For many families, it’s a tradition. For the rest, it’s an experience worth trying at least once as cutting down your very own Christmas tree holds a sense of pride and, in some cases, a challenge since they don’t always fall easy. Once you’ve found “the one” and cut it down, there’s still the obstacle of successfully tying it to the car roof for the journey home. All in all, the experience makes for a lot of laughs and a lot of fun. Visit any of these farms below for a memorable tree cutting experience, and also take a look at the best Christmas Tree farms around Baltimore from 2012.

Gaver Farm LLC
5501 Detrick Road
Mt. Airy, Md. 21771
(301) 865-3515

Starting Nov. 29 and open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Gaver Farm has more than 50 acres of Christmas trees for the cutting – a great choice for those who want plenty of options. Six different types of trees are available depending on your preference and needs, specifically Colorado Blue Spruce, Canaan, Douglas, Fraser and Concolor Firs and White Pine. If the cut-your-own approach sounds too daunting, choose instead from a wide selection of trees cut fresh daily or ask the staff to help you cut a tree from the field. Visitors can take advantage of free saws for use, tree drilling and shaking and baling.

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Davidson Christmas Tree Farm
1101 Emory Church Road
Upperco, Md. 21155
(410) 239-6556

On Davidson Christmas Tree Farm, spend an hour or the whole day walking along the rows of 30,000+ trees to find the perfect one for your home. Open every year from Nov. 23 until Dec. 23, families looking for assortment will not be disappointed. In addition to offering all of the traditional types of trees, the farm has Norway, Serbian and White Spruce as well as Scotch Pine for the choosing. If you visit on the weekends, enjoy the convenience of tractor-pulled wagon rides to help haul the trees back for you. Pets are even welcome so the whole family can participate in this annual holiday tradition.

Frostee Tree Farm
8926 Cowenton Ave.
Perry Hall, Md. 21128
(410) 391-5113

Located on 20 acres with 15 acres of ready-to-cut trees, Frostee Tree Farm has White Pines, Douglas Firs, Blue Spruce and Norway Spruce available. The trees range in size from as short as five feet up to 16 feet, with lots of choices in between, so everyone can walk away with a tree that fits beautifully into the home. The farm also has a great selection of bagged trees, which are specially bagged to ensure the best root system is in place when it comes to transplanting your tree outside after the holidays. Come prepared with your own saw, but if needed, the farm can lend you one. Also, additional services such as hauling, bailing, tree drilling and shaking and twine for tying the tree to your vehicle are available upon request.

Mt. Carmel Tree Farm
2105 Mt. Carmel Road
Parkton, Md. 21120
(443) 491-3323

Feel the magic of the season as you sip complimentary hot cider and search for the perfect Christmas tree on Mt. Carmel’s Tree Farm. There’s a hayride down to the cut-you-own tree section, which is much appreciated on those colder days. Premium Fraser Firs are also offered as part of the pre-cut tree selection. In addition to trees, the farm sells decorated and plain wreaths, holly, centerpieces, tree stands and more in the shop. The reasonable pricing and variety of choices available make this farm a must visit this holiday.

Breezy Trees Farm
2198 Sam’s Creek Road
Westminster, Md. 21787
(410) 875-0665

With acres of trees available to cut, Breezy Trees Farm offers a more intimate experience for families who are happy going home with one of the two most popular Christmas trees for the holiday season – Douglas or Fraser Firs. Douglas Firs are available in sizes from six to 14 feet and Fraser Firs from four to 10 feet. The farm offers these trees exclusively since they last longer, look better and hold heavier ornaments while still emitting that fragrant pine smell. Be sure to visit the website or call in advance if you’re getting a tree closer to the holiday as high demand can cause this farm to close early for the season.

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