More Than a Christmas Tree: Nine Wisconsin Farms

Finding a Christmas tree can be quite the family adventure. As you walk through row after row of trees – this one is too short, that one is too tall and the next one is too skinny. The laughter that comes with picking the perfect tree helps take the chill out of the air, and it’s hard to think of a better way to spend time with family on a bright winter day.

Wisconsin's tree farms offer many ways to create memories with sleigh rides, bonfires, hot chocolate, and visits with Santa and some of his reindeer. It’s the perfect start to the holiday season, and we’ve found some family-friendly (and even pet-friendly) tree farms throughout the state.

Whispering Pines Tree Farm – Oconto

Free horse-drawn wagon rides, hot cocoa and a charming Christmas shop with wreaths, garland, boughs, and holiday gifts and crafts can be found at Whispering Pines. Don't miss a visit from Santa either!

Cut your own varieties: Balsam fir, Fraser fir, Scotch pine, White pine, Spruce, Veitch fir. Fresh-cut to choose from: Balsam fir, Fraser fir, Scotch pine, White pine, Spruce.

Tannenbaum Acres – Janesville

Tannenbaum offers refreshments, bobsled and hay wagon rides, a live reindeer petting zoo, gift shop, potted trees, wreaths, garland, boughs and tree stands. Don't forget your camera!

Cut your own varieties: Fraser fir, Concolor fir, Scotch pine, White pine, Spruce, Colorado blue spruce. Fresh-cut to choose from: Balsam fir, Fraser fir, Concolor fir, Scotch pine, White pine, Spruce.

Hann’s Christmas Farm – Oregon

You’ll experience memories of an old fashioned Christmas when you visit Hann’s. Have your family photo framed by a giant Christmas wreath, displayed just for that reason. Sip on hot cider and munch on fresh popcorn. And visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus on select weekends.

A play area will keep the kids busy while you shop in the story for a perfect gift.

But, of course, the best part is selecting the perfect tree or watching the wreath-makers in action at the wreath shed. Choose a the variety that you love including Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir, Canann Fir, White Pine, Scotch Pine and Colorado Blue Spruce.

Summers Christmas Tree Farm – Middleton

Include the whole family at Summers this year. This tree farm is pet friendly, so even the pooch can help find the perfect tree! 

Cut your own varieties: Balsam fir, Fraser fir, Canaan fir, Douglas fir, Scotch pine, White pine, Spruce, Colorado blue spruce. Fresh-cut to choose from: Balsam fir, Fraser fir, Canaan fir, Douglas fir, Scotch pine, White pine, Spruce, Colorado blue spruce.

Greenview Christmas Trees – Random Lake

Greenview offers free hot cider to warm up from the brisk air and free coloring books for children. Find your tree in style with a wagon ride to the fields on weekends. Wreaths, garland, boughs, gifts and decorations are available for purchase in the gift shop in the old barn.

Greenview has more than 35,000 trees to choose from, so you're sure to find the right one here! Cut your own varieties: Balsam fir, Fraser fir, Concolor fir, Douglas fir, Canaan fir, Scotch pine, White pine, Spruce, Colorado blue spruce. Fresh-cut to choose from: Balsam fir, Fraser fir, Concolor fir, Canaan fir, Douglas fir, Scotch pine, White pine, Colorado blue spruce.

Aissen Tree Farm – Luxemburg

Wreaths, kissing balls and garland handmade on-site will give you plenty of options for decking the halls. Aissen also has a gift shop featuring antiques, more than 4,000 ornaments, gifts and custom made orders.

The kids will love the life-size gingerbread playhouse. Free wagon rides and hot food are available on weekends.

Cut your own varieties: Balsam fir, Fraser fir, Scotch pine, Spruce, Colorado blue spruce. Fresh-cut to choose from: Balsam fir, Fraser fir, White pine.

Lowes Creek Tree Farm – Eleva

Lowes Creek offers free hot apple cider and candy canes for a bit of warmth and sugar. This family-owned farm consists of 290 acres and features a Christmas shop, handmade wreaths and horse-drawn sleigh rides.

Cut your own varieties: Fraser fir, Balsam fir, Canaan fir, White pine. Fresh-cut to choose from: Balsam fir, Fraser fir, Canaan fir, White pine. Balsam fir and Fraser fir.

Pleasant Valley Tree Farms Elk Mound

Refreshments are available, as well as visits from Santa and a living nativity. A country store offers collectibles, gifts, ornaments/crafts, and lovely home decor. 

Cut your own varieties: Balsam fir, Fraser fir, White pine, Spruce, Colorado blue spruce. Fresh-cut to choose from: Balsam fir, Fraser fir, White pine, Spruce, Colorado blue spruce.

St. Croix Valley Trees – Somerset

At St. Croix Valley Trees, you will find festive wreaths, garland, boughs, gifts, crafts and wagon rides. But you will also find straw mountain tunnels, the world's largest gumball machine, juke box dancing, fun for the kids and a chance to share a dance before heading home to decorate!

Cut your own varieties: Balsam fir, Fraser fir, Canaan fir, White pine, Norway pine, Spruce, Korean. Fresh-cut to choose from: Balsam fir, Fraser fir, Canaan fir, White pine, Norway pine, Spruce, Korean.

Visit the Wisconsin Christmas Tree Growers Association for more information.

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