Lights and trees for the holidays

Two of my favorite things about winter are Christmas trees and holiday lights. Together, they help keep my spirits up when it’s 5pm and already dark outside! Below, we share with you info on local places to pick or cut your own trees. If you’ve had experience at any of these places, we’d love to hear about it in the comments!

I’m also so happy to say that the Holiday Fantasy in Lights is open! This drive-through display with animated light sculptures is located at Olin Park and is open from dusk to dawn every day through January 2. (Donations appreciated upon exit.) We brought Milena through yesterday, and she LOVED it! (Jess and I loved it too!)

Kammer’s Christmas lights are also up along University Avenue! I purposely drive that way during the winter months just to see them!

Cut-/Pick-your-own Christmas Trees

The Bruce Company – Precut Christmas trees, Living Christmas trees (to plant later), Christmas wreaths, Christmas boughs, garlands, mistletoe, Christmas decorations, trees bagged, trees tied, tree shaking provided, free tree trimmings. There will be live reindeer on December 5 and 12 from noon – 2 pm. You can even have your picture taken with them for a small fee. 2830 Parment Street, Middleton (836-7041). Open: Monday – Friday 9 am to 7 pm, Saturday 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. Closed Christmas day.

Hann’s Christmas Farm is the place to buy your tree and wreath, but they have so much more to offer! Check out Hann’s Holiday Haystack for the kids to climb on, with slides and tunnels to climb through. Take your family portrait in our giant Wreath Photo Frame.

Shop in the Christmas Store – the most unique collection of gifts and ornaments in one place.

After Thanksgiving, Santa and Mrs. Claus are there every weekend for photo opportunities without the lines and hassle of the mall. To see more weekend events, click here.

Hours: Open 9 am-5 pm every day, November 1-December 24. 848 Tipperary Road, Oregon (835-5464).

Family owned and operated for more than thirty years, Jensen Trees is located conveniently on the west side of Madison just three miles west of West Towne Mall (7507 Valley View Road, Verona. 833-8385). Jensen Trees is easy to reach so you can spend your time pleasantly walking in their woods finding the perfect tree! They have thousands of trees to choose from and a variety of accessories and decorations to assist you in the Christmas season.

Jensen Trees is open 9:00 am – 5:00 pm daily, however “Harvest Your Own” closes at dusk (usually between 4:00 – 4:30 pm).

Mistletoe Tree Farm: “After visiting many cut your own tree farms with our children as they were growing up, we decided we would like to grow our own crop of trees so other families could share the experience of cutting their own trees. Our goal was to produce quality trees and offer them for sale at reasonable prices. We started planting and growing our trees in 2004. We now have hundreds of trees growing and we continue to plant more each spring.

The trees we plant are healthy trees from a well known northern Wisconsin nursery. We hope that families can get the enjoyment of creating their own family memories by picking out their perfect Christmas tree.”

All trees at Mistletoe Tree Farm are $30, ranging from 4′-8′. Open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm. 300 County Road N, Edgerton.

Paoli Tree Farm – Choose and cut Christmas trees open daily from 8 am – 5 pm. Located at 6445 Sun Valley, Pkwy, Belleville (424-3936).

Pine, Spruce and Fir trees are available for the Holiday Season at Summers Christmas Tree Farm. You will find wreaths to hang on your front door, garland to deck the halls and fresh boughs for everything from your table to porch planters. Open everyday from 8 – 5 pm. Precut trees are also available for the less adventurous. 4610 Rocky Dell Road, Middleton (831-4414).

Premium trees are grown for Tree City tree lot. The “Tree City” lot is located at Vitense Golfland in Madison, Wisconsin at 5501 W. Beltline Highway. Hours: November 26 thru December 16
Mon – Sun 9:00 am to 9:00 pm; after December 16 Mon – Sun
12:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Don’t forget your coupon for 10% off any purchase!

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