The holidays make us giddy! One of our favorite traditions to do over the holidays is go cut down our own Christmas tree. We’ve both loved having a real tree in the home, despite the hauling and mess that sometimes comes along with it. There are lots of great Christmas tree farms in the greater Madison, WI area to visit, but we thought we’d share the ones we go to again and again. All three tree farms share the following:
- Family owned and operated
- Offer pre-cut trees or cut-your-own
- Saws and tree shaking & baling included, most will help with securing to your vehicle
- Dog-friendly, as long as dogs are leashed
- Small gift shops
- Have COVID-19 guidelines posted
- Accept cash or credit cards
Francis Tree Farms
Katie has been going to this tree farm for the last 6-7 years. Francis Tree farm is a bit of a drive from Madison, located in Rio, WI. My family and I love this tree farm because it is big and spread out and I’ve never felt like it is too crowded, especially with all the different tree lots. It is also dog friendly, which is important to us. They have a good range of tree sizes and varieties. This farm is pretty simple and doesn’t have a lot of extra “fluff”. but I prefer it that way. It makes you feel like you are out in the woods, while hunting for the perfect tree! There is a small gift shop but no animals, etc… This tree farm is a great place to social distance this year!
We have the fun tradition of playing hide and seek between the trees every year. Our daughter looks forward to it every Christmas!
Capaul’s Tree Farm
The past couple years, Sara’s family has been chopping down their trees at Capaul’s in Waunakee. (Bonus, there’s a winery nearby… 🙂. We’ve had good luck with our trees and appreciate the friendly service. Capaul’s used to be known for their reindeer petting zoo, but now it’s just Santa who makes a few visits each season.
As with many tree farms, it gets very busy on peak days and times so we go during the off hours. They actually open the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, so we’ll sometimes get our tree then too. The past couple years, they’ve only been open a week or two after Thanksgiving before closing due to selling out. Again, it’s nothing fancy but that’s how we like it. And for some reason, the warm apple cider just tastes better here. 🙂
Summers Tree Farm
Another family-run tree farm, this one is located outside of Middleton, WI towards Cross Plains. Sara used to live nearby and would head here at 8:00am on the Friday after Thanksgiving to beat the crowds – do you sense a theme here? :). We would usually cut our own, but opted for the pre-cut one year when we had a newborn baby and a 2-year old that weren’t interested in trekking out through the fields! It’s been a couple years since visiting this tree farm, but a good option for the family if you’re on the west side of Madison. If I remember right, the folks from nearby Appleberry Farm sell their apple cider brats here too!