Image courtesy Corsi Tree Farm
Still need a tree? We found 5 great spots, from cut-your-own farms to low-key roadside lots.
1. Corsi Tree Farm
This cut-your-own tree farm has operated since 1955 in Brown County. The hour-long drive is a bit of an adventure from the city, but they’ll loan you a saw before you set out on the 100-acre lot and then bail your chosen tree at no charge. When the hard work is done, seek out the lodge for snacks, live music, shopping, and even a petting zoo. 1651 Bolender Rd. Hamersville, (937) 379-9200, corsitreefarm.com
2. Findlay Market
Besides patronizing the city’s marquee market, getting your tree at Findlay is a great way to support Caracole, a local organization that provides housing and services for people and their families living with HIV/AIDS. And then of course you can go warm up with some pho soup. 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, findlaymarket.org
3. Dirr Nurseries
This Goshen cut-your-own tree farm offers free hot chocolate and cookies, a full size homemade Santa sleigh, lots of varieties of trees, wreaths, and bulk greenery, and a full-service tree-buying experience. They’ve also been around for a while, getting their start in 1968. And they too have a petting zoo, which is apparently standard operating procedure for tree farms. Bonus: Dirr has a flat-rate pricing system, so you can finally get that big tree you’ve always dreamed of. 6066 Goshen Rd., Goshen, (513) 625-2000, dirrnurseries.com
4. John T. Nieman Nursery
Four generations over 75 years have perfected the art of the Christmas Tree farm. Choose from pre-cut trees or go roaming and find your own to cut down. Take the whole family on the weekend for wagon rides, hot chocolate and cookies, and shopping. And don’t miss the antique John Deere tractor display. 3215 Hamilton New London Rd., Hamilton, (513) 738-1012, johnniemannursery.com/Christmas-Trees.html
5. Hans Brinker
Want to avoid all that festive fuss? Stop off at the corner of Wasson and Paxton in Hyde Park and pick out a tree from Hans Brinker. Blink and you might miss his teeny street side tree lot, crammed into the quiet corner of a front lawn. But you won’t mistake those classic tree-lot lights. Corner of Wasson and Paxton Rds.