What could be more fun than creating your own family holiday tradition at a local Christmas tree farm?

More than just rows of trees, today’s farms offer all kinds of fun things to do. You can roast marshmallows, drink hot chocolate, explore the barns, take a wagon ride into the fields to choose and cut your own Christmas tree, shop for decorations and holiday food items, visit with Santa and more.  

In Gainesville, the Kinsey Family Farm has more than 4,000 trees from which to choose. You have the option to cut your own, buy a pre-cut tree or select a living tree in a container that you can then plant in your backyard. They even sell Charlie Brown Christmas trees for a small table or for children to put in their rooms.

At the Kinsey farm, you can also roast marshmallows on an open fire, drink hot chocolate and peruse barns filled with pre-cut trees, fresh wreaths, decorations and delicious holiday treats like honey, salsa, jams, jellies and preserves. Customers receive a special 2018 pewter ornament with the purchase of every Christmas tree. The Kinsey Family Farm participates in the Trees for Troops program, which collects donations to provide real trees to military families at Camp Merrill in Dahlonega and other bases throughout the state of Georgia.

Hunter’s Christmas Tree Farm in Milton has been sharing the holiday tradition of cutting your own Christmas tree for more than 20 years. After you select your tree, enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies, feed the geese and ducks and take a photo on “Homer” the red tractor. Santa visits the farm on opening weekend (beginning the day after Thanksgiving) and Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. Hunter’s farm also participates in the Trees for Troops program, and conducts a holiday assistance program where visitors can bring a toy or canned goods to the farm to be donated to North Fulton Community Charities.

At Thompson’s Tree Farm in Lawrenceville, you can select and cut your own tree, drink cider and hot chocolate and feed the pet goats and cows. Santa will make a special appearance on Dec. 1, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Children can share their holiday list and get a free photo with the jolly old elf. From Nov. 20 through Dec. 15, families can take a Christmas field tour, where kids will enjoy a Christmas story, go on a hayride, feed the goats and receive a candy cane. Bring a snack or lunch to relax and enjoy under the covered pavilion. Cost is $4 each for children and adults. Teachers and paraprofessionals are free.

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