Cut Down a Christmas Tree at Abbey Farms in Aurora, IL

Abbey Farms Christmas Trees

Our Visit to Marmion Abbey Farms in Aurora, IL
For the last few years, we’ve been talking about getting a real Christmas tree, but I just do not see the point of going to a Christmas Tree ‘stand‘ on the side of the road and picking one and going home. I always thought it would be fun to go to a Christmas Tree Farm and chose one. Even if it’s already cut, going to a farm would be so much more fun and it would be even more fun if you get to cut your own Christmas tree!
Abbey Farms Christmas TreesThis year, I searched for some local farms and I came across Marmion Abbey Farms in Aurora, IL… the same town I’ve lived in for the past 12 years! I had no idea there was a Christmas Tree Farm so close to my home. I can not believe I did not know they even existed – and this is why I am so excited to tell all of you about our visit!
Abbey Farms has it all. They sell Pumpkins during October, Christmas Trees and hand made wreaths starting on Thanksgiving and so much more. The Marmion Campus is 300 acres, 220 of which are the farm.  They plant 15,000-20,000 trees a year which include 6-8 different varieties.

Of course we were excited to see their 220 acres of U-Cut Christmas Trees and go searching for the perfect one.

In their barn they sell beautiful gift baskets, jams and preserves, all kinds of sauces (hot sauces, mustard’s and more) and DONUTS!
Abbey Farms Christmas Trees
The very first thing Mike did when we got in the barn was order a dozen donuts (yes, the diabetic of the house orders a dozen donuts, go figure!)… and let me tell ya – those donuts were the best! They melted in your mouth, I’m not even kidding! I am sending Mike on a donut run this coming weekend – they were THAT good. The barn has free hot chocolate too, which goes perfect with the donuts of course. As you can seen below, Gracie ate the frosting off the top of her donut and then tried giving it back to us haha.
Abbey Farms Christmas Trees
Anyway, we grabbed a saw and a map of their 220 acres of tree farm and headed out in the car. They have all the different tree types in sections that are easy to locate on the map. Each letter stands for a certain type of tree so if you know what kind you want, you can just head over to the right spot.
Abbey Farms Christmas Trees
Driving around and searching was great. The kids kept yelling to ‘STOP! There’s a perfect one!‘ We drove though about 3 sections before we found a spot we liked. We parked the car and got out and walked and walked until we found a perfect tree. I saw a bunch that I liked but Mike and Austin kept passing up all of my favorite ones.
Abbey Farms Christmas Trees

Abbey Farms Christmas Trees
Gracie had a blast running around and through all the trees… until we were out in the middle of nowhere and she had to go to the bathroom 🙂 Luckily, we found a Christmas Tree that we all agreed on (and NO, not for Gracie!) and the boys sawed it down while Gracie did the potty dance
Abbey Farms Christmas Trees
Abbey Farms Christmas Trees
 Becca was supervising and Emma stayed in the warm van with Baby Jack.
Abbey Farms Christmas Trees
And, there it goes…
Abbey Farms Christmas Trees
Abbey Farms Christmas Trees
Do you see all of the little tiny trees in the background below?
Abbey Farms Christmas Trees
When we were back at the barn with our new Christmas Tree, they have complimentary shaking and bailing. Austin thought it was cool how many needles and ‘stuff’ fell out of the tree while it was shaking.
Abbey Farms Christmas Trees
Abbey Farms Christmas Trees
The boys tied the tree to the car and we were on our way!
Abbey Farms Christmas Trees

We finished up just as it got dark!
Abbey Farms Christmas Trees
The whole family had a fantastic time at Marmion Abbey Farms cutting down our own Christmas Tree and we can’t wait to do it again next year! I can’t wait to tell everyone I know about Abbey Farms. I know a few people who cut down their Christmas Trees every year, but they drive far out of town to the farm. It’s great to know we have one right here in Aurora!

We also can’t wait to visit during October next year to get some pumpkins during “Pumpkin Daze” and see their corn maze and petting zoo and all of the other fun activities Abbey Farms has going on in October. The Abbey Farms corn maze is supposed to be one of Kane Counties biggest corn mazes!

If you get a chance, head over to the Marmion Abbey Farms website and check out their Christmas Tree page and their Pumpkin Daze page.  “Like” them on Facebook too!






Comments

  1. I was following your picture updates the other day and this looks like such a FUN place! I really enjoy our Christmas tree farm but that’s all it is – just trees. I would definitely love to have donuts, hot chocolate, etc. available there!

  2. oh, what a fun fun day!! i love farms like this. and its so good to support local folks 🙂

  3. that’s a cute tree and you got it fresh from the farm too.

  4. How much fun! I love the tree hoisted above his head – too cute! Looks like great fun for the whole family!

  5. That is sooo cool!! I think those donuts look amazing 🙂

  6. How fun!! We have cut down a tree every single year since I’ve been alive! I would never have a fake tree, I just can’t! I’ve never heard of this place even though I only live about 45-hour away! Excited to maybe check this place out next year!

    DayswithDylan

  7. Now that is the way to get a Christmas tree!!

  8. That looks like a pretty tree you cut. I love the pictures. Thank you for sharing.

  9. I want to go cut down a tree SO bad!! Wouldn’t it be fun to cut a tree down when I’m down there, slap it on top of my van and take it to my parents? lol

  10. Its so fun to drive around instead of going to one of those stands. much better selection too! So cool this place offers hot chocolate and donuts as well!

  11. What a fun day you had. How awesome to have a tree farm so close. Aurora is a great town! I love that they had other treats too. Your tree looks awesome.

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