The tree tends to be the centerpiece of most Christmas celebrations — it is what you gather ‘round, and the spot that Santa leaves the gifts, after all.
Heading to a local Christmas Tree Farm and cutting the perfect tree is somewhat of a tradition for many Michigan families, and tons of farms in southeast Michigan have stepped up to meet the demand.
Here, we’ve listed 13 local tree farms to choose from this holiday season. Each one offers different varieties of trees, including Firs, Spruce, and Pine.
Before you head out
A live Christmas Tree comes with a bit more responsibility than a fake one. Before picking a live tree, the Michigan Christmas Tree Association and the MSU Extension Center suggest first-time buyers consider how big the space is they’re going to put their tree, and the features of each type of tree.
Heavy ornaments require strong branching, if you don’t want to sweep up needles every day, you’ll need a tree with good needle retention, and you don’t want to try to squeeze a 12-foot tree in a six-foot space. Some trees also have a stronger scent than others. You can read up on the different feature each variety of tree offers here.
Once you get your tree home, it’s important to get the tree in a stand and watered. A dry tree can become a fire hazard, so it’s important that your tree has enough water each day. Learn how to keep your tree properly watered here.
Southeast Michigan Christmas Tree Farms
The more than 100-acre tree farm offers Fraser, Concolor, and Douglas Firs, Blue and White Spruce, and Scotch Pine. Take a complimentary wagon ride out to the trees and enjoy holiday cocktail after you cut the one you want. Free saws, tree cleaning and wrapping services are available. Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill, 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada; blakefarms.com.
Wander 50 acres to find the right tree or pick from their pre-cut options. U-cut trees will be shaken and tied for easy transport home. Tree varieties include Douglas, Fraser, Balsam, Canaan and Concolor Fir, Colorado Blue, and White and Serbian Spruce. Fresh wreaths, too. 796 Warren Road, Ann Arbor; braunstrees.com.
Broadview Christmas Tree Farm
Get more than just a tree at this 118-acre tree farm. Take a wagon ride out to the field for u-cut and pre-cut trees. Then, visit with Santa, check out the warming barn, and get a wreath to go along with your tree. Saws and roping are available. Pets on a leash are welcome and so is tailgating. You may even see deer, fox, turkeys, and other wildlife while you’re there. 4380 N. Hickory Ridge Road, Highland; broadviewtreefarm.com.
Candy Cane Christmas Tree Farm
Choose from Fraser, Korean, or Concolor Firs that stand in the 6- to 10-foot range. Trees will be shaken, cleaned, wrapped, and drilled for you. Tree stands are available for purchase. Be sure to check out the handmade wreaths and other greenery while you’re there. 4780 Seymour Lake Road, Oxford; candycanetreefarm.com.
Hillside Christmas Tree Farm
The fields are accessible by tractor and wagon, car, or by foot with a tree cart. Pick your mode of transport and search through Firs and Spruce until you find the right tree for you. There’s a kids’ play area, a barn with refreshments, and more. 14745 Sharon Hollow Road, Manchester; hillsidechristmastreefarm.com.
Hodgson Tree Farm
Huron Christmas Tree Farm
This Wayne County tree farm has more than 10,000 Douglas and Fraser Firs, White Pines, and Blue and White Spruces to choose from. There’s no electricity at the farm, so cash or check only. 32120 King Road, Huron Township; huronchristmastreefarm.com.
Matthes Tree Farm
Bring the entire family out for a new Christmas tradition. Start by making your tree selection. This spot offers Fraser Fir, Scotch Pine, White Pines, Canaan Fir, Douglas Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce, and Norway Spruce. After, head to the barn for lunch, live entertainment, visits with Santa, and much more. 13416 Lulu Road, Ida; matthestreefarm.com.
Middle Road Tree Farm
Choose from Fraser and Concolor Firs for $68 or Blue Spruce for $58. Cash or check only. Saws are provided. The taller trees are expected to sell out quickly. Pre-cut trees are also available and start at $25. 4235 Middle Road, Highland; middleroadtreefarm.com.
Rattalee Lake Tree Farm
This farm was established back in 1977 by the Hudler family before being purchased by the Lorimer family in 2011. Popular tree varieties here include White Pines, Scotch Pines, Canaan Firs and Norway Spruce, but they also offer White Spruce, Black Hill Spruce, Colorado Spruce, Concolor Fir, and Serbian Spruce. 7650 Rattalee Lake Road, Clarkston; rattaleelaketreefarm.com.
Top Hill Farms Inc.
Enjoy an “Up North” atmosphere while you select a tree from their 80-acre lot. Tree options include Blue Spruce, Concolor Fir, Norway Spruce, Canaan Fir, and Serbian Spruce. Take a tractor ride to the area of your choice and call after you find your tree to be picked up. Tree baling, drilling, and shaking are available. Be sure to stop into one of the three warming sheds for hot chocolate, cider, and baked goods, too. 5767 Fox Lake Road, Goodrich; tophillsfarm.com.
Urquhart’s Tree Farm
The farm boasts having the largest selection of u-cut trees in Ann Arbor. They also offer handmade wreaths, ornaments, tree stands and more. Take a wagon ride, and pick from Fraser Firs, Concolor Firs, Blue Spruce, and White Spruce. Limited supplies of Canaan Firs, Korean Firs, Douglas Firs, and White Pine area also available. Plus, free saws on loan. 10050 Jerusalem Road, Chelsea; urquharttreefarms.com.
Westman’s Christmas Tree Farm
The trees at Westman’s include Norway Spruce ($90), Blue Spruce ($100), and Canaan Fir ($100) up to eight feet in size. Saws, twine, a bailer and shaker, and pin stand drill are available. Ask for help cutting your tree if it’s needed. 8000 Chamberlin Road, Dexter; westmanschristmastreefarm.com.
This post has been updated for 2023.