2019 Live Christmas Tree Farms: Where to Cut Your Own (or Find a Pre-Cut Tree)

Cutting down a live Christmas tree for your home can be daunting — at least it was for me! But I promise, it’s really an enjoyable family activity. Kids love running from tree to tree while making the pressing decision: which one will look best in your home? Our Christmas tree farms guide features hours, prices, tips, and more, making it easy to pick a farm. We have done all the work so you can come prepared to choose a tree . . . and make lasting Christmas memories!

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Christmas Tree Farms in the South and West Suburbs of Chicago

A few helpful tips when cutting down your Christmas tree:

  • Many places provide saws, but consider bringing your own. That way, you know you have a sharp blade (and a dull blade turns a fun event into a hassle).
  • Most places have twine as well, but stash some ratchet straps in the trunk. They can be easier to work with.
  • Bring a moving blanket to put between the roof of the car and the tree so the car doesn’t get scratched up.
  • When you get the tree home, trim the trunk and remove lower branches to make room for presents underneath. Like any other plant that you bring inside, you need to keep it in water and fill up the container when needed.

The Illinois Christmas Tree Association has more tree farms listed on their website if you are willing to travel further, as well as a helpful guide for tree varieties so you can figure out if you want a long needle pine or shorter needle spruce or fir.

There is also a great list of facts and myths about live versus fake Christmas trees at this link.

Local Christmas Tree Farms

Abbey Farms
2855 Hart Road
Aurora IL, 60502
(630) 966-7775

  • Open November 23, 2019 – December 23, 2019 from 10 am – 6 pm daily
  • Bring your flashlight after dark; the fields are not lit.
  • Prices: U-Cut Trees – $55, Premium U-Cut Trees – $68, Precut Trees – $10.50 per foot, Wreaths & Garland – Varies.
  •  U-Cut fields currently offer Scotch Pine, White Pine and Austrian Pine ranging from 6–8 feet tall and a limited supply of 8+ foot tall trees. Spruce and firs are premium U-Cuts also offered and tagged in the field.
  • Tree shaking, netting, and assistance are complimentary.

Spring Bluff Nursery
41W130 Norris Road
Sugar Grove, IL 60554
(630) 466-4278

  • Open November 29–December 1, December 7–8, and December 14-15 from 9 am – 4 pm.
  • Free hay rides to the tree fields and free hot chocolate.
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Bengston Tree Farm
10919 W. Wilmington Rd.
Peotone, IL 60468
(708) 258-9610

  • The farm will open Friday, November 29 and will open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 9:30am – 4:30pm or dusk.
  • 8 varieties of trees to choose from; all U-Cut trees are $79.
  • Tree shaking and wrapping are available for a $3 a piece. Free tree retrieval service. Hot chocolate is available.

Kuipers Family Farm
1N318 Watson Road
Maple Park, IL 60151
(815) 827-5200

  • Open November 29, 2019 for trees, 10 am – 5 pm.
  • Limited amount of U-Cut trees are $89 any size.
  • Fresh-cut pine and fir trees. Trees are individually priced.
  • Included with your tree purchase: Shaking to remove the loose needles, baled, and an apple cider doughnut for everyone in your group.

Lee’s Trees
45W002 Lees Road
Lily Lake, IL 60151
(630) 365-2116

  • Open Sunday, November 24, 2019 from 9am – 4:30pm and continues weekends and the Friday after Thanksgiving from 9am – 4:30pm through December 15 or sold out.
  • Prices: Each tree tagged individually; average price is $69. Pick from 4-foot to 9-foot Scotch pine, White pine, Canaan fir, Fraser fir, Balsam fir, and Serbian and Norway spruce.
  • Will help shake, bale, and load at no extra cost.
  • Precut trees are harvested weekly.
  • Offer free hot chocolate, coffee, fresh popcorn and homemade cookies.

Pine-Apple Farm
41W651 Powers Road
Huntley, IL 60142
(847) 669-3251

  • The season will begin November 29, 2019.
  • Prices: Pines are $65 for any size and firs and spruces are $85 for any size. Prices include saws, twine, shaking and baling of the tree.
  • The pre-cut Fraser firs are specially cut for them just before Thanksgiving and set in buckets of water to keep them really fresh. Start at $75 and up, depending on the height (cash or check).
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Larson’s Family Farm
4404 Somonauk Road
Sandwich, IL 60548
(815) 786-2249

  • Open the Friday after Thanksgiving Day with special hours from 9:00am – 4:30pm. Regular hours begin the next day through December 15, 2019. Closed on Mondays, open 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm Tuesdays–Fridays, and 9:00 am – 4:30 pm each Saturday and Sunday.
  • More than 18 acres of cut-your-own Chrsitmas trees in the following varieties: Caanan Fir (Like Frazier Fir), Concolor Fir, Douglas Fir, Norway Spruce, Scotch Pine, and White Pine.
  • They offer saws, shaking, and baling at no additional cost.

Tammen Treeberry Farm
37131 Essex Road
Wilmington, IL 60481
(815) 458-6264
(800) 892-5989

  • Open daily for the season starting the day after Thanksgiving from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

Ben’s Tree Farm 
7719 Ryan Road
Harvard, IL 60033
(630) 279-0216

  • Open Fridays–Sundays starting November 29 through December 15, 2019, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm.
  • Prices: $6.25–$9.25 per foot with tool provided (cash or check). Pines are generally $6.25 per foot,  and most firs are $9.25 per foot.
  • 9 varieties of firs and pines from 6 to 12 feet tall on 55 acres.
  • Free shake and bale of trees by staff.
  • Complimentary hot chocolate or coffee in the warming barn.

Puckerville Farms
13332 Bell Road
Lemont, IL 60439
(708) 508-0906

  • Starting the day after Thanksgiving through December 24.
  • Open 7 days a week. Monday through Thursday from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, and 10:00 am – 7:00 pm Friday through Sunday.
  • Frasier trees ranging from 4–12 feet tall.

Sonny Acres Farms
29W310 North Avenue
West Chicago, IL 60185
(630) 231-3859

  • Open November 24, 2019
  • Thousands of trees available ranging 3–15 feet tall.
  • Fraser Fir, Balsam Fir, White Pine, Black Hills Spruce, and more.
  • Offers a full service lot that will cut, bale, and tie.
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Pioneer Tree Farm
4614 Pioneer Road
McHenry, IL 60051
(815) 385-8512

  • Open 9:00 am – 4:00 pm the Friday after Thanksgiving, and Saturdays and Sundays through December 22, 2019.
  • Farm does not use pesticides.
  • Prices: $60 for any tree (cash or check).
  • Wagon rides to and from the pines, tree shaking and baling,  hot coffee and cocoa in the warming house, and handsaws are included at no extra charge.

Local Christmas Tree Lots

Maybe hauling the family down to one of the many U-Cut farms is not an option or of interest to you, but you still love that fresh-cut Christmas tree smell. You still have choices! Many Christmas tree lots are full service, which includes cut, bale, and tie. This allows your family to still have the flexibility of choosing that perfect tree for you home. Even easier, most of the listed lots have pre-cut, baled, and tied trees also available.

Check below for some of the local lots. Call ahead to ensure hours and availability.

Have a location to add? Please email us at annie@mykidlist.com or comment below! Then, find more outdoor fun for your family.

About the Author

Jill Kowalski
Jill is the mom of two energetic little girls, ages two and four, who keep her seriously busy. She and her husband grew up in Orland Park and are now raising their family there as well. When Jill and her family have free time, they love to check out local parks or drop-in at fests where their girls can take over a dance floor. She is always looking for cheap, yet entertaining and worthwhile things to do. When she is not wrangling her kids, Jill has a passion for starting, and sometimes finishing, do-it-yourself home improvement projects, trying out random recipes she finds on Pinterest, and organizing every nook and cranny of her life.

1 Comment on "2019 Live Christmas Tree Farms: Where to Cut Your Own (or Find a Pre-Cut Tree)"

  1. Cupula House Tree Farm is nice. We go back every year. http://www.cupolahousetrees.com/

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