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 Carroll County, there are many 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 2013 version of Christmas Trees and Holiday Greens in Carroll County is available online HERE. The following is a list of tree farms in Carroll and neighboring areas compiled from that list, as well as a few from the Maryland Christmas Tree Association. For details and additional listings, go to http://www.marylandchristmastrees.org.
Breezy Trees Farm — 2198 Sam's Creek Road, Taylorsville. 410-875-0665, or go to http://www.BreezyTrees.com. Open through Dec. 22, Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Douglas and Fraser firs. Tree baling. Directions: From Westminster, Route 27 south to Sam's Creek Road and left on Sam's Creek to farm.
Davidson Christmas Tree Farm — 1101 Emory Church Road, Upperco. Call 410-239-6556; http://www.davidsonchristmastreefarm.com. Open through Dec. 23, Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday through Sunday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fraser, Douglas and Canaan fir; blue and Norway spruce, white pine. Small quantities (100 or less) of Serbian and white and black spruce and Balsam fir. Wreaths, roping, baling, saws. Snacks and gift shop on weekends. Directions: From Route 140, take Route 91 north to Emory Church Road. Left to farm.
Feezers Farm — 3700 Wards Chapel Road, Marriottsville. 410-461-5654, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to http://www.feezersfarm.com. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., through Dec. 23. Blue and Norway spruce. Pre-cut Fraser fir available. Saws and baling. Directions: Liberty Road toward reservoir to Wards Chapel Road and right onto Wards Chapel to farm.
Feldhof Farm — 2311 Neudecker Road, Westminster. 410-876-7680 or email email@example.com. Open through Dec. 22, Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Blue, Serbian and Norway spruce; white and Bosnian pine; Douglas and Fraser fir. Wreaths, greens, balled and burlap trees. Directions: Route 140 to Gorsuch Road. Northeast on Gorsuch to Leisters Church Road and right to Neudecker Road. Left to farm on right.
Fra-mar Tree Farm — 3601 Shiloh Road, Hampstead. 443-745-4413. Open Saturdays and Sundays only, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., through Christmas. White pine, Fraser fir, blue spruce. Baling and saws available. Directions: From Westminster, take Route 140 to Route 27, north on Route 27 to Hampstead-Mexico Road. Right to North Carroll High School. Right onto Panther Drive. Follow to stop sign. Turn right onto Shiloh Road about half-mile to farm lane. Look for signs on left.
Gaver Tree Farm — 5501 Detrick Road, Mount Airy. 301-865-3515, 301-865-0747, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to http://www.GaverTreeFarm.com. Open through Dec. 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Blue spruce, Fraser, Canaan, Concolor and Douglas fir; white pine. Wreaths, roping, swags, baling. Interstate 70 to Route 75 north to Route 144 east, and left onto Detrick Road.
Hirt Tree Farm — 917 Arnold Road, Westminster. 410-876-8839. http://www.hirttreefarm.com. Open daily, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through Dec. 23. White pine, Norway, Serbian and Blue spruce; Canaan and Douglas fir. Also, wreaths, roping, holly, swags, balled up and burlap trees, baling. Hot chocolate and snacks. Directions: Take Route 140 to Route 97 south, and take Route 97 to Hook Road. East on Hook Road to Arnold Road and left to first farm on right. Look for signs.
JCK Christmas Tree Farm — 999 Unger Road, Taneytown. 410-346-6610. Open through Dec. 15, weekends only, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Douglas and Canaan fir, and white pine. Baling and saws available. Christmas items and crafts, hot chocolate. From Westminster: Route 140 west, right onto Mayberry Road; follow signs.
Martin's Tree Farm — 18130 Falls Road Hampstead. 410-374-2226. www.martintreefarm.com, or email email@example.com. Open through Dec. 22, weekends only, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Douglas and fraser fir, white pine. Shaking and baling; wreaths, roping and greens, food available. Santa’s gift shop. Pets welcome. Directions from Hampstead: Route 88 to Lower Beckleysville Road. Continue for about five miles to the stop sign at Falls Road. Turn left onto Falls Road and continue a half-mile to farm on left.
Otterdale View Tree Farm — 4364 Middleburg Road, Union Bridge. 410-775-0176 or go to http://www.otterdaleview.com. Open through Dec. 22, Thursday through Sunday only, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. White and Scotch pine, Douglas and Canaan fir, Norway and blue spruce. Baling, wreaths, decorations. warm cider. Also a light show synchronized to music, beginning at dusk. Directions: West on Route 140 to Route 31, and south on Route 31 to Uniontown Road. West on Uniontown, Uniontown changes to name to Middleburg Road; and continue to farm lane on right.
Pine Valley Farms — 1150 Fannie Dorsey Road, Sykesville. 410-795-8314 or go to http://www.pinevalleyfarms.com. Open through Dec. 22, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Norway spruce, concolor, Douglas and Fraser fir. Roping, wreaths, greens, tree stands. Hot dogs, barbecue, hot chocolate, coffee and cider on weekends only. Directions: Route 97 to Fannie Dorsey Road. Take Fannie Dorsey Road to farm.
Putman Tree Farm — 316 E. Nicodemus Road, Westminster. 443-244-7972 or 410-848-9584, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, during daylight hours, through Dec. 22. Douglas fir, white pine and spruce. Also, baling and saws. Directions: Route 97 south to Nicodemus Road. East on Nicodemus to farm.
Quality Evergreens — 2020 Garrett Road, Manchester. 410-374-1499, email email@example.com or go to http://www.qualityevergreens.com. Open daily through Christmas; weekends, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; weekdays noon-5 p.m. Fraser, concolor and Douglas fir; blue spruce; white and Scotch pine. Also, gift shop, petting zoo, wreaths, roping, baling, shaking, loading assistance. On weekends, hot food. Directions: Route 30 north through Manchester to the PA/MD line. Garrett Road is on the left. Left onto Garrett to farm, on right.
Sewell's Farm — 3400 Harney Road, Taneytown. 410-756-4397, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to http://www.sewellsfarm.com. Open daily, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Douglas, Fraser, Canaan and Concolor firs; Norway and blue spruce. Wreaths, roping, baling. Refreshments on weekends. Directions: Route 140 west through Taneytown; right onto Harney Road. Farm on left.
Silver Meadow Farm — 6109 Davis Road, Woodbine. 301-829-9198. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. White pine, Douglas fir, blue spruce. Also, saws and baling available. Balled and burlap trees. Directions: From Westminster, Route 27 south to Gillis Falls Road, and left onto Gillis Falls to Davis Road. Left onto Davis to farm.
Thomas Tree Farm — 3501 Hanover Pike, Manchester. 410-374-9538, or email email@example.com or go to http://www.thomastreefarm.com. Open through Dec. 24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Blue spruce; white pine; and Douglas, Canaan, Fraser and concolor fir. Also, baling, wreaths, greens, swags. Directions: Quarter of a mile north of Manchester on Route 30, on right.
Zepp's Tree Farm — 2814 Old Washington Road, Westminster. 410-857-1016. Weekends, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., through Dec. 22. White pine, Douglas fir, and Norway spruce. Balled and burlap trees. Directions: Route 97 to Nicodemus Road. West on Nicodemus 2/10 mile to Old Washington Road. Take Old Washington to farm on left.