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Best Christmas Tree Farm In Maryland And Others You Can Visit

Patch logo Patch 11/28/2018 Elizabeth Janney

SYKESVILLE, MD — If you’re in the market for a real tree, consider heading to one of the many Christmas tree farms in Maryland. Pine Valley Farms in Sykesville was recently named the single best Christmas tree farm in the state by the folks over at Good Housekeeping.

The magazine highlighted tree farms that offer more than just great pines.

Many allow kids — or, you know, adults — to chat with Santa Claus. Others feature petting zoos, hayrides, face painting exhibits and seasonal treats.

One, in Arkansas, even has its own fudge kitchen where customers can chow down on candy cane and eggnog fudge as they select the perfect tree.

Here’s what Good Housekeeping had to say about Maryland's best tree farm: “Pine Valley Farms boasts plenty of trees to choose from...."

In fact, Pine Valley Farms in Sykesville has more than 100,000 trees growing on its 110-acre Christmas tree farm, which promotes the idea of finding the perfect tree for you.

Check out the Pine Valley Farms tree selection guide, which shows types of trees available and their prices. Fraser fir, Douglas fir, Canaan fir, Concolor fir, Nordmann fir and blue spruce are for sale this season.

At choose-and-cut fields, people can cut down their own conifers. The farm provides saws and tree carts.

Trees in the field range from 5 to 9 feet, according to Karen Wolfe, whose husband Holden Wolfe manages Pine Valley Farms. The family business is owned by his parents, who founded it in 1977.

Once people are ready to pay for their tree, they should head over to the red "Christmas barn" during the week or the white gatehouse on weekends.

The barn sells trimmings like wreaths, roping, swag, reindeer and more. And on weekends, hot cocoa, cider, soda, water, hot dogs and pulled pork are for sale.

Next door to the barn, already cut Fraser and Douglas fir trees ranging from 3 to 9 feet are for sale.

Pine Valley Farms is at 1150 Fannie Dorsey Rd, Sykesville, MD 21784. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. from Monday to Thursday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday to Sunday.

If you're looking to pick out your tree in another area, there are plenty of options around Maryland. Here is a map of Christmas tree farms, courtesy of the National Christmas Tree Association; you can filter results by options like choose and cut tree farms, pre-cut trees, gift shops, hayrides and more.

Here are the Christmas tree farms across Maryland:

Did we miss any? Tell us in the comments or email elizabeth.janney@patch.com

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The National Christmas Tree Association has several recommendations for finding the right tree, starting with measuring your space.

Before You Go:

Measure your ceiling height. You don’t want a tree that’s too tall or wide. That means you need to know what size tree to get before you get to the lot. A 10-foot-tall tree will typically be about 8 feet wide at the bottom.

Ask about the price and payment methods before you get there so you’re not in for an unwelcome surprise when it’s time to pay. Pricing will vary from farm to farm. Some tree farms measure and price their trees individually, and others have a set price.

Other tips to consider, from the National Christmas Tree Association:

  • Ask about the trees. The more you know, the better your decision will be. Which tree type performs best in your area and climate?
  • Test the branches and needles for freshness. Run a branch through your enclosed hand. If the needles come off easily, avoid. Bend the outer branches, and if they’re not pliable, move along. On the other hand, if branches snap easily, the tree is probably too dry.
  • Look for other indicators of dryness or deterioration: excessive needle loss, discoloration, musty smell, needle pliability or wrinkled bark.
  • Trust your gut.

Once you’ve found the perfect tree, show us! You can share your pics on the Maryland Patch Facebook page.

Patch national staffer Dan Hampton contributed to this report.

Photo used with permission of Pine Valley Farms.

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