Wednesday, December 4, 2013
10 Christmas tree farms near DFW
Say no to lazily picking your favorite fir in a shopping center parking lot. Chop your own!
The artificial holiday scented candle sitting on your mantel smells like Christmas, but it just won’t do. Fake fragrance is no match for a real Christmas tree.
Fight the urge to take the family to the Home Depot parking lot and take your city slickers out to a Christmas tree forest where you can choose between hundreds – big ones, little ones, short ones, fat ones. Most of the best Christmas trees aren’t absolutely perfect, and that’s what makes them all the more special.
By time you get to rockin’ around your new Christmas tree, you’ll hardly need that scented candle on the mantel.
Bushy Creek Christmas Tree Farm (70 miles from Fort Worth)
A healthy tree will last longer. Trees that have been cut too early will look weak, have a less pungent aroma and weigh less. These also tend to pose fire hazards.
Tree farmers recommend that you study the needles on the branches by running your fingers through the tree. If a large amount falls into your hand, it’s usually a sign that the tree is dying.
If you’re picking a pre-cut trees, double check that farms store them in water.
Owners David and Linda Conovaloff welcome guests to their family farm, Bushy Creek, which is located an hour northwest of Fort Worth. They provide saws but employees will assist families as they cut down their pick of Frasier firs, white pines or blue spruces. Kids can enjoy spirited train rides on the premises, and, if they’re lucky, a visit from Santa Claus.
- Hours: Thursday through Monday, 12 to 5 p.m.
- Location: 2854 FM 3043, Bowie, Texas 76230
- Call: 940-872-5954
Elves Farm (10 miles from Sherman)
Let the elves assist you at this Denison getaway. A farm zoo, mazes, complimentary coffee or apple cider keeps guests of all ages entertained. Since 1989, Marshall and Sharlote Cathy have invited families to search for the perfect tree. Elves Farm boasts 75 acres of holiday fun, giving guests the option of cutting down their own tree or selecting a pre-cut tree from the lot. Bow saws are provided for tree-seekers who take a hayride into the field. Employees will wrap up trees after they’re cut.
- Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Monday through Friday, 3 to 5 p.m.
- Location: 601 Harvey Ln., Denison, Texas 75020
- Call: 903-463-7260
Haynie's Green Acres Christmas Tree Farm (15 miles from Fort Worth)
The Haynie family has owned Green Acres since 1978, but they didn’t start growing Christmas trees until 20 years later. Today, this family-run business provides guests with a robust tree-shopping experience. Complimentary hot cider and coffee ease your search for the perfect tree. Equally as effective, courtesy coloring books and candy canes keep kids engaged. (For mom: The gift shop and picnic area are winners.) Bring your muscles to cut your own tree.
- Hours: Monday through Friday, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5:30 p.m.
- Location: 10405 Shannon Valley Dr., Crowley, TX 76036
- Call: 817-297-3970
Ivanhoe Christmas Tree Farm (35 miles from Sherman)
An hour from North Dallas, Ivanhoe offers a simple tree-shopping experience. Hop on a wagon into the field and sip on complimentary apple cider. Saws are provided for you to cut down your ideal tree. Afterward, enjoy a meal with your family in the picnic area.
- Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to dark
- Location: 4430 CR 2025, Ivanhoe, TX 75447
- Call: 903-583-5460
Kadee Farm (40 miles from McKinney)
Frank and Evelyn Bollman started growing trees in 1981. Now in their 26th year of selling trees, Evelyn says they have second and third generations of choose-and-cut buyers coming out during the holidays. A visit to Kadee Farm could be the beginning of a newfound tradition for your family, as they provide an array of entertainment. Hayrides take shoppers out into the field. When they return, there’s a petting zoo equipped with a duck, rabbit, donkey and potbelly pigs and chickens. Saws and twine are provided for customers.
- Hours: Monday through Friday, 1 - 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Location: 5054 Highway 69, South Greenville, TX 75402
- Call: 903-883-3279
KaJiN Farm (30 miles from Plano)
Established in 1998, KaJiN Farm brings French flair to your holiday season. After being stationed in New Orleans for the U.S. Navy, owners Jimmy and Marsha Nelson moved back to Texas with a love for Cajun culture. Products in their gift shop pay homage to their Louisiana namesake. Guests are taken on a hayride to pick out trees and saws are provided.
- Hours: Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to dark; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to dark
- Location: 3221 CR 2508, Caddo Mills, TX 75135
- Call: 903-217-2679
Lone Star Pines (20 miles from Mesquite)
Thousands of trees grow at Lone Star Pines, which is located 10 miles east of Terrell. Three hayride wagons take guests back and forth to pick out the perfect tree. The lack of rain did affect Lone Star this year, and guests should be prepared to shop earlier to scout the best trees. Assistance and saws are provided, and shaking machines will remove debris from each tree. Complimentary coffee and apple cider will be served for shoppers, and kids can enjoy visits with Santa Claus on weekends.
- Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to dark
- Location: 10706 CR 350, Terrell, Texas 75161
- Call: 972-524-1333
Radde Tannenbaum Farm (65 miles from Fort Worth)
Come shop for your tree at the former summer property of Texas governors Miriam and James Ferguson. The Radde family purchased the land in 1946, but Christmas trees weren’t planted until 1986. By 1990, the family was producing enough trees to sell. Helpers provide guests with punch or coffee, saws for cutting, and twine for transporting trees. Kids are sent home with a coloring book and candy cane.
- Hours: Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to dark; Saturday, 9 a.m. to dark; Sunday, 1 p.m. to dark
- Location: 2673 County Rd. 1060, Meridian, Texas 76665
- Call: 254-435-6255
Wintergreen Christmas Tree Farm (20 miles from McKinney)
At Wintergreen Christmas Tree Farms in Van Alstyne, about 50 miles north of Dallas, guests are transported via hayride into the field. From there, they are encouraged to take their time and select the perfect tree. Families cut their own trees, but helpers will prepare it for transportation.
- Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 2 to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Location: 2907 FM 121, Van Alstyne, Texas 75495
- Call: 903-364-2832
Flower Mound Christmas Trees (in Flower Mound)
Flower Mound Christmas Trees sells more than eight varieties of natural and flocked trees. All different shapes and sizes, the trees are pre-cut. But, we list them here because they provide much more entertainment than most pre-cut places: Free activities like jump houses, train rides and hay bales keep kids engaged. On weekends, guests can enjoy a cup of complimentary hot chocolate to keep warm as they shop.
- Hours: Monday through Friday, 1 to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Location: 5100 Cross Timbers Rd., Flower Mound, Texas 75028
- Call: 817-430-4536