by Amanda Milewski
Carroll County’s Christmas tree farms can provide the centerpiece to your holiday traditions as well as a festive outing to start the season off with some family fun.
Christmas past was a little less than jolly as many curtailed normal holiday activities due to COVID. Christmas present is quite a bit brighter with many of us welcoming visits with family and friends and returning to celebrating the holidays as we used to. For some, searching for and cutting the perfect Christmas tree is tops on their list of holiday traditions. The following local Christmas tree farms offer plenty of trees and holiday cheer. Please visit their websites or Facebook pages for more details about potential COVID safety precautions, updates about hours or closings due to poor weather or depleted tree supplies.
CLEMSONVILLE CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
10120 Clemsonville Rd, Union Bridge • 410-848-6083 • Clemsonville.com
DAVIDSON CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
1101 Emory Church Rd, Upperco • 410-239-6556 • DavidsonChristmasTreeFarm.com
Dates: Nov. 20-21; Nov. 26-Dec. 20 Hours: Mon.-Thurs. Noon-5 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Features: Fraser fir, Douglas fir, concolor fir, Canaan fir, balsam fir, white pine, Norway spruce, Serbian spruce, Colorado blue spruce, Korean fir and Nordmann fir. Snack bar and gift shop. Freshly made wreaths, roping, cutting assistance, tree shaking, baling and drilling for free. Cash or credit cards accepted. Entrance to field closes at 4:30 p.m. Barn is open on weekends only. See website for addition details.
FRA-MAR TREE FARM
3601 Shiloh Road, Hampstead • 443-745-4413
Dates: Nov. 26-Dec. 23 Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Features: White pine, Fraser fir and Canaan fir. Baling and saws available. Restroom facilities provided. Payment by cash, credit card or check. COVID-19 precautions and best practices taken.
5501 Detrick Road, Mt. Airy • 301-865-3515 • GaverFarm.com
Dates: Nov. 26-TBD Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Features: More than 60 acres of Colorado blue spruce, Canaan fir, Fraser fir and Douglas fir. Free shaking and baling, tree hauling, use of saws and drilling. Shop including wreaths, swags, pine roping, window boughs, greens, bows, tree bags and tree stands. Food concessions on weekends plus apples and cider. No pets.
HIRT TREE FARM
917 Arnold Road, Westminster • 410-876-8839 • HirtTreeFarm.com
Dates: Nov. 26-TBD Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Features: White pine, Norway spruce, blue spruce, white spruce, Canaan fir and Douglas fir. Wreaths, swags, holly bundles, greens, balled and burlap trees. Tree carts and saws available. Baling free of charge. (See additional information about the farm’s “twisted trees” on page xx.)
OTTERDALE VIEW CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
4364 Middleburg Road, Union Bridge • 410-775-0176 • OtterdaleView.com
Dates: Nov. 26-Dec. 19 Hours: Thurs.-Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Features: Various pines, firs and spruces; choose and cut. All trees are $65. No chainsaws. Cash or chip/contactless cards only.
PUTMAN TREE FARM
316 E. Nicodemus Road, Westminster • 443-244-7972 • PutmanTreeFarm.com
Dates: Nov. 26-Dec. 19 Hours: Weekends 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Features: White pine, Douglas fir, spruce trees. Choose and cut. Baling and saws available.
SHOWVAKERS QUALITY EVERGREENS
2020 Garrett Road, Manchester • 410-374-1499 • QualityEvergreens.net
Dates: Nov. 22-Dec. 24 Hours: Weekdays noon-5 p.m.; Weekends 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Features: Fraser fir, Douglas fir, Norway spruce, blue spruce, concolor fir, Canaan white pine and Scotch pine. Cut-your-own and fresh-cut available. Baling, shaking, drilling and loading assistance. Hot drinks, hot food, petting zoo, weekend Santa Claus visits, Christmas shop, wreaths, roping and live trees to plant.
3400 Harney Road, Taneytown • 410-756-4397 • SewellsFarm.com
Dates: Nov. 19-Dec. 22 Hours: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Closed Thanksgiving Day
Features: Tall trees are limited this year so come early for a better selection. For more details, please visit their website or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sewellsfarm. Sewell’s Farm reserves the right to close due to availability and weather.
THOMAS TREE FARM
3501 Hanover Pike, Manchester • 410-374-9538 • ThomasTreeFarm.com
Dates: Nov. 22-TBD (while supplies last) Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Features: Fraser fir, Canaan fir, blue spruce and concolor fir. Trees are $50 including tax. Cash or credit card accepted.
WOLFE’S PINE VALLEY FARMS
1150 Fannie Dorsey Road, Sykesville • 410-795-8314 • WolfesPineValleyFarms.com
Dates: Season opens Nov. 20 Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thanksgiving Day 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Features: Fraser fir, Douglas fir, concolor fir and Nordmann fir. Choose and cut. Christmas barn featuring fresh wreaths, wooden reindeer and snowmen, ornaments and tree stands. For more information regarding food and other items available for purchase, please check the website and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/WolfesPineValleyFarmsMD) for updates. Tagging not permitted. Cash or credit card only.
ZEPP’S TREE FARM
2814 Old Washington Road, Westminster • 410-857-1016
Dates: Nov. 26-Dec. 24 Hours: Opening day Fri., Nov. 26, after that open Sat. and Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Features: White pine, concolor fir, Douglas fir, blue spruce, Canaan fir and Norway spruce. Live balled and burlap trees, netting and wreaths. Also, visit their stand in the Arby’s parking lot by TownMall of Westminster. Cash or check only.