There’s nothing like the fresh smell of pine filling your house during the holidays.
Are you one of the many families who get a Christmas tree the day after — or weekend of — Thanksgiving?
Some of us make a quick stop to a nearby tree lot, others dig out their fake tree from the basement, but many of us like the experience of cutting down our own fresh evergreen from a local tree farm. If you prefer the real symbol of “life” in your home for Christmas, you’ll be glad you stumbled across this post.
Here are seven fantastic tree farms we found throughout Northeast Wisconsin where you’ll not only harvest your own tree, you’ll make a fun holiday memory while you’re at it!
1. Whispering Pines, Oconto
If you’re on the hunt for a quality Christmas tree, Whispering Pines Tree Farm is a perfect magical land of Christmas trees.
On specific dates, enjoy a free horse-drawn wagon ride out to the field to choose from a selection of Balsam, Fraser, Scotch Pine and White Pine trees. Take a ride on the Thomas or Percy train or hop aboard the Whispering Pine Express Wagon offered daily.
You’ll choose from nearly 140,000 trees growing on the farm. Then the farmers will shake the needles and load up your tree for you.
Warm up at the cozy lodge with a free cup of hot chocolate or coffee. You can order an old fashion hot dog with a homemade bun, a bag of popcorn or cookies if you’re hungry!
Then, check out Santa’s Workshop — a special log cabin — where you can visit Santa Claus! (Professional pictures will be available from Ambrosius Studios).
You’ll also have to stop by the Sweet Shop for some Beerntsen’s hand-crafted chocolates and candies, and the new Holiday shop with thousands of ornaments and holiday decor. Don’t miss the old Carousel Horse from the historic Prange’s Store while you’re there. And don’t forget to say hello to the Alpacas on the farm before you go.
- Click here to check the specific dates for horse-drawn wagon rides and Santa visits.
- Grab a delicious bowl of Booyah to raise money for charity on December 7th.
- If you plan to cut down a Fraser Fir, print out this fundraiser flyer and bring it with you. Whispering Pines will donate $2 to Cerebral Palsy, Inc. when you present the flyer along with your Fraser purchase.
No need to bring anything with you – hand saws and twine are provided — just bundle up for cold weather!
2. Tillman’s Christmas Trees, Door County/Kewaunee Line
Our family has been pretty loyal to Ron Tillman’s Christmas trees over the past few years. We picked one at the Festival Foods lot a couple of times, but a walk through the field at Tillmann’s tree farm in Door County was way more fun! Ron has been growing Christmas trees for more than 50 years. He says,
“Visiting us is a history lesson, interactive story telling lesson and an event that the entire family will enjoy.”
Take a free horse-drawn wagon ride available on the 1st-3rd weekends after Thanksgiving. Tillmann’s is self-serve on weekdays. If Door County is too far, you can visit their second location on Bay Settlement Road in Green Bay. Choose from a wide selection of Balsam, Douglas Fir, Scotch Pine, White Pine, Blue Spruce, White Spruce, or Canaan Fir.
- Active Military service members get to choose and cut a free tree!
We had a great experience at Tillmann’s last year, and suggest it to families that will enjoy a more peaceful time together among the evergreens.
3. County H Tree Farm – Sturgeon Bay
Discover the old fashioned County H Tree Farm with the whole family this year to cut down your Christmas tree. Your pets are even welcome at the farm!
You’ll get a handy map showing the tree types, sizes and location. Then walk or drive in the field to pick from the many Balsam Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce, White Spruce, Cedar, and old-fashioned (lightly sheared) balsam fir trees. If you need a saw — they have you covered.
- All trees, any size and type, are $25 each — which is a really good deal!
When you’re finished cutting down your tree, they will bundle it for free. Twine is also available for you to tie and load your tree. Then cozy up by the potbelly stove in the gift shop with a free hot chocolate!
Good little boys and girls will have a ton of fun at County H! They’ll get to try out the new “Better Not Pout” chair, sit at an old fashioned school desk and color, and they’ll get free gifts and candy canes!
Plus, they even have a mailbox outside the shop for kids to drop off their letters to Santa.
The unique old-fashioned gift shop is hand-built from cedar stovewood, old beams, and handmade shingles on the roof. Shop for ornaments, unique Christmas gifts and get a new pair of those popular handmade wool and fleece mittens.
- Get your first tree as a married couple at County H. Newlyweds receive their tree half price as a start to their Christmas tradition.
- Every year, the family owned farm donates a portion of tree sales to charity. This year they will donate to Old Glory Honor Flight and the Chop ‘N Shop with a Cop Program.
4. Aissen Tree Farm, Kewaunee
Choose from thousands of trees including Fraser Fir, Balsam Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce and Black Hills Spruce, at Aissen Tree Farm in Kewaunee. Take a stroll with the family (dogs welcome!) through 70 acres of rolling hills until you find the perfect one!
One unique thing about this family-owned tree farm is that every tree in the field has a name! Families who have made Aissen their tradition like to search for a different name each year. The tag will also identify the type and price of the tree. After you find the one, they will shake it and baling is offered for a $2 fee.
Then stop by the Christmas Gift Shop to have a cup of free hot cider, hot chocolate or coffee on weekends, and if you’re hungry they serve church sponsored meals on the weekends too.
While you’re there, browse through 5,000 plus ornaments, antiques, and other treasures for your shopping pleasure. Kids of all ages will get a kick out of the life-size gingerbread playhouse with toys and movies. The shop was built with beams and boards from the remains of a local barn.
5. Hanauer’s Tree Farms – Shawano
If you’re looking for a perfectly cone-shaped, bottom pruned and stand ready tree — Hanauer’s Cut-Your-Own Tree Farm in Shawano is a good choice for you.
The farm has been in the Hanauer family for 45 years and has grown into a 500 acre plus operation. The owners have degrees in horticulture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and when it comes to proper tree farming, they do not cut corners. Plus, these full-time tree growers use special powered equipment to shear the trees into a beautiful shape. They have won many state and national awards including multiple Wisconsin Grand Championships.
While you’re at the farm, pick from all sorts of species including Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir, Canaan Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce and White Pine.
Before you leave, you’ll get your tree mechanically shaken to get rid of any dead needles and debris so it’ll be living room ready!
If you’re looking for a large tree for cathedral ceilings, churches or your business, they offer true specimens, up to 26 feet tall or higher, that you won’t find anywhere else!
6. ANR Tree Farm – Waupaca
Here’s another cut-your-own Christmas tree business that offers some great bonuses. ANR Tree Farm also has a location in Wild Rose, which is larger and offers taller trees than the Waupaca location.
One word describes this place – FREE. Your family can munch on some free popcorn, sip on free hot apple cider from Door County’s Woods Orchard and take a free tractor or trailer ride. Plus, you can even take home free pine boughs to add to the decor in your home.
Dogs are welcome at this tree farm. That’s always a nice touch, because dogs are family members too! Your dog will probably “pick out” a whole bunch of trees – if you know what I mean.
Like many of the other places on this list — your tree will be shaken to remove dead needles and bailed in twine for you to take home. They get it down to 18 inches in diameter, so fitting it in your vehicle should be easy. Prices range from $25 to $50.
Before you leave, make sure to check out the Country Christmas store with ornaments, tree stands, wreaths and garlands.
7. Ottman Family Christmas Trees – Fish Creek
Have you ever seen Door County covered in snow? It’s just as stunning of a place during wintertime as it is in the summer.
Heading up to the Ottman Family Christmas Tree Farm in Fish Creek is the perfect chance to visit Door County with far fewer tourists. Some stores and restaurants will be closed for the season — but you’ll find plenty that are open for business year round.
The Ottman family has been in the Christmas Tree business since the Great Depression. It started as a way for the current owner’s grandfather to make some extra money. Steve Ottman’s father, Herb, later bought 17 acres of his mother’s land in Door County and started his own plantation.
- Check out this article from Peninsula Pulse for more of the story
Today Steve and his family continue to grow trees. The Ottman family also owns tree farms in Belleville and in Adams County.
Where will you go to pick out your Christmas tree this year?
Are there any unique tree farms in Northeast Wisconsin that I missed? Leave a comment to let everyone know!
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