For those who celebrate Christmas by decorating, the Christmas tree is the centerpiece of a holiday work of art. Many swear by artificial trees, but the real thing is unequaled in its beauty. Finding a real Christmas tree in a large metropolitan area, such as Columbus, OH can be as easy as driving a short distance to a corner lot and paying a few dollars for a pre-cut, bundled Christmas tree.
However, for a real sense of tradition and adventure, many people travel outside the city limits year after year in search of the perfect Christmas tree. There are numerous Christmas tree farms located within a reasonable drive from Columbus, OH, offering pre-cut and cut-your-own trees. Most tree farms provide saws for cutting and offer the trees at very reasonable prices.
I have compiled a list of the Top 3 Christmas Tree Farms near Columbus, OH based on recommendations of friends.
Cackler Family Farms, 4971 Cackler Road, Delaware, OH 43015, 740-524-5311
Cackler Family Farms offers the ultimate experience for those seeking a real Christmas tree. Selling both pre-cut and choose-and-cut trees is only the beginning of the Cackler Family Farms Christmas tree experience. A children’s play area, Nativity scene and straw-bale maze give young children something to do while Dad struggles to tie the too-large Christmas tree to the top of the family car. Saws are available, as well as sleds to pull the choose-and-cut Christmas trees out of the grove.
Cackler Family Farms offers a variety of pine, spruce and fir trees, with prices starting at $35 for pines and $45 for spruces and firs. According to their website, this year all trees are marked with a price – a great convenience to know exactly how much that tree will cost before cutting it down. Each Christmas tree purchase includes cleaning with a mechanical shaker, a tree disposal bag and necessary materials to get the Christmas tree home. Optional services include netting and drilling, and Christmas tree stands are available for purchase.
Cackler Family Farms opens for the 2008 Christmas tree season on Friday, November 28. Hours are Thursday and Friday, 1 pm – 7 pm (only pre-cut sales after 5 pm), Saturday 9 am-5 pm, and Sunday 11 am – 5 pm. The Christmas tree farm will be open until December 21.
Timbuk Farms, 2030 Timbuk Road, Granville, OH 43023, 740-587-2178
Timbuk Farms has been offering families Christmas tree memories for over 50 years. Priced from $20 to more than $75, trees are available as cut-your-own or pre-cut. Santa Claus will keep office hours at Timbuk Farms so that small children can personally deliver their Christmas wish lists and there are also tractor train rides for all. The Timbuk Lodge has clean restrooms and a fireplace for warming after a trek through the woods to find the perfect Christmas tree.
The 2008 Christmas tree season opens November 28 and runs through December 21. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am – 5 pm and Saturday and Sunday hours are 9 am – 5 pm.
Country Cabin Tree Farm, 3600 Wilson Road, Sunbury, OH 43074, 740-965-4589
Country Cabin Tree Farm is a smaller farm, nestled on just 15 acres. I personally have seen Wilson Road lined with cars on both sides during the weekends of Christmas tree season. Offering only two types of Christmas trees, Scotch Pines and White Pines, all trees are priced at $30 and saws are provided. Operating hours during the Christmas tree season are 9 am until dark, and Country Cabin Tree Farm is only open on the weekends. Be sure to call ahead before traveling north on I-71.
There are many Christmas tree options near Columbus, OH, from the simple to the elaborate.