Nothing beats a live tree or garland to bring the scents and feel of the holidays into your home. With our annual list of local tree farms you can find your perfect fir or pine, a wreath and more.
For locations of farms throughout the state, go to Kychristmastreefarms.com. Don’t know a spruce from a pine? The site offers info and photos to ID the types of trees grown in Kentucky.
Tips on how to select and maintain your tree and farm locations around the country are available at the National Christmas Tree Association’s Web site, Realchristmastrees.org.
Barker’s Christmas Tree Farm. 1500 Deer Haven Ln., Lexington. Choose-and-cut Scotch and white pine, Canaan and Douglas firs,Norway spruce. $32-$100. Wreaths made fresh from the farm in three sizes. Tree stands. Trees are shaken to remove needles, and help is available to load your tree. Hours: 3:30-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. Directions: From Man o’ War Blvd., take Todds Rd. 1.8 miles out of town, past the Interstate 75 bridge. Turn left on Deer Haven Ln. and go about 3/4 mile; farm is on the right. Contact: (859) 223-4354, (859) 333-7213. Barkerschristmastreefarm.com.
Christmas Memories Tree Farm. 4890 Keene Rd. (Ky. 1267), Lexington. Choose-and-cut white and Scotch pine and Canaan fir, $35-$100, check or cash only. Saws, twine and help loading trees provided. Hours: 9 a.m.-dark Sat., 2 p.m.-dark Sun. through Dec. 19. Directions: From Man o’ War Blvd., go 1.7 miles south on Harrodsburg Rd. Turn onto Military Rd. Bear left on Keene Rd. (Ky. 1267). Drive .4 miles, and trees will be on your left. Contact: (859) 223-1140.
Nieman’s Tree Farm. 5100 Sulphur Ln., Lexington. Choose-and-cut Fraser and white fir and white pine. 5- to 6-foot tree $60, 6- to 7-foot tree $75. Trees are up to 16 feet tall. Balled and burlapped (to plant) blue and Norway spruce, white pine and white fir. Saws available; farm will cut and load tree for you. Portable restroom. Hours: 9 a.m.-dark Sat. and Sun., 3 p.m.-dark Mon.-Fri. Through Dec. 24. Directions: From Man o’ War Boulevard, take Todds Road 3 miles out of town, turn right on Sulphur Lane. Farm is on the right. Contact: (859) 263-4535, (859) 552-3532.
Yuletide Tree Farm and Nursery. 3925 Old Boonesboro Rd., Winchester. Cut trees available: white pine, Canaan fir, Norway spruce. Balled and burlapped trees: Norway and blue spruce. You-cut trees, $35; Canaan firs $50-$80; balled and burlapped trees, $45-$72. Wreaths, garland and a gift shop. Hours: 1-5 p.m. Sun.-Fri.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. through Dec. 20. Directions: From Lexington, take Interstate 64 to Winchester, Exit 94. Turn right on Bypass Road, then right on Ky. 627 (Boonesboro Rd.). Go to Old Boonesboro Rd. Turn right and go 1.3 miles to farm on right. Contact: (859) 744-9068, (859) 771-4729.
Cathole Bend Tree Farm. 1243 Cathole Bend Rd., Lancaster. You-cut and balled and burlapped trees available. Norway, blue and white spruce; white pine and Canaan fir. Trees priced individually starting at $15. All trees more than 12 feet tall are $50. Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Through Dec. 20. Directions: Take U.S. 27 to Ky. 52 in Lancaster, turn west toward Danville and go 0.8 mile. Turn south on Ky. 1150 (Old Danville Rd.) and go 2.8 miles to the bridge across Dix River. Don’t cross the bridge. Drive straight down Cathole Bend Rd.; the road ends at the farm. Contact: (859) 985-7044.
Baldwin Farms. 1113 Tates Creek Rd., Richmond. Trees grown on the farm: Norway, blue and white spruce, and white pine. Cut your own tree (bow saws provided) or farm will cut it for you. All cut trees grown on the farm $50, any size, even big trees. Fraser firs from North Carolina priced individually. Balled and burlapped trees to plant after Christmas start at $55. Other items include free hot chocolate and candy canes for customers, wreaths, garland, mistletoe kissing balls, local honey, sorghum, jams. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Dec. 22. Directions: From Main Street (U.S. 25) in Richmond, take Tates Creek Road (Ky. 169) 1.5 miles and look for signs on left. Contact: (859) 582-5785. Baldwinfarmsky.com.
Castle Hill Farm Winery. 3650 Lexington Rd., Versailles. Fraser firs, wreaths, garlands, wine and gift baskets. Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri., Sat.; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. Through Dec. 24. Directions: From Lexington take U.S. 60 west. There are two entrances on the right, a driveway immediately before the Marathon gas station. The second is at the light, between the Marathon gas station and Dairy Queen. Contact: (859) 576-0010. Castlehillwinery.com.
Hutton-Loyd Tree Farm. 1 Christmas Tree Rd., Wallingford. White and Scotch pine; Norway and Colorado blue spruce; fraser and Nordmann firs. Choose-and-cut and pre-dug trees available. A variety of wreaths, garland, swags and holly. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun. through Dec. 20. (606) 876-3423. Hl-treefarm.com.
Land Between the Lakes, Golden Pond. Permit required to cut down one free cedar tree in select regions of the national recreation area Nov. 27-Dec. 24. Permits are available at the LBL administrative office, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., Nov. 30-Dec. 23. Permits, maps, and cutting guidelines are available at Landbetweenthelakes.us/reservations. Call (270) 924-2065 for information.