You might think deciding between an artificial tree and a natural one is the hard part. But if you go natural, the decision-making is only just beginning: Do you buy pre-cut or do you want to cut your own? Fir, scotch or pine? And, of course, where do you want to go to buy your tree?
To help you find that perfect tree for your space, check out LIVE's guide to some of the local choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms.
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY
Friendship Trees (6950 Old Solomons Island Road, Friendship): This site offers Douglas and Fraser fir trees, as well as white pine and Norway spruce varieties. Carts are available to transport trees and tots. Wreaths and roping are also for sale.
Hours are 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Call 410-741-5712.
Nicholson Tree Farm (Little Road, Bristol-Deale): Owner Oscar Nicholson says that his farm has thousands of trees to choose from this year. His varieties include Scotch and white pines, as well as Fraser, Douglas and Canaan firs. Wreaths, Christmas cacti and poinsettias are also for sale.
Hours are 10 a.m.-dark Mondays-Fridays and 8 a.m.-dark Saturdays-Sundays. Call 301-855-4243.
All Timber Hill Farm (19937 Old York Road, White Hall): A wide variety of trees are offered at this farm, including Douglas and Fraser firs, as well as blue and Norway spruce. Wreaths and roping are for sale, and hamburgers, hotdogs, cookies and drinks are available on the weekends. This site also offers weekend horse and wagon rides, which are free with a purchase of $35 or more.
Hours are 9:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays and 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Call 410-343-1940.
Feezers Farm (11680 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville): The owners of this farm serve visitors complimentary hot chocolate and candy canes while they search for a tree. Douglas fir, white pine, and three spruce varieties are available.
Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. Call 410-461- 5654 or visit www.feezers farm.com.
Frostee Tree Farm (8926 Cowenton Ave., Perry Hall): Scotch pine, Douglas fir and Norway spruce are just a few varieties available at this Baltimore County location.
Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Call 410-687-3344.
Jones' Christmas Tree Plantation (16500 Old York Road, Monkton): Five varieties of Christmas trees can be found at this farm, including Douglas and Canaan firs. This site welcomes picnickers and leashed pets and provides child-friendly entertainment. Pony rides are available, as well as a jungle gym and a kid-sized wooden train.
Hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Dec. 19. Call 410-771-4346 or visit www.joneschristmastree plantation.com.
Martin's Tree Farm (18130 Falls Road, Hampstead): This farm offers white pine and a variety of firs, including Canaan and Fraser. Wreaths are for sale, and wagon rides and snacks are also available. Make sure to take cash, as no credit cards are accepted.
Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Call 410-374-8114.
Mount Carmel Tree Farm (2105 Mount Carmel Road, Parkton): Everything from trees and centerpieces to greens and holly can be found at this choose-and-cut farm. Shaking and baling are free, and food and drinks are available on weekends.
Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Call 410-329-8032.
Ruhl's Tree Farm (14430 Jarrettsville Pike, Phoenix): This farm offers Douglas firs from 5 feet to 12 feet tall. Free baling is provided, and roping and wreaths are also available.
Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Call 410-666-2924.
Stansbury Christmas Tree Farm (3519 Stansbury Mill Road, Jacksonville): A variety of pine, fir and spruce trees are available at this farm. Visitors can cut their own or buy pre-cut trees. Complimentary cider is available at this site, and wreaths and greens are also for sale.
Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Call 410-666-2531.
Davidson Christmas Tree Farm (1105 Emory Church Road, Upperco): The Davidson family offers an abundance of fir and spruce trees this year. They also sell wreaths, greens and roping. After you pick out your tree, visit the snack barn and browse the holiday craft selection.
Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. Call 410-239- 6556.
Feldhof Farm (2311 Neudecker Road, Westminster): An abundance of varieties can be found at this Carroll County site, including Douglas and Fraser fir trees, and Austrian and red pines. Baling is $1 per tree. Balled living trees are also for sale, as well as wreaths and greens.
Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Call 410-876-7680.
Hirt Tree Farm (917 Arnold Road, Westminster): This farm offers Scotch and white pine, as well as blue spruce and Douglas fir, among others. Wreaths and greens are for sale, as well as balled living trees.
Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Call 410-876-8839.
Otterdale View Christmas Tree Farm (4364 Middleburg Road, Union Bridge): A variety of fir, pine and spruce trees are available at this site, where the family crafts wreaths in seven sizes. It offers baling for $1 and serves complimentary cider on the weekend.
Hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. Call 410-775-0176.
Pine Valley Farms (1150 Fannie Dorsey Road, Sykesville): This family-run site has more than 15,000 trees available for cutting. It offers a variety of fir and pine trees, and sells hotdogs, barbecue sandwiches and hot beverages on the weekends. Roping, wreaths, greens, crafts and tree stands are also for sale.
Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Call 410-795-8314 or visit www.pinevalleyfarms.com.
Poplar Run Nursery & Tree Farm (4221 Church Road, Manchester): At Poplar Run, the staff members will cut the tree that you choose from their selection of fir, pine and spruce varieties. Wreaths and greens are also available, as well as miniature Alberta spruce.
Hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Call 410-374- 5026.
Quality Evergreens (2020 Garrett Road, Manchester): This Carroll County farm invites guests to take a picnic to enjoy after choosing a tree from the variety of firs, pines and spruces offered. An on-site petting zoo offers entertainment for kids, and baling, drilling and loading assistance are included with purchase. Food and drinks are available.
Hours are noon-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Call 410-374- 1499 or visit www. qualityevergreens.com.
Sewell's Farm (3400 Harney Road, Taneytown): This 80-acre farm features various fir and pine trees, including Douglas and concolor firs. Balled living trees are also available, and a country Christmas shop is available.
Hours are 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Call 410-756-4397.
Thomas Tree Farm (3501 Hanover Pike, Manchester): This site has more than 55 acres of trees, including Canaan fir, white pine and blue spruce. Free shaking and baling are provided, refreshments are available on weekends and the farm accepts credit cards.
Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Call 410-374-9538 or visit www.thomastreefarm.com.
Beaver Dam Tree Farm (11935 Beaver Dam Road, Union Bridge): This Frederick County farm has an abundance of fir and pine varieties available this year, ranging from 6 feet to 12 feet tall. This farm offers baling for $1 per tree.
Hours are 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Call 410-775-2661.
Clemsonville Christmas Tree Farm (10120 Clemsonville Road, Union Bridge): A wide variety of fir, pine and spruce trees are available at this 200-acre farm, where the construction of the world's largest wreath took place. Regular-sized wreaths are sold in the Christmas barn, and visitors are encouraged to check out the Everlasting Christmas Tree made of limestone.
Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Call 410-848-6083 or visit www.clemsonville.com.
Franz Tree Farm (12056 Fingerboard Road [Route 80], Monrovia): This 140-acre site boasts an abundance of pine and spruce trees. Saws can be borrowed.
Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Call 301-831-6840.
Gaver Tree Farm (5501 Detrick Road, Mount Airy): This farm offers various firs and pines, including concolor and Canaan fir, as well as blue spruce. Trees range in height from 5 feet to 12 feet. Baling is free, and wreaths, roping and greens are available. Refreshments are for sale on the weekend.
Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Call 301-865-3515.
Hardee Farms (12002 Renner Road, New Midway): Ten varieties of trees are available at this farm, which offers beverages and other refreshments on weekends. The staff cuts free greens for visitors and also sells roping, holly, swags and wreaths.
Hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Call 301-384-6576 or 301-593- 3990.
Mayne's Tree Farm (3420 Buckeystown Pike, Buckeystown): This Buckeystown farm offers a wide variety of trees, including Scotch pine and Douglas fir. Custom-made wreaths are available, as are hayrides, free baling and a concession stand.
Hours are 9 a.m.-dark daily. Call 301-662-4320.
Unionville Tree Farm (8219 Talbot Run Road, Mount Airy): This farm sells Douglas fir, white pine and Norway spruce, in addition to holly, wreaths and greens. Free baling and shaking are available, as are snacks and hot beverages.
Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Call 301-829- 0604.
Applewood Farm (4435 Prospect Road, Whiteford): Hayrides, a petting zoo, live reindeer, model trains and a children's maze will keep youngsters busy while you search among fir, spruce and pine trees.
Admission is $2 per person. Children under 3 are free. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Call 410-836- 1140 or visit www.applewood farm.org.
Deer Creek Valley Tree Farm (3744 Ady Road [Route 543], Street): Douglas and Canaan firs are sold at this Harford County farm, as well as Scotch and white pines. Handmade wreaths, tree stands, roping and swags are also for sale, and free shaking and baling are provided.
Hours are noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. Call 410-692-9793.
Environmental Evergreens Tree Farm (3631 Berkley Road, Darlington): This farm has a multicultural variety of trees, including Australian, Korean, Himalayan and China firs, as well as a number of pine and scotch trees. Garland, magnolia and wreaths are for sale, but baling and netting are free. Complimentary cider and cookies are available.
Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Call 410-457-4842.
Evergreen Farm (4219 Webster Road, Havre de Grace): You can choose from a variety of trees at this Havre de Grace farm and receive flocking, too. Garlands and balled trees are also available.
Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Call 410-939-0659.
Hickory Hill Tree Farm (3123 Copenhaver Road, Street): A variety of trees are available at this farm, including Douglas and Fraser firs, Norway and blue spruce, and white pines that reach 15 feet. Wreaths, greens, holly and poinsettias are for sale in the holiday shop, which also sells local handmade crafts and gifts. Hayrides and refreshments are offered on weekends.
Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Call 410-879-8733.
Jarrettsville Nurseries (4302 St. Clair Bridge Road, Jarrettsville): This Harford County farm offers Fraser, Douglas and concolor firs, as well as white pine and blue spruce. Wreaths and garlands are available for holiday decorations. Tree stands are for sale.
Hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 9 a.m.-dark Saturdays-Sundays. Call 410-557-9677 or visit www. jntrees.com.
Walnut Grove Tree Farm (2931 Charles St., Fallston) You can find a wide variety of pines and firs at this farm. These trees range in height from 5 feet to 12 feet. Wreaths and greens are available for purchase; baling is free. Hayrides and refreshments are also offered.
Hours are 9 a.m.-dark Saturdays-Sundays. Call 410-557- 7737.
TLV Tree Farm (15155 Triadelphia Mill Road, Glenelg): This Howard County farm offers Douglas fir, Scotch and white pine, and blue and white spruce. Free shaking and baling, farm activities for children and a Christmas shop.
Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Call 410-489-4460.