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Whether you want to cut your own tree, pick a live tree and have it cut for you, buy a tree already cut or buy a living tree you can plant, this page provides detailed listings of South Dakota's choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms, places to buy pre-cut (also called pre-harvested and fresh-cut) trees, stands, sleigh rides, hay rides and related winter events and fun. Some listings are for tree farms, others are tree lots, and some only offer hay rides, sleigh rides or other winter events. READ EACH LISTING to know what each facility offers. The farms are listed further down this page, so scroll down the page! Since this service is free and open to ALL Christmas tree farms, not just those who belong to an association or pay for an ad, like almost all other websites do, this is the most complete and current listing available! Help me keep this page complete and up to date, by reporting any corrections needed or suggesting farms to add!

My Christmas Tree guide has photos and descriptions of more than 2 dozen varieties of Christmas trees, along with a simple comparison chart!

And beware the copycat websites - from Mommy-bloggers to out-and-out plagiarists, they simply copy my work and rarely update; they are just out to make a quick buck. Since 2004, I've made updates and corrections every day!

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Pandemic Tips:

  • Keep in mind that state government COVID dictates may force many farms to cancel Santa visits, hayrides, etc. this year. If the name of the farm is blue with an underline; that's a link to their website. Click on it for the most current hours and information.
  • ALWAYS call the farm or store BEFORE YOU GO - many farms and lots are selling out of trees early this year or have COVID-19 requirements - Call to confirm their supply, their hours and whether they have trees, are allowing choose-and-cut or just precut trees; and which attractions or winter activities are available. All three can change during the short Christmas season, due to weather, demand and the farmer's business conditions! Farms get sold, shut down or run out of trees, and they don't all update me every day, let alone every year. For more tips to make your trip fun and successful, click here !
    DON'T DRIVE OUT THERE IF YOU CAN'T REACH THEM (by phone, email or find current information on their website or Facebook page!
  • And please tell the farmer you visit in South Dakota that you found their farm here! I need the farmers to realize that you found them here so that they will keep their information up to date!

And if you know of one I missed and want to add it or correct the information, please let me know! There are affiliate links on this page. Read our disclosure policy to learn more.

Updates for July 2022

July 2022: In a normal year, most Christmas tree farms are open up to Christmas Eve; but this year many farms are selling out of trees and closing early for the season, and some decided not to open at all, due to all the COVID19 restrictions. Some are only open on weekends, or only have hayrides, Santa visits (if they can get a Santa) and events on weekends. Demand will be high since people have been locked down and not allowed to do much - but you CAN go to farms. And a farm may be the only place you can take your kids to see Santa. Of course, check with the farm BEFORE YOU GO; hours, tree supplies, prices, everything is changing daily!

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Christmas tree farms, lots and activities, sorted by county

Click on Resources above, if you need a county map

Brookings County

Clay County

  • Mannings Garryowen Tree Farm - Have wreaths, Santa's sleigh pictures, crafts, gift shop, featuring hand-crafted figurines.
    Burbank, SD. Phone: 402-393-0181. E-mail [email protected]. Directions: Burbank, SD; I-29 north to Exit 31 (Hwy 46), 1/2 mile west, 1/2 mile south. Open: the day after Thanksgiving and every weekend until Christmas; 9 am to 5 pm.
    Christmas tree varieties:
    U-Choose and Cut your own: Scotch Pine

Grant County

  • Rocky Gardens - Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Christmas trees- you choose and we cut, Precut Christmas trees,
    Koopman Drive, Milbank, SD 57252. Phone: 605-432-4871. Email: [email protected]. Open: Weekend afternoons, 1 pm to 4 pm starting the weekend after Thanksgiving until Christmas or sold out. Directions: 3 miles north east of Milbank on Highway 12 and 1\4 mile south. Click here for a map and directions. Cut trees available at our stand in Milbank 7 days a week during daylight hours beginning the weekend before thanksgiving. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Christmas tree varieties:
    You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Austrian Pine, Balsam Fir, Black Hills Spruce, Blue Spruce, Canaan Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce, Red Pine, Scotch Pine, White Pine.
    You Choose and We cut varieties: Austrian Pine, Balsam Fir, Blue Spruce, Canaan Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce, White Fir (Concolor Fir), Red Pine, Scotch Pine, White Pine.
    PreCut varieties: Colorado Blue Spruce, Red Pine, Scotch Pine, White Pine.

Lincoln County

  • Beaver Creek Plantation - Cut your own and precut Christmas trees, snack bar, Santa Claus, free cider and hay rides, gift shop, custom made wreaths.
    27873 SD HWY 115, Worthing, SD 57077. Phone: 605-372-4558. Toll Free: 1-866-973-2841. Fax: 605-372-4897. Email: [email protected]. Directions: Located 10 miles south of 69th and Minnesota (Sioux Falls) or two miles east and one and one-half miles north of Worthing. Open: 10 am to 4 pm Weekends from mid November to mid December. Click here to download and print a $3.00 off Tree Dollar Bill!!!
    Christmas tree varieties:
    U-Choose and Cut your own: Scotch pine, White pine, Colorado spruce, Fraser fir, (u cut)
    Pre cut varieties: Scotch pine, White pine, Fraser fir.
    Comments from a visitor on December 05, 2014: "I do not thing this is open anymore -- unless someone new purchased it within the past year -- it was closed the last two years :("
  • Christmas Tree Acres - choose and cut your own Christmas tree
    27269 State Highway 115, Harrisburg, SD 57032. Phone: (605) 743-5883. Open: 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday, and from 4 pm to 6 pm on weekdays.
  • Riverview Christmas Tree Farm - Santa Claus, gift shop, hay rides, Nativity stable with live animals. Music is played over speakers outdoors, tree shaking & wrapping, a sleigh is used for family picture-taking, hay bales for kids to play on, saws provided.
    48392 278th Street, Canton, SD 57013. Phone: 605-987-5171. Directions: From Canton, 4 miles north on Route 135, then 3 miles east. Open: November 20 to 21 and 26 to 28; December 1 to 15; Monday to Thursday 2 to 5 pm; Friday and Saturday 10 to 5, Sunday 12 to 5.
    Christmas tree varieties:
    U-Choose and Cut your own: Scotch Pine, White Pine, Black Hills Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce, Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir, Concolor Fir

Minnehaha County

  • Emerald Forest At Stonegate - Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Christmas wreaths, Christmas boughs, trees bagged, trees tied, tree shaking provided, trees baled, saws provided, free hot chocolate, gift shop, porta-potties
    48355 265th Stret, Brandon, SD 57005. Phone: 605.338.7483. Email: [email protected]. Open: after Thanksgiving through the first week in December6; Hours 10 am to 5 Saturdays, 12 pm to 5 Sundays. Directions: Two miles east of Brandon, South Dakota on Aspen Boulevard, 3 miles south on 484th Avenue and 1/3 mile west on 465th Street. Follow the red and white signs. Click here for a map and directions. Open beginning Thanksgiving weekend and weekends until the 10th of December. Payment: Cash, only.
    Christmas tree varieties:
    You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Balsam Fir, Black Hills Spruce, Blue Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, Eastern White Pine, Norway Spruce, Scotch Pine, White Pine, White Spruce.
  • Tannenbaum Tree Farm - Choose and cut Christmas Trees, saws are provided.
    46989 W 57th Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57106. Phone: (605) 362-0998. Directions: Tea-Ellis Road is .9 miles west of South Sertoma Avenue. Travel a half mile south past 41st Street on Tea-Ellis Road watching for a low wooden sign on the left, before the "T" in the roadway. Open: 2 to 5 pm, Monday trough Friday, 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and 2:30 to 5 pm on Sunday. Five varieties of trees.

Yankton County

  • Brady's Christmas Tree Farm - Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Christmas trees you choose and we cut, Precut Christmas trees, Living Christmas trees (to plant later),
    265 Antler Drive , Yankton, SD 57078. Phone: (605) 665-4726. Open: Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday from 1 pm to 6 pm. Directions: call for directions. Payment: Cash, only.. Landscaping trees too.
    (ADDED: December 15, 2016, Suggested by a visitor)
    A visitor writes on December 15, 2016: "Just moved here from VA and drove past the sign this week. Thought I\'d check it out with my family. The owner was fabulously sweet and helpful."

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Want to cut your own from a national forest in South Dakota?

This link has a easy to use map to find trees you may cut in a national forest in your area . Just hover (position) your mouse over the mouse on that page in your area. You'll need a permit. Here are the conditions: (for more information see the Black Hills National Forest website )

  • Cost: $10 (for Christmas 2006).
  • Varieties: Ponderosa pine, western juniper, and white spruce trees
  • Size: maximum height is 20 feet and the whole tree must be cut, not just the top! Additionally, any branches that you do not take with you must be cut so they lie flat on the ground with a stump of no more than six inches in height.
  • The permit must be attached to each tree before you remove the tree from the woods; you may receive a citation otherwise - EVEN if the tag is in your car.
  • Trees are for your personal use only and you may not resell them.
  • Of course, there are no refunds for uncut trees, unused permits, and the permits expire on December 31.
  • Permits to cut up to five trees are allowed per person.
  • Trees may not be cut in developed recreation sites, on Forest Service administrative sites, at active timber sites, the Black Hills Experimental Forest near Rochford, the Black Elk Wilderness, the Beaver Park area near Sturgis, or within Spearfish Canyon.

Where to buy Christmas Tree cutting permits:

At these Forest Service offices:
Contact: Rick Hudson (605) 673-9239 or 605-673-9200 ,
or email r2 blackhills [email protected]
Contact: Gary C. Chancey. Phone: (605) 673-9289,
Randy Jost (605) 673-9200,

  • Spearfish - Northern Hills District Office, 2014 North Main Street, Monday to Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm
  • Sundance - Bearlodge District Office, Highway 14 East, Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 5 pm
  • Custer - Forest Supervisor's Office, Highway 16 North, Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 5 pm
  • Hill City - Mystic District Office, Highway 16 East, Monday to Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm
  • Hot Springs - Fall River District Office, 1801 Highway 18 Truck Bypass, Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Newcastle - Hell Canyon District Office, 1225 Washington Blvd., Monday to Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm
  • Rapid City - Mystic District Office, 803 Soo San Dr., Monday to Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Permits are also available by mail from the Forest Supervisor's Office, 25041 North Highway 16, Custer, SD 57730. Enclose a check or money order in the amount of $8 for each tree up to a maximum of five trees per individual. The Forest Service will mail permit tags and cutting instructions.