By Calli Newberry
Last weekend kicked off the holidays as many local tree farms in the area opened for the season. If you’re still looking for the perfect tree, here are a few Christmas tree farms in the Blue Water Area to check out:
Country Christmas Tree Farms & Gifts
At the Country Christmas Tree Farm, families not only bring home a beautiful tree for their living rooms, but also many memories and extra treats.
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“We’re looking forward to seeing families have fun and spend quality time together,” Tonya Tesluck, marketing director Country Christmas Tree Farm said. “When people are here, the only time we see them on their phones is when they have them out taking pictures of each other and capturing those memories.”
Getting a tree comes with a free family photo, warm drinks, and even some popcorn. Free shaking, wrapping, and loading of the tree is also included.
“They love to totally spoil people. When you get a tree here, they have a professional photographer and you get a free family photo with about three or four different locations to choose from that are super cute, all dolled up,” Tesluck said. “There’s also free hot cocoa, coffee, and tea, and you get a free popcorn ball.”
There’s also a gift store where customers can find Michigan-made gifts like home decor, coffee, honey mustard, maple syrup, jams, chocolates, and soaps.
The Country Christmas Tree Farm is open Friday – Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 8122 Bricker Road, Avoca, MI 48006.
Centennial Pines Tree Farm
This is a true family-owned and operated tree farm. The Centennial Pines Tree Farm rests on a beautiful property in Goodells that’s been a part of the Wendling family since 1850.
“We’ve been growing Christmas trees since probably 1960, started by his parents who were both teachers in the Port Huron Area School District. They’ve since passed away, but I stayed and continued it,” Mike Wendling said. “We enjoy being a part of the community and seeing the same customers every year. It’s kind of a hobby that turned into a family. I’m excited for my children to continue that tradition with their children.”
Wendling has four children, three sons and a daughter, who help him during the holiday season, along with his two sisters.
“I think what makes our farm special is that it’s run by my family, including my 12-year old daughter, and I’ve got three sons that all have a different specific part that they run,” he said. “And my sister comes and helps, she’s a doctor in Charlevoix, and I have a sister who’s a lawyer in Phoenix and she comes to help, so it’s a true family business.”
They offer pine, spruce, and fir trees that are all $50 and up to 15 feet tall. Free wrapping and shaking of the trees is also included. They also have hayrides and snacks for families to enjoy.
“It’s a nice atmosphere and we do popcorn and little snacks and drinks,” Wendling said. “It’s not very expensive and it’s something you can do with your family. It’s a lot of open space.”
The Centennial Pines Tree Farm is open Saturday & Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 2775 Bricker Rd, Goodells, MI 48027
Egle U-Cut Tree Farm
After closing last year due to a lack of inventory, Ron Egle, owner of Egle U-Cut Tree Farm, is back in business this holiday season.
“I had a lack of inventory and the trees that I had were short, so I closed last year just to give them another year and get another foot of growth out of them,” he said.
Now that his trees have matured a bit, they’re ready to come home for the holidays, but don’t wait too long to visit this special tree farm in St. Clair, Michigan.
“I’m thinking this weekend may be my last weekend because we were open last weekend Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and this should be my busiest weekend,” Egle said. “I’m thinking I could be closing my gates Sunday afternoon for the season.”
Egle U-Cut Tree Farm offers a wide selection of trees to choose from: White Pine, Scotch Pine, Blue Spruce, and White Spruce.
“The blue spruce, I’ve maybe got a couple hundred of those left,” Egle said. “Most of the white pines are gone, but I have some young ones coming up that’ll be a couple or three years before they may be ready.”
Ron’s farm will be open Saturday & Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 6310 Gratiot Ave, St. Clair, MI 48079.