Skip to main content

Christmas tree crop the best in Minnesota history

If you're thinking about going for a real tree this holiday -- this is the year to do it. The latest report from the Minnesota Christmas Tree Association says the wet spring and summer has resulted in the best growing season the state's ever had.
  • Author:
  • Updated:

Minnesota’s Christmas tree growers report an outstanding crop of trees to choose from this holiday season. The Executive Director of the Minnesota Christmas Tree Association, Jan Donelson, says it’s been an excellent growing season.

“This year has been the best growing season we have ever had in Minnesota” said Donelson. “With our relatively wet spring and summer, the trees are lush and green.”

Donelson is a member of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Minnesota Grown Program and one of 50 Christmas tree growers listed in the Minnesota Grown Directory.

Minnesota Grown spokesman Paul Hugunin says buying a real tree from a farm or grower-owned retail lot is a great way to support your local community and a sustainable industry. He says many Christmas tree farms offer activities the whole family can enjoy.

“This is an ideal time to plan a trip to pick out a real tree,” Hugunin says. “Going to a choose-and-cut farm or a local tree lot is a special holiday tradition for many Minnesota families. The experience of a trip to the tree farm will be remembered and treasured long after the presents are gone.”

Many farms offer additional activities such as wagon rides, hot apple cider, holiday treats, live reindeer and visits from Santa. You can also pick up other holiday decorations such as wreaths, ornaments and tree stands as well as unique crafts and gifts.

Search for local choose-and-cut farms and grower-owned retail lots in the online Minnesota Grown directory. You can simply type in your city or zip code and find maps, websites and contact information for a farm near you. Or for a free printed copy of the directory, call 1-800-657-3878.

Tips for keeping trees fresh throughout the holiday season can be found on the Minnesota Christmas Tree Association web site.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-10-03 at 4.32.58 PM

Fire destroys cafe, two other business properties in downtown Fairfax

A former pizza joint was also destroyed, while two other properties were damaged.

Hennepin County Medical Center, HCMC

Woman dies from injuries in crash that killed her husband, another man

The couple in their 80s died in the collision near Lake Lillian.

CPAP masks

2 Park Nicollet employees convicted of embezzling $500,000

The pair worked at a CPAP clinic in St. Louis Park.


No Jingle Ball this year? Twin Cities left off iHeartRadio holiday tour

The annual touring event usually visits the Xcel Energy Center.

Target store

Target gives first look at some of its Deal Days discounts

The Minneapolis retailer is holding its Deal Days event earlier than ever, in an attempt to drive sales after a turbulent year.

Screen Shot 2022-10-03 at 11.03.12 AM

Man dies after crashing truck into western Wisconsin lake

The victim was unable to make it to shore despite being able to get out of his truck.

ATV, all-terrain vehicle

Sheriff: Man who didn't return to campsite died in ATV crash

It happened at the Foothills State Forest and Spider Lake ATV Recreation Area

Richard Liu, aka Liu Qiangdong

Chinese billionaire settles lawsuit over alleged rape in Minneapolis

The tech billionaire was accused of sexually assaulting a University of Minnesota student in 2018.

US Navy Flickr - COVID hospital PPE nurse

Frontline worker payments: Over a million Minnesotans to get $487.45

Gov. Tim Walz says the payments will start going out on Wednesday.


Ed Sheeran to bring North America stadium tour to Minneapolis

It's the second show announced for the Vikings stadium in 2023.

Kim Crockett

GOP candidate Kim Crockett won't commit to accepting election result

Crockett has been a proponent of conspiracy theories regarding the 2020 presidential election.

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 9.41.39 AM

Charges: Man carjacked father, daughter as they loaded groceries outside Cub

The father grappled with the suspect after he had pointed a gun at his daughter.


Obama administration proposes Christmas tree tax

Minnesota tree growers may soon have to cough up 15-cents per tree under a new proposal from the Obama administration. The new tax would fund the Christmas Tree Promotion Board -- a group of tree growers who want to promote real trees instead of artificial ones.

A guide to finding a great Christmas tree in Minnesota

Minnesota Public Radio has a few tips for those looking to find and care for a tree.