Real or fake? I'm talking about Christmas trees, of course. If your family has a tradition of getting a real tree every year, St. Louis has some good places to go. Here are the top Christmas tree farms and other places to get a real tree in the St. Louis area.
01 of 09
Pea Ridge Forest is a family-run tree farm near Hermann, Missouri. Visitors can cut their own trees or pick from a variety of pre-cut options. There's also a gift shop, snack bar and visits from Santa. Pea Ridge Forest is open from 9 a.m. to dark each day starting the weekend before Thanksgiving.
22735 Tree Farm Road
02 of 09
Heritage Valley Farm near Washington, Missouri, goes all out for the holidays. The farm has Canaan Fir, White Pine and Norway Spruce trees for visitors to chop down. You can also find wreaths and decorative greenery. Heritage Valley is open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving.
1668 Four Mile Road
03 of 09
Christmas Traditions Tree Farm is located in Warren County, near Wright City. The farm offers pre-cut Balsam and Fraser Firs, along with a limited supply of cut-your-own Scotch and White Pines. There are also hay and pony rides, decorations and unique holiday gifts. Christmas Traditions Tree Farm is open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving.
25882 S. Lohman Road
Wright City, MO
04 of 09
Daniken Farm near Greenville, Illinois, has 60 acres of Christmas trees to choose from. The farm sells popular varieties like Canaan Fir, Scotch Pine and White Pine. There's also a gift shop, hayrides and visits from Santa. Daniken Farm is open every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
781 Illinois Route 140
(618) 664-4067Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
You'll find all kinds of things growing during the year at Eckert's Orchards. In winter, Eckert's offers cut-your-own and pre-cut Christmas trees. For cut-your-own White and Scotch Pines, head to the Millstadt location. For a large selection of pre-cut trees, Belleville is the best bet. Christmas trees are available daily beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving.
951 South Greenmount Road
06 of 09
Meert Tree Farm in Festus sells pre-cut and cut your own trees. There are a variety of trees including Norway Spruce, Scotch and White Pine, Canaan and Douglas Fir and more. The farm is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving.
14560 Dry Fork Road
07 of 09Don't let the name fool you, Mills Apple Farm sells more than just apples. The farm near Marine, Illinois, has homegrown Scotch Pines and pre-cut Balsam Firs. The trees are available beginning in the day after Thanksgiving. Mills Apple Farm is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
11477 Pocahontas Road
08 of 09
Sullivan Farms operates five Christmas tree lots in St. Louis and St. Charles counties. There are a variety of pre-cut trees including Balsam Fir, Scotch Pine and Colorado Blue Spruce. Sullivan Farms lots are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find a location near you, see the Sullivan Farms website.
St. Louis & St. Charles Counties
(314) 570-6662Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
They may not be locally grown, but Ted Drewes in South St. Louis sells some really nice Canadian Balsam Firs and other pre-cut trees. Plus, you can enjoy a tasty frozen custard while you shop. Ted Drewes trees are available every day beginning after Thanksgiving.
St. Louis, MO