Traditionally, the weekend after Thanksgiving is prime time for hunting down and setting up the family Christmas tree.
Visitors to area tree farms have several options. Choose and cut your own (saws are usually provided), pick from trees already cut, or take home a balled and burlapped variety to plant in your yard after the holidays. Also, many farms offer wreaths, swags and refreshments.
Here is a list of Christmas tree farms in the area. For more information about other area Christmas tree farms, go to www.kychristmastreefarms.com.
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Kovalic Christmas Tree Farm, 487 Ecton Road, Winchester. Choose-and-cut white and Scotch pine, Canaan fir and Norway spruce. Saws provided. Live (replantable) white and red pine; concolor and Canaan fir; Norway, white and blue spruce. Prices start at $25. Wreaths, roping and swags available. 11 a.m.-dark Mon.-Sat., 1 p.m.-dark Sun. Through Dec. 23. Restrooms available. From Lexington on Interstate 64, take Exit 96, turn right onto Ky. 627. At first stoplight, turn left on Veterans Memorial Parkway (Ky. 1958), go 1 mile to Ky. 1960 or Ecton Road; turn right, go ¼ mile to farm on left. (859) 744-2930.
Yuletide Tree Farm and Nursery, 3925 Old Boonesboro Road, Winchester. Pre-cut or you-cut Scotch and white pine. Balled and burlapped white pine, and blue and Norway spruce. Wreaths and garland available; gift shop. 1-5:30 p.m. Sun.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat. Through Dec. 20. From Lexington, take Interstate 64 to Winchester, Exit 94. Turn right on Bypass Road, then right on Ky. 627 (Boonesboro Road). Go to Old Boonesboro Road. Turn right and go 1.3 miles to farm. (859) 744-9068.
Barker's Christmas Tree Farm, 1470 Deer Haven Lane. Choose and cut Scotch and white pine and a few Canaan and Douglas firs (saws provided); pre-cut Fraser firs. Prices start at $31. Fresh wreaths available. 3-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. Through Dec. 19. From Man o' War Boulevard, take Todds Road 1.8 miles out of town, past I-75 bridge. Turn left on Deer Haven Lane and go 1 mile; farm is on the right. (859) 263-7661 or (859) 223-4354.
Christmas Memories Tree Farm, 4890 Keene Road (Ky. 1267). Choose and cut white and Scotch pine, and Douglas fir, $35-$85. Saws provided. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat., 2-5:30 p.m. Sun. Dec. 5-6, 12-13. From Man o' War Boulevard, go 1.7 south on Harrodsburg Road. Turn onto Military Road. Bear to the left on Keene Road (Ky. 1267). Drive 0.4 mile, and the trees will be on your left. (859) 223-1140, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nieman's Christmas Tree Plantation, 5100 Sulphur Lane. Select and cut Fraser and Douglas fir, starting at $50. Pre-order balled and burlapped spruce, fir and pine. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Sun.; 5 p.m.-dark weekdays; or call for appointment. Through Dec. 24. From Man o' War Boulevard, take Todds Road 2.5 miles out of town, turn right on Sulphur Lane. Farm is on the right; look for sign. (859) 263-4535, (859) 552-3532.
Hutton-Loyd Tree Farm, 1483 Big Run Road, Wallingford. You-cut or pre-cut Scotch and white pine, $21-$59; cut Fraser fir, $47-$96; balled and burlapped Scotch and white pine, Douglas fir and Norway spruce, starting at $34. Wreaths and garland available. Hay rides and open fire pit on weekends. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Dec. 6; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 11-13, 18-20. (606) 876-3423.
Cathole Bend Plantation Christmas Tree Farm, 1243 Cathole Bend Road, Lancaster. You-cut Norway spruce and white pine up to 9 feet tall, $14-$100. Open 9 a.m.-dark weekends through Dec. 21; weekdays by appointment only. Take U.S. 27 south to Ky. 52 in Lancaster, turn west toward Danville and go 0.8 mile. Turn south on Ky. 1150 (old Danville Road) and go 2.8 miles to the bridge across Dix River. Don't cross the bridge. Drive straight down Cathole Bend Road; the road ends at the farm. (859) 985-7044.
Baldwin Farm, 1113 Tates Creek Road, Richmond. You-cut Norway, blue and white spruce and white pine (bow saw provided) or they'll cut for you. Balled and burlapped trees available starting at $49. $40 for trees as tall as 8 feet, $10 a foot for each additional foot for all trees grown on the farm. Pre-cut Fraser firs available; prices vary. Wreaths, garland, mistletoe kissing balls, mailbox covers available. Also, Baldwin Farms salsa, local honey, Amish jams and more. 10 a.m.-dark daily. Through Dec. 22. From Main Street (U.S. 25) in Richmond, take Tates Creek Road (Ky. 169) 3.5 miles and look for signs on left. (859) 582-5785, www.baldwinfarmsky.com.
B&B Farm, 1200 Rock Fork Road, Morehead. Scotch and white pine. All trees $15. Open all day Sat. and Sun. Calling ahead is encouraged. (606) 780-0449.
Robinson's Christmas Tree Farm, 1816 Woodlake Road, 2 miles southwest of Stamping Ground. Choose and cut your own tree. White and Scotch pine, $35. 1-5:30 p.m. Sun.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat. Through Dec. 21. From Lexington, take I-64 west to U.S. 62 and turn right. Go 4 miles to U.S. 460 and turn left. Go 1 mile to Ky. 227 and turn right. Go 8 miles to Ky. 1688 and turn left. Farm is 2 miles on left. (502) 535-6147.
Land Between the Lakes, Golden Pond. Permit required for families to cut down one free cedar tree in select regions of the national recreation area. Available Dec. 1-24 at Golden Pond Visitor Center, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, or LBL administrative office, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. For directions, call (270) 924-2000 or go to www.lbl.org.
B&T Tree Farm, 1125 Fintville Road, Versailles. Limited supplies of Scotch and white pine, Norway spruce, Douglas and concolor fir. Starting at $25. After noon Sat. and Sun. Through Dec. 20 or by appointment. Take U.S. 62 West to Shryock Ferry Road, turn left onto Fintville Road; farm is at end of road (1 mile). (859) 873-7574.