Oh Tannenbaum…

architecture-christmas-christmas-decorations-936706.jpgThe first blanket of snow has already graced the ground, setting the scene for a magical start to the holiday. For some, the holiday experience begins on that serene walk out on the farm, saw in hand, to go pick out the perfect Christmas tree.

Walworth County is home to some pretty amazing tree farms that provide a variety of tree types, garlands, wreaths and other adornments of the season. The farms open daily from Thanksgiving to Christmas to ensure enough time to roam the field and swing into their shops to gather the perfect pieces to deck your halls. Some of the local tree farms even go that extra mile to make it a memorable experience by providing hot cocoa, coffee or hot apple cider to warm you up after the chilly task.

For the other folks, simply enjoying the fresh pine smell and delight that decorating the new tree brings to their home, is all they need to make it a wonderful holiday. Head out now and get a fresh cut Christmas tree at one of these fantastic businesses:

Pre-Cut & Cut-Your-Own

  • Country Side Trees
    W7015 N. Walworth Road, Walworth | (262) 275-5105
    Open daily, November 17 – December 24
    Weekdays 10 am – 4:30 pm, Weekends 9 am – 4:30 pm
    Open 10am- Noon on Christmas Eve
  • Evergreen Acres
    N9171 Nelson Road, East Troy | (262) 495-4502
    Open daily, November 23 – December 24
    Daily 9 am – 4:30 pm
  • Sugar Creek Tree Farm
    N6447 Church Road, Burlington | (262) 767-1177
    Open daily, November 23 – December 24
    Daily 8 am – 4:30 pm
  • Valley View Tree Farm ValleyViewTreeFarm_2018ad
    W798 Valley View Road, Burlington | (262) 534-7234
    Open daily, November 17 – December 24
    Choose & Cut 10 am – 4 pm
    Daily 10 am – 6 pm
    Visit them on Facebook – Valley View Tree Farm, LLC

Pre-Cut Christmas Trees

  • Boxed & Burlap
    2935 State Highway 67, Delavan | (262) 374-5497
    Monday – Saturday 6 am – 6 pm, Sunday 6 am – 3 pm
    Open 6 am – 3 pm on Christmas Eve
  • Pesche’s Greenhouse
    W4080 Hwy 50 W, Lake Geneva | (262) 245-6125
    Monday – Saturday 8 am – 5 pm, Sunday 8 am – 4 pm
    Open 10am- Noon on Christmas Eve
  • Terra Yard Creations
    202 E. Grant Street, Elkhorn | (262) 379-1700
    Weekdays 10 am – 6 pm, Saturday 10 am – 4 pm, Sunday 12 – 4 pm
    Closed on Christmas Eve

For more ideas to kick off your holiday season, go to the events calendar at VisitWalworthCounty.com!

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree in the Lake Geneva area

In a few years, this tree could be in my living room!

For my family, the day after Thanksgiving has never been about the latest gadgets, fighting the crowds at a store, or getting the best deal.  It is, however, all about braving the cold & snow to find that one perfect thing to complete the season….a  Christmas tree.  For over twenty years, my parents bundled up all the kids on the morning of Black Friday, and we piled into our family car to head out to that special farm – a farm full of memories, holiday spirit, and hope for the season to come.  My siblings and I would fight over who got to pick the tree this year, and we’d bring along extra gloves and scarves to mark the trees we liked best.  According to my parents, we would inevitably pick the tree furthest from where we parked our car – though this didn’t matter to us kids, as we weren’t the ones carrying it at the time!  Once our tree was tied to the car, we’d head home, sipping hot cocoa and singing Christmas carols all the way.

Now that I have grown, I still go with my family to that same farm, but now I pick out a tree with my husband for our own home.  It’s a tradition that we would never think of breaking, and one that I cannot wait to share with my own little family for years to come.  Every family has their holiday traditions, and I am so glad that my parents chose this as one of ours.  It doesn’t feel like the holidays in my home without the smell of pine needles (though I do have a new found appreciation for my mom & her tireless vacuuming & sweeping to avoid needles in your socks every day!).

The finished product!
The finished product!

If you are looking to start a tradition of cutting your own Christmas tree in your family – or just looking for a new tree farm – try one of these local tree farms in the Lake Geneva area.  All are open on weekends, but call first during the week.  For details on any of these farms or for a full list of Christmas tree farms in Wisconsin, visit http://www.christmastrees-wi.org/, brought to you by the Wisconsin Christmas Tree Producers Association.

No matter how your family celebrates, we wish you a very happy holidays, from the Walworth County Visitors Bureau!
Christmas Tree Farms 2013