Cut-Your-Own Christmas Trees

Although most of us these days have an artificial Christmas tree or pick up a fresh cut tree at your favorite local gardening center, there are still places in and around Houston to cut down your very own live Christmas tree if you’re in the mood for an old-fashioned holiday. A trip to the tree farm can be a fun-filled family activity much more memorable than having a pre-cut tree loaded into your truck at Home Depot. If you’re in the mood to go full-on Clark Griswold this Christmas, visit and plug in your zip code to find a tree farm nearby where you can choose and fell your own tree. Here are a few nearby options to consider. 

Dewberry Farm in Brookshire offers fresh Christmas trees in a variety of styles, as well as family activities like hayrides, a corn maze, and a place to grab a tasty lunch. Better yet, there is no admission charge. You can cut down your own tree if you desire, but if you’d rather leave the heavy lifting to the professionals, you can also choose one that’s been cut down already. Dewberry Farm is located at 7705 FM 362, Brookshire, 77423. 

Holiday Acres in Manvel features many varieties of evergreen trees, as well as handmade wreaths and swags made from greenery. Kids will love the petting zoo and hay rides, as well as a “Texas sledding” hill where they can slide down a grassy slope. Enjoy a hot cocoa around the campfire after you’ve chosen and cut down your tree. Pre-cut trees are also available. Holiday Acres is found at 9029 Mustang Bayou Road, Manvel 77578.

The Old Time Christmas Tree Farm is a popular spot for first-time lumberjacks who need a bit of help. Their website,, features a guide to successfully cutting down your own tree. Pre-cut trees are available with a greater selection of varieties, but you can choose from pine and cypress to cut down for yourself. A hayride wagon will take you out to select your tree and help you haul it back to the car. You’ll find the farm at 7632 Spring Cypress Road in Spring, 77379. 

No matter where you go to find your tree, be sure to come prepared. Measure your living room ceiling in advance and be sure to account for the height of your tree topper when calculating how big a tree you can handle. You’ll probably want a tree at least one foot smaller than your ceiling height to allow for easy installation and decorating.They tend to look much smaller in the great outdoors than in your home, so it’s a good idea to double check that the tree you chose will definitely fit. Bring a tape measure, saw, and a sheet or tarp and rope to make sure you get the tree home safely. Also be prepared at home with a tree stand made for a live tree so that it doesn’t dry out and become a fire hazard. 


Whether you prefer cypress, pine, or fir, you’re sure to make lasting memories and bring the smell of the holidays into your home when you cut down your own tree. Merry Christmas!

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