Halloween is barely a memory but before you know it Christmas will be here. It's perfectly acceptable to talk about when it's okay to bring out the decor for the season. Some will say it's way too soon while others will argue it's never too early. Some might even pull out the Christmas and decorate it will fall things until it's "acceptable" to bust about holiday cheer.

When Do People Put Up/Decorate Their Christmas Trees

This list suggests:

  • 12 days before Christmas
  • The fourth Sunday before Christmas, when the Advent calendar begins
  • The day after Thanksgiving
  • Whenever they want
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If you're into real Christmas trees you might be wondering where you can go to cut down your own tree. Along with that, when should you cut down the tree so that it's still looking great on Christmas morning?

The blog Run Wild My Child suggests cutting down your Christmas tree no earlier than 3-4 weeks before Christmas day.

The best time for cutting your own Christmas tree is between late November and mid-December. The average time a well-watered cut tree holds its needles is 3-4 weeks.

Now the question of where enters the decision. Where is the best place to cut down your own Christmas tree in Illinois? What does the perfect tree look like?


Better Homes and Gardens points out four factors for finding the perfect real Christmas tree.

Look for a densely branched tree with good shape, color, and fragrance. The trunk should be straight (or nearly so) and should not be visible through the foliage.

Illinois' Highest-Rated Christmas Tree Farms

Sinnissippi Tree Farm & Forest, Oregon (Directions)

Pioneer Tree Farm, McHenry (Directions)

Conifera Tree Farm, Harvard (Directions)

Camelot Christmas Trees, DeKalb (Directions)

Nature's Best Christmas Tree, Poplar Grove (Directions)

Moehling Christmas Tree Farm, Woodstock (Directions)

Timber Lane Christmas Tree Farm, Fulton (Directions)

Larson's Family Farm, Sandwich (Directions)

Anthony's Tree Farm, Woodstock (Directions)

Dollinger Christmas Tree Farm, Lanark (Directions)

Fisher Christmas Trees, Marseilles (Directions)

Williams Tree Farm, Rockton (Directions)

Talbotts Christmas Tree Farm, Manito (Directions)

Kringle's Tree Factory, New Lenox (Directions)

Helmigs Tree Farm, Saybrook (Directions)

Cupola House Tree Farm, Bourbonnais (Directions)

Pine Grove Farm, Chillicothe (Directions)

Krone Tree Farm, Riverton (Directions)

Grohmann's Christmas Trees, Gilson (Directions)

Daniken Tree Farm, Pocahontas (Directions)

Galena, Illinois: One of America’s Very Best Christmas Towns

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Snowman's Reindeer Farm, in Canton, Illinois, is Full of Christmas Magic

Snowman's Reindeer Farm is a prime spot to experience the magic of Christmas in Illinois.

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