Shopping for the ideal Christmas tree can be a daunting task. But it is a great family tradition that is enjoyed every season. Each tree-cutting location on this list has one thing in common: are all independently owned and have unique varieties or selections of Christmas trees to choose from. Prices vary from location to location so take ample time to compare, but do not forget to grab complimentary beverages or snacks while out shopping for the best tree.
Krueger’s Christmas Trees
4452 Lake Elmo Ave. N.
Lake Elmo, MN 55042
Krueger’s Christmas Trees is a family-owned farm and has been in operation for over 95 years. Krueger’s has been growing Christmas trees for over 55 years. The farm is a 30-minute drive outside of the Twin Cities metro area and customers with a spirit for the holidays can select a pre-cut tree or cut one themselves. The farm sells different varieties of trees and they come in all sorts of sizes or shapes. Krueger’s grows the trees in an environmental, sustainable way.
19180 281st Ave.
Grey Eagle, MN 56336
Cornerstone Pines is a family owned and operated Christmas tree farm located between Grey Eagle and Long Prairie. With over 100 acres of land, it can guarantee you will find the perfect tree. Cornerstone sells top-quality Christmas trees, giving customers the ability to cut their own tree or take home a pre-cut tree for less work. Cornerstone prides itself on excellent and personalized service by going a step further. It provides the equipment and tools on site to cut the Christmas tree of your choosing. As a token of appreciation, Cornerstone has other recreational activities that makes shopping for a tree a whole lot of fun.
Happy Land Tree Farms
16706 Groningen Road
Sandstone, MN 55072
Happy Land Tree Farms is a family-owned business that has been operating since 1963. The award-winning farm of the 2013 Minnesota State Fair Grand Champion for Christmas trees grants clients the option to cut their own tree and kids can ride a horse slide while looking around. Customers looking for variety (scotch pine, white pine, balsam fir, Colorado blue spruce and more) can take advantage of the large selection. With the purchase of a tree for the holidays, customers get to enjoy complimentary hot coffee or apple cider.
Chub Lake Tree Farm
1867 E. Chub Lake Road
Carlton, MN 55718
Chub Lake Tree Farm is located in the northeastern part of Minnesota right outside Carlton. It has been in business since 1985 with a passion for growing and harvesting trees. Here you will find fresh pre-cut trees in excellent condition and able to withstand extreme cold temperatures. The sale barn offers beautifully handcrafted balsam Christmas wreaths and garlands. With the purchase of your favorite Christmas tree, Chub Lake will give customers a complimentary cup of hot cider and deliciously baked cookies. The business offers a mail-order program by shipping your wreath without having to leave home and also ships to anywhere in the country.
Budd’s Christmas Tree Farm
75668 270th St.
Clarkes Grove, MN 56016
Budd’s Christmas Tree Farm was born from the purchase of 120 acres in Clarkes Grove in 1976 and officially started business in 1983. With its nice scenic ponds and beautifully wooded areas, Budd’s operates a little differently when it comes to acquiring your very own Christmas tree. It is a choose-and-cut sight. The list of high-quality trees to take home include scotch pine, white pine, Norway pine and more. Prices are set on the the criteria of quality and size of the Christmas tree. During the wait time, enjoy delicious cider and freshly baked cookies.
Anthony Carranza is a freelance writer covering all things Minnesota related to tech, social media, news, and local happenings around the Twin Cities. His work can be found at Examiner.com.