Growing up in New England cutting down our Christmas trees was always a family adventure I looked forward too. Fake trees weren’t really a thing and these days not something I would consider for my family. I love sharing this tradition with Aiden and I hope it’s something he grows up to love too! In Washington DC cut your own and live trees are harder to come by, but if you are willing to drive a little there are definitely options. Here are the best Christmas Tree Farms in Washington, DC.
2425 Wickliffe Road, Berryville, VA 22611
We have tried out several Washington DC area Christmas tree farms and this is our favorite. It is located in Berryville, VA so roughly an hour or so outside of Washington DC. It’s about 45 minutes away from where we are in Northern Virginia. They have a great selection of cut-your-own and pre-cut trees to choose from. The staff is always helpful, knowledgable, and efficient. They can help you determine the right tree for your situation. I also love that they have a Santa on some weekends and photo props for holiday picture opportunities. I will admit the trees are a bit pricey (there is a tree shortage for the next 5 years), but they are comparable for the area. It is only open on the weekends.
34350 Williams Gap Road, Round Hill, VA 20141
This Christmas tree farm is located on the side of a hill in Round Hill, VA, again about an hour outside of Washington, DC. I love going to view the amazing scenery (espeically after a recent snow farm). Although it’s beautiful, I can’t speak to the quality of the trees because I haven’t personally taken one home from this farm. I have found that the prices are a bit higher than Moose Apple and if you try to go on the weekends there can be a line just to get in! One of the advantages of this farm; however, is that they are open on weekdays where some others are not. If you do visit this farm, plan to attend on a weekday if you can!
26469 Ticonderoga Road Chantilly VA 20152
Back when we lived in Washington, DC this is where we got our tree. Located in Chantilly, VA it is 30-45 minutes from DC (depending on traffic). It is much smaller than the loudon county farms I mentioned above, but if you live in the city you can still cut-your-own-tree without driving too far. They have a slightly larger selection of tress (I think because they offer a lot of pre-cut) and the pricing is more variable than the Loudon county farms so if you are on a budget and don’t need a huge tree this would be a great option! It is only open on the weekends.
6 tips for Visiting Christmas Tree Farms in Washington DC:
- Check the hours. Some Christmas tree farms in Washington DC are only open on weekends and others are open everyday. Some are open until dark and others have a specific closing time.
- Go early in the season. We always go the weekend after Thanksgiving to get our tree. We know that there will definitely be trees available and we will have a good selection to choose from. Plus, I always think if I am spending the money on a real tree I want to get a good amount of enjoyment from it.
- There is a tree shortage! This is another reason to go tree hunting early. You might pay more for a tree as well so if you are on a budget check out the prices before you go.
- Look ahead at the weather. If it is cold, rainy, snowy, or windy you might not have the most enjoyable time Christmas tree hunting, plus some Christmas tree farms in Washington DC aren’t opened during inclement weather. Look ahead at the city the tree farm is in to plan the best day to be outside before you make the drive. In the Washington DC area it can be dry in DC but snowing in Loudon county.
- Dress appropriately. You will be walking through uneven ground and possibly mud. Be sure to wear boots and layers. If you are cutting down your own tree someone will be on the ground cutting it down.
- Bring your camera. Some of my favorite pictures of Aiden were taken at the Christmas tree farm. It’s a great opportunity to take holiday photos too!
Do you buy a real tree or fake tree? I would love to know in the comments!