If you want to choose your own live Christmas tree instead of a pre-cut tree, check out one of these tree farms.
Bank on paying anywhere from $7 to $10 a foot, depending on the type of tree and its height. Some farms charge a flat rate depending on the tree’s condition.
Farms in South Mississippi:
A&W Christmas Tree Farm
Address: 13001 Forts Lake Road, Moss Point
Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday. After Dec. 3, call for hours.
Gartman’s Tree Farm
Address: 21030 Scarborough Road, Saucier
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Close date: Dec. 16.
Gibson’s Christmas Tree Farm
Address: 2137 Basin Central Road, Lucedale
Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Close date: Dec. 23.
Phone: 601-947-8348 or 601-947-5872
Holly Berry Hills Christmas Tree Farm
Address: 13493 Martha Redmond Road, Saucier
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday. On Dec. 2, Santa will be at the farm from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thomley’s Christmas Tree Farm and Gift Shop
Address: 50 Hegwood Road, Hattiesburg
Phone: 601-264-2743 or 601-270-8162
Hours: 9 a.m. to dark Monday-Saturday, 1 p.m. to dark Sunday
Address: 5140 Old Hwy. 63 North, Lucedale
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday
Looking for a farm ‘up north’?
If you’re looking for a tree in other parts of Mississippi, check out a new website announced by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce. MSChristmasTrees.com lists tree farms throughout the state and provides a guide to the types of trees grown in Mississippi.
“Christmas tree farms are significant to the state’s thriving agritourism industry. These farms not only offer a variety of trees; they also offer the opportunity to create lasting memories of choosing and cutting the perfect tree for the holiday season,” Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith said in a press release. “Each year, thousands of Christmas trees are grown in Mississippi. By buying a Mississippi-grown Christmas tree, you’re supporting our farmers and the local economy.”
MSChristmasTrees.com also has tips on how to select the best tree for your family, how to care for it and how to dispose of it after the holidays. The site also has safety tips, including being sure to water regularly.