October 18, 2019 | Story by: Erin Utter
Christmas time is just around the corner! What way can you and your family get in the holiday spirit? Go find the perfect Christmas tree! With the help of Marsha Gray, a Livingston County local and the Executive Director of the Christmas Tree Promotion Board, we got the inside scoop on all things Christmas trees!
Why Real Christmas Trees?
There are many benefits to getting a real Christmas tree. For starters, they smell great! The fresh scent of pine or balsam cannot be reproduced. They are also 100% decomposable. You can throw out your tree after the New Year without feeling guilty about contributing to landfills. Some people may think that it is bad for the environment to get a real Christmas tree, but it’s actually better! Real Christmas trees are grown on farms made specifically for the Christmas tree season. Purchasing real Christmas trees is a way to support local farmers. Plus, with every tree cut down that holiday season, a farmer plants one or more Christmas trees for future seasons. Not only do real Christmas trees help the environment and support local farmers, but they also make for great memories with your family. The time spent choosing the perfect tree will be remembered by your children for years to come. Making memories at a Christmas tree farm is an easy way to get outside during the chilly weather!
Where to go in Livingston County
Waldock Tree Farm is a family-owned and operated choose and cut tree farm. It has been operated by Lou and Donna Waldock since 1988. Waldock Tree Farm makes picking out your Christmas tree a true family event. Bundle up and bring a saw (if you forget, they provide them too) and choose from the acres and acres of trees. The species of trees Waldock Tree Farm has include Balsam Fir, Canaan Fir, Concolor Fir, and Blue Spruce. Afterward, warm up in front of the stove with a warm doughnut and a hot cup of cider while their hard-working staff shake and wrap the tree for free! Also, check out the gift shop for that yearly ornament or some Michigan made Cherry Republic candies. Waldock Tree Farm is located at 3090 Dutcher Road in Howell.
Cohoctah Meadows is a small farm in a rustic setting. It is owned by Paul and Lynn Morrison. The species of trees at Cohoctah Meadows include Balsam Fir, Concolor Fir, Black Hills Spruce, and White Spruce. There are food and beverages available at Cohoctah Meadows, as well as tree wrapping. Make sure to purchase some of their homemade maple syrup as well! Cohoctah Meadows is located at 11450 Durand Road in Howell.
Schell Family Farm
Although Schell Family Farm currently has no trees to harvest, they are bringing in pre-cut Christmas trees to share in the holiday season. They have planted nearly 7,000 Christmas trees every year with the plan to sell over 5,000 a year once they start harvesting in the next 3-4 years. Schell will be offering Douglas Fir, Fraser For, Canaan For, Concolor Fir, Blue Spruce and Norway Spruce. They also have an orchard, pumpkin patch, and sunflower field. On top of all that they are opening a haunted forest this fall, Ghostly Grove, and a wedding barn. Schell Family Farm also offers hay wagon rides and a corn maze and is planning to add new items for kids each year.
Schell Family Farm is located at 10055 Dexter Pinckney Road in Pinckney.
How to Pick the Best Tree
Marsha Gray says that Christmas trees are a personal choice. Some people like the skinnier trees and others prefer the fatter ones. Some like a crooked top and others like them perfectly straight. The great thing about cutting your own Christmas tree is that any variety should last through the holiday season. Select the tree that appeals to you!
How do you make a day out of selecting your perfect tree? Start out by grabbing a cup of coffee or hot chocolate from your favorite coffee shop! If you’re heading to Cohoctah Meadows or Waldock Farm we recommend driving through downtown Howell and stopping at Uptown Coffeehouse or Black Iron Coffee Roasters (both are award-winning) and if you are headed to Schell Family Farm try out The Peaberry Bean and Beats. Once you are all warmed up, head out to the tree farm. After you find the perfect tree, grab some lunch at one of our unique restaurants. If you’re in downtown Howell or downtown Brighton, there are some gift shops with ornaments to decorate your tree with! Finish the day at Tanger Outlets with some Christmas deals.hotel!
There are many benefits to purchasing a real Christmas tree this holiday season and use the opportunity to discover more of Livingston County as well. Send us all your Christmas tree photos with #LoveLivCo!
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