It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and you know what that means—it’s time to find your perfect Christmas tree! Even though there are a lot of reasons to choose a real Christmas tree over an artificial one, including the amazing smell and reduced environmental harm, the biggest is that it helps support local businesses.
To help you figure out where you should visit, we’ve rounded up some of the best local spots in the Ann Arbor area where you can get a freshly cut Christmas tree. So, grab your flannel, your boots and your winter coat and get ready for some family memories!
796 Warren Road, Ann Arbor
The Braun family has lived and farmed in the Ann Arbor area for more than 170 years, growing everything from corn and soybeans to Christmas trees! Today, they offer more than 50 acres of Christmas trees in several different varieties, including Douglas Fir, Frasier Fir, Concolor Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce, White Spruce, Serbian Spruce and many more. Buying a tree from Braun’s is more than just a shopping trip—it’s an experience! They’ll help you pick out the perfect tree, cut it down for you, shake it to remove loose needles, and then bale it with plastic twine to help you get it home. While you’re there, don’t miss their selection of high-quality wreaths and garland.
210 South Ashley Street, Ann Arbor
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This century-old garden center is nestled in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor. Since the Hertler family opened the store in 1906, it has evolved from a livery stable and feed mill to an urban emporium for garden supplies, plants for your house, classic housewares, durable outdoor clothing, quality pet gear, and of course, Christmas trees! Visit them on Ashley Street and choose from a wide range of pre-cut, fresh Christmas trees alongside an array of other holiday decorations. And because of Downtown Home & Garden’s massive selection of unique items, you can get a jump start on your holiday shopping while you’re there!
9900 Ann Arbor Road, Plymouth | 6370 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield
This Plymouth garden center and nursery has a storied history, dating back to the early 1900s. While they were recently purchased by English Gardens, the nation’s 10th largest garden center, they haven’t lost that small community feel, offering next-level customer service and high-quality garden products. In fact, they are so confident in their plants that they guarantee them 100% for a full year, offering a warranty for nursery stock, perennials, vines, roses and ground covers. They also sell everything you’ll need for the 2020 holiday season, from fresh and artificial trees to wreaths, ornaments, lights and gifts. Click here to browse their current holiday selection!
2103 West Stadium Boulevard, Ann Arbor
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Every year in the Arbor Farms-Ace Hardware Plaza, you’ll find a parking lot full of Christmas trees and several people wearing sombreros. It’s Flatsnoots Christmas Trees, a family-owned business that has been selling Christmas trees in Ann Arbor for more than 25 years! Here, you can buy anything from a 3-foot tabletop tree to a 16-footer. They also have wreaths, roping, and tree stands if you’re in the market for one. They offer a 10% discount to seniors, anyone wearing a sombrero, and anyone who is shorter than owner Duke Wagatha’s friend, Phil. Visit their website for more information and a list of all the tree varieties they are offering this year!
14745 Sharon Hollow Road, Manchester
Located in Manchester, Hillside Christmas Tree Farm offers you and your family a whole Christmas experience by letting you choose and pick your own tree! Due to a low point in their tree planting cycle eight years ago, they will only have spruce and pine trees available, with their spruce trees being sold at the very low price of $3 a foot. You can find a full list of their current prices and offered services, here.
2880 South Wagner Road, Ann Arbor
Photo courtesy of Lodi Farms Nursery
Christmas is magical at Lodi Farms Nursery! Their beautiful, Michigan-grown trees are displayed inside their greenhouse—no more cold wet feet! They have bundles of fresh greens, handmade wreaths, and live potted Christmas trees too. Want something special? Jane can create a custom-made wreath or other greenery! They also offer wreath workshops—grab a group of friends and come out for some socially-distanced fun! Their Calendar of Savings gives you discounts and gets you even more into the spirit of Christmas. They are ready to become your Christmas Tradition!
9779 Ford Road, Superior Township
This family-owned business has been serving the Southeastern Michigan community since 1966! Their massive garden center is packed full of high-quality plants, gardening supplies, decor and more all year long. Throughout the holiday season, you can expect hundreds of gorgeous Christmas trees, wreaths and garlands at affordable prices. Visit their website to start shopping online and for information on monthly discounts!
4431 South Wagner Road, Ann Arbor
Photo courtesy of Turner’s Garden Center
Since 1967, Turner’s has been helping the Ann Arbor area create beautiful outdoor spaces with the help of a qualified landscaping team and a 2-acre greenhouse packed full of high-quality plants. Every year, they sell hundreds of real Christmas trees in their garden center, from North Carolina Fraser Firs to Michigan Frasers and Douglas Firs—each offering their own benefits and beauty. In addition to trees, you can also purchase your annual Christmas wreaths, poinsettias, gifts, potted trees and more at Turner’s this year. Click here to peruse their 2020 offerings online before you go!
10050 Jerusalem Road, Chelsea
Located down the road in Chelsea, Urquhart is a family-owned u-cut Christmas tree farm and gift shop selling ornaments, wreaths, tree stands, gifts, and, of course, beautiful fresh Christmas trees. While they can’t sell hot chocolate and cookies this year due to COVID-19, they will be offering cold cans of pop and water for sale along with a few pre-packaged goodies so you don’t have to hunt for your tree hungry! Their hours vary every year, but if you’d like to visit when they are closed, you are welcome to pick out and cut your own tree—provided you follow the written instructions located on the lot. Click here for more information!
8000 Chamberlin Road, Dexter
Located 5 miles north of Dexter, Westman’s has thousands of trees for you and your family to choose from! Explore lots full of Norway Spruce, Blue Spruce, Canaan Fir, Concolor Firs, Black Hills White Spruce and more that range anywhere from 5 to 10 feet tall. If you are a senior or at high risk of catching COVID-19, you can call Bill at (734) 646-7062 to set up a private appointment to pick out your tree! Visit their website for a full list of prices and information on how to get the most out of your tree this season.
Have yourself a Merry Christmas!
Are you more of a real or artificial Christmas tree person? Let us know in the comments below!