The most festive time of the year is the holiday season. An Oklahoma City resident can head around town for great events and to see some incredible lighting displays. But for many, one of the ultimate thrills of the season is holiday decorating at home. Step one: Place the holiday lights on your house. Step two: Begin the inside decorations. Step three: Find a beautiful tree as the centerpiece.
If you prefer a live Christmas tree to an artificial one, there are a number of places in Oklahoma City where you can purchase one this year.
Of course you can go to the chain places like Wal-Mart or Home Depot, but why not make the purchase a true experience, support your local neighbors in the process and perhaps create a new and exciting family tradition.
Below is a list of area members of the Oklahoma Christmas Tree Association, and they will typically drill, bale and load for you. Not only that, but many offer fun extras while you're there.
- Sorghum Mill Christmas Tree and Blackberry Farm - Choose your tree from a variety that includes Virginia Pine, Scotch Pine, White Pine, Austrian Pine, Loblolly Pine, Leyland Cypress, Colorado Blue Spruce and more. Fresh pre-cut trees available, as are decorations such as wreathes and mantle pieces. Open from 1 to 7 p.m. during the week and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekends, Sorghum Mill Christmas Tree and Blackberry Farm is located off Sorghum Mill Road and Midwest Boulevard in northeast Edmond.
7121 Midwest Lane
Edmond, OK 73034
- All Pine Products - Jean Collins and Mike Holdaway operate this "choose and cut" farm in Yukon. At no cost, you can have your chosen one tree stand drilled and loaded on your vehicle. All Pine Products is open from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekend. The farm is located off Highway 4 between SW 15th & SW 29th.
2205 S. Mustang Rd.
Yukon, OK 73099
- W6 Pines Christmas Tree Farm - Have some cider and candy canes as your tree of choice is loaded on your vehicle at W6 Pines Christmas Tree Farm in Choctaw. Operators Harold & Jane Weaver offer "choose and cut" Virginia Pine, Scotch Pine and Leyland Cypress, as well as wreaths and tree stands.
15600 Kent Drive
Choctaw, OK 73020
- Goddard Tree Farm - Take the Robinson exit from I-35 and head east 7 miles to the Goddard Tree Farm plantation on the north side of the street. Owners Merrill and Shirley Snider have a limited number of pre-cut imported firs as well as the traditional Scotch Pines and Virginia Pines. You can also purchase wreathes, and enjoy hot chocolate while you're perusing the trees.
5209 E. Robinson
Norman, OK 73026
- Martinbird Tree Farm - If you're down southwest of the metro, consider the Martinbird Tree Farm near Tuttle. It's about six miles east of town on Highway 37, and they open the Friday after Thanksgiving. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Christmas Eve. Options include Virginia Pine, Scotch Pine, Austrian and Compacta, and they offer free hot chocolate and coffee. On weekends, enjoy a wagon or tractor ride as well.
513 Ridgewood Drive
Tuttle, OK 73089
- Buzzard Roost Ranch - This one's a bit outside of the immediate metro, but if you're out east of Oklahoma City, you might consider the drive to tiny Dustin, Oklahoma. Buzzard Roost Ranch is located 11 miles east of Wetumka off Highway 9. Wetumka is a short drive east of Shawnee.
9119 E. 126.75 County Road
Dustin, OK 74839
Choosing a Tree
After the Holidays
When Christmas is over, it's time to put the decorations back in the attic, it's possible that live tree is already quite dry. Understand that you can't just toss it out for the garbage men, though. In fact, every metro community has different requirements, so make sure to check the Christmas tree disposal policies in your community.