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.

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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