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Celebrating Christmas Trees!

Cut Your Own For The Happiest Holiday

The year-end season is a great reason to celebrate and make holiday traditions with your family. If you celebrate Christmas, you may want to consider cutting and buying your own from a local tree farm this year. The total experience can become special bonding event during the holiday season for young families with children. There are plenty of Christmas tree farms here in Central Florida. Make it a fun and memorable experience by planning the day. Bring your cameras!

Christmas History & Traditions: Long before the advent of Christianity plants and trees that remained green all year had a special meaning for people in the winter. The history of Christmas trees goes back to the symbolic use of evergreens for the Christmas holiday as used in ancient Egypt and Rome. The tradition of cutting your own Christmas tree started in Germany where they lit them with candles. Ancient people hung evergreen boughs and wreaths over their doors and windows. Some believed that evergreens would keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits and illness. The Christmas tree tradition was brought to America in the 1800s. Christmas trees are now grown in all 50 states. 

In the Northern Hemisphere, the shortest day and longest night of the year falls on December 21 or December 22 and it’s called the winter solstice. Historically, people believed that winter came every year because the sun God had become sick and weak. They celebrated the solstice because it meant that the sun God would begin to get well. Evergreen wreaths reminded them that the green plants would grow again when the sun God was strong and summer would return.

Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest: With 17 acres of Christmas trees to select from and located in nearby Eustis, Florida, they offer you the opportunity to casually cut your own trees. Together with their own homegrown tree assortment, they offer Sand Pines, Red Cedars, American Blue Cypress, Black Hills Spruce, Fir, Pine, Douglas, Scotch, Balsam and Arizona Cypress trees. They have a pre-cut area with over 600 beautiful trees and wreaths on display. The most difficult part is to select the one that will be perfect for you.

Make Christmas Memories! To make your Christmas more memorable, they offer a complete experience with horse rides, hay rides, a petting zoo, refreshments and entertainment throughout the year-end holiday season. They will be very happy to share a saw to help you cut, trim, net and load your tree onto your car. They have a special processing area, where your tree will be shaken out to rid it of dead needles and critters. They typically sell about 5000 trees each year.

Now open seven days and nights a week through December 20, this Eustis Christmas tree farm has become one of the most popular in Florida. Owned by Jodi and Tom Utsman, this family farm has been in business since 1989. They are both retired Florida teachers. Jodi’s parents started the tree farm on their 35-acre property.

Santa’s Entertainment: Some rides and entertainment are free and some are a paid extra at Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest. Their free petting farm area includes horses, donkeys, a cow, pig, donkeys, chickens, ducks, rabbits, a turkey and goats. A fun family hayride will take you out onto the farm grounds as you look through rows of trees. They even have a barrel train as well as adult and children’s trikes to ride on the property. Your kids will enjoy the zip line, the huge outdoor bounce pillow, a big pine wood maze, the double covert slide, a sand hill and tire mountain. The Shark Tooth Sand Dig offers your children the chance to dig for shark teeth. They do offer extra activities like holiday arts and crafts and a scavenger hunt. They do have live music, acts and entertainment for kids and the family. You may be surprised to experience snowfall, from their snow machine. There are special photo spots to pose for pictures. Santa, his elves and helpers will be ready to pose with your family and to help you. They do offer extra select night time lights, entertainment, a happy hour at the bar and activities.

Christmas Holiday Refreshments & Extras: For thirsty elves, they offer a bar with beer, wine, hot chocolate, sweet and salty Kettle Korn popcorn as well as specialty drinks for adults and children to enjoy. They offer three kinds of homemade street tacos, hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream, lemonade and their unique Merry Berry Float made with Sparkling Red Rose, Raspberry sherbet, preserves and berries. They have a Gift Shop to help you take home some great holiday tree and home decorations.

Reasons To Cut Your Own Christmas Tree:

  • Family Bonding Experience: Going to a Christmas tree farm will get your entire family outdoors to safely have fun.

  • Affordable Options: It’s usually cheaper to cut your own tree!

  • Celebrate Christmas Season Spirit! Select a tree farm that offers extra decorations, activities, treats and entertainment.

  • Longer Lasting Trees: Since your fresh tree was alive and growing until you cut it, your tree will usually last longer. 

Merry Always! Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest offers year-round events. Besides their Christmas season celebration, they have an Easter Egg Hunt in the spring and a Ladybug Festival in the summer. Every fall, Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest has a huge Pumpkin Patch Festival with thousands of pumpkins.

Tips To help Preserve Your Tree: Place the trunk end into fresh water within your tree stand. Keep the water level above the cut. Locate your tree well away from sources of heat, such as fireplaces, heater vents, space heaters and stoves. Keep it well hydrated by regularly watering it.

Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest is located at 35317 Huff Road in Eustis, FL 32736. Visit their website to review hours, entertainment, special weekly events and ticket prices:, Call: 352-357-9863 or email: