While some holiday traditions like in-person performances of The Nutcracker are canceled this year and others are adapted for the pandemic era (like making an advance reservation to pay a socially-distant visit with Santa) you can still cut down a Christmas tree. Note: hours and availability are subject to change, so it’s smart to double-check the details before heading out to the farm, and confirm if you need to bring your own twine and saw. Remember to wear a mask and keep at least six feet away from staff and other visitors.
Open Monday through Friday, noon until dark, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. until dark
For more than 40 years, the family-owned choose-and-cut tree farm (pictured above) near Bluemont with views of the Loudoun Valley has been growing fir and spruce trees shaped exclusively with hand tools as well as farm-made mixed green wreaths. They encourage vehicles or pickup trucks into which the tightly-wrapped trees can be placed and do sell quick tie cam straps and provide complimentary twine, but staff appreciates customers bringing their own straps to secure trees. Prices range from $125 for trees less than 7-feet and $265 for those up to 11-feet, and they accept cash, Apple and Google pay and all major credit cards. // 34350 Williams Gap Road, Round Hill
Dec. 5, 6, 12 and 13, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 8-11, noon to 5 p.m., closed for the season Dec. 14
This family-owned and run farm in Nokesville is the largest in Prince William County. Trees are priced by the tree for any size including the short ones, with White Pines $60 and Norway Spruces $80, not including tax. They have everything that you need to cut down a tree and take one home with you, and a wagon shuttle will transport your tree from the field to the sales shed. Admission, tree shaking and netting, hot mulled cider, twine and use of saws are free, and they accept cash or credit for payment. Afterwards, stop by nearby Cedar Run Brewing to grab some craft beer to go. // 12801 Hazelwood Dr, Nokesville
Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Dec. 7, and then by appointment after that
This tree farm in Leesburg is family-run and has been in business since 1999, when the owners started the tree field by planting 1,000 seedlings, continuing to plant 1,000 more trees every March and finally opening in November, 2011. Trees are priced by the foot starting at $10/foot for Red Cedar, $12/foot for White and Scotch Pine, $15/foot for Norway Spruce and $10-$29/foot for mountain top-grown Fraser Firs. They also sell fresh and pre-lit wreaths and garland. // 40856 Red Hill Road, Leesburg
Dec. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19 and 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This Berryville farm has seven varieties and 25,000 trees on its 33-acre farm. Cut-your-own options in the field stop Dec. 3 except for those who already have pre-tagged trees, which are $50 for white pines, $90 for spruces and firs besides Fraser firs and $90 for Arizona cypress. Pre-cut Fraser and Concolor Firs sized 6-feet to 8-feet are $80 and those sized 11-12 feet are $250. They also make wreaths and swags of various sizes daily on the farm. // 2425 Wickliffe Road, Berryville
Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This nursery has been growing Christmas trees since the early 1970s, first on a 45-acre farm near Watson, later adding on an additional 18 acres on a farm near Hamtil and finally 40 more acres at Bellwether Farm near Purcellville. They currently have a limited crop of Colorado Blue Spruce and a good crop of Norway Spruce, as well as Concolor, Canaan, Korean and Nikko Firs. All trees in the field are priced at $75 up to 10 feet and $100 for larger trees. // 16463 Short Hill Road, Purcellville
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