Gluten-Free for the Holidays How to Be GFree and Not Lose Your Holiday Spirit

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Are you facing the upcoming Holidays Gluten-Free?

Are you the parent of a gluten-free child?

Are you hosting a family with gluten sensitivies?

Yes. I feel ya!

Even though I am no longer gluten-free, I was for several years, as were my children. And I learned a few tricks to navigate traveling and holiday parties without feeling deprived.

How to Survive the Holidays Gluten-Free

Because who wants to sit back and watch everyone dig into a brownie sundae while munching on celery—not this gal! And definitely NOT my kiddos.

So how can you enjoy the Holiday parties and road trips to Grandma’s and maintain your holiday cheer?

Here are a few of my tips:


For some of you that is not possible or would be your worst nightmare. Ignore this tip.

For those of you who can host, you should. Yes it is more work, and yes you may have to clean (actually why don’t you let your guard down and be real with your friends and family and NOT stress about the condition of your house—they are there to see YOU, not your polished silver).

By hosting an event, you can control what is served and can guarantee that your health/or your child’s health will be protected.

For Thanksgiving or Christmas: Prepare the turkey to ensure the main course is gluten free. Make one or two sides and, of course, a dessert (because GF desserts overwhelm a lot of mainstream cooks). Your guests can bring stuffing, rolls, etc of their choice without having to worry if it’s ok for you.

For Parties: How about a Fiesta? Everyone loves Mexican and you can make meat and beans and ask people to contribute corn chips, corn tortillas and the toppings. What could be easier or more appealing?

Be Honest

By all means, let your guests know that you have a gluten sensitivity. This is not rude. What is rude is showing up to someone’s house and NOT eating a thing. That offends the most confident of chefs.

So with grace, explain that you have a food allergy/sensitivity and a restricted diet. Suggest that you can bring your own food to eat, but feel free to give suggestions if prompted. Remember most people want to be able to feed you, they just don’t know HOW to.

Be Prepared

Never arrive anywhere or travel anywhere without an arsenal of gluten-free goodies.

Bring a hearty gluten-free dish to share with the crowd and then any fillers you or your child may need (and try to make them as similar to what is being served as possible.)

Reserve your favorite GF goodies for these special occasions so you can feel indulged and not deprived.

Gluten-Free Goodies that Travel Well

  • Breakfast: Baggies of GF oats with dried fruit, nuts, or cinnamon. Add hot water when you arrive at your destination and breakfast is served.
  • Packaged GF bars like LARABARS
  • Cups of diced fruit or apples
  • GF granola
  • A box of your favorite GF cereal—we did that for many of our longer road trips to relatives.
  • Homemade Trail Mix: Barabara’s GF cereal, Chex cereal, dried fruit, nuts and of course chocolate. I love to make a large batch and pack in snack sized baggies for the road.
  • Popcorn: air popped or stove-popped
  • Packages of nuts
  • Yogurt and cheese as long as refrigeration is not a worry
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins
  • GF crackers and cookies
  • Amy’s has wonderful Gluten-free freezer entrees to take and heat at your destination. (Their pizza is great for adults and kids who are attending a pizza party.)

Be Open

Especially when dealing with children who have sensitivies or food allergies, it is important to not hide the issue.

Be sure to openly talk with your child about their issues at all times and remind them the importance of caring for their body. Don’t be sad when you are explaining their issues—be matter of fact. If you tell them how sorry you feel for them, your child will think there is something to be sad about. If they complain, say something like, “I know you are disappointed not to have that cake, but I brought your favorite cookie you picked out from the store last week. I wish I could have your cookie it looks so good!

By putting a positive spin on the issue, your child will learn to take ownership of their health and will NOT feel like the victim.

Be Diligent

You have to be your own advocate and protect your health.

It is embarrassing at times to ask to read labels of products used or to have someone tell you what is in your dish—but it is your health and unless it is a person with knowledge in food allergies, they may innocently include gluten and not realize it. And I can promise you, you are not offending the person by simply asking. Especially, if you do not complain about not being able to eat it!

In my own experience, I talk with the person before the event and then offer to help in the kitchen and casually ask again about ingredients, it typically goes over pretty smoothly.

Enjoy The Festivities

No matter what is served, remember that the holidays are the time to celebrate your blessings with families and friends.

You may have to pick up dinner on the way home from an event or scarf a GF bar down in the bathroom (because your host doesn’t understand you can’t eat dinner even after explaining yourself 6 times—oh, yeah, I have been there, done that!!)

Food may makes most people happy…but relationships matter more. Cherish those moments.

Looking for recipes for Gluten-Free? Check out my site A Mind Full Mom and my Gluten-Free Pinterest Board


Money-saving Ski Vacation Tips for the Atlanta Family


Skiers and snowboarders at Beech Mountain Resort in Beech Mountain, North Carolina
Skiers and snowboarders at Beech Mountain Resort in Beech Mountain, North Carolina. Photo by Brian Gomsak via Beech Mountain Tourism

Just because we own more flip-flops than waterproof winter gear, doesn’t mean that Atlanta families aren’t up for an adventure of the frozen variety.  Often times many families miss out due to the preconceived notion that it just isn’t affordable.  There is the gear, the plane tickets, the lift tickets, the hotel, the meals, and the ever-important ski lessons for southerners.

While snow is a rarity in Atlanta, less than a tank of gas will get you to higher elevations and support your desire to scream, “Let it SNOW, let it snow, let it snow!”  We have broken it down to help you take a travel dream and make it a reality. Does that make it more feasible??

Location, Location, Location

I must admit that when the topic of skiing comes up, geographically my mind automatically goes out West- Tahoe, Vail, Jackson Hole, etc.  While this might be more in line with Forbes’ list of top ski resorts, it is the wrong advice should you want to hang-on to more of your hard-earned dollars.

Eliminate airfare costs– While it wasn’t as much of a hindrance when you were single, having a family changes everything. $265 roundtrip becomes $1060 for a family of 4…and you still have to rent a car! Think East Coast! Make it driving distance and you have just saved a bundle of cash right there.

Choose your resort wisely- Even East Coast resorts are varied in their personalities.  Lower elevation resorts mean less chance of snow and more chance of ice.  While most Southeastern ski resorts excel at making snow, colder temperatures at higher altitudes make all the difference between swishing through the powder, and holding on for dear life as you slide down a long elevated hill of ice.

Look for resorts that are not isolated unto themselves.  Not only do you open up your chance for more activities, but you also expand your food and lodging options.

Beech Mountain is the highest incorporated town in Eastern America. Photo courtesy of Beech Mountain Tourism.
Beech Mountain is the highest incorporated town in Eastern America. Photo courtesy of Beech Mountain Tourism.

We’ll use Beech Mountain, North Carolina as a perfect example. A roughly 5-hour car trip makes this a wise choice for Atlanta families.  With an average yearly snowfall of 84.6 inches, Beech Mountain stakes it’s claim as the highest incorporated town in Eastern America.

  • Lodging options at Beech Mountain are about as varied as they come.  Pet-friendly, slope-side chalets, multi-bedroom condominiums, private home rentals and even amenity-resorts round out your choices of where to lay your head.
  • From fine dining with a three state mountain view to eclectic pizzerias and local deli’s, Beech Mountain can satisfy a wide variety of taste buds and budgets.

Want a glimpse into what it is all about?  Beech Mountain live webcams help you immerse yourself in the adventure.


As with most things in life, timing makes all the difference.  You can cut your costs significantly by knowing when to stay home, and when to pack up the car and head for the slopes.

Avoid holidays- This seems like such a no-brainer, but winter has some holidays that sneak up on us and can really throw your plans for a loop.  Most resorts and activities will charge holiday rates the week of Martin Luther King Day (2014: January 20), as well as the week of Valentine’s Day and President’s Day (2014: February 17).

Consider late season- Once March hits, the temperate zone of the Southeast can swing from Arctic to Tropical.  This unpredictability can dissuade the choosier skiers. Some of my favorite days on the slopes have been spent in only a t-shirt on under my ski bibs. Those times have also coincided with some of the cheapest days I have ever gone skiing.

Always think midweek- Going when everyone else is NOT going equates to discounts and special offers.  Not only do you decrease the actual money shelled out, you also increase the value of what you spend.  With less crowds, more of your time is spent actually doing various activities as opposed to standing in line waiting to do them.

A perfect example is Beech Mountain’s highly popular Skiing 101 program from last year that is making a comeback for this season.  Monday through Friday you can enroll in their program for $101 per person, double occupancy.  Included in your program is one night’s lodging, equipment rental, helmet rental for extra safety, a full-day lift ticket, and a beginner ski or snowboard lesson at Beech Mountain Resort. Beech Mountain’s Skiing 101 program, that won an award for promoting learn-to-ski month, is only open to ages 8 and above.

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Look For Other Area Activities

Just because you are on a ski vacation, doesn’t mean that every moment has to be spent conquering the black diamonds…or the bunny slopes for some of us.  Save money by taking in activities that are low on costs, but high in fun.  Beech Mountain boasts a wide range of non-ski activities for the winter.

  • Snowtubing- A state-of-the-art snow tubing park is the newest activity in Beech Mountain as of the 2015-2016 winter season. Session are every two hours and you are not required to have a lift ticket. The park will be open daily and nightly, with rates discounted for weekdays.
  • Sled Hill– This FREE activity is geared towards kiddos aged 12 and under.  It is a BYOB hill..Bring Your Own Bob-Sled.  Go ahead and take those aspirations of the Atlanta version of Cool Runnings out of your head.  Plastic sleds, not aluminum and steel, are required.  If you don’t have your own, sleds are available for rent or purchase.  The Youth Sledding Hill is conveniently located next to the town’s visitor center. Not only does it have safety personnel on duty, but it also has music.  Oh, and did I mention there are HEATED restrooms in the visitor’s center, as well as free Wi-Fi.  Add in the hot cocoa from one of the many surrounding restaurants and that spells HEAVEN.
  • Special Events– Each February Beech Mountain hosts their family-friendly snow man building contest, complete with prizes.  $5 will enter you in a chance to show off your prowess for frozen art.
  • Enjoy guided hikes through the Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Grab a map and go it on your own.  Take a stroll around the town Greenway and happen upon the many deer that call the area home.  If your idea of wildlife watching includes wings and feathers, then head to Buckeye Recreation Center and stroll it’s four season official NC Birding Trail.

Local Holiday Arts & Entertainment shows: WIN tickets and get AWK discounts

It’s the season of giving and this post is packed with some exclusive opportunities just for our AWK readers!! Our Atlanta Parent Squad member, Jessica Wiebel, brings you an exclusive discount just for Atlanta With Kid readers.  Enter now for a chance to win 2 tickets to the 9th Annual Christmas Classic.  The WINNER will be chosen on Friday, December 13.  December 14 we start another giveaway for a family 4-pack to see Trouble in Toyland with the winner chosen on Tuesday, December 17. 


Trouble in Toyland at the Aurora Children's Playhouse

Now that the weather is getting colder and the lines are getting longer at top holiday attractions, it’s the perfect time to head inside and catch a live holiday show. Sure there’s plenty to be said for dressing in your Sunday best and heading to the Fox, but with so many great local theaters why not support the arts in your own community & get a little more jolly for your jingle?


Aurora Theatre & Aurora Children’s Playhouse (Lawrenceville)

Back for an eighth straight year the Piccadilly Puppets tell the classic story of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.
Show times: 10 & 11:30am; Dec 14
Tickets: $7

That Puppet Guy presents Trouble in Toyland; a blizzard is on the way, the elves are on strike, and Rudolph has a runny nose – will Christmas have to be cancelled?
Show Times: 10 & 11:30am; Dec 21
Tickets: $7

Returning for his 7th year, Anthony P. Rodrigues wows in a solo performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The theater will be transformed into Mr. Dicken’s parlor with a few theatrical effects.
Show Times: Thur 8pm, Fri-Sat 7:30pm & Sun 2:30pm; December 5-22
Tickets: $15

**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY FOR AWK READERS**-Check back with us starting Saturday, December 14 for a giveaway for a family 4-pack of tickets to Trouble in Toyland  at the Aurora Children’s Playhouse and another family will win a 4-pack of tickets to see Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at Aurora Theatre.


Red Clay Theater (Duluth)

The Kazoobie Kazoo Holiday Music Show is sure to get your kids up and grooving – everyone gets to be on stage and everyone gets a free kazoo! Music, comedy and family fun!
Show Times: 2pm; Dec. 15
Tickets: $8-$12

**SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR AWK READERS**– Click here for tickets, and use Promo code atlkid1215 for $3 off each ticket for The Kazoobie Kazoo Holiday Music Show at the Red Clay Theater.

Take a step back to the 1960’s for an evening of jazz music at A Charlie Brown Christmas w/ Robert Henson & friends. This memorable evening will feature special performances by Robert Henson, Adron, and Telegram and movie clips of the classic Charlie Brown Christmas movie.
Show time: 8pm; Dec. 20th
Tickets: $8-$12

Earl Smith Strand Theatre (Roswell/Marietta)

A Christmas Tradition is a song and dance revue showcasing both classic and modern holiday songs amid awe-inspiring sets. It’s guaranteed to make the entire family dance, clap, and enjoy the spirit of the holidays.
Show times: Thur-Sun 3 & 8pm; Dec 6-22
Tickets: $15-$25

The Cumming Playhouse (Cumming)

The 9th Annual Christmas Classics, will feature your favorite Christmas tunes along with music by the Forsyth Youth Orchestra and a ballet solo performed to Ava Maria.
Show time: 8pm; Dec 17
Tickets: $15-$20

**Be sure to enter our GIVEAWAY FOR AWK READERS at the bottom of this post**-thank you to the Cumming Playhouse for providing 2 tickets for one lucky AWK reader!


The New Dawn Theater (Duluth)

The main theater group has matinee & evening performances of A Victorian Christmas throughout December.
Show times: 2 & 8pm; Dec. 5-21
Tickets: $12-$15

The New Dawn Kids, an all children’s performance group, will also be performing the Santa Games throughout December.
Show times: Dec 7-21; see website for times
Tickets: $5

The Dancing Goat Theatre (Alpharetta/Johns Creek)

Everyone’s favorite first grader, Junie B. Jones, is making a special holiday appearance in the production Jingle Bells, Batman Smells. Pizza, soda and dessert are included with your ticket purchase on Family Night, Dec 20th!
Show times: Dec 8-23; see website for times
Tickets: $12

Horizon Theatre Company (Atlanta)

Madeline’s Christmas returns to Horizon Theatre Company in Little Five Points this holiday season for the sixth year. Based on one of the most popular children’s book characters of all time, the production features 24 local girls performing alongside professional actors.
Show times: Sat-Sun 1 & 3pm w/ weekday matinees; Dec. 7-29
Tickets: $12-$15


The Performing Art Center (Duluth)

Located adjacent to the Gwinnett Civic Center, I must say it’s a perfect venue for families — easy parking and not too many steps to climb when potty breaks strike! We saw the Nutcracker here last year & it was a great introduction to a holiday classic in a family friendly venue.

The Gwinnett Ballet performs the classic tale of The Nutcracker
Show times: Weekends 2:30 & 7:30pm; Dec 6-22
Tickets: from $14

Sugarloaf Ballet Company will perform two shows at PAC:

Excerpts from the Nutcracker with a special performance by the Gwinnett Choral Guild
Show time: 7:30pm; Dec 17
Tickets: $12

The Nativity Ballet: The story of the birth of Christ told through dance
Show time: 7:30pm; Dec 18
Tickets: FREE

Enter to WIN family 4-pack of tickets:

The giveaway is over and winners have been chosen. For more family-friendly adventures that won’t break the bank, be sure to check out our Atlanta-area calendar.

Atlanta Holiday Activities That Give Back

Tis’ the season for giving back! Here are just a few family-friendly ways to enjoy the holiday season while supporting your local community.


Market Place Christmas

The two day event kicks off on Friday, December 6th,with the lighting of a giant tree atop Northside Forsyth Hospital at 6pm. WSB Fred Blankenship will emcee the community celebration which includes kids activities, live musical and dance performances and photos with Old St. Nick. The lights on the tree can be purchased to represent someone in your life that has been touched by cancer. All proceeds go directly to assist cancer patients and families with medical care, transportation and lodging. Lights will be available for purchase at the event or online at On Saturday, lace up your sneakers and continue the festivities with a 5K Jingle Jog, supporting the Forsyth County Community Connection. Post-race, enjoy the Cumming holiday parade along Market Place Boulevard.

Location: Cumming, GA.

Date: December 6 & 7, 2013

More Info: Visit website

I’ve found a truly magical way to show our military some holiday love this year.

Trees for Troops

This year head out with the family and support our troops by purchasing from a farm or tree lot that participates in Trees for Troops. Through cash donations, donated trees and the support of Fed Ex, Trees for Troops has provided more than 122,000 Christmas Trees to deserving military families and troops in the United States and overseas. Show your gratitude for the sacrifices of America’s service men and women and their families by sending a little Christmas cheer their way this year.

Location: Various locations

Date: December 6-8, 2013

More Info: Bottoms Tree Farms

Hunters Christmas Tree Farm

7 G’s Farms

Big John’s Tree Farms (13 locations)

And last but certainly not least, this event is one of my family’s favorite holiday events!

Christmas in the Park

Shadowbrook Baptist Church hosts a Christmas Village on the town green that truly reminds me of an old-fashioned holiday postcard. The event is free, but donations are accepted on behalf of a local food bank, Caring Hearts Ministry. This year’s goal is to collect 500 pairs of shoes and 400 coats (new/gently used in both kids and adult sizes) as well as enough canned goods to feed 1000 families for 1 week. Each of the 11 village buildings has an activity for the kids to do – from making ornaments to writing letters to Santa. In addition, there is a train ride around the park for the smaller kids, an obstacle course for older children and they even have caricature artists doing portraits! After you’ve made the trek around the village, sit back and relax with complimentary cocoa & cookies while listening to live Christmas music in the outdoor amphitheater. Bring your camera and snap a pic with one of the roaming Charles Dickens characters or pose in front of Suwanee’s brand new 32 foot Christmas tree made up of 53- lighted spheres.

Location: Suwanee, Ga

Date: December 13-14, 2013

Hours: 5:30p.m.- 8:30p.m.

More Info: Visit website


Those are just a few of the many ways you can give back this season. So bundle up, enjoy some quality family time and help out those in need this holiday season! If you miss these events and still want to give back, contact local charities, worship places or schools which are all in full swing collecting much needed clothing, toys and food for those in need.

About Jessica Wiebel
Jessica is a native Atlantan, that grew up in Tucker and now resides with her husband and 2 kids in Suwanee, Georgia. A stay at home mom that can’t sit still and never stays at home, she has a love for finding new & fun things to do with her family. In her spare time she enjoys all things DIY from home renovations to party planning. You can follow her on Pinterest.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Northside Hospital 

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Guide to Christmas Tree Farms in Atlanta: Where to Cut Your Own Christmas Trees

Christmas Tree Farms in Atlanta

Some of my most vivid memories as a child were the adventures with my parents to cut our own tree. I do not use the word ‘adventures’ lightly.  One year we ended up in the bed of a flat bed truck as the owner drove us up the side of the mountain.  As a kid I thought it was amazing and I giggled and screamed as we held on for dear life.  Now looking back on the event through my ‘mom goggles’, I wonder how my Mom ever let us on that truck.  We also made dear friends.  Whether they know it or not, they left a lasting impression on the heart of my family.  The Purcell Family in Clarkesville, Ga, was who we often times got our trees from.  I loved getting to see Mr. Purcell every year.  He tolerated my quest for the perfect tree, which often involved pleas with him to let us buy ones he had marked as off-limits.  Yes, my thirst for the large perfectly coifed tree often led to me begging him for the ones they groomed to line their driveway.  One year , dear Mr. Purcell gave into my Christmas tantrum and allowed us to purchase one of their personal trees.  Maybe my eyes were a little big, because the back deck of my parents house collapsed as they tried to bring that monster up the back steps and into the living room that had the vaulted ceilings.  Minus a few scrapes, my parents were not hurt.  It certainly makes for great stories and even better memories.

For those who love fresh cut Christmas tree, we have put together a guide to find where to buy fresh Christmas tree at local Christmas tree farms in and around Atlanta metro area.

**This is dedicated to the memory of Mr. Ben Purcell, who passed away on April 2, 2013.  Not only did he add to the Christmas magic of this little girl, but he spread the holiday cheer to so many families.  It is hard to imagine that same man was once held as a POW.  Thank you Mr. Purcell for your service to our country and the many warm childhood memories of Christmas past.**


Guide to Georgia Christmas Tree Farms in Atlanta 2013

-Information updated by Debbie Aiken, Atlanta Parent Squad

Hunter’s Christmas Tree Farm, Alpharetta

Enjoy some complimentary hot chocolate and cookies while you choose, then cut down your own Christmas tree. Enjoy other activities like Santa visits and pony rides on Saturdays.

Location: 14680 Wood Road, Alpharetta, GA. Phone: 770-475-0713

Date: Open November 29, 2013

Hours: Monday – Friday: 4:00 pm – dusk; Saturday: 9:00 am – dusk; Closed on Sunday

More Info: Visit website

Berry’s Tree Farm, Covington

Cut your own Christmas tree, and grab a snack at the concession stand. Enjoy a train or hay ride and visit with Santa. Visit their website for a coupon!

Location: 70 Mt. Tabor Rd., Covington, GA 30014. Phone: 770-786-5833

Date: Open November 24, 2013

Hours: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm daily

More Info: Visit website

The Kinsey Family Farm, Cumming

Enjoy the music, roast marshmallows, and warm up on hot chocolate at the barn. Take a free wagon ride through their 35 acre tree plantation. They also provide wreaths, garlands, tree stands, lasting memories and much more!

Location: 7170 Jot-em Down Road, Cumming, GA 30506. Phone: 770-887-6028

Date: Open November 23 – December 21, 2013, closed on Thanksgiving day.

Hours: Monday – Friday: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Black Friday, Saturdays & Sundays: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

More Info: Visit website

Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm, Cumming

Enjoy complimentary marshmallow roast and apple cider and visit with the farm animals. Take a hay ride, play cornhole or watch a movie in the “Kids Barn”. They also have custom made wreaths and tree stands and offer complimentary drilling and bagging.

Location: 5880 John Burruss Road, Cumming, GA 30040. Phone: 404-538-0493

Date: November 27- December 30, 2013. Open on Thanksgiving Day.

Hours: Hours after Thanksgiving: Monday – Friday: 3:00 pm – dark; Saturday: 9:00 am – dark; Closed on Sunday

More Info: Visit website

Wee Three Trees Farm, Fayetteville

Wee Three Trees has lots of Christmas trees for you to choose and cut and they also have Christmas fun for the family. In addition to a broad selection of trees of different types and heights, they also have hay rides and pony rides (weather permitting), and coloring books and crayons for the kids. Santa visits the farm every Saturday.

Location: 382 Ebenezer Church Rd, Fayetteville, GA. Phone Number: 770-487-6397

Date: call for details

Hours: Monday – Friday: 2:00 – 6:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Minter’s Farm, Fayetteville

Minter’s Farm is Fayette County’s largest Christmas tree farm, with more than 2,000 trees ready for purchase this holiday season. They furnish saws so you can cut your own trees or they’ll help you. They have materials to tie your tree to your vehicle. Free hayrides on the weekends!

Location: 283 Hills Bridge Road Fayetteville, GA 30215. Phone: 770-461-2840

Date: November 28, 2013. Open on Thanksgiving Day.

Hours: Open 7 days a week: 9:00 am – dark

More Info: Visit website

Smith’s Choose & Cut Farm, Fayetteville

Choose and cut your own Christmas trees.

Location: 230 Davis Rd, Fayetteville, GA. Phone Number: 770-487-7474

Date: Open Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve 2013

Hours: Monday  – Friday: noon – 5:00, Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

More Info: Visit website

Brown’s Christmas Tree Farm, Hampton

FREE hay rides and pony rides on the weekends! (Weather permitting)
Santa visits every Saturday from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Location: 86 Minter Drive, Hampton, GA 30228. Phone: (770) 946-9163

Date: open Thanksgiving through December 21, 2013

Hours: Monday – Friday: noon- 6:00 pm, Saturdays: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sundays: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

More Info: Visit website

Fourakre Christmas Tree Farm, Hampton

Bring your hand saw, power saw, or use one of our bow saws. Free tree shacking and drilling machine if required. Netting is available cutting and hauling is also for a small fee.

Location: 13887 Upper Woolsey Rd, Hampton, GA. Phone Number: 770-946-9112

Date: Open Thanksgiving Day 2013

Hours: Friday: 12:00 – 6:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

More Info: Visit website

Worthington Tree Farm, Hampton

Beautiful farm in rural setting; free hayrides to and from fields on weekend, weather permitting; children’s attractions: O’mas Gourd Hause featuring Christmas crafts, gifts, wreaths, bows, garland, tree decorations, and many other items.

Location: 145 Twin Oaks Dr., Hampton, GA 30228. Phone: 770-478-3677

Date: Open November 25 – December 20, 2013. Open Thanksgiving Day.

Hours: Monday – Friday: 2:30 am – 6:00 pm, Saturday: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Sunday: 12:30 – 6:00 pm.

More Info: Visit website

Thompson’s Trees Farm, Lawrenceville

Enjoy free cider and hot chocolate in the gift shop and feed the goats and cows. Hayrides and roasting marshmallows on the weekends (weather permitting). Santa will visit the farm on Saturday, December 7th, from 10:30AM until 1:30PM, and will be available for free picture taking with children. Choose-and-cut trees include: Leyland Cypress, Murray Cypress, Blue Ice, Green Giant and Carolina Sapphire.

Location: 1829 Prospect Road, Lawrenceville, GA. Phone Number: 770-513-2552

Date: November 23 – December 21, 2013. Open Thanksgiving Day.

Hours: Monday – Friday: 12:00 – 6:00 pm Saturday & Sunday: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm. Open Thanksgiving day 2:00 – 5:00 pm and on Black Friday from 9:30 am – 6:00 pm.

More Info: Visit website

Mike’s Trees Farm, Loganville

Bring the whole family and pick out the perfect Christmas tree together.  Join the hundreds of other families who have made choosing and cutting their own Christmas tree at Mike’s Trees an annual holiday tradition.

Location: 3847 Loganville Highway (Hwy 20), Loganville, GA. Phone Number: (404) 551-0449

Date: November 29 – December 22, 2013

Hours: November 29: 10:00 am – sunset; Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 am – sunset

More Info: Visit website

The Coker Trees Farm, Marietta

Join The Coker Tree Farm for the wonderful experience of choosing and cutting your very own Real Christmas Tree.

Location: 2280 Macland Road, Marietta, Georgia 30064. Phone: 770-424-8047

Date: Opens November 26, 2013 at 12:00pm

Hours: Monday – Friday: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

More Info: Visit website

Sleepy Hollow Christmas Tree Farm, Powder Springs

The Sleepy Hollow Christmas Tree Farm in Powder Springs Georgia offers a wide variety of fresh Christmas Trees including Leyland Cypress, Virginia Pines, Carolina Sapphires, and Fraser Firs.

Location: 628 Sleepy Hollow Road, Powder Springs, GA. Phone Number: 770-942-6770

Date: Open day after Thanksgiving Day (November 29, 2103)

Hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm 7 days a week

More Info: Visit their Facebook page

Sugarland Christmas Trees Farm, Stockbridge

There will be many varieties to choose from: Virginia Pine, Cedar, Leyland Cypress, Blue Ice, White Pine and the Pre-cut Fraser Fir fresh from North Carolina. All trees vary in size to meet your desires and fit the location where you will place it. Santa will be here the first three weekends in December from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Location: 3933 Highway 155 N, Stockbridge, GA. Phone Number: 770-954-9356

Date: November 29 – December 23, 2013

Hours: Monday – Friday: 12:00 pm – dark, Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am – dark

More Info: Visit website

Yule Forest Hwy 155, Stockbridge

Stay warm with complimentary homemade hot apple cider, candy canes and free hayrides and petting zoo on the weekends! Jump on the jumpy pillow and have fun in the obstacle course. Enjoy a Christmas tours including a puppet show from December 1 – 16, 2013. Visit their website for a coupon.

Location: 3565 Hwy 155 North, Stockbridge, GA. Phone Number: 770-957-6438

Date: Opens Thanksgiving Day 2013

Hours: 9:00 am – dark, 7 days a week

More Info: Visit website

Berry Patch Farm, Woodstock

After cutting down your tree, rest and sit on the porch eating a warm funnel cake and sip some hot apple cider!

Location: 786 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock, GA. Phone Number: 770-926-0561

Date: November 29 – December 15, 2013

Hours: Monday – Friday: 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Friday November 29, 2013.

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