There are more than 12,000 cut-your-own Christmas tree farms in the United States, with more than 500 in Illinois. That's according to the University of Illinois Extension. And while 48 percent of Americans prefer an artificial tree, there are plenty who want the experience and memories of cutting down a fresh one.
We've compiled a list of local tree farms to help get you on your way this holiday season. Whether you and the family are pros at finding and sawing down the perfect tree, or this is your first time in what you hope to be a long standing tradition, enjoy the outdoors by visiting one of these area farms.
Cascarano's Christmas Trees
701 Rockland Rd. Route 176 in Lake Bluff
Illinois 59 and Petite Lake Road, Lake Villa
Gengel Christmas Tree Farm
38614 N. Fairfield Road, Lake Villa
24974 W. Miller Road, Barrington
9407 Richardson Road, Spring Grove
4614 Pioneer Road, McHenry
309 Three Oaks Road, Cary