Few holiday traditions match the outdoor fun and anticipation of picking out the family Christmas tree. In Northern Michigan, folks can meander through tree farms or stroll through a forest of pre-cut beauties. They can visit tiny local favorites or head to places that celebrate tree choosing as a day-long event. Check out our list of ready-to-go and hunt-for-your-own Christmas tree farms from Petoskey to Traverse City, all boasting their own magic this holiday season.
Make these easy and beautiful gingerbread ornaments for your tree!
Pond Hill Farm, Harbor Springs
Visitors are treated to a “winter wonderland” experience. In addition to a field of pre-cut spruce and fir trees, there is a variety of handmade wreaths, swags and garland to deck your halls. After you find your tree, cross names off your Christmas shopping list with gift baskets of local goodies from Pond Hill’s store. If there’s snow on the ground, the sledding hill will be open as well as miles of groomed trails for cross country skiing, fat tire biking and snowshoeing.
Bill’s Farm Market, Petoskey
On top of snow-covered hills, rows of pre-cut blue spruce, Fraser fir, and balsam firs sit, waiting to be wrapped and strapped to car rooftops by the always friendly market staff. Prefer to cut your own? Bill’s offers that option, too, as well as an abundance of decorations including holly, garland, swags and wreaths!
Goslin’s Greenery, Petoskey
Tucked in a nook along the country roads east of Petoskey, Goslin’s boasts 20 acres of trees to choose from—some more than 15-feet tall—and all for the same price ($25)! Hand saws and sleds are available, but be prepared to carry or drag your tree to your car. Garland, wreaths, swags, holiday baskets and pre-cut trees are also available. Hate the idea of chopping down a tree? Goslin’s sells potted pines in sizes that range from 3-feet to 6-feet tall.
McPherson Evergreens, Ellsworth
More than 17 acres of cut-your-own and fresh, pre-cut trees in a slew of varieties, including black hills, blue spruce, corkbark fir, Scotch and white pines, balsam, Canaan, concolor, Douglas and Fraser firs. Plenty of holiday greenery is also available. Enjoy complimentary coffee, cocoa and cookies as a nifty clean, drill and wrap machine readies your tree.
Groleau’s Farm market, Traverse City
Browse a variety of fresh-cut trees and a “full-service” staff ready to help you drill and load your perfect pick. With wreaths, garland, lots of canned goods, maple syrup and honey also available at the farm market, you can deck your halls and your dinner table in one stop.
A Leelanau County favorite, Kolarik’s offers cut-your-own trees, handmade ornaments and wreaths.
Head to the barn to find the perfect pre-cut tree. Then warm up with hot chocolate and cookies!
Cut your tree (Douglas, Fraser, Canaan and concolor firs) and they’ll shake it and bale it for easy hauling—you can even borrow a saw. Plan on spending the afternoon at Schmukal’s, they’ve also got free wagon rides, free hot chocolate and free popcorn balls to enjoy by the bonfire!
This family-owned farm has been growing Christmas trees for more than 46 years. Bonus, it’s right down the road from Boyne Highlands and Pleasantview Vineyards. Cut-your-own or pre-cut trees are available.
You’ll be greeted with cocoa and cookies then sent on your merry way to pick out your tree! The farm has Frasier, concolor, Douglas and balsam firs, blue spruce and black hill spruce. There’s also a selection of wreaths available that are handmade on the farm!
Note that Christmas trees are sold at two locations in Traverse City: 14th Street at Veterans Drive and Front Street at Garfield.
Wreaths, trees and garland are available at these cozy greenhouses, plus you’ll find decorations, wine, clothes and more—perfect for gifts!
Walk the farm and pick a tree for the Robinson crew to cut (and bring to your car!) or select from pre-cut trees while listening to Christmas music. Don’t forget to stop by the barn after you pick your tree to get a wreath and free hot chocolate and homemade chocolate chip cookies! The kids will love watching the goats and steer, and you can bring your dogs along and let them run.