Christmas Tree Stands and Farms in Cary, Crystal Lake

The weather outside will be delightful this weekend- perfect for Christmas tree shopping.


No need to take a day trip in search of a beautiful holiday spruce or fir.

There are plenty of nearby stands and farms selling an assortment of Christmas trees - in several varieties and sizes - right here in Cary and Crystal Lake.

Most farms help customers with shaking, wrapping and loading the trees atop customers' cars.

Here's a list of area Christmas Tree Stands and Farms:

1) Pine-Apple Farm, Cut Your Own or Buy

309 Three Oaks Road, just outside Cary.


Open from 9 a.m. to dusk, or by appointment

Described as the "Best Kept Secret," for cut-your-own Christmas tree shoppers, this beautiful 10-acre farm sits just east of the Cary city limits. Owners Jan and Jim Kohl started the family tree business in 1986.

They supply the cutting tools, and you browse the selection of pines, Douglas Fir, blue spruce and canaan firs. Once you've picked and leveled your tree, Pine-Apple will shake and bale it, and help afix it to your car.

The farm also has Fraser Fir trees that were just cut before Thanksgiving and are sitting in buckets of water to keep them fresh. The beautiful trees are known for their short needles and fragrance, Jan Kohl said.

"We are the closest tree farm to Chicago," Jan Kohl said.

This year, Pine-Apple Farm is asking its customers to e-mail a photograph of their purchased tree after it's been decorated. The winner of this year's Tree Decoration Contest will receive a free Christmas tree next year, Jan Kohl said.

"We see the trees when they leave here bare," Jan Kohl said. "We want to see what they look like once people get them home and decorate them."

2) Dalman's Evergreens

7417 Hillside Rd., just north of Crystal Lake


A family-run business, Dalman's has a large selection of Fraser, balsam, grand (a hard-to-get tree that exudes a citrusy scent), Douglas, white pine, Scots pine and concolor fir. They also have fresh Christmas wreaths, bows and garland.

"I can make whatever people want, too," said Kate Dalman, who runs the business with her husband, Matt. "People bring me pictures of holiday planters and decorations, and I can build it for them."

Dalman's offers complimentary hot chocolate, and will shake, wrap and tie your tree to your car. While Kate Dalman anticipates this first December weekend to be a busy one, she points out that this year's Christmas holiday includes an extra shopping weekend.

3) Knights of Columbus, St. Thomas the Apostle Church

451 Route 176 (at the corner of Oak Street), Crystal Lake

The Father McCormick Council 3880 of the Knights of Columbus have begun their annual Christmas Tree Sale to raise funds for chairty. 

Located at the corner of Route 176 and Oak Street in Crystal Lake, the St. Thomas the Apostle group has over 240 beautiful Frazer Firs and balsam Christmas trees (very fragrant!) to choose from. In particular, the stand has tall, hard-to-find 12-foot-high trees.

The tree stand is open 3 to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

The Knights also have 18" and 24" door wreaths and swags made by Scout troop 127.

4) Cary-Grove Jaycees

Stand at Algonquin Township Office

3702 Route 14, Crystal Lake

A variety of trees are waiting at the stand (located next to the Hollows Conservation Area) at the township office. 

The stand is open from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday- Friday; and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

5) Knights of Columbus, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church

1023 McHenry Ave., Crystal Lake


Conveniently located on McHenry Avenue and Dartmoor Drive, the Knights of Columbus Council at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton has plenty of trees ready and waiting for a new home.  

The council also has beautiful wreaths for sale.

The stand is open from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday - Friday; and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Carise December 03, 2012 at 12:18 AM
They are an amazing organization who does so much good for those who REALLY need it. Sexual orientation acceptance/awareness has nothing to do with being destitute.
John Walsh December 03, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Monies raised help the Knights of Columbus support the developmentally disabled in our community.
Michael D. Hall December 03, 2012 at 12:58 PM
KoC, much like any long standing charitable organization does spend money on charity. The KoC members also provide a great deal of charitable giving and service under the banner of the organization. No doubt. But unfortunately they're still a very large organization with a very strong and active political agenda. What does being against women's rights have to do with raising money for the developmentally disabled? What does anti-equality laws for gay people have to do with donating blood? Nothing. KoC is a political and religious organization under the guise of a charity. My point isn't to stop you from supporting their good efforts to be raise awareness of what their agenda. Look at Golden Dawn, they're a great organization if you fit into their definition of a worthy recipient. KoC involves itself in middle-east politics, rewriting history, supporting anti-women and and anti-homosexual legislation. Some of that you may agree with, some you might find repulsive. I hope more for the latter and that you question where your money is really being applied. - KoC CEO, $1,179,762 in 2009 http://bit.ly/Rw9mm0 - KoC "overturn Roe v. Wade", http://www.catholic.org/prwire/headline.php?ID=1288 - KoC is spending donation money in to "redefine marriage", http://bit.ly/11qgxOz - KoC diverts millions of donation funds to support anti-gay legislations, http://huff.to/UdP5Sk - Allegedly, KoC only spends 8% of donated funds on charitable works.
Michael D. Hall December 03, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Yes, people in KoC do good things and the organization has supported people in need. Their anti-progressive positions on most other issues and insistence on pursuing a political agenda when they could be using their donated funds to actually help people is what is disheartening.
Stephanie Price December 07, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I think people can decide whether they want to buy a tree from the KOC or not. I stopped by these stands - and, I must say, the men were wonderful. They were helpful, polite, funny. Keep in mind, they were huddled inside a trailer trying to stay warm as they all volunteer a lot of their time during holiday season trying to raise money for the charities/ people they help. Some were older men, and it can't be easy for them to do all the physical work of lifting the trees and loading them on cars. The St. Thomas stand was impressively arranged - not a tree out of place with lighting and a manger. I think the KOC have very good intentions. Give them some credit for everything they do right....


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