The centerpiece of a home during the holidays is the Christmas tree. And with several tree farms in Fayette County or a short drive away, you're sure to find the perfect one.
Some farms allow you to cut your own tree, some cut them for you, and others offer live trees with a balled root system so you can plant it and enjoy it all year.
Whether you choose a live or fresh-cut tree, your home will be filled with its fresh scent for weeks. Here's a list of farms to help with your search. Don't see one near you? Check out the Kentucky Christmas Tree Association Web site at Kychristmastreefarms.com.
Yuletide Tree Farm and Nursery, 3925 Old Boonesboro Road, Winchester. Pre-cut or you-cut white pine and Douglas fir $29. Balled and burlapped white pine, Norway and blue spruce $36-$72. Wreaths and garland available; gift shop. 1-5 p.m. Sun.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 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 on right. (859) 744-9068.
Kovalic's Christmas Tree Farm, 487 Ecton Road, Winchester. Choose-and-cut white and Scotch pine starting at $25, fir and spruce starting at $40, saws provided. Or choose from trees already cut. Live (replantable) white and red pine; Douglas and Canaan fir; Norway, Serbian, white and blue spruce $15 per foot. Wreaths, roping and swags available. 11 a.m.-dark Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-dark Sat., 1 p.m.-dark Sun. 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, (859) 595-2218.
Barker's Christmas Tree Farm, 1470 Deer Haven Lane. Choose-and-cut Scotch and white pine $31; Douglas and Canaan firs $9 per foot (saws provided). Pre-cut Fraser firs starting at $51. Fresh wreaths available in three sizes ($15-$21), tree stands. They'll take your picture with your tree and help you load it. 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 about 3/4 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, Douglas and Canaan fir, $35-$100. Saws, twine and loading assistance provided. 9 a.m.-dark Sat., 2 p.m.-dark Sun. Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18. From Man o' War Boulevard, go 1.7 miles south on Harrodsburg Road. Turn onto Military Road. Bear to the left on Keene Road (Ky. 1267). Drive 0.4 mile, and trees will be on your left. (859) 223-1140.
Nieman's Christmas Tree Plantation, 5100 Sulphur Lane. Select-and-cut Fraser fir, wide selection of sizes. Balled and burlapped Norway and blue spruce and white 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 3 miles out of town, turn right on Sulphur Lane. Farm is on the right; look for sign. (859) 263-4535, (859) 552-3532.
Cathole Bend Plantation Christmas Tree Farm, 1243 Cathole Bend Road, Lancaster. You-cut Norway and white spruce and white pine up to 12 feet tall, individually priced starting at $15. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.- Sun. Through Dec. 24. 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 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. Norway, blue and white spruce, and white pine. You cut (bow saw provided) or they'll cut for you. Balled and burlapped trees available. $40 for trees as tall as 8 feet, $10 per foot for each additional foot for trees grown on the farm. Balled and burlapped trees start at $49. Fraser firs from North Carolina priced individually. Wreaths, garland, mistletoe kissing balls, mailbox covers available. Also, Baldwin Farms salsa, local honey, Amish jams, Penn's Country Ham, photos of the family wearing Santa hats and more. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 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. Baldwinfarmsky.com.
Robinson's Christmas Tree Farm, 1816 Woodlake Road, 2 miles southwest of Stamping Ground. This could be your final year to visit the farm. The family plans to close up shop after Christmas. Choose and cut your own tree. White and Scotch pine, $35. 1-5:30 p.m. Fri., Sun.; 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat. Through Dec. 19. 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.
Simms Valley Hill Fields Nursery, 1136 Lincoln Park Road, Springfield. White pine balled and burlapped $8 a foot, cut $5 a foot. Norway spruce $10 a foot balled and burlapped, $7 a foot cut. Fraser and Douglas fir $10 a foot balled and burlapped, $7 a foot cut. Saws provided. From Lexington, take Bluegrass Parkway west to Exit 42. Turn left onto Ky. 555 and go about 15 miles to Springfield. At first red light, take a right. The nursery is across from Wendy's restaurant. (859) 336-7381, (859) 481-1286.
Land Between the Lakes
Free Christmas tree permits are available at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area beginning Thursday for visitors to cut cedar trees.
The permit, valid through Dec. 24, allows a family to cut one cedar at no charge. Permits, maps and cutting guidelines are at the LBL Administrative Office, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and at Golden Pond Visitor Center, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. and Sun. On Christmas Eve, the visitor center will close at 3 p.m. 1-800-525-7077. Lbl.org.