If your family has a tradition of getting a real tree every year, St. Louis has some good places to go. From nearby local tree farms to shops that sell trees right in the city, these are the top destinations to get a real tree in the St. Louis area.
Pea Ridge Forest (22735 Tree Farm Road, Hermann, Missouri) is a family-run tree farm near Hermann, Missouri, making it a great half-day trip from the city for a family outing to select your Christmas tree.
At Pea Ridge Forest, visitors can cut their own trees or pick from a variety of pre-cut options, and there's also a gift shop, snack bar, and visits from Santa on-site. Pea Ridge Forest is open from 9 a.m. to dark each day starting the weekend before Thanksgiving and lasting through the first of the year.
While in Hermann, you can also stop by several German-style holiday markets that will be taking place throughout the months of November and December.
Heritage Valley Farm (1668 Four Mile Road) near Washington, Missouri—about an hour away from St. Louis—goes all out for the holidays. The farm has Canaan Fir, White Pine, and Norway Spruce trees for visitors to chop down., and you can also find wreaths and decorative greenery for sale.
Heritage Valley is open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving. This family-owned farm has been in operation for over a century and routinely offers guests hot apple cider and Christmas treats in the barn after they cut down their tree each holiday season.
Christmas Traditions Tree Farm (25882 South Lohman Road, Wright City) 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 decorations and unique holiday gifts sale as well as hayrides and visits with Santa Claus on the weekends.
Christmas Traditions Tree Farm is open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving. It will be open on November 23, 24, and 25 as well as December 1, 2, 8, and 9, 2018.
Daniken Farm (781 Illinois Route 140, Pocahontas, Illinois) near Greenville, Illinois, has 60 acres of Christmas trees to choose from every holiday season. The farm sells popular varieties like Canaan Fir, Scotch Pine, and White Pine as well as a variety of holiday decorations in the gift shop.
Daniken Farm is open every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will also be several opportunities to take part in a hayride or visit with Santa on the first three Saturdays after Thanksgiving.
You'll find all kinds of things growing during the year at Eckert's Orchards in Belleville, Illinois (951 South Greenmount Road), but 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, and for a large selection of pre-cut trees, Belleville is the best bet.
Christmas trees are available at Eckert's Orchards daily beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving. The Belleville farm will also present special holiday storytelling events, breakfasts with Santa, and workshops for making gingerbread houses throughout the season—check the website for a complete schedule of events.
Meert Tree Farm in Festus (14560 Dry Fork Road) sells pre-cut and cut your own trees throughout the holiday season. 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. Located just 38 minutes from St. Louis, Meert Tree Farm is a great destination if you don't want to make a day out of cutting down your own tree—you can easily accomplish the task in under three hours.
Don't let the name fool you, Mills Apple Farm near Marine, Illinois, (11477 Pocahontas Road) sells more than just apples. The farm has homegrown Scotch Pines and pre-cut Balsam Firs, which will be available beginning the day after Thanksgiving.
Mills Apple Farm is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also enjoy a variety of free activities including hayrides and baked goods.
Sullivan Farms operates six Christmas tree lots in St. Louis and St. Charles counties, making it the largest supplier of trees in the area each holiday season. 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.
They may not be locally grown, but Ted Drewes in South St. Louis (6726 Chippewa Avenue) 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 starting on the day after Thanksgiving. It also offers a variety of other desserts like malts, shakes, sundaes, floats, and ice cream sodas as well as pine roping and handmade wreaths available for purchase throughout the season.