The Cincinnati Enquirer
Live or cut? Real or fake? Every year, a lot of us have to rethink our Christmas tree decisions.
Matt Antenucci (left), 12, of Deer Park and Lane Plagge, 8, of Maineville, wrestle with a freshly cut balsam fir at Big Tree Plantation in Morrow.|
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Do we want a live tree we can plant later in our yard, or one we can pack away in a box for use next year? Do we want to run to the corner lot to pick out our favorite size Christmas tree, or take the family on a day's outing to the country to cut a live tree in the great outdoors?
So many questions. But we have the answers - from tips on choosing the best type tree for your lifestyle to our annual list of places to cut your own.
Sterwerf's Tree Farm, 11820 Edgewood Road, Harrison.
Take I-74 west to New Haven Road (exit 1); turn right on New Haven Road. Go two miles to Edgewood Road; turn left on Edgewood Road. Farm is 21/4 miles on right.
Type: Cut-your-own Scotch pines up to 8 feet.
Special features: Wreaths, saws provided.
Hours: 10 a.m.-dark weekends, weekdays by appointment.
Phone: (513) 367-6297.
Dirr Nurseries, 6066 Goshen Road, Stonelick.
Take I-275 to Ohio 28 and travel east six miles to Goshen. Turn right (south) on Goshen Road for four miles.
Types: Scotch and white pine, up to 10 feet.
Special features: Saws, tree shaker, baler; farm animals, nativity display, wreaths, balled-and-burlapped trees.
Cost: $32, any size.
Hours: Daily until 5 p.m.
Phone: (513) 625-2000.
Krody Christmas Tree Farm, 2929 Bethel Road, Bethel.
Ohio 125 east to Bethel, north on Ohio 133. At north edge of town (Minton's Glass Shop), bear left on Bethel-Concord Road. Farm is 1/3 mile on the left, opposite Sunset Drive.
Types: Well-sheared Scotch pine up to 10 feet, some white pine and Norway spruce. Handsaws provided, free coffee, hot chocolate and twine.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. next Saturday and Dec.6, 13 and 20.
Phone: (513) 734-4145.
Spring Grove Farms, 2088 Bethel-New Richmond Road, New Richmond.
Take I-275 to Ohio 125 east. Turn right on Ohio 222 and right on Bethel-New Richmond Road. Or take I-275 to U.S. 52 east and turn left at third traffic light in New Richmond.
Types: Scotch and white pine and Norway spruce.
Cost: Cut-your-own $35. Blue spruce $45. 10 foot and above $45. Balled-and-burlapped $55 up.
Hours: Daily Friday-Dec. 23.
Phone: (513) 734-4384.
Corsi Tree Farm, 1651 Bolender Road, Hamersville.
Take I-275 east to Ohio 125 east through Bethel. About 41/2 miles east of Bethel, turn left on Liming-Van Thompson Road for 11/2 miles. Turn right on Bolender Road. Farm on left.
Types: Colorado blue and Norway spruce; Scotch and white pines; balsam and Douglas fir. Trees to cut up to 10 feet. Saws provided. Dug-and-burlapped trees up to 7 feet.
Special features: Balsam wreaths, garland, trimmings, tree stands and tree disposal bags.
Cost: Any size spruce, fir or white pine $35, including tax. Any size Scotch pine $20, including tax. Live trees approximately $12 per foot for spruce and $10 per foot for white pine, tax not included.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, Friday-Dec. 21.
Phone: (937) 379-9200.
Memory Lane Tree Farm, 2819 Ruble Lane, Sardinia.
From I-275 go east 26 miles on Ohio 32 to the Sardinia exit. Turn north (left) on Ohio 134 to Buford. Turn right on Ohio 138. Go 1/2 mile and turn left on Ruble Lane.
Types: Scotch pine and Canaan Fir.
Special features: Saws furnished, baling and loading available, free hot chocolate and coffee.
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. next Saturday-Nov. 30 and Dec. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21.
Phone: (937) 446-2721.
Pinefield Farm, 2166 U.S. 50, Fayetteville.
Three miles west of Fayetteville and 15 miles east of Milford.
Types: Scotch and white pine.
Special features: You cut or workers will cut and load for you.
Cost: $5.50 per foot for cut trees; $12 per foot for live balled trees.
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Monday and 4-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Friday-Dec. 24.
Phone: (513) 875-3204.
Halen Tree Farm, 1321 Goos Road, Hamilton.
Take I-275 to Colerain Avenue (U.S. 27) north for 51/2 miles.Turn right on Ohio 128 for two miles. Turn left on Smith Road for 31/2 miles. Turn left on Goos Road and go 1/2 mile to farm. Follow signs.
Types: Scotch pine, Norway and blue spruce, up to 10 feet. Saws available.
Special features: Baling with netting.
Cost: Any size Scotch pine $30; spruces individually priced starting at $37.
Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, next Saturday-Dec.14.
Phone: (513) 863-8982.
Kern Nursery & Landscaping Inc., 6099 Millikin Road, Liberty Township.
I-75 to exit 24 (Ohio 129/Michael Fox Highway). Then north (right) on Cincinnati-Dayton Road for two miles. West (left) on Millikin Road for two miles. Or, Ohio 747 north seven miles past Tri-County Mall, then east (right) on Millikin Road for 11/2 miles.
Types: Homegrown trees to plant after Christmas, handmade wreaths, tree shaking, bailing, loading, Pre-cut trees to 12 feet. New fields open, bumper crop of Scotch pine up to 8 feet. Weekend hayrides.
Cost: $32 for cut-your-own Scotch pine, any size, tax included.
Hours: 9 a.m.-dark Friday-Dec. 24.
Phone: (513) 777-3633.
Koch Christmas Trees, 6232 Hamilton-Scipio Road, Oxford, corner of Ohio 129 (Hamilton-Scipio Road) and Ohio 732 (Sample Road).
Take U.S. 27 (Colerain Ave.) north to Millville. Take Ohio 129 (Hamilton-Scipio Road) seven miles west to farm. From Oxford, take Ohio 732 (Oxford-Reily Road) seven miles south (through Reily where name changes to Sample Road) to farm.
Types: Cut-your-own or pre-cut. Scotch and white pine, Canaan and Douglas fir, 5-9 feet.
Special features: Trees shaken and baled. Stands and drilling available. Crafts, gift items, free refreshments.
Cost: $25 up.
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Nov. 30, Dec. 6-7, Dec. 13-14 and Dec. 20-21 and 3 p.m.-dark Dec. 5, 12 and 19.
Phone: (513) 756-1998.
A.J. Nieman Nursery, 3881 Cincinnati-Brookville Road, Hamilton.
Take U.S. 27 to Ohio 128 south. At second traffic light, turn right on Ohio 126 (at Venice Antique Mall, Ross) and go two miles. Nursery on left.
Types, cost: $4 per foot for Scotch pine; $5 per foot for white pine. Balled-and-burlapped trees individually priced.
Special features: Centerpieces, decorated wreaths and white pine roping sold by the yard. Free hot chocolate and cookies Saturday-Sunday.
Hours: 10 a.m.-dark Friday-Dec. 22.
Phone: (513) 738-8873.
John T. Nieman Nursery, 3215 New London Road, Hamilton.
Take U.S. 27 north to Ross-Hamilton exit. Turn left on Ohio 128. At first light, turn right on School Road, then right on Layhigh Road; go 11/2 miles to intersection of New London Road. Turn left on New London.
Types: Scotch and white pine, Blue and Norway spruce, Douglas and Canaan fir. Balled-and-burlapped trees in some varieties.
Special features: Wreaths, swags, arrangements made fresh daily, pine roping, handmade bows and decorations in Christmas Barn. Free hot chocolate and cookies. Also, visit goats, horse, antique John Deere tractors, Model A cars and flag display.
Cost: All trees priced individually, prices vary according to variety, size and quality.
Hours: 10 a.m.-dark today-Dec. 23.
Phone: (513) 738-1012.
Rash Christmas Trees, 7321 Lesourdsville-West Chester Road, West Chester Township.
Take I-75 north to Tylersville Road exit; turn left and go 11/2 miles west. Turn right on Lesourdsville-West Chester Road. Farm is on left.
Types: White or Scotch pine. Cut-your-own or cut for you.
Cost: $30- $40.
Hours: 10 a.m.-dark Dec. 1-23.
Phone: (513) 777-5675.
Berninger Trees, 1220 Stubbs Mill Road, Lebanon.
From I-71, take Ohio 48 north. Turn right on Ohio 123, then make immediate right on Stubbs Mill. From I-75, take Ohio 63 east through Lebanon. This becomes Ohio 123. Turn right on Stubbs Mill. Go 1.1 miles to farm on left.
Types: Most types of trees available. Saws and refreshments provided.
Cost: $25 most trees.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today-Dec. 24.
Phone: (513) 932-1758.
Big Tree Plantation, 2544 Waynesville Road, Morrow.
Take I-71 to exit 32 (Morrow), go east one mile to South Waynesville Road, then south 1/2 mile to stone entrance on left. From I-75 take exit 29 and go east on Ohio 63 to downtown Lebanon to where it becomes Ohio 123. Cross over I-71 to Waynesville Road and turn right. Big Tree is 1/2 mile on left.
Types: Scotch and white pines; Fraser, Douglas, Canaan balsam firs; Colorado blue spruce.
Special features: Nativity scene, free hot chocolate, horse-drawn wagon rides $3 each or four/$10, two-story gift shop, live reindeer, free tractor-pulled wagon ride to harvest your tree, wreaths, greens and garlands.
Cost: $25 and up.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today-Dec. 21.
Phone: (513) 899-4624.
Caesar's Creek Nursery, 4336 E. Ohio 73, Waynesville.
Take I-75 to Ohio 73-Springboro Franklin exit and go east to the nursery.
Types: Austrian and Scotch pine. Some pre-cut trees. Saws provided.
Cost: $8 per foot.
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, Friday-Dec. 22.
Phone: (888) 297-5904.
Timberwind Tree Farm, 1566 W. Pekin Road, Lebanon.
Take I-75 north to Ohio 122, go east five miles to Ohio 741. Turn north on Ohio 741 for two miles to Pekin Road. Turn east for 1/2 mile to farm.
Types and cost: $25 for any size pine or spruce; $45-$55 for firs.
Special features: Antique tractor and wagon rides, free hot chocolate and family photo. Saws provided.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, then 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 21.
Phone: (937) 746-5027.
Tree-ditions, 1499 Ireland Road, Wilmington.
Take I-71 to Wilmington exit (Ohio 68, south). Go through Wilmington. Turn left on Ohio 134 (at Blake's Restaurant) for two miles. Turn right on Ireland Road for 11/2 miles. Farm on left.
Types: Scotch and white pine, fir and Colorado or blue spruce. Hot cider, free horse-drawn hayrides, bonfire.
Cost: $35 up, depending on species.
Hours: Noon-5 p.m. next Saturday-Nov. 30, Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 13-14.
Phone: (937) 382-6193.
Joy's Pines, 3028 Pleasant Road, Hillsboro.
Take I-275 East to U.S. 50, east to Hillsboro, then south on Ohio 73; go 8.8 miles. Turn left on East Deadfall and go two miles. Turn left on Pleasant Road, then turn into second driveway on right. Follow signs
Types, prices: Scotch (4-14 feet) $27; white pine (4-12 feet) $25; Canaan fir (4-10 feet) $30; blue Spruce individually priced.
Special features: Wreaths, ornaments, tree bags and stands, free tree shaking and gift with every purchase. Saws available.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. next Saturday-Nov. 30, Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 13-14.
Miller's Christmas Trees, 1600 Eckmansville Road, West Union.
I-275 to Ohio 32 east. At Ohio 136, turn right (south). At Ohio 125, turn right (west) for one mile to Eckmansville Road. Turn right on Eckmansville for 11/2 miles to farm. Look for signs.
Types: More than 2,000 hand-sheared Scotch and white pines to 7 feet and Colorado blue spruce and Douglas fir to 6 feet.
Special features: Free hot chocolate and cookies. Hand-made wreaths made fresh daily ($16 and up); roping, swags and tree disposal bags. All trees mechanically shaken and wrapped for transport.
Cost: Pines $18 up; spruce and fir $20 up.
Hours: 10 a.m.-dark Friday-Dec. 23.
Phone: (937) 544-2220.
Sugar Tree Farms, Pondlick and Richardson Roads, Seaman.
Take I-275 to Ohio 32 east to Ohio 136 at Winchester. Turn north on Ohio 136 and go eight miles. Turn right (east) on Pondlick Road for 1.8 miles. Follow signs.
Types: Colorado blue spruce cut or balled-and-burlapped. Limited selection of Scotch pine, Douglas fir and Canaan fir.
Special features: Free burlap-and-balling supplies provided for anyone digging their own live tree. Unique farm layout has interesting nature trails, handmade wreaths and free hot chocolate and coffee.
Cost: Pines $20, any size. Spruces and firs $30, any size. Balled-and-burlapped trees $50 up.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Nov. 30 and Dec. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21.
Phone: (513) 731-7228.
Spring Valley Tree Farm, 3300 Cook Road, Spring Valley.
I-275 north to Ohio 48; go north to U.S. 42, then north to Spring Valley. Watch for signs just before the highway narrows as you approach the Little Miami River.
Types: Scotch and white pine, Douglas and Canaan fir, Colorado and Norway spruce.
Special features: Wreaths and boughs. Warm apple cider and cookies.
Cost: $20-$60 for cut trees; $75-$85 for live (balled) trees.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, through Dec. 22.
Phone: (937) 429-1717; www.springvalleytreefarm.com
Benton Farms, 11946 Old Lexington Pike, Walton.
I-75 south to Richwood. Take exit 75 to U.S. 25. Turn east and go 14 miles to stoplight. Go through light, over railroad tracks and turn right on Old Lexington Pike. Go two miles. Farm on left.
Special features: Saws provided, very rural with lots of walking.
Cost: $35 for cut-your-own tree.
Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. next Saturday, Dec. 6, and Dec. 13. Otherwise by appointment.
Phone: (859) 485-7000.
Ferguson Tree Farm, 10515 U.S. 42, Union.
Take I-75 south to Mount Zion Road west. Go about two miles to stoplight. Turn left on U.S. 42. Farm is one mile on right, just past Ryle High School.
Types: Six varieties, including firs, spruces and pines.
Special features: Children and pets welcome, saws, netting and stand-straight tree drilling system.
Cost: $40 for cut-your-own tree.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Nov. 30, Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 13-14.
Phone: (859) 384-1547.
Meinhardt's Burlington Tree Farm, 8289 Kelly Road, Burlington.
Take I-75 south to Ky. 18 exit and go west four miles to Burlington. At stop sign, turn left on Ky. 338. Go six miles to Kelly Road. Watch for signs.
Types: Scotch pines to 8 feet, white pines to 9 feet. Balled-and-burlapped white pine/blue spruce 3-6 feet. Pre-cut Fraser fir, white pine and blue spruce 6-9 feet.
Special features: Handmade wreaths, swags, free hot chocolate and homemade cookies. Tree baling and shaking. Saws provided. Warm up near the wood stove.
Cost: $30 up.
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Nov. 30 and Dec. 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21.
Phone: (859) 586-8265.
Walters Christmas Tree Farm, 2346 Longbranch Road, Union.
Take exit 180 off I-75 south to U.S. 42 west. Go about three miles (where four lanes end), then turn right on Longbranch Road; go 1 mile.
Types: Scotch and white pine.
Special features: Hot cocoa, hot cider and donuts; bonfire; Christmas music and Maggie the Christmas St. Bernard.
Cost: $20 up.
Hours: 9 a.m.-dark Friday and next Saturday, Dec. 6, 13 and 20; 2 p.m.-dark Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14 and 21. Weekdays by appointment.
Phone: (859) 384-3362.
Bezold Pines, Fisher Road, Alexandria.
Take I-275 to U.S. 27 south. Take Ky. 154 east for four miles. Follow signs. Turn left on Fisher Road.
Types: White and Scotch pine, live balled Norway spruce.
Special features: Santa visits (call for dates), live wreaths.
Cost: $5 per foot with a $40 maximum for cut trees. Live balled trees $40 up.
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, through Dec. 21.
Phone: (859) 635-5283.
Greene Tree Farm, 15918 AA Highway, California.
Take I-471 south to I-275 west. Exit at Wilder, go south on AA Highway for 19 miles. Farm is on the left. Look for banner and steep gravel drive.
Types: 6- to 10-foot Scotch pines.
Special features: Fresh, assorted wreaths and swags $10-$20; warm fire; hot chocolate.
Hours: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. next Saturday-Nov. 30 and Dec. 6-7 and 13-14.
Phone: (859) 472-5954.
Hilltop Pines, Ky. 1997, Camp Springs.
Take Ky. 8 east to Silver Grove. Turn right on Ky. 547 south, then left on Ky. 1997. Farm is on the left. Or take AA Highway east to Ky. 547 exit. Turn right on Ky. 547 and go one mile. Turn right on Ky. 1997. Follow signs.
Types: Sheared Scotch and Austrian pines. White pine pre-cut and balled-and-burlapped trees available.
Special features: Saws, tree shaking and baling; we cut or you cut; wreaths and roping.
Cost: $25 any size self-cut; balled-and-burlapped $35 up. Show this listing for discount.
Hours: 2-5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-dark weekends, Friday-Dec. 23.
Phone: (859) 635-7096.
Rector Ridge Tree Farms, 3311 Rector Road, Morningview.
Take Ky. 16 south to Nicholson. Go 11/2 miles south on Ky. 17, turn left and go two miles on Moffett Road. Turn left on Rector Road, go 1/2 mile and look for sign on the right.
Types: Douglas, Fraser and concolor fir, blue spruce and white pine.
Special features: You may choose and cut, or we will cut.
Cost: 6-7 feet $40; above 7 feet additional $5 per foot.
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. next Saturday and Mondays-Saturdays; 1-5 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 21.
Phone: (859) 356-9690.
Kaeser Tree Farm, 29273 Barber Road, Harrison.
I-74 west to Brookville exit. Go left off ramp for 1/4 mile. Turn left on Ind. 46. Go 1/2 mile and turn right on Barber Road. Farm is 11/2 miles on left.
Types, cost: Choose-n-cut Scotch and white pines $4/foot, Douglas fir $10/foot. Pre-cut Douglas and Fraser fir, prices vary.
Special features: Saws and baling provided, hiking trails, make your own wreaths.
Hours: 4 p.m.-dark weekdays and 9 a.m.-dark weekends, Friday-Dec. 24.
Phone: (812) 637-1554.
Mount Pleasant Christmas Trees, 21797 Mount Pleasant Road, Lawrenceburg.
Follow I-275 west and exit at Lawrenceburg. Cross U.S. 50 and follow Ind. 1 for about 41/2 miles. The farm is on left.
Types: Scotch pines and some Norway spruce, 4-10 feet.
Special features: Saws provided, picnickers welcome.
Cost: $30, but smaller sizes negotiable.
Hours: 10 a.m.-dark next Saturday-Nov. 30 and Dec. 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21.
Phone: (859) 750-1892.
Pine Achers, 11469 County Farm Road, Aurora.
Take I-275 to exit 16 in Ind.. Turn left on U.S. 50. Go 21/2 miles to Ind. 48 and turn right. Go 121/2 miles to Manchester. At firehouse, turn left on County Farm Road and go one mile.
Types: Douglas and Canaan firs.
Special features: Wreaths, saws provided, baling available.
Hours: 1:30 p.m.-dark weekdays and 8 a.m.-dark weekends, Friday-Dec. 24.
Phone: (812) 926-1573.
Brewington Farms, 2854 N. Milan-Versailles Pike, Milan.
Take I-74 to Ind. 129 south. Go 14 miles to sign on highway.
Types: Scotch pine and Colorado blue spruce. Balled-and-burlapped trees also available.
Special features: Working farm, calves, miniature donkeys.
Cost: Scotch pine up to 10 feet $15. Other trees priced as marked.
Hours: 10 a.m.-dark Friday-Dec. 21.
Phone: (812) 623-3679.
Sheets Tree Farm, 5679 N. Co Road 200 E., Osgood.
Take I-74 west to the Batesville exit. Go south one block. Turn left (east) at stop light (Ind. 46) and go two miles. Turn right (south) on Ind. 129. Go eight miles and turn right (west) on Mud Pike Road. Follow signs to farm.
Types: Scotch and white pine, spruce and fir, 5-12 feet.
Special features: Tree bailing and shaking, drinks and snacks, wreaths for sale, wagon rides on weekends.
Cost: Pre-cut and choose-and-cut $25 up. Landscape trees $40 up.
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Dec. 23.
Phone: (812) 689-4768.
Moster's Tree Farm, 13132 Romer Road, Brookville.
Take I-74 to U.S. 52 north through Brookville. Take Ind. 1 north three miles. Turn left on Romer Road. Farm is 1/2 mile on left.
Types: Scotch and white pine.
Special features: Trees shaken and bagged.
Hours: 9 a.m.-dark Friday-Nov. 30, then Wednesdays-Sundays through Dec. 21.
Phone: (765) 647-3910.
Whitetail Acres Tree Farm, 9127 Cooley Road, Brookville.
Take I-74 to U.S. 52 into Brookville. Turn north on Ind. 101. Go two miles. Turn right on Cooley Road. Dead-ends at farm
Type, cost: $15 up for Scotch pine 4-12 feet, white pine 4-9 feet, balsam fir 12-14 feet and Fraser fir 5-12 feet. $35 up for balled (live) white spruce, Norway spruce, white pine and blue spruce.
Special features: Live reindeer, gift shop, refreshments, free shaking, baling and drilling of trees, hayrides, bonfire. Wreaths, mixed greens and pine roping cut fresh and made daily. Saws provided.
Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Nov. 30, then 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays-Sundays through Dec. 23, 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 24.
Phone: (765) 647-6812.
Will-O-Vic Farms, 3152 Forrest Road, Batesville.
Take I-74 west to Batesville exit. Turn right on Ind. 229. Go to Oldenburg, then follow signs. Farm is 1/2 mile from town.
Types: Organic Scotch pines and some white pines.
Special features: Hayrides, pony rides for children, baling and bagging.
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Nov. 30 and Dec. 6-7 and 13-14.
Phone: (812) 934-5251.
Bohman Christmas Tree Farm, 9801 E. Base Road, Greensburg.
Forty miles west of Cincinnati: Take I-74 west to New Point, exit 143. Go North about 1/4 mile and turn right on Base Road for about two miles to farm (follow signs).
Types: Scotch and white pine, Fraser, Canaan, concolor and Douglas fir, up to 15 feet.
Special features: Free wagon rides, popcorn, hotdogs and soft drinks.
Cost: $5 up.
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Nov. 30 and Dec. 5-7, 12-14 and 19-21.
Phone: (812) 934-4257.
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