It’s more than just a tree; it’s a holiday experience that starts from the moment you step out of the car. Walking down aisles of fresh, sweet smelling firs and pines, checking each tree for the perfect height and girth, and then at last the challenge of cutting your own Christmas tree and preparing it for the ride home – it is these fond memories that keep many people coming back to the farms each year. Before heading out, be sure to review these top Christmas tree farms to see what supplies are needed as well as open hours, tree varieties and payment options. Also, it’s always a good idea to call in advance to make sure that trees are available before driving out to a farm. For more cut-your-own options in the area, check out these Best Christmas Tree Cutting Experiences Near Baltimore.
Doyle’s Christmas Tree Farm
1155 Bernoudy Road
White Hall, MD 21161
(410) 404-2095
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For 28 years and counting, Doyle’s Christmas Tree Farm has been proudly selling fresh-cut Douglas Fir trees ranging from four to 13 feet tall. All supplies are included for your convenience such as hauling carts, saws, cord for securing to the car and free bailing. The hardest part is always weaving in and out of the rows of trees in search for the perfect pine as there are lots of perfectly manicured trees to choose from. This no-frills farms prides itself on treating customers like family and being a source of holiday traditions as year after year the same families return to Doyle’s to find the best Christmas tree.

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Martin Tree Farm
18130 Falls Road
Hampstead, MD 21074
(410) 374-2226
www.martintreefarm.com

Since 1975, Martin Tree Farm has been the place for families to enjoy a memorable Christmas tree cutting experience. Offering all of the holiday favorites – Canaan, Douglas and Fraser Firs plus White Pines – customers can pick up their tree any day of the week starting the Sunday after Thanksgiving. The farm also sells pre-made and made-to-order wreaths, as well as a host of other tree-inspired holiday decorations and equipment. From the hay ride to the shaking and bailing of the tree, this family owned and operated farm knows how to make choosing and cutting your own tree an enjoyable occasion.

Pine Valley Farms
1150 Fannie Dorsey Road
Sykesville, MD 21784
(410) 795-8314
www.pinevalleyfarms.com

Find an expansive selection of both traditional and non-traditional Christmas trees like Concolor Fir and Norway Spruce this holiday season at Pine Valley Farms. The 100-acre farm truly boasts the perfect tree for every home, and tree prices (which are indicated by colored tags) also include tree shaking, baling and drilling. Inside the barn are fresh holiday wreaths for sale as well as a snack bar to warm up cold hands and fill empty stomachs. Open Thanksgiving Day, the scenic farm has become an annual family tradition for many Marylanders and even the occasional Pennsylvania resident, but don’t worry as there are plenty of trees to go around for all. (Note: Only cash and checks are accepted here.)

Hirt Tree Farm
917 Arnold Road
Westminster, MD 21157
(410) 876-8839
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With a variety of trees that will bring a happy holidays to any home, Hirt Tree Farm opens the Friday after Thanksgiving until December 23rd (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) with over 30,000 live trees to choose from. Cannan Fir, Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, White Pine and more, the finest Christmas tree awaits every visitor and simply requires a good eye and ready saw. Height ranges from four feet up to 12 feet tall and all trees have been trimmed and well-groomed; some Douglas Firs are even hand trimmed, which gives a much different, old fashioned look than using shears. There are also live balled and burlaped trees for those desiring a greener choice. For easier transporting, your tree can be bailed for a minimal additional cost. (Note: Only cash and checks are accepted here.)

Modlin’s Tree Farm
5910 Little Road
Lothian, MD 20711
(301) 643-3147
www.modlinstreefarm.com

Grown with lots of love, pride and care all year long, Modlin’s Christmas Tree Farm is a great place to cut your very own tree for the holidays. In addition, there are pre-cut premium Fraser Firs straight from North Carolina ready to bring cheer and a lovely pine smell to your home. Once the tree is safely loaded on top of the car, head over to Santa’s Snacks where hot beverages and food are waiting to take the cold away. In honor of U.S. troops, the farm will be giving a 20-percent discount on tree purchases made by the military.

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