INDIANAPOLIS — There are several reasons to get a real tree for Christmas instead of an artificial one.
To name a few, homes will have better air quality, families can reap the health benefits of having a live tree in the household, and it's an eco-friendly purchase that supports local businesses.
Activities that can be done outside of four walls are being highly sought after for families this holiday season as the coronavirus pandemic continues, and local officials push gathering restrictions and activity limits.
One of those activities that can be done outside of four walls this season is choosing or cutting a Christmas tree from some of central Indiana's live tree farms.
Here's where you can find some:
Clearview Family Christmas Tree Farm: This is a full-service cut-and-carry tree farm in Arlington. They're open to the public on weekends only and take appointments on weekdays.
Dull's Tree Farm and Pumpkin Harvest: A WRTV newsroom favorite, this Thorntown tree farm has just about everything for everyone. Patrons can choose and cut Canaan Fir, White Pine, and Scotch Pine. Pre-cut trees are also available. COVID-19 safety regulations include requiring everyone to wear a mask, groups to social distance, and additional hand-washing stations and sanitization around the farm.
Emmanuel Tree Farm: Pre-cut Fraser fir from North Carolina as well as Scotch Pine, Canaan fir, and a few other varieties are available for choose-and-cut. The Johnson County tree farm also has small potted trees available. The farm is only open on certain days so be sure to check its website.
Evans Whispering Pines: The owner of this Danville business made some changes to the way his Christmas tree farm will operate this year due to the pandemic. Their field will be closed until the 2021 season, however, pre-cut pines and firs will be available to choose from. COVID-19 safety precautions include a mask requirement and several hand sanitization stations available.
Gore's Christmas Trees: Pre-cut live trees are available at this Christmas tent on the north side of Indianapolis.
Jay's Tree Farm: Each tree is priced individually with the average price being $10 per foot at this Mooresville tree farm. In practicing COVID-19 safety, the farm will not be offering drinks or beverages this year. It also advises checking its website before visiting as trees continue to run low.
Lost Forty Tree Farm: In Hancock County, guests can cut their own tree at Lost Forty where they grow their own pine, fir and spruce trees. The tree farm is open until they sell out.
Piney Acres Farms: Piney Acres Farm's pre-cut lot is open until 8 p.m. every day this holiday season. The Fortville farm has several varieties of trees that you can cut on your own, as well, and has them priced on their website.
Sambol's Tree Farm: Appointments are required on the weekend at this Fortville farm to ensure capacity limits are being met. On weekdays the farm is open to walk-ins. This is a full-service Christmas tree farm offering both choose and cut trees growing in its field and pre-cut trees. You can find price listings on Sambol's website.
Watts Christmas Tree and Greenery: This Zionsville Christmas tree farm has an easy four-step guide for families on its website: Wear a mask, search for your favorite tree, payment, and loading. The farm is located at Traders Point Creamery with a variety of live trees available.