It’s always refreshing to take a trip out of the city. Why not spend that time picking out a perfect live tree? If choosing a Christmas tree isn’t enough to entice you, know that many tree farms also offer sleigh rides, hay rides, wintery food samples and other family friendly activities. Choosing a tree is a great holiday accompaniment to the Christmas activities and holiday shows happening in and around Louisville.
Here are a few things to keep in mind while picking out this year’s tree:
• If you are buying a pre-cut tree, be sure it is fresh. Check this by slipping a branch between your fingers, the needles shouldn’t fall into your hand. You want needles that are flexible and not fragile. If you pick the tree up and give the base a tap on the ground, only a few needles should fall off. You don’t want your living room full of needles the first day the tree is up!
• Part of the enjoyment of having a fresh tree is the smell. Be sure to select a tree with a pleasing and present smell. Of course, a verdant green color is important, too.
• Choose a tree that is big enough for your home, remembering you’ll need extra space for any large ornaments and/or for the tree topper. You will also want to be sure tree limbs aren’t too small, they need to be sturdy for all the ornaments and lights you’ll want to decorate with.
Before you venture out, call ahead to make verify what each farm offers and when they are open. Tree supply varies depending on weather conditions and how busy a farm is as the holiday season progresses. Also, if you are interested in winter activities, some are only available on certain days and you’ll want to be sure the hot chocolate is flowing when you visit!
Address: 113 Tates Creek Road, Richmond, KY
Outside of Lexington, Baldwin Farms is about an hour and a half from Louisville. The farm features choose-and-cut Christmas trees and customers are treated to hot chocolate and candy canes with a tree purchase. There are also opportunities to have pictures taken, as well as shop for wreaths, swags, Amish jams and more. Cut your own trees up to 8 feet—Norway Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce, White Spruce or White Pine—are $40. Prices vary for other trees. Visit the Baldwin Farms website for additional info.
Creekside Christmas Tree Farm
Address: 390 Browns Lane, Vine Grove, KY
With hot cider, saws and carts, Creekside has all you need to obtain your Christmas tree. Prices vary.
Address: 4745 W Boonville New Harmony Road, Evansville, IN
With each tree purchase, customers of Goebel farms can have trees cut, carried, baled and/or drilled free of charge. Trees prices vary. White Pine and Scotch Pine are $5 per foot, Norway Spruce is $7 per foot, Blue Spruce is $10 per foot and Austrian Pine is $5 per foot. Wreaths, tree preservatives and tree stands are also available. Visit the Goebel Farms website for additional info.
Huber's Orchard, Winery & Vineyards
Address: 19816 Huber Road, Borden, IN
Saws are provided and visitors enjoy a wagon ride to the trees when you purchase your tree at Huber. Customers are treated to hot cider or coffee with a tree purchase. Of course, anyone who has been to Huber will tell you there is plenty to do. There is a restaurant, a winery, a farmers market and plenty of gift baskets available for purchase. Tree prices vary, starting at $45. Looking to save $5? There is a Christmas tree coupon online here. Visit the Huber website for additional info.
Address: 966 Clarks Lane, Shepherdsville, KY
With White Pine, Scotch Pine, Douglas Fir and Serbian Spruce for purchase, you should find the tree you've been looking for. All trees are $45 and saws are provided.
Looking for a farm closer to home? There may be one. The Kentucky Christmas Tree Association has a complete listing of choose-and-cut farms as well as other spots to purchase live Christmas trees. Of course, Louisville is just over the border from Indiana, so you may find a closer farm through the Indiana Tree Growers’ Association. Traveling to another state? Check out the listings of the National Christmas Tree Association. Now, all you need is lights, ornaments and gifts.