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Tree Farms


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A great adventure for children is to go with Mom and Dad to an Illinois Christmas tree farm and pick their own tree, plus have a visit with Santa Claus at the same time. Most of the Illinois Christmas tree farms listed here are an easy drive from the Chicago area, although a couple are further out so you may want to consider making it an overnight excursion. At most of the farms you can get pre-cut trees or if you really want to enjoy the full woodsman’s experience, you can cut your own.


Santa at Abbey Farms in Aurora
Abbey Farms

2855 Hart Road
Aurora, IL 60510
(630) 966-7775 Ext. 4                                                                                                       Email:

Santa Days and Hours 2014

Bring the kids for the exciting day of cutting your own fresh tree from our 120 acres of trees. Then bring them to our store where you’ll find Santa. This is your chance to get pictures with the jolly old elf without waiting in line at the mall. Enjoy our complimentary tree netting and shaking along with some hot chocolate. If there is snow on the ground the kids can have fun on one of our sleighs.

Please note: While our Christmas tree season is from November 22nd until December 23rd, Santa will be at Abbey Farms on the following three Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 2 pm only:

November 28th & 29th                                                                                                  December 6th & 7th                                                                                                  December 13th & 14th


U-cut trees - $45
Precut trees - $8 per foot
Wreaths & Garlands - varies
Visits with Santa - FREE!

Location:  Abbey Farms is conveniently located in Aurora just off of Butterfield Road at 2855 Hart Road.

After you have found the perfect tree, come to our seasonal store where you’ll find custom made wreaths and garlands, unique gift baskets, stocking stuffers, jams and hot from the oven our own donuts, pies and breads—and of course Santa Claus!


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Santa and Mrs. Claus at Settlers Pond in Beecher
Santa at Settlers Pond
1301 East Offner Road
Beecher, IL 60401
(708) 663-8103

Santa Days and Hours 2013

Saturdays December 7th, 14th & 21th - 11 am - 5 pm
Sundays December 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd - 11 am - 5 pm

Location: Settlers Pond Hoofed Animal Shelter & Rescue is located in Beecher, Illinois, less than an hour south of Chicago. They are just west of the Indiana border in the heart of Illinois farm country.

While the farm is open seven days a week 10 am to 7 pm, Santa is there only on the above weekends from 11 am to 5 pm. Santa, Mrs. Claus and "The Grinch" will be at the farm to visit with children every weekend thru Christmas Eve. The farm has a life size nativity scene with live animals, a kiddie train and an indoor petting zoo. Only precut Christmas trees are available. Christmas wreaths and boughs are also sold. Photos can be purchased in the Santa House or you can take your own pictures. All of the money from the sales of Christmas trees and wreaths goes to support the work of the shelter.

                Photo courtesy Settlers Farm



Santa at Ziegler’s Christmas Tree Farm in Elgin
Ziegler Christmas Tree Farm
42 W 109 McDonald Road
Elgin, IL 60124
(847) 464-5776

Santa Days and Hours 2013

Santa will be out to visit to take pictures with families, dogs or whatever. He likes everyone.     November 29: 11 am- 2  pm November 30:  11 am- 2  pm

Note while Santa is only there for two days, Zieglers is open November 29th & 30th and December 1st, 7th & 8th from 9 am to 4 pm

Location: Ziegler’s Christmas Tree Farm is located right in the Chicago metropolitan area in Elgin at the corner of McDonald & Dittman Roads.

This is an opportunity for people who would like to choose and cut their own tree and have the kids visit with Santa Claus at the same time. Chicagoland Dog Rescue will be at the farm on two days this season taking pictures of the children or their dogs or both. The rescue will also be selling cider, hot chocolate and other treats. All the money received from Santa pictures will go directly to the rescue of homeless dogs and to assist them in finding new homes. They will also be bringing some adoptable dogs to this event.

Ziegler’s Christmas Tree Farm has a wide variety of choose and cut trees available including Balsam, Douglas and Concolor firs, Scotch and White pines, plus Blue, White and Black Hills spruce. They also sell garlands, wreaths and have a gift shop with stockings, ornaments, candles and more.


                                Cut-it yourself trees at Ziegler's Christmas Tree Farm



Santa at Ben’s Christmas Tree Farm in Harvard
7720 Ryan Road
Harvard, IL 60033
(630) 279-0216

Santa Days and Hours 2014

Opening Day - Friday November 28th, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Saturdays & Sundays November 28th through December 14th 9 am - 4:30 pm

Location: On Ryan Road in Harvard. To get there Take I-90 (Jane Addams Tollway) west to US Rte. 20 (Marengo Exit); West on 20 (left) to IL Route 23; North (right) on 23 to Rte. 14 (in Harvard); North (left) on Rte. 14 for one mile to to Rte. 173 West (left) on Rte. 173 about seven miles to Wooster Street (also called Capron Road) in Capron; South (left) on Wooster Street (Capron Road) one mile to the farm.

Thousands of trees in nine varieties are available in Ben's 55 acre farm.
All trees are hand-pruned and organically grown.

Come and see Santa, you can sit on his lap, or you might even catch him driving around on his John Deere! Enjoy free Horse Drawn Wagon Rides out to our fields.
After your tree is cut, we will bring you and your tree back, we will shake and
wrap your tree for free. While you wait, enjoy free coffee or hot chocolate in our
warming barn. We will even help tie your tree to your vehicle! Saws and twine are
provided, so just relax and enjoy your day at Ben's.


Santa driving his John Deere at Ben's Christmas Tree Farm

Maple Park

Santa at Kuipers Family Farm in Maple Park
1N318 Watson Road
Maple Park, IL 60151
(815) 827-5200

Santa Days and Hours 2013

Santa will be at the farm from: 11 pm to1 pm, Saturday, December 7th, 14th & 21st

Sunday, December 22nd from: 1 pm to 3pm

Kuipers farm is located west of Chicagoland in Kane County.

They are ready for the holidays starting in November. Beginning the day after Thanksgiving customers may choose and cut their own Christmas Tree or select a fresh, pre-cut tree. The 2010 harvest will include Scotch Pines, Douglas Firs and Fraser Firs. The Orchard Shop and Bakery offers apple cider, cider donuts, home-baked pies, cream & butter fudge, and specialty foods for the holidays. Santa visits start the first weekend in December. Visit their website for coupons and additional information.



                                                      Photo courtesy Kuipers Family Farm



Santa at Williams Tree Farm in Rockton
4661 Yale Bridge Rd.
Rockton, IL 61072

Santa Days and Hours 2013

Santa will be at the farm from: 10 am to 4 pm

Friday, November 29th
Saturdays, November 23rd, & 30th, December 7th & 14th
Sundays, November 24th, December 1st, 8th &15th

Location: On Yale Bridge Road in Rockton. To get there Take I-90 (Jane Addams Tollway) west through Rockford. Get off at the Rockton Road exit. Turn left at East Rockton Road. Turn right at IL 2. Turn left at Prairie Hill Road. Turn left at South Bluff Road. Turn right at Yale Bridge Road. The farm is about 3.2 miles on the right on Yale Bridge Road.

This is not only a great place to get a Christmas tree, but on weekends leading up to Christmas you can also see Santa, enjoy carolers, take horse drawn hayrides or pony rides, visit the children's farm, ride the kiddy train and much more. On a cold day enjoy some hot apple cider or cocoa. You can then cut your own or get a pre-selected tree or find a beautiful wreath.


                                           Photo courtesy Williams Tree Farm


Mrs. Claus at Oney's Tree Farm in Woodstock
16608 Rt. 14
Woodstock, IL 60098
(815) 338-4108

Mrs. Claus Days and Hours 2014

Mrs. Claus will be in her North Pole House from 10 am - 3 pm on Weekends beginning Friday, November 28th through Sunday, December 14th
Bring the family and enjoy old fashioned Christmas traditions and memories at Oney's Tree Farm. Weekend activities include free horse drawn wagon rides with the sleigh bells ringing, plus visits with Mrs. Claus in her North Pole House. You can also enjoy pony rides , hot sandwiches, nachos, popcorn and bakery goodies.

Christmas Trees include Precut: Fraser, Balsam, White Pine, Scotch Pine to 14". U Cut: Scotch, White, Red, Austrian Pine; Fraser, Douglas, Concolor Fir; Spruce. Also Trees for planting, wreaths, roping, and center pieces. You'll find arborvitae maz and a, gift shop.

Directions: Located on Hwy. 14 on Route 14, in between Woodstock and Harvard Illinois approximately 7 miles west of Route 47 on the north side of the highway. From Chicago: Take I-90 West to Route. 47. Go North to Route 14. Turn Left (NW and drive 7 miles to the farm on the north side of the highway.

Open: Nov. 28th, 2014 (Friday after Thanksgiving) through Sunday, December 14th;

Open daily , 9am - 4pm;

Available: White, Scotch, and Austrian Pine; Norway, Blue, White and Green Spruce - also Serbian Spruce, Douglas, Fraser & Concolor Firs; Pre-cut Balsam and Fraser fir. Shaking and netting of most trees available free. Ball and burlap also available. Saws available and twine for tie-down.


Mrs. Claus' House at Oney Tree Farm


Please note—all of the above events are subject to change without notice

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