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Where to Cut Down Your Own Christmas Tree in Southwest Missouri

There’s more to Christmas tree farms than just finding the perfect natural tree to be the centerpiece of your Christmas decor. Here’s some more of what our 417-land tree farms have on offer.

By Blake Haynes, Jamie Thomas and Katie Pollock Estes

Dec 2020

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Photo courtesy ShutterstockPick the perfect pine at a local Christmas tree farm.

There’s a certain charm to getting a real Christmas tree. Sure, it’s more convenient to pull out the fake tree every year, the plastic branches getting ever-more bent each time you do, the faux-forest green losing its luster through years of use, but it’s never the same. Getting a real tree means the opportunity to visit a Christmas tree farm. Wandering through rows of trees to find the perfect pine is a most wonderful family activity for the most wonderful time of the year. Here are a few tree farms you can visit to not only find your tree, but enjoy some seasonal treats, too.

Bridgestone Christmas Tree Farm

9581 County Lane 251, Webb City, 417-529-8508
Take a day trip with the family to pick the perfect tree for your home while enjoying fun wintry Christmas activities. Choose and cut scotch pine trees along with pre cut white pine and fir. They also offer pre-cut trees. Indulge in your visit to the farm with a hayride, hot chocolate, cider, and a Christmas train all included in the sale of a tree. Also available are professional pictures, visits from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus as well as field trips.

Cole’s Tree Farm

23100 Highway OO, Lebanon, 417-588-3008
This special tree farm in Lebanon, that has been in operation since 1965, opens for the season on Saturday November 21. They will be open for their normal choose-and-cut tree options. If you pick your own tree to cut down, you can choose between scotch pine, virginia pine, and a few white pine. Pre cut options will include balsam fir only. Cole’s Tree Farm is ready for this Christmas season and is excited to help you find the perfect tree for you and your family. Remember, they only take cash or check and they will be open Monday through Friday, noon until dark, and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. until dark.

Ozark Valley Christmas Tree Farm

1090 Manning Road, Southwest City, 417-762-2276
At Ozark Valley Christmas Tree Farm, you can start a family tradition by picking your favorite tree and basking in the Christmas spirit. You and the family can go for a hayride, visit the kid’s corner and make a craft and take family pictures in the sleigh. If that’s not exciting enough, take advantage of the Christmas lights, nativity scene and reindeer train. This year they are offering free barn side pickup with any online orders as well as tree deliveries at an additional cost. They will be open November 27 through December 24, six days a week. They’re open weekdays Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., but are closed on Wednesdays. On the weekends, they’ll be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. 

Starr Pines Christmas Tree Farm

21298 Pleasant Hill Road, Booneville, 660-882-6858
Starr Pines offers both traditional pines and varying firs to meet all of your tree needs. Their pines are $6.50 per foot and their firs are $10 per foot. You can also check out the festive wreaths and gifts in the giftshop. This year, there will be no public access inside the barn and will instead take place outside. Mask wearing is highly recommended and hot cider can be purchased by the carton. 

Wonderland Tree Farm

14821 Miser Road, Pea Ridge, Arkansas, 479-212-2964
Take a trip south and visit the Wonderland Tree Farm in Pea Ridge, Arkansas. They are offering tree varieties with options of virginia pine, scotch pine, leyland cyprus, white pine and pre cut frasier fir. You can ride the hayride, send letters to Santa, enjoy local food vendors and sip on some hot chocolate and munch on Christmas cookies. Their tree pricing ranges between $47.99 and $189.99, depending on tree size. It opens November 21 and is open Tuesday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., as well as Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 


Tips for Finding the Perfect Christmas Tree

There are a lot of trees out there, and your mission is to find the one that’s perfect for you and then keep it looking oh-so-fresh all season long. Here are our tips, gleaned from several years of Christmas tree farm visits (and a few mistakes made along the way).

1. Don’t Forget to Measure Your Space

After one Clark Griswold moment and a Christmas tree that scraped the ceiling, we learned our lesson. It’s the same one carpenters tout: Measure twice, cut once. Don’t be charmed by your new home’s slightly taller ceilings and assume anything will fit. Don’t trust your eyes to guess if that tree you’re staring down in the middle of a field is going to fit into your living room. Measure before you go. Measure at the farm. Measure, measure, measure.

2. Consider Your Ornaments

There are several tree varieties out there, and they all have slightly different construction. Go for something like a white pine or a Leyland Cyprus if you have light ornaments and like a tree with a feathery look. Go for something with sturdier branches like a Scotch pine or Frasier fir if you have heavier ornaments that need the support.

3. Water Your Christmas Tree Religiously

To keep your tree in tip-top shape all season, make sure you take a few easy steps. First, cut the bottom inch or so of the trunk off before setting the tree up in its stand. You want a fresh cut for maximum water absorption. Then, keep that stand full of water so your thirsty tree can hold onto its needles and look beautiful through the holiday.

Christmas Tree Farm Trip Tips

Before you head out to pick your tree, make sure you’re prepared. Warm clothes are obvious, but don’t forget boots. You should also wear durable gloves if you’ll be cutting your own tree. Having cash is always a good idea because a number of tree farms don’t take credit cards. Make sure you have a tie-down like rope or, even better, ratchet-straps to tie the tree to the roof of your car. Cover the roof of your car before loading the tree to avoid scratching the paint, and take it slow on the drive home.

What to Do After the Holidays?

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When your Christmas tree is losing its needles and the holiday has long passed, it’s time to say goodbye. Haul your tree to one of these local spots to give it a little purpose in its afterlife.