pull your seasonal boxes out of the closet because the most wonderful time of the year calls for festive holiday decorations: silver bells, bows, garlands, and poinsettias. And of course, the yuletide vibe isn’t complete without a Christmas tree.
Though we have yet to reach Thanksgiving, true holiday enthusiasts (like myself) pulled out the merriments at the first sign of chilly temperatures. If you like to wait a while between holidays, that’s fine too, just make sure you have a game plan to get your tree. You can always go your nearest Houston Garden Center to snag a tree for the holidays, but if you’re looking to create new family traditions, you can find your Christmas tree at a local farm—and make memories while you're at it.
Though many trees may look the same, all are not created equal. From Virginia and Afgan Pines to Leyland Cypress and Carolina Sapphires, the possibilities are endless! (Okay, not endless, but you have about a dozen options.) The best part is that you can find them all at Christmas tree farms in the Greater Houston area.
Black Friday marks the start of Christmas cheer at the A-C Tree Farm in Hunstville. Their tree collection ranges from fresh-cut Fraser firs that hail from North Carolina; however, you can also purchase one of their homegrown evergreens. Old-time charm consumes the farm—you can choose your tree and chop it yourself (or leave it to the experts if you’re not into that), and the kiddos can create handcrafted ornaments while a cup of wassail awaits you inside the lodge.
A two-hour drive from Houston, Crossed Creek Christmas Trees has some of the tallest trees in Texas. The doors to the farm open the Friday after Thanksgiving and will be open every weekend until Christmas. Family-friendly and open to all, the open field allows kids to play and parents to pick their perfect tree.
Dewberry Farms will make even the meanest grinch crack a smile. Choose from the customer-favorite Leyland or the fragrant Murray trees. Cut it down yourself if you’re up for the challenge; the trip to Dewberry will be worth your while either way. When you’re finished tree picking, a festive winter wonderland with holiday lights awaits you, plus a handful of family-friendly attractions: Fort Dew Hickey, a massive corn maze, the corral, and a birdhouse village.
At Double Creek Farm, you will get real farming experience. Upon arriving at the farm, you’ll take a hayride to the fields to take a gander at their Christmas trees and then get a saw and measuring stick for cutting. This year, farm-goers can select from Virginia pines and Carolina Sapphires to see; however, there will also be pre-cut firs, spruces, and pines from Michigan available for purchase. But perhaps their best (and funniest) offering this year is their unique “Charlie Brown Trees,” which are pre-priced in the field. No matter your chosen tree, you’ll get bang for your buck. Prices increase by the foot, with the five-foot trees starting at $45.
This family-owned Christmas tree farm has tons of old-school, Southern charm. In 1997, the family-friendly farm opened its doors and brought a white Christmas to the Hockley area with its picks of imported fresh, pre-cut firs from up North and their Virginia pines. A trip to High Star will include free attractions for the kids like the maze, haystack, wagon rides, and a chance to see Santa himself.
Holiday Acres has been a family affair since 1999, when it was started by couple Rocky and Leigh Ann Smith. Now, their 35-acre farm boasts some of the biggest Virginia pines in Brazoria County. Aside from picking the Christmas tree best fit for your home, you can also book a professional photographer at the farm to create a lasting memory for your family Christmas card.
Though a trip to Bryan is just a stone’s throw from Houston, you can make the journey a weekend stay at the Kelumac Christmas Tree Farm. The Kelumac Christmas Tree Farm is 22 acres of Virginia pine, Fraser firs, Leyland Cypress, and Arizona Cypress trees. But the best part is that the country farm doubles as a quaint bed-and-breakfast, so after you chop down your tree, you won't think twice about staying for the night.
It’s always Christmas at Martin Farms, and this year is better than ever. Trees are available for picking from Friday after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve. They have quite the selection of Christmas trees this year—Fraser firs shipped from North Carolina, and the farm grows its own Virginia pines both spread across 20 acres. You can shop for festive decor like fresh wreaths and garlands in the Elves’ Workshop, the kids can ride on the Jingle Bell Express, and Mrs. Claus will be making appearances on Saturday afternoons until December 18.
The Oh What It Is Fun Farm boasts 15 acres of short, tall, and wide Virginia pine Christmas trees, a petting zoo of farm animals, wagon rides, and picnic areas. If it’s a little more on the chilly side when you go to find your perfect tree, the farm also offers a campfire where patrons can stay warm and cozy.
Just a few minutes north of Houston and sprawled across 40 acres, Old Time Christmas Tree Farm prides itself on carrying some of the best trees in Texas. The tree farm opens on November 19, and you can get the first dibs on the pine cypress trees that you can cut yourself, as well as the pre-cut fir and spruce trees that the Prause family grows up North. You can round out your holiday decor by purchasing fresh wreaths and garlands while the kids wander at the petting zoo. You’ll need to plan accordingly, though—if you want photos with Santa, he’ll be taking trips from the North Pole on the weekends for photo ops.
Dan and Jen Peery have always been enthusiastic about Christmas and think a real tree every year is mandatory. The 30-acre farm boasts nothing but the finest Virginia pines, but that won’t be the only thing you’ll enjoy at the farm. Opening on the Friday after Thanksgiving, what they like to call “Green Friday,” expect hayrides, duck races, and games of cornhole. Photographers are on-site for family and solo photo shoots and lookout for the gift shop's signature hot cocoa, apple cider, and cookies.
This choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm is off the beaten path, so much so that you may need some help finding it. Nonetheless, when you arrive, you’ll find a hefty amount of Virginia pines, Leyland, and Arizona Cypress trees that reach up to 12 feet. Starting on November 25, a tractor ride will take you out into the fields, where you can shop around the massive acreage for just the right size, shape, and color of your Christmas tree.