Cut your own Christmas Tree around Washtenaw County

. December 1, 2016.

One of the top thrills in preparing for the Christmas season has to be choosing your own wild Christmas tree. Michigan is the No. 4 producer of Christmas trees in the nation. While many will sing the praises of artificial trees, let me offer a paean to the ones that grow from the ground up.

Luckily for you, Washtenaw County has five “U-cut” tree farms as well as countless lots where you can purchase pre-cut trees.

Urquhart’s Tree Farm

10050 Jerusalem Rd. | Chelsea
734-433-8733 |
Open four weekends, starting the Friday after Thanksgiving.
12-5pm | Wednesday-Friday
10am-5pm | Saturday-Sunday

Owned by Brian and Susan Urquhart since 1991 with 200 acres of trees. Brian Urquhart’s advice to those worried about a tree fire? “Fresh-cut trees are basically fireproof; just don’t let the water run out.” Don’t miss the wagon rides on the weekends!

Westman’s Tree Farm

8000 Chamberlin Rd. | Dexter
Opens the Friday after Thanksgiving
3:30pm-dark | Monday-Thursday
9am-dark | Friday-Sunday

Owner Bill Westman remembers when their trees were $2.00—back in 1965. “Know your space,” says Westman to first-time tree harvesters. “People usually cut down a tree bigger than they need.” This year the property will feature a new-build snack shack with treats to enjoy while you find your tree.  Thousands of trees include Norway Spruce, White Spruce and Colorado Blue Spruce.


Arend Tree Farm

3512 Notten Rd. | Grass Lake
734-475-7584 |
Opens the Friday after Thanksgiving
9am-5pm | 7 days a week

With two locations, three farms, and 400 acres of trees, Arend Tree Farm probably won’t run out of trees before Christmas. The family business started in 1939 with Lee Arend’s grandfather selling trees in Saline. The farm features horse-drawn wagon rides on weekends. Many visitors stop by the 150-year -old country church next door that sells homemade doughnuts and cider on weekends.

Braun’s Tree Farm

796 Warren Rd.
734-663-2717 |
Opens the Friday after Thanksgiving
Friday-Sunday | 10am-dark

Northeast of the city of Ann Arbor, you’ll find 50 acres of trees at Braun’s. Not only can you cut your own tree, but you can also purchase pre-cut trees, wreaths, and tree stands, too. Braun’s invites the whole family, including dogs, to enjoy the festive holiday market atmosphere on the farm.


Hillside Christmas Tree Farm

14745 Sharon Hollow Rd. | Manchester
517-456-7233 |
November 25-27 | December 3-4 | December 10-11

Hillside is a fairly recent entry in the Christmas tree farm game; the farm planted in 1983 and has been making customers’ Christmases since 1988. Owner Richard Stefani suggests you “dress for the outdoors,” when coming to visit their farm. The farm also features a tot lot, wagon rides, and other fun activities and displays.