December 05, 2020

20 metro Detroit Christmas tree farms, Santa meet-ups, and holiday happenings

Ho-ho-hold up — it's December? We would have sworn it was late October because, well, it should come as no surprise that this year is a bit of a blur, and when things blur they change. The same goes for all of metro Detroit's holiday happenings. Though things may look and feel a bit different this year (and, yeah, we are so tired of hearing that) Christmas continues thanks to the power of tradition, old and new. From visits with Santa (albeit contactless) to cutting down the family Christmas tree (albeit while social distancing) and hitting the mall for a holiday movie (outside, in the parking lot, and from the comfort of your car), you and your family can still celebrate the holiday — because if one thing is true of metro Detroiters, we will keep on trucking, somehow.

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Spicer Orchards Santa Claus and Musical Spicer Express Train
10411 Clyde Rd., Fenton; 810-632-7602; allinbirmingham.com; Train rides are $12 per person before 6 p.m., $15 person after 6 p.m.
Want to see where the Christmas magic happens? No, we’re not talking about Mr. and Mrs. Claus’ personal entries on the naughty list. At Spicer Orchards, folks can get a glimpse of Santa at work at his sleigh workshop. How do you get there, you may ask? Well, there’s a Musical Spicer Express Train that takes you there and back. Along the way there are holiday lights and bonfires. Oh, did we mention cider and doughnuts? Families can book train rides via phone for Thursday-Sunday through Dec. 23.  
Photo via Spicer Orchards/Facebook

Spicer Orchards Santa Claus and Musical Spicer Express Train

10411 Clyde Rd., Fenton; 810-632-7602; allinbirmingham.com; Train rides are $12 per person before 6 p.m., $15 person after 6 p.m.
Want to see where the Christmas magic happens? No, we’re not talking about Mr. and Mrs. Claus’ personal entries on the naughty list. At Spicer Orchards, folks can get a glimpse of Santa at work at his sleigh workshop. How do you get there, you may ask? Well, there’s a Musical Spicer Express Train that takes you there and back. Along the way there are holiday lights and bonfires. Oh, did we mention cider and doughnuts? Families can book train rides via phone for Thursday-Sunday through Dec. 23.

Photo via Spicer Orchards/Facebook
Addison Oaks Tree Farm
355 Lake George Rd., Oakland; 248-814-0583; addisonoakstrees.com
This family-owned Christmas tree farm established in 1988 is a full-service spot to get your holiday greenery. This year, they’ve reduced their hours to just servicing folks and their trees on weekends through Dec. 20. Once you snag the tree of your dreams, Addison Oaks will provide twine to secure that sappy baby to your car, and all trees are run through this cool machine that shakes your tree to remove debris (try not to think too hard about possible birds nests being thrown asunder). Anyway, they have a limited supply of bargain trees, and they have tree bailing and drilling services available for a fee. 
Photo via Addison Oaks Tree Farm/Facebook

Addison Oaks Tree Farm

355 Lake George Rd., Oakland; 248-814-0583; addisonoakstrees.com
This family-owned Christmas tree farm established in 1988 is a full-service spot to get your holiday greenery. This year, they’ve reduced their hours to just servicing folks and their trees on weekends through Dec. 20. Once you snag the tree of your dreams, Addison Oaks will provide twine to secure that sappy baby to your car, and all trees are run through this cool machine that shakes your tree to remove debris (try not to think too hard about possible birds nests being thrown asunder). Anyway, they have a limited supply of bargain trees, and they have tree bailing and drilling services available for a fee.

Photo via Addison Oaks Tree Farm/Facebook
Blake Farms
17985 Armada Center Rd, Armada; 586-784-5343; blakesfarms.com/blakes-family-christmas
Blake Farms is more than your run of the mill Christmas tree farm. Most months, we know it as the best place to get some food, pick some apples, snag some cider, and catch all the fall feels. Well, now you can shop Blake’s holiday market, take some family photos, and drink hot chocolate, cider, while enjoying the heat of a bonfire. Oh, we totally forgot to mention the whole Christmas tree thing. Blake’s has more than 100 acres of Christmas tree farm to pick the perfect, or most Charlie Brown-inspired, Christmas tree you can find. 
Photo via Blake Farms/Facebook

Blake Farms

17985 Armada Center Rd, Armada; 586-784-5343; blakesfarms.com/blakes-family-christmas
Blake Farms is more than your run of the mill Christmas tree farm. Most months, we know it as the best place to get some food, pick some apples, snag some cider, and catch all the fall feels. Well, now you can shop Blake’s holiday market, take some family photos, and drink hot chocolate, cider, while enjoying the heat of a bonfire. Oh, we totally forgot to mention the whole Christmas tree thing. Blake’s has more than 100 acres of Christmas tree farm to pick the perfect, or most Charlie Brown-inspired, Christmas tree you can find.

Photo via Blake Farms/Facebook
Hillside Christmas Tree Farm
14745 Sharon Hollow Rd., Manchester; 517-456-7233; hillsidechristmastreefarm.com
If you’re not in the market for a fir tree, Hillside Christmas Tree Farm has all the trees to fit your spruce and pine needs, as their fir trees need some more time to become the big, beautiful Christmas trees they are meant to be. At Hillside, they charge for trees by the foot, so unless you’re trying to fit a 40-foot tree in your condo, you should be in the green — which is what you should bring if you’re trying to leave with a tree as they are cash or check only. 
Photo via Hillside Christmas Tree Farm/Facebook

Hillside Christmas Tree Farm

14745 Sharon Hollow Rd., Manchester; 517-456-7233; Hillside Christmas Tree Farm/Facebook
Pictures with the Grinch and letters to Santa at Friendship Park
3380 W. Clarkston Rd., Lake Orion; 248-391-0304 ext. 3500; orionparks.com; Admission is $6-$8.
From 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, kids have the opportunity to meet another Christmas icon: the Grinch. The pavilion at Friendship Park will host the Grinch and Santa letter-writing, and a take-home craft station. Each child gets a 15-minute time slot and families are invited to bring their own camera/phone to capture the mean green Christmas-hating machine and, well, you know, your kids doing cute kid stuff. 
Photo via Orion Parks and Recreation/Facebook

Pictures with the Grinch and letters to Santa at Friendship Park

3380 W. Clarkston Rd., Lake Orion; 248-391-0304 ext. 3500; orionparks.com; Admission is $6-$8.
From 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, kids have the opportunity to meet another Christmas icon: the Grinch. The pavilion at Friendship Park will host the Grinch and Santa letter-writing, and a take-home craft station. Each child gets a 15-minute time slot and families are invited to bring their own camera/phone to capture the mean green Christmas-hating machine and, well, you know, your kids doing cute kid stuff.

Photo via Orion Parks and Recreation/Facebook
Westman’s Tree Farm
8000 Chamberlain Rd., Dexter; 734-646-7064; westmanschristmastreefarm.com
Looking to spruce up the place? Perhaps with a blue or Norway spruce? This U-cut Christmas tree farm has thousands of trees to choose from ranging from 5-8 feet with some select 9-10 footers for those feeling every bit like Clark Griswold this season. Heads up, this place is cash or check only, so come with so come prepared. 
Photo via Westman’s Tree Farm/Facebook

Westman’s Tree Farm

8000 Chamberlain Rd., Dexter; 734-646-7064; westmanschristmastreefarm.com
Looking to spruce up the place? Perhaps with a blue or Norway spruce? This U-cut Christmas tree farm has thousands of trees to choose from ranging from 5-8 feet with some select 9-10 footers for those feeling every bit like Clark Griswold this season. Heads up, this place is cash or check only, so come with so come prepared.

Photo via Westman’s Tree Farm/Facebook
Pictures with Santa at the Mall at Partridge Creek
17420 Hall Rd., Clinton Twp.; 586-226-0330; shoppartridgecreek.com; Photo packages start at $19.99.
Who needs a partridge in a pear tree when you have Santa at Partridge Creek? Santa is making yet another stop, this time at Clinton Township’s outdoor mall for some contactless Christmas fun. Guests have to make online reservations to visit Santa through Dec. 24 online with some walk-up availability during the first and last hours of the day. Per many of Santa’s visits, everyone over the age of 2 must wear a face mask and, while supplies last, children who visit Old Saint Nick get a ho, ho, ho facemask. 
Photo via GoogleMaps

Pictures with Santa at the Mall at Partridge Creek

17420 Hall Rd., Clinton Twp.; 586-226-0330; shoppartridgecreek.com; Photo packages start at $19.99.
Who needs a partridge in a pear tree when you have Santa at Partridge Creek? Santa is making yet another stop, this time at Clinton Township’s outdoor mall for some contactless Christmas fun. Guests have to make online reservations to visit Santa through Dec. 24 online with some walk-up availability during the first and last hours of the day. Per many of Santa’s visits, everyone over the age of 2 must wear a face mask and, while supplies last, children who visit Old Saint Nick get a ho, ho, ho facemask.

Photo via GoogleMaps
Matthes Tree Farm
13416 Lulu Rd., Ida;  734-269-2668; matthestreefarm.com
Trees on trees on trees. For those who want to cut their own, Matthes Tree Farm allows you to do that. If you’re sensitive to sap hands — that’s the, uh, medical term for when you get sap on your hands — they have pre-cut and live balled trees, too. Don’t miss out on a trip to a petting zoo, wagon rides, and select appearances by Santa.
Photo via Matthes Evergreen Farm/Facebook

Matthes Tree Farm

13416 Lulu Rd., Ida; 734-269-2668; matthestreefarm.com
Trees on trees on trees. For those who want to cut their own, Matthes Tree Farm allows you to do that. If you’re sensitive to sap hands — that’s the, uh, medical term for when you get sap on your hands — they have pre-cut and live balled trees, too. Don’t miss out on a trip to a petting zoo, wagon rides, and select appearances by Santa.

Photo via Matthes Evergreen Farm/Facebook
Hollydazzle: A Renaissance Christmas
12600 Dixie Hwy., Holly;  michrenfest.com/hollydazzle; Tickets are $20 per adult, $8 per kid over 5 years old.
Huzzah! Michigan’s Renaissance Festival may have been postponed this year, but the RenFest team have made good use of the sprawling medieval village, first with their Halloween event and, now, with Hollydazzle, which runs weekends through Dec. 27. The three-quarter-mile outdoor trail features more than a dozen illuminated holiday scenes, including Santa Claus, snowmen, and Candy Land. There’s shopping opportunities, too, where folks can snag some sweet treats and other goodies. 
Photo courtesy of the Michigan Renaissance Festival

Hollydazzle: A Renaissance Christmas

12600 Dixie Hwy., Holly; michrenfest.com/hollydazzle; Tickets are $20 per adult, $8 per kid over 5 years old.
Huzzah! Michigan’s Renaissance Festival may have been postponed this year, but the RenFest team have made good use of the sprawling medieval village, first with their Halloween event and, now, with Hollydazzle, which runs weekends through Dec. 27. The three-quarter-mile outdoor trail features more than a dozen illuminated holiday scenes, including Santa Claus, snowmen, and Candy Land. There’s shopping opportunities, too, where folks can snag some sweet treats and other goodies.

Photo courtesy of the Michigan Renaissance Festival
Huron Christmas Tree Farm
32120 King Rd., New Boston; 734-753-9288; huronchristmastreefarm.com
What’s better than one Christmas tree? How about 10,000 Douglas fir, Fraser fir, white pine, blue spruce, and white spruce, which is the selection offered by Huron Christmas Tree Farm? Don’t come with your American Express expecting to buy a forest’s worth of trees, though, as they only accept cash or check. 
Photo via Huron Christmas Tree Farm/Facebook

Huron Christmas Tree Farm

32120 King Rd., New Boston; 734-753-9288; huronchristmastreefarm.com
What’s better than one Christmas tree? How about 10,000 Douglas fir, Fraser fir, white pine, blue spruce, and white spruce, which is the selection offered by Huron Christmas Tree Farm? Don’t come with your American Express expecting to buy a forest’s worth of trees, though, as they only accept cash or check.

Photo via Huron Christmas Tree Farm/Facebook