Discover Michigan: Create holiday memories by cutting your own Christmas tree

 Cut-your-own Christmas tree farms can be found throughout Michigan, and several of them are just a short drive from metro Detroit.

Cut-your-own Christmas tree farms can be found throughout Michigan, and several of them are just a short drive from metro Detroit.

Photo provided by the Michigan Christmas Tree Association


By: Jennifer Sigouin | All | Published November 29, 2017

In the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle, having a pre-lit artificial Christmas tree on hand is certainly a timesaver, but the look and smell of a real tree — and the experience of cutting it down yourself — can be a fun and memorable adventure.

Cut-your-own Christmas tree farms across Michigan are open for the season, and several of them are just a short drive from metro Detroit. 

“In Michigan, we grow more varieties of Christmas trees than any other state,” Michigan Christmas Tree Association Executive Director Amy Start said in an email. “So by visiting a farm, you have the opportunity to see, touch and smell many different types of trees, providing a large selection to choose from.”

At the Huron Christmas Tree Farm in Huron Township, for instance, visitors can browse 10 acres of more than 10,000 cut-your-own trees, including Douglas fir, Fraser fir, white pine, blue spruce, and white spruce. Kristi Sielaff, who works at the tree farm, said that an additional 400 larger pre-cut trees are also available, along with a selection of fresh wreaths. 

Sielaff added that an annual visit to the Christmas tree farm has become a holiday tradition for many families. 

“I think a lot of it is about quality family time,” she said, noting that adults remember going with their parents to cut Christmas trees as children, and they want to re-create that experience with their own kids. 

Farther north, in Armada, Blake Farms invites visitors to hop on a wagon ride to its Christmas tree fields, where they’ll find thousands of trees, including concolor fir, Douglas fir, balsam fir, Fraser fir, blue spruce, white spruce and white pine. 

“We think the real thing is better than plastic,” said Blake’s Director of Marketing Chelsea Iadipaolo. 

Blake’s provides customers with saws to cut their trees, followed by free tree cleaning and wrapping. Plus, the location offers a whole lot of holiday cheer, with festive decorations and animatronics, as well as visits with Santa on Saturdays and Sundays. Visitors can also enjoy a hot cider or cocoa at Blake’s Cider Mill; have lunch at the Orchard Cafe; or sample wine and hard cider at Blake’s tasting room. 

“You really get a different experience out here,” said Iadipaolo. “Be sure to make a day out of it.”

Finding the perfect tree

When it comes to choosing a tree, Iadipaolo said it’s a good idea to measure your ceiling height and also factor in the height of your tree-topper. She noted that the concolor fir, which Blake’s has available up to 9 feet tall, is perfect for customers with vaulted ceilings. 

“They have great needle retention, so you’ll be OK through the holidays,” she added. 

For those who plan on decking out their tree with lots of ornaments, a Fraser fir is a good option. Sielaff said it’s a customer favorite because of its sturdy branches.

According to Start, “anytime after Thanksgiving is a great time to get a Christmas tree,” and there are steps you can take to ensure that the tree stays fresh throughout the holiday season. The first step, she said, is to make sure that the tree has a fresh cut at the base. Next, the tree should be placed in water within an hour or two of bringing it home. 

Sielaff noted that water is the most important factor in Christmas tree maintenance. 

“If you get a real Christmas tree, you have to water it,” she said. “You could keep it two to three months if you keep it watered.”

Iadipaolo also advises customers to avoid placing their tree near dry heat, like a wood-burning stove, “not only because it’s unsafe, but because it dries out the needles.”

For more Christmas tree tips and a complete listing of Michigan Christmas tree farms, visit the Michigan Christmas Tree Association’s website at www.mcta.org. 


Huron Christmas Tree Farm
32120 King Road, Huron Township
(734) 753-9288
www.huronchristmastreefarm.com

Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill
17985 Armada Center Road, Armada
(586) 784-5343
www.blakefarms.com