Where to Find a Fresh Christmas Tree

Choosing a Christmas tree with your family can be a wonderful, memorable event. Live Christmas trees can be a beautiful addition to your home during the holiday season, and they can even freshen up the living room with a wonderful evergreen scent.

When you plan a day to pick a Christmas tree, be sure to visit one of these tree farms in Mason, Manistee or Oceana County. Whether you're looking for a tree that's four feet tall or 12 feet tall, these local West Michigan businesses can help you find the perfect tree at an affordable price!

Read our story about how to recycle your tree after Christmas.

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Mason County:

  • The Market -- 2442 W. US-10, Ludington
    (231) 845-8020
  • Nickelson's Christmas Tree Farm -- 4075 W. Hansen Rd, Ludington
    (231) 845-6383

Oceana County:

  • Slocum Bros Tree Farms -- 1625 N. 136th, Hart
    (231) 873-3706

Manistee County:

  • Osborn's Sports Shop -- Fresh Christmas Trees and wreaths at 8929 N. US 31, Bear Lake 49614, (231) 889-3775
  • Calvin Lutz Farms -- offering fresh wreaths, you-cut and pre-cut trees at 11353 13 Mile Rd., Bear Lake 49614, (231) 889-5594

Photo Courtesy Mason County Fairgrounds

Real Versus Artificial Trees

There have always been debate whether real trees or artificial trees are better for your heath and the environment. There are positives and negatives no matter which one you choose, however some negative factors may outweigh the positives. Hopefully, reading the pros and cons will help you choose which may be best for your family and home environment:

Fresh Christmas Trees

  • They improve air quality by emitting oxygen, and they provide habitat for wildlife during the many years it takes for a tree to reach harvestable size.
  • Fresh trees smell wonderful...like you always have a Christmas tree scented candle lit in your living room.
  • For every real Christmas tree harvested, 1 to 3 seedlings are planted.
  • Every time you purchase a fresh tree, you are supporting a local business, which helps your local economy.
  • Tree farms typically use land that otherwise could not be unoccupied by other crops, such as such as steep slopes and areas beneath power lines.
  • Real trees can actually be recycled in many different environmentally friendly ways.
  • You have to purchase a Christmas tree every year, which could end up being between $20-$50 depending on how large of a tree you want.
  • Some maintenance is involved in picking your tree and cutting it down, and the needles can be a mess once the tree is set up.

Artificial Trees

  • Can be fairly affordable, and only a one-time cost is involved.
  • Artificial trees can be used year after year.
  • For the most part, it's mess and maintenance-free.
  • Artificial trees are symmetrical, have a "perfect" shape, and are pleasing to the eye.
  • Artificial trees are made from materials such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and metal, and are often imported from China.
  • Since they cannot be recycled, artificial trees end up in landfills when they are no longer useful.
  • Some trees can expose us to toxic and even cancer-causing chemicals, which requires artificial trees made in China to have a warning label about the potential risk of lead poisoning.
  • And the older your artificial tree is, the more likely dangerous lead exposure can occur.

For more information about Christmas trees, visit the Michigan Christmas Tree Association website.

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Last Updated: 12-07-2022 05:30 PM ID: 1660