If cutting your own Christmas tree is part of your holiday tradition, McHenry County is the place to be.
This area grows more Christmas trees than anywhere else in Illinois, according to Visit McHenry County – www.visitymchenrycounty.com.
The following Christmas tree farms in McHenry County have a variety of trees available. Many also offer wagon rides, hot drinks, snacks, wreaths and garland. All accept cash and checks; a few accept credit cars. To have a farm included in this list, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BEN’S CHRISTMAS TREE FARM, 7719 Ryan Road and 16324 Capron Road, Harvard. Nine varieties of organically-grown, pesticide-free firs and pines from 6- to 12-feet tall. Garland available at the farm and also may be ordered online for delivery anywhere in the continental U.S. Horse-drawn wagon rides, gift shop, Santa Claus, farm animals, free cocoa and coffee. Open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 17. Information: www.benstreefarm.com.
Bill’s Friendly Evergreen Tree Farm, 3102 W. Miller Road, Spring Grove. Six varieties of pine, spruce and fir. Family owned and operated for more than 20 years, this farm offers a backwoods atmosphere. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends through Dec. 24. Information: www.billsfriendlyevergreentreefarm.weebly.com.
Conifera Tree Farm, 5810 Schultz Road, Harvard. Four varieties of exceptionally large choose-and-cut spruce (7- to 14-foot-tall), plus pre-cut premium grade Fraser and balsam fir (6- to 9-foot-tall) along with live potted trees, wreaths and garland. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends through Dec. 10. Information: www.coniferatreefarm.com.
Grandpa’s Christmas Tree Farm, 13616 Route 176, Woodstock. Dozens of varieties of trees in every shape and size. Free cocoa and coffee, tractor-drawn wagon rides. Open 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekends only through Dec. 3. Information: www.grandpastreefarm.com.
Moehling’s Christmas Tree Farm, 10904 Bull Valley Road, Woodstock. Choose from 8,000 spruce, fir and pine trees. Visit Santa’s workshop and craft vendors selling homemade gifts in the warming barn. Open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekends through Dec. 24. Information: www.moehlingchristmastreefarm.com.
Oney’s Tree Farm, 16608 Route 14, Woodstock. The oldest and largest tree farm in Northern Illinois, with more than 60,000 trees on 60 acres. Nine varieties of fir, pine and spruce. You-cut, pre-cut or rooted for later planting. Weekend horse-drawn wagon rides, bakery, lunch, cocoa, Mrs. Claus in her North Pole house. Wreaths, garland, decorations, gifts. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Dec. 10. Information: www.oneystreefarm.com.
Pine-Apple Tree Farm, 309 Three Oaks Road, Cary. Ten acres of you-cut spruce, pine and fir, plus pre-cut Wisconsin Fraser Fir. Open 9 a.m. to dusk Saturdays and 11 a.m. to dusk Sundays through Dec.17. Information: www.pine-applefarm.com.
Pioneer Tree Farm, 4614 Pioneer Road, McHenry. Organically-grown pine, cedar, spruce and fir for more than 40 years. Tractor-drawn wagon rides, free cocoa and coffee in the warming house and handmade decorations. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends through Dec. 17. Information: www.pioneertreefarm.com.
Richardson’s Tree Farm, 9407 Richardson Road, Spring Grove. More than 50,000 trees on 75 acres: Scotch and white pine, spruce, Fraser and Canaan fir. Pre-cut trees up to 12 feet priced per foot. Fresh fudge and free coffee and cocoa daily in the heated barn with wreaths, garlands, decorations and indoor restrooms. Free tractor-drawn wagon rides on weekends, plus fresh doughnuts and kettle corn. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Dec. 23. Information: www.richardsonadventurefarm.com.
Triple K Pines, 15217 Hemmingsen Road, Union. You choose and cut from five varieties of spruce and pine. Also Christmas wreaths, garlands, holiday decorations, free hot cider, gift shop. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends through Dec. 17. Information: 815-923-4354 www.facebook.com/pg/triplekpines.
Source: Visit McHenry County