There are many places you can buy a live Christmas tree, but if you want the full traditional Christmas tree experience, you won’t want to pick it up at a lot. Carry on a family tradition or make a new tradition at one of these family-owned Christmas tree farms near Wichita.
Whether there’s snow or not, going out with the family to choose your live Christmas tree seems like the perfect way to kick off the holiday season. But where can you find a Wichita Christmas tree farm?
The ones in this list are just a short drive from home, and several offer fun family holiday activities to make the experience even more special.
Can you just imagine driving home with a live Christmas tree strapped to the roof of your car? You’ll be the Griswolds!
And when you’re done with the tree, you can find a list of places to recycle your tree for free here.
If a fresh-cut tree isn’t in your budget this year don’t despair. You could still find an excuse to drive out to one of these tree farms to purchase evergreen boughs, decorated fresh wreaths, or shop for other holiday items in their gift shops.
This list isn’t about finding the best bargain on a live Christmas tree. In fact, for the tree itself you will probably pay a bit more. (See “How Much Does a Real Christmas Tree Cost?” below.) But the bargain here is in the experience of a day spent with the family choosing your own real tree, cutting it down, and bringing it home to decorate. But again, if this isn’t a good year for that you can still make your holidays special! Our family tradition is lugging the fake tree up the stairs and decorating it. What we did buy at a tree farm last year were some pretty ornaments to give as gifts.)
Christmas Tree Farms Near Wichita
Find a real Christmas tree farm near you in our list below. We found family-owned farms to the north, south, and east of Wichita, plus a couple Kansas Christmas tree farms closer to Newton and Hutch.
Prairie Pines Christmas Tree Farm in Maize
Perhaps the best well-known Wichita Christmas tree farm is Prairie Pines. It’s a gorgeous place, and it’s close! On Tyler Road, just north of 37th Street, you can choose your own live Christmas tree, visit with Santa, ride a horse-drawn wagon, and find delightful holiday-themed decor like wreaths, ornaments, and greenery in the gift shop.
We wrote more about Prairie Pines Christmas Tree Farm here after our visit to the farm.
Where: 4055 N. Tyler Rd., Maize, KS 67101 (316) 722-1145
When: Opens for the 2020 season the day after Thanksgiving (November 27) and closes December 20
Types of trees they grow: Varies each season, but generally Austrian, Virginia, and White Pines. They also offer pre-cut trees in other varieties, such as Fraser, Noble, and Concolor fir trees.
Services: Choose & cut or pre-cut Christmas trees for sale, tree-shaking, trimming stump, and helping to load and tie tree to your car. (They have the tying supplies.)
Activities & Extras: Old Barn Christmas Shop, hot chocolate and cookies, horse-drawn hayrack rides, train rides (children’s train), Santa visits, dinner theater. No professional photo sessions should be scheduled.
Windy Knoll Tree Farm
Where: 15630 E. 47th Street South, Derby, KS 67037 (316) 733-0918
When: Opens for the 2020 holiday season on November 22. See website for hours.
Types of trees they grow: Austrian Pine, Scotch Pine, and Virginia Pine. They also offer pre-cut Fraser Fir, Black Hill Spruce, Douglas Fir, Concolor, Michigan Grand Fir, and White Pine.
Activities & Extras: custom decorated wreaths, garland, gift shop, centerpieces, cut and shake your tree, tie your tree to the car, homemade apple cider.
Pine Lake Christmas Tree Farm near Derby
Where: 6802 S. Oliver Street, Derby, KS 67037 (316) 258-0088 / (316) 259-5378
When: Opens for the 2020 season on November 22. Closes December 20. Hours vary; see website.
Types of trees they grow: Scotch Pines, Austrian Pines, White Pines (limited), Virginia Pines. Pre-cut Fraser Firs also offered.
Activities & Extras: Wreaths and centerpieces with freshly cut greens, a variety of farm-made gourmet foods like jams, pies, and sweet pickles, tree stands and other tree accessories. Santa visit on December 2, 2018.
4C Choose & Cut Christmas Tree Farm in East Wichita
Where: 11229 E. Creed St., Wichita, KS 67210 (316) 684-0464
When: Opens for the 2020 season the day before Thanksgiving (November 25) at 2 p.m.; closed on Thanksgiving day, and then open from November 27 through mid-December.
Types of trees they grow: Scotch Pines and Austrian Pines
Activities & Extras: custom or pre-made wreaths and landscape trees
How Much Does a Real Christmas Tree Cost?
According to a survey done by the National Christmas Tree Association, the average price people paid for a real tree in 2017 was about $75. In Wichita, based on looking at the minimum prices at various local Christmas tree farms, you could spend $45 to $75 and even more for very tall or premium trees.
Artificial trees vary widely in price. New artificial trees at retail outlets are anywhere from $75 to $600! Of course, those go on sale too. And if you’re really on a budget, you may be able to find a used tree at a thrift store or garage sale for much, much less. The obvious benefit of buying an artificial tree is that it should last for several years. The drawbacks are equally obvious: you have to store it year-round, and it doesn’t have that “real tree” fragrance.
If you choose to visit a tree farm and cut your own tree, you’re usually getting more than just a tree. For some families, this is a holiday tradition that they don’t want to miss, and $75 for a day of fun for the family is not unreasonable. But since we’re talking about real trees, let’s be real – no tree (real or artificial) is going to make or break the holidays. Stressing out over bills in January is no way to start the new year. Choose what you can afford and enjoy what you have. It will be a great holiday either way.
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