The best way to get into the Christmas spirit is with the scent and look of a fresh-cut Christmas tree.
Here is a list of places in the greater Milwaukee area that can help you find the perfect tree. Most offer pre-cut trees – and often sell wreaths, too – and others even allow you to cut your own tree.
Of course, as always, we recommend you call ahead or visit the websites if you have specific questions.
Bliffert Lumber & Hardware
1014 E. Chambers St., (414) 264-5700
Buffalo Bill's Choose & Cut Christmas Trees
9612 W. Oakwood Rd., Franklin, (414) 427-5155
Crossroads Tree Lot (Check out Black Cat Alley's Winter Wonderland, beginning by Dec. 1)
2238 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 763-9081
N9171 Nelson Rd., East Troy, (262) 495-4502
Frenz Orchard and Garden Center
505 N. Main St., Thiensville, (262) 242-1060
Hacienda Beer Co.
2018 E. North Ave., (414) 296-7200
Ideal Landscaping and Lawn Care Services
Pere Marquette Park
Oakland and Edgewood Avenues, Shorewood (next to Harry’s Bar & Grill)
Lake View, west of Santa Monica (at St. Monica School), Whitefish Bay
3258 N. Humboldt Blvd., (414) 264-6605
Muskego Choose & Cut
S81 W. 13049 Hi View Dr., Muskego, (414) 422-0151
The North Pole
15800 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield, (414) 303-0911
Poplar Creek Tree Farm
3895 S. Woelfel Rd., New Berlin, (262) 442-1275
Prospect Hill Garden Center
19305 W. National Ave., New Berlin, (262) 679-2207
Riehle's Tree Farm, Inc.
W377 S 5944 County TK CI., Dousman, (262) 965-2748
W299S6370 State Rd. 83, Mukwonago, (262) 968-4348
S31 W38551 School Section Lake Rd., Dousman, (262) 965-2110
Stein's Garden and Home
5400 S. 27th St., (414) 761-5400
3725 S. 108th St., Greenfield, (414) 328-5600
14845 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield, (262) 783-2323
2220 E. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, (262) 797-7070
S71 W23445 W. National Ave., Big Bend, (262) 662-5800
12217 Watertown Plank Rd., Wauwatosa, (414) 763-6599
10850 W13 Port Washington Rd., Mequon, (262) 241-2121
W184 N9676 Appleton Ave., Germantown, (262) 253-1147
1570 Unity Drive, Oconomowoc, (262) 560-4191
Stumpf's U-Cut Christmas Tree Farm
340 Horns Corners Rd., Cedarburg, (262) 375-6351
Sugar Creek Tree Farm
N6447 Church Rd., Burlington, (262) 767-1177
Trees For Less Nursery
11550 N. Wasaukee Rd., Mequon, (262) 242-7522
Valley View Tree Farm
W798 Valley View Rd., Burlington, (262) 210-7235
(Valley View sells the tree gnomes you see pictured at the top of this post)
Wellens Tree Farm
Broad Street and Schoolway, Greendale, (414) 238-4194
Zabrowksi Family Trees
W260N8631 State Rd. 164, Hartland, (262) 246-3312
The Wisconsin Christmas Tree Producers Association has a listing of all farms in the state, along with the types of trees produced, at its website, christmastrees-wi.org.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.