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Where to Find A Live Christmas Tree in NwIndiana

NWI Christmas Tree Farms

salisbury farms family loading tree    Our family has always made it a tradition to go out in to the country and cut our own Christmas tree – just like they did on National Lampoons’ Christmas Vacation, (only without the fire) We have listed below several places that offer live trees. Contrary to popular belief, cutting down a live tree is not bad for the environment. (See our last paragraph for more on this.) It’s a great way to show your kids where trees come from and teach that there is more to this world than just sidewalks and streets.

   Don’t worry about bringing anything because saws are always provided. However, you will want to have warm boots, warm gloves and warm hats, depending upon the weather. We always take at least an hour to pick out our tree, then you have to cut it and bring it up to the front, which will take more time as well.  You will find there is a dead, peaceful stillness out in the country that you can’t find anywhere else. Some places have lots according to size, and you might want to ask about this before going back to find your tree. Also, beware of place that “dye” their trees, this is a tale – tale sign the trees aren’t healthy.

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Some places also have live wreaths and garlands.

    When picking out your tree, you will need to keep in mind the space you have including height and width. The trees look a lot smaller outside than they do when you get inside. You will also want to pick out the kind of needles you prefer. Make sure you look at all four sides of the tree, and make sure there is a single straight trunk. We like to pick out a tree that is full of a lot of branches, and has the soft needles. Certain trees are better for certain kinds of lights as well.

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Tree Shaker is a must, reduces the amount of needles

     Be sure you go to a place that has a shaker. If you don’t, you’ll have needles all over the room after Christmas is over. The tree farms will also wrap your tree to make it for a safe voyage home. This is not suggested if the weather has been below freezing for a while, because it will cause the needles and branches to break. After searching, cutting, and bringing it to the front, your tree gets measured, shaken and wrapped and you pay per foot. Most outdoor trees range from $45 – $65 or more. They will help you get your tree on top of your car, or inside the back of your car. If you have a hatchback, you can leave the window open and have the top sticking out the back. (the kids love this)

     Also, your tree will need a lot of water when it gets home. Make sure you water it right away (we put it in a bucket of water right away.) The trees have a natural tendency to cover up any cut with it’s own sap, and if you wait too long, the tree will actually block any water from coming in. If you’re not ready to bring it inside, you can keep your tree outside for several days. You will also want to water your tree every day. And, you will need a tree holder that can hold water in the bottom. Larger trees can take up to a gallon or more a day! We sometimes let the tree adjust to warmer temperatures in the garage before bringing it inside.

     After the first few days, your tree will take less water, and continue to decrease it’s intake, but continue to keep watering. Also, spraying the tree with a plant watering spray will also keep it fresh and alive. Humidity in the room will also help. If you can find them now, there are automatic tree watering systems that will keep the tree watered for days. (or make your own, but that’s another story)

     Now, for taking down your live tree. What do you do with the tree after Christmas. Some people just put the tree out on the curb and let the city take it. However, if you have a large yard, and / or a pond, you can just put it out back and let the birds and wildlife benefit from your tree, and remove it in the Spring.
     It can provide cover for small animals, and for fish in the pond. The pine cones provide food and cover for the birds.


     Dudeck’s Pine Country Nursery, 9255 N. 300 E. Rolling Prairie , 219-778-4805.

    Egolf Christmas, Trees, Inc. 14594 S. & 700 W. Wanatah, 219-733-2143.
   Glasgow Christmas Tree Farm, 7719 S. Sand Rd., Union Mills, IN 46382, 219-608-0645 Facebook

    Guse’s Tree Farm, 6177 W. 1450 S. Wanatah, 219-733-9346. 

    Hensler Nursery, 5717 N. 750 E, Hamlet,  219-867-4192. 

    McClure Tree Farm, 4677 N 525 W, LaPorte, IN 46350, 219-363-7689. 

    Salisbury Pines, 12299 S. Long Lane, Hanna, 219-797-4745. Known for it’s very large trees, 4 different kinds.

    Stuntz and Hochstetler’s Pine, 20451 N. County Line Rd., Walkerton, 574-586-2663.

    Whites Tree Farm, 2788 So. Co. Rd. 425 W., LaPorte , 219-362-2832.


   Santa’s Holiday Forest, Christmas Trees, 95 East 700 North, Valparaiso, 219-462-1068.


   Kapitan Nursery. 4303 Harms Rd., Merrillville, 219-942-8156.

   Luers Christmas, Tree Farm, 6303 W. 91st,  Crown Point, 219-663-2832. CLOSED

   Southard’s Christmas Tree Farm, 14505 Reeder Road, Crown Point , 219-663-4675.


    Hennings Christmas Tree Farm, 1.4 miles We of Halleck on Division Rd, 219-869-1159 or 219-987-2195 Facebook
   Kingma Christma
s, Tree Farm, 8901 W. 1000 N., DeMotte, 219-987-2847 877-269-8989. CLOSED!

   Twin Spruce Christmas, Tree Farm, 3122 W. 1450 N., Wheatfield, 219-956-4449.

   Wellsand’s Place, 7020 W. 500 South, North Judson, IN 46366, 574-896-3086
     Lee’s Trees:   15284 N. 300 West. Trees cost $30 for you-cut; pre-cut trees cost $10 per foot. Cash and check only. 219-869-8573;


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Candlelight Tour in Laporte  
Winter Lights Drive Thru – Valparaiso  
Holly Days in Valparaiso  
A Christmas Story Comes Home – Hammond Indiana  
Christmas At Barker Mansion – Michigan City
The Nutcracker – 8 shows
Shipshewana On The Road, 
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Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak – a national news affiliate.

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Sue Baxter

Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak - a national news affiliate.