Christmas trees

File Photo (File photo by Steve Ruark / Patuxent Publishing / November 22, 2011)

The weekend after Thanksgiving not only signals the official start of the Christmas season, but also the start of the Christmas tree hunting season. 

For many families, holiday traditions include a visit to a cut-your-own tree farm the weekend of Thanksgiving -- or soon afterward.

In Anne Arundel County, there are a few options for farms where families can search for the perfect tree, cut it themselves and haul it home. In addition to fresh-cut trees, some farms offer baling, wreaths and greens.

The following are local trees farms. Call the numbers shown for more details, or to check on tree availability as the days count down toward Christmas. Happy hunting!

Friendship Trees - 6950 Old Solomons Island Road, Friendship. 301-855-5756; 301-641-9403. Email Friendshiptrees1@aol.com. Open weekends, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; weekdays 1-4:30 p.m. Fir, pines and spruce. Christmas shop with ornaments, wreaths, roping, tree stands, crafts. Leashed pets welcome.

Hill Top Farm - 6287 Mallard Lane, Lothian. 301-855-8431. Open weekends of Dec. 7-8 and Dec. 14-15, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sundays, noon-4:30 p.m.

Modlin's Tree Farm - 4910 Little Road, Lothian. 301-643-3147, 301-855-7125. Email modlinlandscaping@yahoo.com. Website www.modlinstreefarm.com. Open daily, 8 a.m.-dusk. Choose and cut trees Canaan and Douglas fir, Norway spruce, white and Scotch pine; also precut Fraser firs. 

Note: Know of any other cut-your-own Christmas tree farms in Anne Arundel?  If so, email information to Jim Joyner at jjoyner@baltsun.com.