As December approaches, one of life’s pleasures is seeing twinkling holiday décor and walking into a home filled with the scent of freshly cut pine.
If you are looking to buy a tree this year, try visiting one of the state’s local Christmas tree farms. Walking through a maze of trees while sipping hot chocolate is sure to put even the grumpiest Grinch in the holiday spirit.
Here are some locally owned farms from across the state open for families to choose and cut the ideal Christmas tree and create a lifetime of memories.
Christmas Memories Tree Farm • Magnolia
Located off I-55 between Fernwood and Magnolia, Christmas Memories Tree Farm is a place where families have created memories and traditions for more than 25 years. Begin your Christmas excursion by entering on Santa Dr., where staffers greet visitors as they enter the farm. Visitors will find the perfect tree walking amongst the fields of naturally grown Leyland Cypress trees located on gently rolling hills surrounded by natural wooded areas.
Timberhill Christmas Tree Farm • Chatawa
Excursions to Timberhill Christmas Tree Farm provide families with a wonderful holiday experience. Christmas music plays in the background as visitors peruse the fields of beautiful Christmas trees located on this farm located in Chatawa, Miss.
Gartman’s Tree Farm • Saucier
This tree farm located in Saucier, Miss., has supplied Christmas memories for Coastal families for years. Leave that plastic tree in the box and get your perfect, eco-friendly tree at this Harrison County farm.
Thomley’s Christmas Tree Farm • Hattiesburg
Thomley's Christmas Tree Farm & Gift Shop has been a part of the Oak Grove community for nearly 48 years. Three types of trees are grown at this Hattiesburg farm – Leyland Cypress, Virginia Pine and Carolina Sapphire. Thomley’s also can flock trees, giving them a true winter wonderland look.
Cedar Hill Farm • Hernando
The search to find the ideal Christmas tree on Cedar Hill Farm begins by taking a hayride out to the back forty. Varieties on this farm include Leyland Cypress, Murray X, Fraser Fir and Blue Ice trees.
Merry Christmas Tree Farm • Nesbit
Founded by the Dole Family in 1990, this tree farm in North Mississippi usually has about 600 trees ready for 600 families each holiday season. In the choose and cut field, you'll find Leyland Cypress and Blue Sapphire trees.
Pine Mountain Tree Farm • Corinth
Pine Mountain Tree Farm is located in Alcorn County just 10 miles west of Corinth, Miss., where the foothills of the Appalachians meet the flat lands of the Delta. With hundreds of fresh trees ready to cut, your family will have a wonderful time searching this farm for the perfect Christmas tree. They also have horses and chickens for kids to feed and pet.
Lazy Acres • Chunky
Located a few miles north of the small town of Chunky, Miss., Lazy Acres is home to a tree plantation and pumpkin patch. The second-generation farm has been creating precious holiday memories for families since 1980.
Worthy Tree Farm • Amory
Thirty miles south of Tupelo lies Worthey Tree Farm, a cut-and-choose Christmas tree farm. Visitors can ride in one of the farm’s sleigh or trains out to the fields of available Christmas trees. The farm also offers children the chance to pet and feed miniature horses while adults browse additional Christmas decorations in the gift shop.
Featured photos courtesy of Mississippi State University Extension Service.