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Photo submitted A family brings back their tree from Leverty's Traditional Trees in Houlton. Christmas tree farms in the area usually offer visitors their choice of pre-cut trees or you-cut trees, along with other items such as wreaths and boughs.

Clear away the last vestiges of Thanksgiving, it is now time to usher in the next major holiday season. For many, that means shopping the sales, addressing the cards, hanging the lights and choosing a tree.

Of course, there are plenty of parking lots and stores that sell pre-cut, already-wrapped trees. However, for those people who want to venture into the forest itself and choose a tree, or simply continue a nostalgic tradition, there are plenty of tree farms in the area.

St. Croix County

• Leverty's Traditional Trees, 218 142nd Ave., Houlton: Family-owned and operated Leverty's offers "you-choose, you-cut," "you-choose, we-cut" and "pre-cut." The types of trees they have are Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir, Canaan Fir, White Pine, and Scotch Pine. They supply tree saws and drag tarps.

Amenities include hot apple cider, candy canes and wagon rides. They also have a gift shop that has several other Christmas décor items such as custom wreaths, jewelry and ornaments. Pets on a leash are welcome.

They are open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Friday-Sunday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., until Dec. 22. For more information, contact Leverty's Traditional Trees at 715-549-5528.

• Mikelson's Tree Farm, 1773 County Road H, Deer Park: Mikelson's offers "you-choose, you-cut" and "pre-cut" varieties of Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir, Scotch Pine, White Pine, White Spruce and Colorado Blue Spruce. In addition, they sell wreaths, garlands and tree stands.

They are open weekdays 1 p.m.-6 p.m. And Saturday-Sunday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 715-248-3781.

• St. Croix Valley Trees, 458 Rice Lake Road, Somerset: St. Croix Valley Trees is a family-owned business that offers Canaan Fir, Koreana Fir, Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir, Spruce Norway Pine and White Pine as "you-cut" and "pre-cut options.

Amenities include a giant straw tunnel mountain, enchanted forest trail, player piano, giant gumball machine and 100+ year old barn and gift shop. Wagon rides and refreshments are available on the weekends. Pets on a leash are welcome.

They are open Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. And Saturday-Sunday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m, until Dec. 19. Call St. Croix Valley Trees at 715-247-5500 for hours from Dec. 20-22.

• Willow River Company Landscaping and Tree Farm, 850 Kelly Road, Hudson: This family-owned and operated business functions as a full-service landscaping facility year-round. During the holiday season, it offers "you-choose, you-cut" and "you-choose, we-cut" for its hundreds of trees.

Amenities include a wagon ride around the farm and a petting zoo. They also have a gift shop with numerous holiday decorations.

They are open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. And Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 715-386-3196.

Polk County

• Wagon Landing Tree Farm, 327 E. 150th St., Amery: Wagon Landing Tree Farm is a family-owned and operated business that offers Balsam Fir, Canaan Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce, Black Hills Spruce, White Spruce and Fraser Fir. They offer saws for the "you-cut, you-choose" option as well as "pre-cut" trees.

Amenities include hay rides, log cabin Christmas shop, free coloring books for the kids and refreshments.

They are open Saturday-Sunday from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For more information, call 651-699-3928.

Pierce County

• Mr. Snowman's Christmas Tree Farm, N7619 1250th St., River Falls: For 25 years, Mr. Snowman's Christmas Tree Farm has been supplying "you-choose, you-cut" and "pre-cut" trees for families. They offer Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir, Canaan Fir, Black Hills Spruce, White Pine and Scotch Pine.

Amenities include complimentary apple cider, candies and hay rides. They also have a newly expanded gift shop that sell tree stands, wreaths and ornaments.

They are open Friday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to sunset. For more information, call 715-262-3999.