One of the highlights of my family’s holiday season is the hunt to find the perfect Christmas tree. We live for the thrill of walking the grounds of a tree farm with a saw in hand in search of the perfect tree to cut down and bring home. It’s a good excuse to get some fresh air during the holiday season, and, let’s be real: the whole event is Facebook and Instagram-worthy. With personal experience in my back pocket and having done some additional research, I’m happy to share some Maryland Christmas tree farms where you can cut down your tree like a true lumberjack.
Wolfe’s Pine Valley Farms—Sykesville, MD
For the 14 years we lived in Ellicott City, and several of the 10+ years since that we’ve resided in Severna Park, we’ve found our “magical” Christmas tree at Wolfe’s Pine Valley Farms. When we started going years ago, the crowds were not as they are now. Since being discovered and growing by leaps and bounds, Wolfe’s Pine Valley Farms, established in 1977, attracts people from all over. If you haven’t been before, you’ll be in awe of the beauty of this farm, with a working barn, pond, and acres and acres of Douglas and Fraser Firs (and other fir spruces). It’s a special place, and I guarantee there will be crowds (so go early) and friends you will bump into while you’re there. Don’t miss the spectacular Christmas shop!
The farm is open 11-5 pm Monday-Thursday and 9-5 pm Friday-Sunday. The farm will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 9-3 pm.
Dawkins Family Needwood Farm—Centreville, MD
After we relocated to Severna Park, we decided to check out a farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Dawkins Family Needwood Farm is one of the friendliest farms we’ve visited. With selections of pines, Douglas Firs, and Fraser Firs that they have shipped in from North Carolina, you’ll enjoy your time finding your perfect tree at this picturesque farm.
The farm opens for Christmas tree cutting on November 24 and the following weekends from 9-4 pm. This year, the farm has a vendor selling sandwiches on-site, so you can plan your outing around lunchtime. Owner David Dawkins says to come early in the season, as last year’s trees sold out before Christmas.
Holiday Memories Farm—West River, MD
Holiday Memories Farm is located south of Annapolis. This family-based community farm practices sustainable farming that creates a balance between farming and the environment. Not only a Christmas tree farm, they also have crops and eggs, as well as an abundance of flowers in the spring and summer months.
Get your tree on November 24 from 5-8 pm and receive a free Holiday Memories sticker as a Black Friday special, or plan your visit for November 25-26, 10-6 pm, or December 2-3, 10-5 pm.
Davidson Christmas Tree Farm—Upperco, MD
Davidson Christmas Tree Farm is north of Reisterstown in Carroll County, Maryland. I saw many friends post pictures from this farm last year, so I wanted to include it on the list. For over 200 years, this family-owned farm has over 30,000 trees on site.
Their varieties include Douglass Fir, Fraser Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, Serbian Spruce, White Pines, Balsam Fir, Canaan Fir, Korean Fir, and a small variety of Black Spruce, White Spruce, Meyer Spruce, and Nordmann Fir.
The season opened on November 18 and runs through December 17. The farm is open 12-5 pm Monday—Thursday and 8:30-5 pm Friday—Sunday. Wreaths of all sizes are for sale, and there’s a gift shop, too. Wagon rides are available to the fields on weekends, weather permitting.
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About the Author
Stephanie Verni is an Adjunct Professor of Communication at Stevenson University and the author of seven novels. She has taught a variety of communication courses, and she especially loved teaching courses in travel writing. A true Marylander, she enjoys writing about the beauty of her state and incorporating Maryland locations into her books. When she's not writing, you can find her on her boat cruising the Severn River with her family. She's on Instagram at @stephanieverniwrites