It’s 2015. You don’t have to chop down your own Christmas tree anymore. Drive around town and you’ll see plenty of parking lots set up with pre-cut trees for sale. Or, you could just go to the store and buy a fake one. But why not try something a little bit different this year? Think of the memories you’ll make, the fresh air you’ll breathe, the satisfaction you’ll have after finding the perfect tree, and the pride you’ll feel after doing all the hard work yourself! Still not convinced? Many of the places listed below have hot chocolate, ornaments, and gifts for sale as well. It’s a perfect way to get a bunch of stuff crossed off your holiday list all at once!
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Silo Christmas Tree Farm (Temple)
November 21 – December 22, hours | 7617 McGregor Park Rd, Temple
Bring the family to choose and cut an Afghan Pine, Murray Cypress, or Leyland Cypress for a traditional Christmas tree. Silo furnishes hand saws for you to cut the tree or they’ll do it for you. Then they shake, bale, and help you load the tree into your vehicle. The farm also offers pre-cut North Carolina Fraser Firs and Washington State Noble Firs. (254) 986-7988.
Elgin CHRISTmas Tree Farm (Elgin)
November 27 – December 20, Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12-5:30 p.m. | 120 Nature’s Way, Elgin
Elgin CHRISTmas Tree Farm has been growing Virginia Pine and Leyland Cypress Christmas trees since 1984. They provide all of the tools necessary to cut your tree so you don’t need to bring anything. When you’re done cutting your tree, they’ll shake the loose needles from it and wrap it for the trip home. They also have pre-cut Fraser firs available for purchase. While at the farm, stop by the Christmas Cottage for a great selection of reasonably priced ornaments, fresh-made wreaths, and tree stands. There is plenty of free fun on offer at Elgin Christmas Tree Farm including scenic hayrides, two mazes, train rides, visits with farm animals, a playground, rubber duck races, and a hay bale mountain. Dogs on a leash are welcome. (512) 281-5016.
Evergreen Farms (Elgin)
November 27 – December 24, hours | 242 Monkey Rd, Elgin
Evergreen Farms is a choose and cut Christmas tree farm designed with fun-loving families in mind. Customers can experience the fresh air of the country as they pick out their perfect Christmas tree. Take a wagon ride out to the field where you can cut your own Texas-grown Christmas tree or pick a pre-cut fir. You also have the opportunity to “cut” your own pre-cut Christmas tree, so you can have the experience of cutting down your tree, but go home with a fir. Poles for measuring the tree and saws for cutting are all furnished free of charge, as well as cleaning and shaking the tree and, finally, the netting and rope for ease in transporting the tree. There are many games to entertain, including tetherball, hopscotch, and bean bag toss. There is also a nature trail, farm animals, and a gift shop. Additional activities are available for a fee on the weekends, such as a campfire for roasting marshmallows and pine cone painting. (512) 281-4833.
Abrameit’s Tree Farm (Luling)
November 28 – December 13, Saturday-Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | US 183/I-10, Luling
Albrameit’s has over 1,000 Virginia Pines for you to choose from. All sizes with a good selection of 9 ft. – 11 ft. trees. They provide saws and will shake and net your tree for free. A limited number of pre-cut Fraser and Noble firs are available for purchase as well. Be sure to pick up a free coloring book for the kids. 1/4 mile south of I-10 on the east side of US 183, Luling. Look for the signs. (512) 468-2116.
St. Nick’s Christmas Tree Farm (Fredericksburg)
November 27 – December 20, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. – dusk | 12638 N. State Highway 16, Fredericksburg
Make a family memory just north of “The City of Christmas Trees”, Fredericksburg! Available for Choose-n-Cut are Afghan Pine, green Leyland Cypress, and beautiful blue Arizona Cypress (for those with allergies). Saws provided. Also available are wreaths, fresh white pine garland roping and wreaths, gifts and refreshments. Shaking, touch-up trimming (upon request) and netting are free. Enjoy outdoor activities, hot chocolate, gourmet coffee or tea while you choose and cut that perfect tree for your family, church or business. Free Popcorn and candy canes for the kids and a memorable experience is guaranteed for all! Cash or check only. (830) 685-3412.
Pipe Creek Christmas Tree Farm (Pipe Creek)
Open daily from 11 a.m. – 6:15 p.m. | 805 Phils Rd, Pipe Creek
Farm-grown Afghan Pine and Leyland Cypress trees are available for cutting. Saws and measuring poles are provided. After you cut your tree, they’ll shake the loose needles from the tree, wrap the tree in netting, and furnish cord to tie your tree onto your vehicle. Free hayrides on weekends (weather permitting). (830) 510-6006.
Seiler’s Christmas Tree Farm (Seguin)
November 27 – December 24, hours | 4100 Jakes Colony Rd, Seguin
Choose and cut from over 8,000 Virginia Pine, Loblolly Pine, or Leyland Cypress Christmas trees. Sharp, easy to use saws and wagons for hauling your tree are provided. They’ll shake out the loose needles and bag the tree for you. Wreaths, crafts, snacks, and shelled and unshelled pecans are available for purchase. There are hayrides and a playground too. (830) 401-4590.
Devine Acres Farm (Devine)
November 27 – December 20, Thursday-Sunday from 12-6 p.m. | 944 FM 2200 W, Devine
Choose and cut your own tree right out of the fields. Devine Acres grows Leyland Cypress, Arizona Cypress and Elderica Pine trees. Hayrides to the Christmas Forest, saws for cutting, shaking, and bailing are all provided at no additional cost. Shop for unique Christmas ornaments, crafts and collectibles at the Mason Jar Market and enjoy some hot chocolate, cookies or roasted nuts while you shop for those last minute gifts. If you plan your trip right, you can even have pancakes with Santa! The farm is closed Monday-Wednesday. FREE admission with purchase of tree; $6 per person if NOT purchasing a tree. Some of the activities available include: playground, barnyard, duck races, mazes, horseshoes, washers, and more! A day trip worth of fun! (830) 665-9730.
Lee County Christmas Trees (Lincoln)
Open November 27 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; weekend hours | 4067 CR 114, Lincoln
Make a memory in the heart of Lee County. Enjoy a free hayride and some delicious homemade hot chocolate or hot cider while you choose and cut the perfect tree for your family, church, or business. Saws are provided. Choose from four varieties of trees: Virginia Pine, Leyland Cypress, Carolina Sapphire, and Fraser Fir. Peruse handmade fresh wreaths, gifts, and one of a kind items in the shop while you’re there. (979) 716-7901.
You may also check this map and listing to find one closer to you. Did we miss one of your favorite spots? Let us know and we’ll add it to the list!