4 Christmas tree farms an hour’s drive or less from Birmingham, plus local lots

Pine Hill Farms, Tarrant, Alabama, Christmas tree farms
Photo via Pine Hill Farms’ Facebook page

Want the full Christmas tree experience, ax, hot chocolate and all? We found four tree farms within an hour’s drive or less from Birmingham. Or, visit a longtime, local family-run lot for pre-cut trees, wreaths and garlands. You can even support your local Boy Scout troop with your tree purchase. If we missed your favorite local spot, let us know.

Christmas Tree Farms Where You Can Chop Your Own

1. Pine Hill Farms

Pine Hill Farms, Tarrant, Alabama
Which one’s Blitzen? Photo via Pine Hill Farms’ Facebook page
  • Now open for the 2018 season
  • Address: 538 Pine Hill Circle, Tarrant, Alabama 35217 (only 10 miles north of Birmingham!)
  • Hours: 7 days a week 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Get ready for an old-fashioned Christmas, live reindeer included. Pine Hill Farms grows several Christmas tree varieties you can chop yourself, plus they bring in fresh, pre-cut varieties that require higher elevations to grow. Take the kids for a farm tour and tractor ride, then powwow over coffee, hot chocolate and top-notch apple cider—all on the house. On weekends, you can catch blacksmithing demonstrations, too.

Pine Hill Farms also sell wreaths and garlands, as well as ornaments and decor in the gift shop.

2. Old Baker Farm

Old Baker Farm, Alabama, Christmas tree farms
Dreaming of a white Christmas? Fingers crossed. Photo via Old Baker Farm’s Facebook page
  • Opens for the 2018 season the Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Address: 184 Furrow Lane, Harpersville, Alabama 35078
  • Hours: 7 days a week from 9 a.m. until dark

From fresh Virginia pines to Limited red cedars, you can choose and cut the tree of your dreams at Old Baker Farm. Or, opt for a fresh, pre-cut Fraser fir. The farm also offers complimentary hot apple cider, candy canes and hayrides.

To really get into the Christmas spirit, attend Old Baker Farm’s 2nd Annual Tree Lighting on December 8 and 9, at 5 p.m. The $10 per person admission includes cookies with Santa, a hayride, a classic Christmas movie and a live Nativity, plus Christmas tunes sung by a choir. Food trucks and local vendors will be there, too. And, for only $2 per pack, you can enjoy real-deal s’mores over the fire pit. 

3. Beavers Christmas Tree Farm

  • Opens for the 2018 season the Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Address: 10093 Bradford Trafford Rd, Trafford, Alabama 35172
  • Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 9 a.m. until dark (closed Tuesday through Thursday)

After you’ve worked up an appetite selecting and cutting your own tree at Beavers Christmas Tree Farm, nosh on a couple of hot dogs, chips and drink for $5. You can catch a free hayride the Friday after Thanksgiving, or any Saturday or Sunday throughout the season. And, holla, they serve complimentary hot chocolate, too.

4. Clear Creek Christmas Tree Farm

Clear Creek Christmas Tree Farm, Alabama, Christmas tree farms
Does it get more picture-perfect than this? Photo via Clear Creek Christmas Tree Farm’s Facebook page
  • Opens for the 2018 season the Friday after Thanksgiving at 8 a.m. (The farm will be open for at least two weekends after Thanksgiving. Check for updates after that.)
  • Address: 1201 Lamon Chapel Rd, Jasper, Alabama 35503
  • Hours: Saturday 8 a.m  to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Head to Jasper for a jolly good time. You’ll find that special tree at Clear Creek Christmas Tree Farm, and the farm offers complimentary hot chocolate and hayrides, too. Bring cash (preferred) or check; no credit/debit cards.

“We had so much fun getting to pick out and cut down the tree and then go enjoy a cup of good hot chocolate. Very Southern hospitality, and our tree made it all through December.”

Local review via Clear Creek Christmas Tree Farms’ Facebook page

Local Lots for Pre-cut Trees

What’s your fave locally owned spot in Birmingham metro for pre-cut Christmas trees? Send an email to terri@bhamnow.com. Here are some longstanding local lots to kick things off.

Howell Christmas Trees

Birmingham, Alabama, Howell Christmas Trees
When it snows in Birmingham, we document. Photo via Howell Christmas Trees’ Facebook page
  • Opens for the 2018 season the Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Address: 3927-3931 Crosshaven Drive, Vestavia Hills, Alabama 35243
  • Hours: opens at 9 a.m. throughout the season

For more than 30 years running, the Howell family has brought premium, North Carolina-grown Fraser firs to Birmingham. Visit Howell Christmas Trees in front of Winn-Dixie in Cahaba Heights, across from The Pita Hut. They’ve got wreaths and garlands, too.

Poppy’s Christmas Trees

Birmingham, Alabama, Poppy's Christmas Trees
Photo via poppyschristmastrees.com
  • Opens for the 2018 season the Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Address: 4476 Montevallo Road, Birmingham, Alabama 35213
  • Hours: Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Poppy’s Christmas Trees is another local family business that’s been helping Birmingham deck the halls for more than 30 years. Drop by their lot off Montevallo Road in front of Winn-Dixie for a pre-cut Fraser fir and your choice of Fraser fir or boxwood wreaths, mailbox swags and garlands.

Warren Family Garden Center & Nursery

Photo via Warren Family Garden Center & Nursery’s Facebook page
  • Christmas trees are in stock now for the 2018 season.
  • Address: 1009 Old Cedar Grove Road, Leeds, Alabama 35094
  • Hours: Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed Sunday)

All year long, Warren Family Garden Center & Nursery in Leeds is a gardener lover’s delight. You can wander the outdoor aisles for days! During the Christmas season, this family-run business sells Christmas trees, too. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Clause will visit Warren Family Garden Center & Nursery on December 1 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Boy Scout Fundraisers

Photo via Mountain Scout Scout Tree Sale-Homewood’s Facebook page

In operation since 1959, the Mountain Scout Tree Sale raises funds for 11 Boy Scout Troops all over the mountain area. The sale includes lot locations in Vestavia, Hoover and Homewood, and runs from Friday, November 23 through mid-December. 

Troop 21 opens up shop in Bluff Park United Methodist Church and Ross Bridge Village Center for the long Thanksgiving weekend. 

Happy tree-trimming, Birmingham! And please don’t forget to recycle your Christmas tree when the season is done.

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