Who doesn't love the scent of a real Christmas tree? The upkeep is a bit pesky, but totally worth it -- especially given that real trees are a more environmentally sound choice.
Our family typically picks out a cute little tree (we have low ceilings and a small car) from a nearby lot the day after Thanksgiving, but this year will finally be the year that we venture out to a tree farm.
It looks like we've got no shortage of wonderful choices, some with wagon rides, complimentary hot cocoa and wood-burning stoves to beckon those of us hankering for the total, out-of-the-movies-picture-perfect package.
Badger Country Christmas Trees
61880 CR 365 N, Lawrence | 269-217-6743 | Open Mon-Fri 12-6 pm & weekends 10 am-6 pm
Also sells living trees, garlands and wreaths.
Available trees: Balsam Fir, Canaan Fir, Concolor Fir, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Korean Fir, Scotch Pine, White Pine and Blue Spruce
Baragar Pines Farm
2661 64th St, Fennville | 269-455-9390 | Open Nov 25 & weekends 11 am-4 pm
Organic U-cut trees and a barn with wreaths, garland and hot chocolate.
Available trees: Scotch Pine, White Pine, Blue Spruce and Frasier Fir
Blue Star Tree Farm
6694 120th Ave, Fennville | 616-218-9118 (call for hours)
Available U-cut trees: Fraser Fir, Korean Fir, Balsam Fir, Norway Spruce and Blue Spruce
Butler Tree Farms
21515 Crane St, Dowagiac | 269-782-4650
Provides a provide a warm country atmosphere for families, with visits from Santa (call for times) gifts, treats, a petting zoo, cookies, cider, coffee and hot cocoa and a wood-burning stove.
Available trees: Balsam Fir, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Concolor Fir, Scotch Pine, White Pine, White Spruce and Blue Spruce
Leber Christmas Tree Farm
2439 36th St, Allegan | 269-673-3378 | Open weekends 9 am-5 pm
A fifth-generation family farm offering choose-and-cut Christmas trees, wagon rides to the field, coffee and hot cocoa, and a heated gift shop with ornaments, decor and wreaths
Available trees: Canaan Fir, Fraser Fir, Concolor Fir, Balsam Fir and Blue Spruce
Motts Christmas Barn
16540 South 21st St, Vicksburg | 269-649-0458 | Open Tue-Sun 12-7 pm
Sip warm cider and nibble free popcorn and peanuts while shopping for ornaments, snowmen, stockings, boughs, holly and other decor. Wagon rides are available for U-cut trees. Pre-cut trees are also available.
Pinecrest Christmas Tree Farm
4403 Spring Creek Rd, Galien | 269-545-8125 | Open daily 9 am-6 pm
Available trees: Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Balsam Fir, Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, Scotch Pine. Pre-cut: Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Blue Spruce, Concolor Fir, Scotch Pine
Tall Timbers Tree Farm
56245 70th St, Hartford | 269-463-5750 | Open Mon-Fri 12-6 pm & weekends 9 am-5:30 pm
Full service, U-cut or we-cut Christmas trees, hayrides to the fields, free hot chocolate, fresh wreaths, garlands, ornaments, candles and more.
Available trees: Grand Fir, Canaan Fir, Concolor Fir, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Scotch Pine, White Pine, Blue Spruce, White Spruce, Serbian Spruce and Norway Spruce
Wahmhoff Farms Nursery
3090 M-40 Hwy, Gobles | 888-MI-TREES | Mon-Fri 10 am-7 pm & weekdays 9 am-7 pm
Over 150 acres of trees, horse-drawn wagon rides (call for times), wagon rides and visits from Santa Claus and his reindeer (call for times).
Available trees: Fir (Fraser, Canaan, Concolor, Balsam, Korean); Spruce (Colorado, Serbian, White, Norway, Black Hills); Douglas Fir; and Pine (Scotch, White, Red, Austrian)
Westrate Tree Farms
20526 Fox St, Cassopolis | 269-340-4050 | Open Mon-Fri 2-5 pm & weekends 10 am-5 pm
U-cut and pre-cut trees.
Did we miss your favorite? Let us know in the comments. Still not sure about ditching the fake tree for the real deal? Read on.