'Tis the season for Christmas trees!  Some folks choose the artificial route while others prefer a real tree.  And while you can find artificial trees in a wide-variety of stores and even a large number of sources for pre-cut real trees, some families like to make the cutting process part of their holiday traditions.  So where do that?

The following is an alphabetical list of commercial vendors that allow you to come to their location and cut your own Christmas tree:

  • Abrahamson's Tree Farm:  5933 Howard Gnesen Road.  218-391-8963.  Opens at 10:00 AM.
  • Chub Lake Tree Farm1867 E. Chub Lake Road, Carlton.  218-384-4549.  Opens at 10:00 AM.  Free cookies and hot cider.
  • Duluth Christmas Tree Farm4712 S Aune Road, Saginaw.  218-729-8390.  Open  9:00 AM to dark.  Trees are $30.00, with sizes ranging from 3-feet to 30-feet.  No credit cards accepted.

There are other non-commercial sources for Christmas trees:

  • The U.S. Forest Service:  The website link has great information about how to apply for a permit and where you can use it to cut your own tree on U.S. Forest Service land.  There are guidelines you need to follow, but it can be worth your time and effort.
  • Douglas County Forest Lands:  Their website is a great starting point - with all sorts of information about applying for a permit and where you can use it.  Cost is only $5.00 per tree.

Wherever you choose to cut your own tree, it's best to plan ahead.  Some considerations you may want to think about:

  • Vehicle:  If you drive a smaller car, you might want to consider how you'll get the cut tree home.  Remember to bring along ropes, tie-downs, a red caution flag, and other items that will make the transfer process easier.
  • Supplies:  While some of these locations may provide the tools you need to cut the trees, some may not.  You're probably smart to pack a saw, gloves, and ropes to haul the tree from the woods.
  • Clothing:  It probably goes without saying, but cutting a real Christmas tree down in the woods in the Northland involves being outside in the elements.  Even on the best winter days, you'll probably want to pack along boots, hats, gloves, scarves, and a warm jacket.  It probably wouldn't hurt to bring along some extras too in case you get wet while out in the woods.
  • Incidentals:  Chances are that the process won't take long - especially if you're utilizing one of the commercial vendors.  But if you're heading out into the forest for the day, it's probably smart to pack along a thermos of coffee or cocoa and a small trail snack or two.  These supplies are especially smart if you're cutting the tree down as a family and have small children coming along.