- November 24, 2014

Where to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

I’ve often fantasized about traipsing through the woods, knee-deep in snow, on a quest to find the perfect Christmas tree–just like in the movies. We may not have snow or forests of fir trees here in Texas, but did you know there are nine cut-your-own Christmas tree farms within a two-hour drive of Austin? If you’re tired of the same-old same-old tree lot, consider a day-trip to one of these farms to select and cut your very own tree.

Always call the farm before you go to confirm hours, activities, and availability of trees.

Abrameit’s Tree Farm (Luling) – Open weekends November 29 – December 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Albrameit’s has over 1,000 Virginia Pines for you to choose from. They provide saws and will shake and net your tree for free. A limited number of pre-cut Fraser and Noble firs are available for purchase as well. Be sure to pick up a free coloring book for the kids. 1/4 mile south of I-10 on the east side of US 183, Luling. Look for the signs. (512) 468-2116

Devine Acres Farm (Devine) – November 28 – December 21 (Thursdays  – Sundays) from Noon ’til dark. Choose and cut your own tree right out of the fields. Devine Acres grows Leyland Cypress, Arizona Cypress and Elderica Pine trees. Hayrides to the Christmas Forest, saws for cutting, shaking, and bailing are all provided at no additional cost. Shop for unique Christmas ornaments, crafts and collectibles at the Mason Jar Market and enjoy some hot chocolate, cookies or roasted nuts while you shop for those last minute gifts. 944 FM 2200 W, Devine. (830) 665-9730

Elgin CHRISTmas Tree Farm (Elgin) – November 28 – December 21. Hours. Elgin CHRISTmas Tree Farm has been growing Virginia Pine and Leyland Cypress Christmas trees since 1984. They provide all of the tools necessary to cut your tree so you don’t need to bring anything. When you’re done cutting your tree, they’ll shake the loose needles from it and wrap it for the trip home. They also have pre-cut Fraser firs available for purchase. While at the farm, stop by the Christmas Cottage for a great selection of reasonably priced ornaments, fresh-made wreaths, and tree stands. There is plenty of free fun on offer at Elgin Christmas Tree Farm including scenic hayrides, two mazes, train rides, visits with farm animals, a playground, rubber duck races, and a hay bale mountain. Dogs on a leash are welcome. 120 Nature’s Way, Elgin. (512) 281-5016

Evergreen Farms (Elgin) – November 28 – December 24. Hours. Evergreen Farms is a choose and cut Christmas tree farm designed with fun-loving families in mind. Customers can experience the fresh air of the country as they pick out their perfect Christmas tree. Take a wagon ride out to the field where you can cut your own Texas-grown Christmas tree or pick a pre-cut fir. New this year, you have the opportunity to even “cut” your own pre-cut Christmas tree so you can have the experience of cutting down your tree, but go home with a fir. Poles for measuring the tree and saws for cutting are all furnished free of charge, as well as cleaning and shaking the tree and, finally, the netting and rope for ease in transporting the tree. There are many games to entertain including tetherball, hopscotch, and bean bag toss. There is also a nature trail, farm animals and the gift shop. Additional activities are available for a fee on the weekends. 242 Monkey Rd, Elgin. 512-281-4833

Kristof’s Christmas Tree Farm (Caldwell) – November 28 – December 14. Hours. At Kristof’s, your family is free to roam around the six-acre farm, breathe the fresh air, catch a glimpse of a jack rabbit, and enjoy the outdoors. They provide a bow saw and kneeling pads, shake out the loose needles, wrap your tree in netting, and assist with loading. Pre-cut Fraser firs are also available for purchase. Be sure to pick up a free coloring book for the kids. 1741 CR115, Caldwell. (979) 820-2266

Lee County Christmas Trees (Lincoln) – Open weekends November 28 – December 24. Hours. Make a memory in the heart of Lee County. Enjoy a FREE hayride and some delicious homemade hot chocolate or hot cider while you choose and cut the perfect tree for your family, church, or business. Saws are provided. Choose from four varieties of trees: Virginia Pine, Leyland Cypress, Carolina Sapphire, and Fraser Fir. Peruse handmade fresh wreaths, gifts, and one of a kind items in the shop while you’re there. 4067 CR 114, Lincoln. (979) 716-7901

Pipe Creek Christmas Tree Farm (Pipe Creek) – November 24 – December 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. (Closed on Thanksgiving.) Farm-grown Afghan Pine and Leyland Cypress trees are available for cutting. Saws and measuring poles are provided. After you cut your tree, they’ll shake the loose needles from the tree, wrap the tree in netting, and furnish cord to tie your tree onto your vehicle. FREE hayrides on weekends (weather permitting). 805 Phils Rd, Pipe Creek. (830) 510-6006

Seiler’s Christmas Tree Farm (Seguin) – November 28 – December 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Choose and cut from over 8,000 Virginia Pine, Loblolly Pine, or Leyland Cypress Christmas trees. Sharp, easy to use saws and wagons for hauling your tree are provided. They’ll shake out the loose needles and bag the tree for you. Wreaths, crafts, snacks, and shelled and unshelled pecans are available for purchase. There are hayrides and a playground too. 4100 Jakes Colony Rd, Seguin. (830) 401-4590

Silo Christmas Tree Farm (Temple) – November 22 – December 22. Hours. Bring the family to choose and cut an Afghan Pine, Murray Cypress, or Leyland Cypress for a traditional Christmas tree. Silo furnishes hand saws for you to cut the tree or they’ll do it for you. Then they shake, bale, and help you load the tree into your vehicle. The farm also features pre-cut North Carolina Fraser Firs and Washington State Noble Firs. 7617 McGregor Park Rd, Temple. (254) 986-7988

Here’s a map to help you find the Christmas tree farm closest to you.

In her life before kids, Emily held jobs as a zookeeper, a middle school teacher, and a tour bus driver in the wilds of Montana–not one of which prepared her for the adventures of motherhood. Now she’s living the good life in Austin with her husband, two sons and a Great Dane. When she’s not off gallivanting with her boys, you might find Emily baking up a mean batch of cupcakes, recalling obscure 80s song lyrics, or dreaming of peace and quiet.