December 5, 2012 • 12:53:13 p.m.

Find your own McHenry County Christmas tree


For many, the holiday season starts the second the Thanksgiving dinner has been cleared. A great way to transition into the holiday spirit is to start with a family outing to the local Christmas tree farm.

For the same amount of money (or less) as it would take to buy a plastic Christmas tree set-up, you can enjoy an evergreen of your own choosing, while also helping local businesses.

Many of McHenry County’s farms offer complimentary services such as cups of hot chocolate and cider; assistance with shaking, baling or cutting the tree; saw and twine loans; hay rides around the premises and gift shops.

We have compiled a list of McHenry County’s Christmas tree farms and their hours and locations, but it still is a good idea to call ahead to see what supplies and services are offered, double check the hours and learn what forms of payment will be accepted before you go.

Ben’s Christmas Tree Farm

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekends through Dec. 18, 7720 Ryan Road, Harvard, 630-279-0216.

Cal and Shan’s Christmas Tree Farm

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends through Dec. 18, 14216 Thayer Road and 3509 Lily Pond Road, Woodstock, 815-648-2300.

Grizzy’s Tree Farm

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through last weekend in December, 15900 Marengo Road, Union, 847-812-2961.

Grandpa’s Christmas Tree Farm

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekends through Dec. 9, 13616 Route 176, Woodstock. All trees $54 (shaking, baling and tax included).

Holly Jolly Tree Farm

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends through December and Dec. 12, 13 and 19, 4919 Bull Valley Road, McHenry, 815-385-9627

Mt. Thabor Tree Farm

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends and 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays through Dec. 16, 4813 Mt. Thabor Road, Woodstock, 815-382-6938.

Oney’s Tree Farm and Nursery

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Dec. 14, 16608 Route 14, Woodstock, 855-804-3702.

Pioneer Tree Farm

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Dec. 1, 2, 8 and 9, 4614 Pioneer Road, McHenry, 815-385-8512. All trees $45. Ten percent of tree sales donated to Environmental Defenders of McHenry County.

Richardson Christmas Trees

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Dec. 23, 9407 Richardson Road, Spring Grove, 815-675-9729, Trees from $30-$60

Tamarack Farms

10 a.m. to dusk Friday through Sunday through Dec. 23, 6129 W. Broadway, Richmond, 815-678-3500

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