The rugged outdoors have defined Minnesota style for years, and that extends to holidays as well. Enough of these plastic holidays; hit the woods this year and cut down your own tree. Not only will you benefit from the crisp, cool air and the freshest spruce scents that are so special to this state, but you’ll get the satisfaction of bringing home a tree just the way they did 100 years ago. This is Minnesota, after all.
For a few more ideas, check out last year’s article here: Best Tree Cutting Experiences In Minnesota.
Cupkie Christmas Village
43550 County Highway 14
Richville, MN 56576
This family-owned “village” is just as cute as it sounds. There are plenty of varieties of trees for you to cut, but that isn’t all this Christmas experience in northwestern Minnesota has to offer. There is a nice bonfire where you can warm your hands, and there are plenty of snacks to fill your stomach. Find yourself a perfect tree and get it all wrapped up before, on special weekends, saying hi to Santa and his reindeer sitting nearby, and the gift shop will help lighten the Christmas shopping load.
Blackwoods Tree Farm
14435 30th St. N.
Stillwater, MN 55082
This is a winter experience every Minnesotan needs to have. Find your perfect tree in the vast forest of greenery mingling with white snow, and then head back to the cozy, inviting barn to warm up by the fire while enjoying cookies and hot apple cider. This is something for the whole family to enjoy together, creating memories that will last forever. There are also miles of hiking trails on this farm, so you can really enjoy the rugged, beautiful landscape before heading home.
Krueger’s Christmas Trees
10970 43rd St. N.
Lake Elmo, MN 55042
Just outside of the Twin Cities, family owned and operated Krueger’s farm offers the full Christmas tree experience in the St. Croix valley. Touting its farm as “renewable, sustainable, recyclable,” this 95-year old family farm will teach you all about its trees, so you know exactly what to look for when you cut and what you’ll be taking home. The hands-on, friendly service will make this tree-cutting trip a breeze and you can feel good about hanging ornaments on a tree from such a dedicated family farm.
Jan’s Christmas Trees
12519 37th St. S.E.
Clear Lake, MN 55319
This tree farm works year-round with the community and takes full advantage of the majestic woods of Minnesota. Working closely with customers to make an easy, hassle-free tree-cutting experience, the staff at Jan’s knows how important it is to keep the tradition of tree-growing alive. The extensive variety of trees will impress, and the meticulously kept grounds are amazing as well. If you’re looking for the farm that truly cares about its trees and the people taking them home this Christmas season, drive out to Clear Lake.
12946 47th St.
Clear Lake, MN 55319
A fantastic place to bring kids, with hayrides and horse rides, a petting zoo and, best of all, a visit with Santa, B&J brings the season to life. Opening earlier than most, on the weekend before Thanksgiving, the farm is open to veterans and newbies alike for tree choosing and cutting, as the staff will make sure you find exactly the tree you’re looking for. Need a few ornaments, garlands, wreaths or maybe some mistletoe? The gift shop has you covered there as well.
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Adrian Schramm is a resident Saint Paul writer with a passion for all things local. Through his work with Saint Paul Almanac and Minneapolis Examiner at Examiner.com, as well as in the kitchens of bars and restaurants around town, he has discovered what truly makes the Twin Cities tick.