A Cut Above

Still using the same artificial tree from 10 years ago? Branch out by choosing a fresh evergreen at one of these Michigan farms. These farms also offer various activities, such as visits with Santa for the kids and adult beverages for the parents.
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Keep your kids entertained at Three Cedars Farm with their talking Christmas tree and visits from Santa, and stop by the Cider & Donut Hut to warm up with fresh treats.

Open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. Average tree price: $60. 7897 Six Mile Rd., Northville; 248-437-8200; threecedarsfarm.org


Visit the petting farm at Broadview Christmas Tree Farm and check out their gift shop for handcrafted items, including reindeer made from logs and snowmen made from branches.

Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Average tree price: $50. 4380 N. Hickory Ridge Rd., Highland; 248-887-4865; broadviewtreefarm.com


Hide a few extra gifts under the tiny tree your child picks from the Tot Lot at Hillside Christmas Tree Farm and sing along with Christmas Carol Karaoke.

Open 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Average price: Starts at $4/foot. 14745 Sharon Hollow Rd., Manchester; 517-456-7233; hillsidechristmastreefarm.com


Special to Waldock Tree Farm are the unique collectables the owners bring back from Kenya and Tanzania every year. And enjoy their fresh-made doughnuts.

Open 9 a.m.-dark, Fri.-Sun. Average tree price: $60. 3090 Dutcher Rd., Howell; 517-546-3890; waldocktreefarms.com


Bonfires around Blake Orchard & Cider Mill are sure to keep you warm. Kids can visit Santa and watch fresh cider being pressed while parents enjoy hard cider, with 12 on tap.

Open 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. daily. Average price: Varies. 17985 Armada Center Rd., Armada; 586-784-5343; blakefarms.com

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