is open until 4:30pm)

Varieties: Balsam, Fraser Fir ($64.95). White, Scotch, Norway Pine ($49.95). Don’t miss the $3 off coupon on their website! 

Activities (the first two weekends after Thanksgiving): Free hayrides, Santa visits, coloring books and candy canes.  Food trucks available.

Lakeville, MN
Hours: Open daily 10am-5pm

Varieties include: Balsam, Cook Blue and Nova Scotia Fir.  Colorado Blue, Black Hill and Meyer Spruce.  White Pine.  4-9 ft are $10/ft.  10 ft+ $11/foot.

Note: Photography with prior consent only.

Farmington, MN (East: 15 minutes)

Elko, MN (South: 20 minutes)
Hours: Weekdays 1pm-6pm, Weekends 9am-6pm

Varieties: Balsam, Fraser, Canaan Fir. Blue Spruce. All trees are $74.95.  No baling/shaking this year due to staffing shortages.

Kenyon, MN (South: 45 minutes)
Hours: Weekends 9am-5pm

Award Winning Balsam Fir, White and Scotch Pine, Black Hills Spruce

South Metro Christmas Tree Farms

Grey Eagle, MN (Northwest: 2 hours)
Hours: Friday and Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 11am-6pm

100 acres of land with Fraser, Balsam Fir, White Pine, Scotch, Spruce and more

Activities: Sledding hill, horse-drawn sleigh rides, Santa visits, Mrs. Claus’ cottage, straw tunnels, Santa’s workshop, gift shop and petting zoo.

Oak Grove, MN (North: 1 hour, 10 minutes)
Hours: Open 7 days a week 9am-4:30pm (tree lot is open until 7pm)

Varieties: Balsam and Fraser Fir. White, Scotch, Norway Pine.  Don’t miss the $3 off coupon on their website!  Scotch/Norway/White Pine are $49.95 and Balsam/Spruce and Fraser Firs are $64.95. 

Activities (the first two weekends after Thanksgiving): Free hayrides, pony rides and petting animals, Santa visits, coloring books and candy canes.  Food trucks available.

Pine City, MN (North: 1 hour 30 minutes)
Hours: Check Website

This is a smaller farm and quickly sells out!  Varieties include: Fraser, Balsam, Canaan, Fir. White and Blue Spruce. White and Norway Pine.

Ramsey, MN (North: 1 hour)
Hours: Fri-Sun 9am-5pm

Varieties include: White, Norway pines. Blue, Meyer Spruces. Balsam, Fraser, Canaan Firs. All trees regardless of size or species, are $125.

Activities include: hot beverages, Christmas sausage, hayrides, live music (specific dates), bonfire, shake/bale/tie.

Stacy, MN (North: 1 hour)
Hours: Friday-Saturday, 9am-4pm (weather permitting)

Varieties: Fraser, Balsam Fir. White Pine.  Don’t miss the coupon on their website, making the trees $61.95 each (up to 10 feet).

Isanti, MN (North: 1 hour 15 minutes)
Hours: Vary by weekend, please see website

Varieties: Fraser and Balsam Fir. Blue and Black Hills Spruce. White Pine and Scotch Pine
Prices range for a 7-8’ tree, depending on variety, from $44.95 to $79.95.

Activities: Food wagon, Santa Claus (check schedule), Photo ops on sled/toboggan/tractors, campfire, model trains running in the gift shop.

Scandia, MN (North: 1 hour)
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 12-5pm, Weekends 9-5

Varieties: Fraser Fir, Fraser-Balsam X, Korean Balsam.  All trees are $80 regardless of size.

West Metro Christmas Tree Farms

Hutchinson, MN (West: 1 hour 30 minutes)
Hours: Weekends, 9am-4pm

Varieties include: Balsam, Fraser, Canaan, Korean Firs. White and Scotch Pine. Black Hills, Norway, Colorado, Meyers Spruce.  Shaking and baling included.  Firs are $69.99 – $249.99.  Pines are $59.99-$89.99.  Spruces are $14/foot.

Activities: free coloring books for kids

East Metro Christmas Tree Farms

St. Elmo, MN (Northeast: 45 minutes)
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 12pm-7pm and Friday-Sunday, 9am-7pm (Cut-Your-Own Fields close at 4:30pm)

Reservations are required through Sunday, December 5th.

Varieties: Balsam, Canaan, Fraser, Korean, Siberian Fir.  White, Norway and Scotch Pine.  Prices range from $10-$14/foot.

Activities: Free wagon rides, shaking, baling, hot cider, tootsie rolls, bonfire, photo spots, fresh cuts, tree handling and tying the tree on your vehicle.  Free custom ornament.