At The Big Tree Plantation in Morrow, generations of families gather to hunt down and cut down their Christmas tree on the day after Thanksgiving. Kevin Donahu of Loveland pulls the sled with the family’s tree while mom Donna, dad Michael and brother Brian follow. File photo
Sure, you can buy a Christmas tree from a roadside seller or big-box store, but for many families, there’s nothing quite like visiting a tree farm and cutting their own. We’ve sorted tree farms by county to make your search easier. Note that most farms provide saws; free shaking, baling and drilling of trees; hot drinks and roaring fires to keep you toasty and lots of holiday cheer.
Wherever you go, call in advance for details.
Big Tree Plantation, 2544 S. Waynesville Road, Morrow. Types: Fraser, Canaan and balsam fir; up to 14 feet. Precut white and Scotch pine, and Douglas and Fraser fir; up to 15 feet. Baled Colorado blue, Norway and Serbian spruce, and Canaan and balsam fir. Delivery, set-up and pickup service available. Cost: $25 and up. Open daily through Dec. 23. 513-836-0975; www.bigtreeplantation.com.
Rossmann’s Christmas Tree Farm, 7917 S.R. 132, Blanchester. Noon-5 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Cut-your-own Canaan fir, Scotch and white pine. Wreaths, swags and primitive crafts available. $30-$85. 513-317-0692; www.rossmannsctf.com.
Wertz Family Tree Farm, 5682 Union Road, Franklin. By appointment only. Cut-your-own Canaan and Concolor fir, Scotch pine, and Norway and blue spruce. Trees 4-15 feet. Pre-cut trees: Canaan and Concolor fir, scotch pine and blue spruce. $35 and up. 937-746-7870; www.chooseatree.com.
John T. Nieman Nursery, 3215 Hamilton New London Road, Hamilton. Canaan and Douglas fir; Norway and blue spruce; Scotch and white pine. Up to 20 feet. Wreaths, swags, arrangements. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23. Cash only, $20-$200. 513-738-1012; www.johnniemannursery.com.
Koch Christmas Trees, 6232 Hamilton-Scipio Road, Oxford. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Dec. 24. Other times by appointment. Cut-your-own Scotch and white pine, Canaan fir and pre-cut Fraser fir. Trees ranging in height 5-10 feet. $35-$100. 513-756-1998; www.kochchristmastrees.com.
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