So, I love the holiday season—the lights, the cheer, the long-lost friends and relatives. But I am no fan at all of the cold. And I know I’m not alone in that. But even for those of us who welcome the freakish-but-maybe-the-new-normal 60 degree days of December, it can be hard to get into the holly jolly swing of things when it just doesn’t feel like winter. No, my solution is not draping your lawn and window sills with bunch of synthetic snow (though to each his own, I guess). But a good way to get the holiday season feel while making the most of the weather that is decidedly not seasonal is to head out to the country and get your Christmas tree right on the farm.
For 35 years, Applewood Farm in Whiteford (that’s about 50 minutes north of the city) has been selling Christmas trees and hosting holiday fun intended for those who wish to experience and create a family memory. The family-run farm (the founders’ son just took over a few years ago) offers an extensive display of lights and greens, many model train displays, a reindeer antler toss, a petting zoo, a “kiddie maze”, and lawn bowling. As though that weren’t enough, guests can take a ride on the The Applewood Express—a narrow gauge 1870’s vintage steam train that runs on a scenic 3/4 mile tour of the lower meadow area of Applewood Farm. Hay wagons run continuously through the fields of Christmas trees, allowing families easy access as they choose and harvest their own tree right there on the farm. Sure, there might not be any snow on the ground, but maybe that’ll make the stroll through the rows of trees just that much more leisurely.
Applewood Farm is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-4pm. Admission to the farm is free, though a ride on the Applewood Express costs $4.00 for those over 3 years old. For more information, visit www.applewoodfarm.org
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