Where To Buy A Live Christmas Tree Sponsored by Prairie Gardens

wheretobuyalivechristmastreeLove the smell of fresh pine in the house? Looking for a live tree this season? We have a ton of options in Champaign-Urbana when looking for a place to purchase a live Christmas tree, plus lots of places to choose from when deciding to pick out and cut your own tree at a local tree farm. Get your GPS ready and go find the perfect tree!

Thanks to Prairie Gardens in Champaign for sponsoring this guide. Find your perfect live Christmas tree at Prairie Gardens!


Prairie Gardens … naturally beautiful, totally Christmas!

Prairie Gardens

Shop a huge selection of your favorite varieties, including beautiful Scotch Pines, Blue spruces, Douglas Firs and Fraser Firs, all available now. And, Balsam Firs, too — with 6-8’ Balsam firs on sale, just $22.97. Plus, enjoy the signs and smells of fresh wreaths, boughs, roping and more. Prairie Gardens … naturally beautiful, totally Christmas.

Hours:  Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information check the website or Facebook Page or call 217-356-6532

Location: 3000 W. Springfield Ave., Champaign


B.E. Farms has 10 varieties and more than 10,000 trees available.

B.E. Farms

B.E. Farms has 10 varieties and more than 10,000 trees available in both choose-n-cut and precut, in sizes ranging from 1 foot to over 10 feet, all of which are pesticide- and herbicide-free. B.E. Farms makes wreaths, garland, door swags, and grave blankets/pillows on site by hand using its own trees, and take custom orders. With its wide variety of trees, and other services, B.E. Farms offers more than most other tree farms. Tree drilling, shaking, and netting are offered free of charge. And of course, there is complimentary hot chocolate while you shop.

Hours: Open starting Nov. 21. Black Friday open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular hours: noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Closed Mondays and Thanksgiving. For more information check the website or Facebook Page.

Location:  1128 County Road 1500 East, Urbana. We are located 1 mile west of Route 130. Coming from Urbana, take Philo Road until it ends on Old Church, then go east on Old Church and take your first right on to 1500 East. We are the third place on the left.

Tate Tree's has many different varieties of live trees.

Tate Trees has many different varieties of live trees.  Located 10 miles north of Champaign on Mattis Avenue, Tate Trees will open the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Tates Trees

At locally owned and operated Tate Trees, we remember the days when picking a Christmas tree was an experience anticipated and shared by the whole family instead of a quick trip to the local big box store. We have been providing that experience for more than 40 years. We are now on our fourth generation of tree sellers and would love to help you pick the perfect tree from the best selection available in Champaign County. So load up the family for a short drive into the country and let Tate Trees help make a memory that will last long after the holiday season has ended.

Hours: Open at 8 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving. Open daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m. until sell out. Its website and Facebook page have tons of great information and photos.

Location: 2659 County Road 900 East, Champaign. Located 10 miles north of Champaign on Mattis Avenue.


Santa stops by Country Arbors and helps pick the perfect tree.

Country Arbors

Country Arbors Nursery: Home of the Fraser Fir. Our family has been selling trees to Central Illinois since 1865. All our trees are on stands, cut open and displayed so you can see every side. We load your tree in the car or tie it on top for free. Full service Christmas trees at the best prices in town. Straight on Windsor Road, NO TURNS. One and a half miles past Route 130 in Urbana.

Hours: Open Black Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Open seven days a week. For hours and information visit CountryArbors.com

Location:  1742 Country Road 1400 North, Urbana


Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch: The ranch is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 24.

Sunset Christmas Tree Farm: This Mansfield tree farm opens the day after Thanksgiving and has regular hours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.).

Forest Hills Tree Farm: Cut your own Christmas tree. Open weekends, Saturday and Sunday starting the weekend after Thanksgiving until Christmas, 10 a.m. to dark.

Did we leave your favorite tree farm off our list? Do you have a tree buying tip that our readers need to know? Let us know in the comments.

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