After turkey time, it’s wood time for many.
Chicago-area tree farms are looking to spruce up the Christmas spirit, with many openings for the season on Friday, just one day after Thanksgiving. Some even opened their shops earlier. Anyway, the woodlots harvested all kinds of trees, from fir trees to pines, to participate in the holiday tradition.
Here are some places in the area to cut down a Christmas tree:
Visitors can walk through fields filled with scotch and pine trees, as well as Austrian trees and spruces. Other holiday treats, such as wreaths and garlands, are available for purchase.
A saw is provided for a reimbursable fee of $10 cash, and tree prices vary. Reservations must be made in advance.
The farm, located at 2855 Hart Rd. in Aurora, is open for the season until Dec. 23.
Richardson Adventure Farm
A selection of 50,000 trees of various sizes and shapes are scattered over the 75 acres of the farm.
The trip includes a free wagon ride to and from the fields in addition to a cup of hot chocolate or coffee. Wreaths and festive decorations will also be available for purchase.
The farm will shake and kick every tree. All do-it-yourself trees are $79 plus tax.
The farm, located at 9407 Richardson Rd. in Spring Grove, will be open until Dec. 11. However, cut-your-own sales will end on December 4, meaning sales from then on will consist of pre-cut Fraser and Canaan fir only.
Pioneer forest farm
Pioneer Tree Farm will offer crops of pine, spruce, cedar and fir this season.
Wagon rides to and from fields, and tree shaking and baling are included at no extra cost. Handsaws are provided, but visitors can bring their own. All trees are $80.
In addition to buying trees, visitors can walk around to buy crafts and take part in pioneering activities, like stopping at an authentic log cabin.
The farm, located at 4614 Pioneer Rd. in McHenry, will be open November 25-27 and December 3-4.
Larson Family Farm
Larson’s Family Farm’s 18-acre evergreen field is filled with Caanan and Concolor fir, blue spruce, Norway spruce, Scots pine, and white pine.
The farm provides saws and services, including shaking and scooping, free of charge. All trees are $55 with tax.
The farm, located at 4404 Somonauk Road. in Sandwich, will be open until December 11.
Anderson Tree Farm
Those looking for Norway spruce, Colorado spruce, or white pine can head to Anderson Tree Farm.
The farm provides free shake-and-wrap services and offers visitors free hot chocolate and popcorn.
The farm, located at 508 W. Route 126 in Plainfield, opened for the season Nov. 19.