Are you looking for family-friendly activities to do with your kids this holiday season? If you’ve already grabbed your pictures with Santa, load up the car and make a trip to choose or cut your own Christmas tree. Whether you’re looking for variety, pet-friendly options or shopping and snacking spots, this list of farms in Northern Virginia, Maryland, D.C. and beyond has you covered.
5110 Cumberland Gap Road Newport, Virginia. Open Nov. 13 | Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For a festive experience, head to this Newport choose-and-cut farm for weekend hayrides after Thanksgiving for $1 (free for ages 5 and younger), possible Santa sightings on weekends in early December and custom greenery and ornaments from the gift shop. Trees are hand-sheared and include Fraser, Canaan, concolor and Korean firs; white and Scotch pines; Colorado blue and Norway spruces and arborvitae ranging from 6 to 15 feet.
Meadows Farms Nurseries & Landscape
Multiple locations including Frederick, Maryland, and Manassas, Leesburg, Herndon, Great Falls and Chantilly in Virginia. Open Sunday, Oct. 31 through Wednesday, Nov. 24 (trees anticipated by Nov. 20) | Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. | Open Friday, Nov. 26, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
With many locations throughout Virginia and one in Frederick, Maryland, Meadows Farms Nurseries & Landscape offers plenty of options for families seeking Christmas trees this season. Activities vary at each location, but shoppers can expect refreshments such as hot chocolate, along with appearances from Santa. Tree varieties include Fraser, Douglas, concolor and balsam firs. 703-327-3940. meadowsfarms.com.
Naughty Pine Nursery
18200 Elmer School Road Dickerson, Maryland. Opens Friday, Nov. 26 | Weekends, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; weekday appointments if needed.
Dogs are welcome to join the family in choosing a Christmas tree this season at this pet-friendly, family-owned and operated farm serving Montgomery County since 1992. Varieties available this year include choose-and-cut Douglas firs, Norway spruces and a limited supply of Colorado blue spruce trees. Precut Fraser and balsam firs will also be available. 301-842-7075. npnursery.com.
Potomac Farm Market
9045 Congressional Parkway Potomac, Maryland. Opens Friday, Nov. 26 | Daily, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
This family-run farm market specializes in locally sourced goods and caters to its neighbors and nearby communities. Families shopping for Christmas trees can stop in for a festive photo-op with the farm’s seasonal backdrop and select from precut regional North Carolina Frasers, with some Douglas firs expected this year. The farm also carries wreaths and a large selection of firewood for those chilly, cozy nights. 240-620-9216. potomacfarmmarket.com.
Snickers Gap Tree Farm
34350 Williams Gap Road, Round Hill, Virginia. Opens Friday, Nov. 26 | Weekends, 9 a.m. to sunset; weekdays noon to sunset.
More than 37,000 trees (in various stages of growth) abound amid views of the Loudoun Valley. Take a tractor ride to the lot and select from Mountain Slow Grown Douglas firs—which the farm has grown on site for 41 years—along with some Serbian spruces and young balsam firs. Also for sale are fresh, local and handmade wreaths and gifts, including lifetime tree stands handcrafted in Maryland. Snack on hot dogs and soft pretzels or warm up with hot spiced cider and hot chocolate. 540-554-8323. snickersgaptrees.com.