Best Places to Buy Real Christmas Trees in the Twin Cities

Dad carrying Christmas Tree into House as Kids Cheer -Where to Buy Real Christmas Tree in the Twin Cities

I am traditionally a bit of a scrooge when it comes to Christmas Trees. I know I’m going to be the one to get stuck taking it down. I know it will take up valuable living space while it is in my house for the entire holiday season. And I know that I have been guilty of leaving it up too way too long. I’m not going to say June, but I’m not, not going to say it either.

Three of my four babies came during the Holidays, and that always makes everything harder. One baby year we waited until the last minute. My husband ran out on Christmas Eve looking for any tree. He finally stopped at Walgreens where they were selling Charlie Brown tabletop trees. We still use that one as a centerpiece. I kind of love that tree.

After that, we decided it would be best to give up on real trees and just go with artificial for awhile. This year, I’m DONE with that.  I want so badly to go to a Christmas Tree farm and cut my own. But failing that, I still really want a real tree for now on. Just writing this article and choosing the farm that we will visit has already made me excited for a tree this year.

I Don’t Want an Artificial Tree Anymore

I long for the smell of real pine. I know the downside of real Christmas trees can be sap; I know they are messy. I know my house is small and I have limited space. But still, I want a real Christmas Tree this year and this is why:

I STILL Have Needles Everywhere!

You would think, if you are going to get a plastic tree, it would not shed. It does. Worse, now they are not organic pine needles, and they can’t just be swept out the door or into the organics bin. Instead, I have little plastic needles fall on me whenever I dig around in our basement storage room all year round.

The Pre-Lit Bulbs No Longer Work

It sounds convenient, but once these bulbs no longer work, they are just in the way. I still have to buy lights and try not to confuse them with the non-working bulbs (that don’t come off the tree) when I take the tree down. It makes everything more difficult.

Even the Best Artificial Christmas Trees Require Storage

I admit I may not have bought the best choice in artificial Christmas tree products. But, even if I try to go down that road again, I’ll have to take up a good chunk of storage space for the new tree.

What do you do with a no-longer useful faux tree?

Send it to the dump? I just don’t want to be an end user anymore. At least real trees get a second life as woodchips.

Where to Find Real Christmas Trees

Now that I’ve decided on the real Christmas Tree.  I have wo choices find a local Christmas Tree lot or go the a Christmas Tree farm where families can chop down their own live Christmas trees or pick out a pre-cut tree. I have never done the cut-your-own thing, so I really want to do that this year. I think it would be fun to have the family pick the perfect tree to bring home and it would be fun to make a homemade wreath with the trimmings.

Cut Real Trees at a Christmas Tree Farm

The list below is a result of my research so we could choose a farm. If you have suggestions of farms I’ve missed, leave us a comment so we can check them out and share with the community. I’m noting distances from the center of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Obviously travel times will vary greatly by where in the metro you are located.

East of the Twin Cities

Krueger’s Christmas Trees

10970 43rd Street North, Lake Elmo, MN 55042
Opening Day: Reservations required through Nov. 30th, Drop in hours beginning December 1st.
Hours
Mon-Thurs: 12-7pm; Fri-Sun: 9am-7pm. Cut-Your-Own Fields Close at 4:30pm.
Distance from Cities: Approximately 30 minutes.
Details: Choosing where to buy our tree was not easy as all of these farms seem great, but ultimately we went with Krueger’s Christmas Trees as were not disappointed. Smoothly run by professionals who knew what they were doing; from parking to tying our tree onto our van’s roof, we were taken care of during the whole stress-free visit so we could concentrate on a family day of fun.

Courtyard of Krueger's Tree Farm in Lake Elmo, MN

Northwest of the Twin Cities

B&J Christmas Tree Farms

9419 Highway 95, Princeton, MN 55371
12946 47th Street, Clear Lake MN 55319
Opening Day: November 20, 2021
Hours: Hours vary, find 2021 B&J Christmas Farm Hours Here for Princeton and Here for Clear Lake.
Distance from Cities: Approximately 1 hour.
Details: Greeters will help you find your way and give you a map. The lot has saws  you can use. Shaking and baling is included with your fresh-cut trees. Santa is on site on the weekends from 11:30am to 3:30pm until December 12th.

Goldenman’s Christmas Tree Farm

11055 245th Avenue, County Road 19, Zimmerman, MN 55398
Opening Day: November 20, 2021
Hours: Weekends 9am-5pm; Weekdays 3pm-5pm; Fridays 1pm-5pm.
Distance from Cities: Approximately 45 minutes.
Details: Cut your own tree and pay as you exit.  Other family fun includes, live animals, hayrides, games, scavenger hut and hot cider.

Hansen Tree Farm

7440 Alpine Dr., Ramsey, MN 55303
Opening Day: November 13, 2021
Hours: Friday through Saturday, 9am-5pm.7440 Alpine Dr., Ramsey, MN 55303
Distance from Cities: Approximately 30 minutes.

Details: This farm has a pre-set all-inclusive price. $125 in 2021, includes the tree in the size and species of your choice, hayrides, live music (on certain dates), both a communal bonfire and your own private campfire, and hot beverages and Christmas sausage.

Our Farm Christmas Trees

4271 210th Avenue NW, Oak Grove, MN 55303
Opening Day: November 20, 2021
Hours: Mon-Thurs 12pm-7pm and Fri-Sun 9am-7pm
Distance from Cities: Approximately 35 minutes.

Details: Family owned tree farm. Cut your own or pre-cut. Maps are given to visitors upon arrival and available trees are tagged and labeled. We were alerted to this farm because they also have a nightly Holiday Light Display.

Northeast of the Twin Cities

Countryside Christmas Tree Farm

10021 47th Street N., Lake Elmo, MN 55042
Opening Day: November 26, 2021.
Hours: Daily 9am-8pm.
Distance from Cities: Approximately 30 minutes.
Details: Precut and Cut Your Own options.

Jan’s Cut Your Own Christmas Trees

12519 37th Street SE, Clear Lake, MN 55319
Opening Day: Saturday, November 20, 2021
Hours
Please call to setup an appointment for pre-tagging. 320-743-3327.
Distance from Cities: Approximately 1 hour.
Details: Find a wide variety of
tree species, such as the Colorado blue spruce, Balsam Fir, and Norway pine. Family fun includes a fire pit and Christmas shop.

Rum River Tree Farm

21050 Lake George Blvd NW, Oak Grove, MN 55303
Opening Day: Saturday, November 20, 2021
Hours: Fields open 9am – 4:15pm; Tree lot open 9am – 7pm
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Distance from Cities: Approximately 1 hour.
Details: Family Fun includes FREE hayrides, pony rides, petting farm, Santa visits, coloring books and candy canes for kids, and a waffle food truck. Plus 
280 acres of cut-your-own Christmas trees along the beautiful Rum River. Trees include Balsam, Scotch Pine, White Pine, Spruce (Colorado, Black Hills, White), Fraser Fir and Norway Pine.

St. Croix Valley Trees

458 Rice Lake Rd, Somerset, WI 54025
Opening Day: Saturday, November 20, 2021
Hours: Weekends 9am-4pm; Wed-Fri 11am-4pm
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Distance from Cities: Approximately 45 minutes.
Details: This place has the COOLEST play area. You can see it on Google.  That alone may make it a great family tree cutting destination. 

South of the Twin Cities

Hampton Hills Tree Farm

 998 310th St Way, Cannon Falls, MN 55009
Opening Day: Saturday, November 20, 2021
Hours: Open 9am – 4:15pm.
Distance from Cities: Approximately 45 minutes.
Details: Precut and Cut Your Own options: Fraser Fir, Balsam, Scotch Pine, White Pine, Norway Pine, Colorado Spruce. Family fun includes horse-drawn hayrides, Santa visits, coloring books and candy canes for kids, and a mini-donut food truck.

 

Best Places to Get Real Trees in the Cities

Saint Paul & Minneapolis:

Saint Paul Farmers Market

Address: 290 5th St E, St Paul, MN 55101
Opening Day: November 26, 2021
Hours: Weekdays 12pm-8pm; Weekends 9am-7pm
Details: Wolcyn Tree Farms & Nursery will operate the Christmas Tree Lot at Saint Paul’s downtown farmers market for its 17th year.  Christmas tree options include fragrant Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir, Canaan Fir, Scotch Pine, and White Pine. The lot at Saint Paul Farmers’ Market offers many sizes as well as decorated wreaths, garland roping, and spruce tips.

Bachman’s on Lyndale

Address: 6010 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Opening Day: November 20, 2021
Hours: Times vary. See dates and times here.
While picking out your tree, search for lifelike cutouts of Santa & Albert, in the tree lot. Take selfies with the cutouts, the “Dazzler” poinsettia tree, or at the festive ornament door.  Don’t forget your camera and masks.

Happy Land Tree Lot

Keg & Case Marketplace, 928 West Seventh Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Opening Day: November 20, 2021
Hours: Weekdays 10am-7pm; Saturday 9am-7pm; Sunday 10am-5pm
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Details: Happy Land does have a tree farm an hour and a half north of the cities, but that seems like a long drive with a tree on your roof.

Northwest Metro Christmas Tree Lots:

Goldenman’s Christmas Tree Lots

Coborn’s, 19425 Evans St NW, Elk River, MN 55330
1500 Howard Ave, Maple Plain, MN 55359
Opening Day: November 26, 2021
Hours: Saturdays 9am-8pm; Sundays 10am-6pm; Weekdays 3pm-8pm.
Details: A variety of pre-cut Christmas trees, wreaths and pots.

Southwest Metro Christmas Tree Lots:

B&J Christmas Tree Lots

Addresses:
Eden Prairie Center, 8251 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Louisiana Oaks Park, 3500 Louisiana Ave. S., St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Richfield Farmers Market, 6335 Portland Ave., Richfield, MN 55423
Opening Day: November 20, 2021
Hours: Weekdays 9am-4pm
Details: Quality fresh trees including Fraser Fir, Balsam Fir, Korean Fir, Canaan Fir, Spruce, White Pine, Scotch Pine, Norway Pine. Other products include wreaths, garland, spruce tops, and porch and yard decor.

Rum River Tree Farm Metro Tree Lots

Addresses:
Find a list of open lots here.
Opening Day: Varies by lot, but sometime between 11/20/21 & 11/26/21
Hours: Varies by lot.
Details: Print a coupon good for $3 off any tree.

Where did my Favorite Tree Farm Go?

Blackwoods Farm

Stillwater, MN 55082
During the summer of 2022, Blackwoods Tree Farm announced on Facebook that they have decided to retire and would no longer be selling trees at Christmas time. Enjoy your retirement!

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