Pining for outdoor winter fun with your dog? How ’bout a romp through a dog-friendly Christmas tree farm? We rounded up heavenly-scented picks for you and pupper to explore to your hearts’ (and paws’) content.
And as every good dog knows, use a standard, non-retractable leash, make sure your pup pees elsewhere first (as not to yellow the fine greenery), and BYO peanut butter!
P.S. We double checked that all farms are operational and allowing dogs this year, but in the yikes that is 2020, we recommend calling in advance of any adventures.
Dog-Friendly Minnesota Christmas Tree Farms
B&J Evergreen, Clear Lake (map)
Weekdays: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Weekends, Dec. 5-13: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dec. 19-20: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Free shaking and baling of trees. Be on the lookout for a v. funny lookin’ dog–#CliffTheCamel.
Covered Bridge Farm, Forest Lake (map)
Dec. 5: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
There’s just one day to take advantage of Covered Bridge Farm’s inventory reduction sale. Get after it, because doggo loves a deal. Free ornament with tree purchase. P.S. If pup does his ahem business, they ask you dispose of that Christmas package off the premises of their farm.
Hansen Tree Farm, Ramsey (map)
Nov. 14-Dec. 20 Wed.-Thurs.: 12-5 p.m.
Weekends: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Virtual maps and drive thru or online checkout available this year to limit contact. Get cozy at their private bonfire rings spread throughout the farm.
Happy Land Tree Farms, Sandstone (map)
Tues.-Fri.: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sat.: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sun.: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
New this year: Bring your own hand saw and sled if you prefer (no chainsaws, please). Concessions closed; byo cocoa and dog treats. Contact the farm to schedule a drive thru experience.
Krueger’s Christmas Tree Farm, Lake Elmo (map)
Weekdays: 12-7 p.m.
Weekends: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Cut-your-own fields close at 4:30 each evening. Cut-your-own inventory is low this year and mainly in max heights of 6 feet. Plenty of skyscraper pre-cuts though. Enjoy the farm, or drive in and ask about getting a tree to go!
Pinestead Tree Farm, Isanti (map)
Nov. 30-Dec. 4 Weekdays: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Dec. 5-18 Weekdays: 11 a.m.-dark
Dec. 5-13 Weekends: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Dec. 19-20: 9 a.m.-dark
Gift shop is closed this year and payment will be taken at outside windows. The website states “Don’t be surprised if we want to take a photo of your pup. We love the way people dress their dogs up for Christmas cheer/cold weather!” Now these are our people.
St. Croix Valley Trees, Somerset, WI (map)
Wed.-Fri.: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sat.-Sun.: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Starting Dec. 21, call for tree availability and hours. Call in advance for trees over 12 feet. Pay stations are outside this year.
Wolcyn Tree Farms, Cambridge (map)
Weekdays: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Weekends: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Curbside pickup and outdoor pay stations available this year. No concessions, but the farm is giving complimentary apple cider and bagged cookies. Bring treats for Fido so he doesn’t get jealous!
Did we miss any Minnesota Christmas tree farms? Got any other cool ideas for dog-friendly winter fun? Let us know in the comments! And don’t forget to share those pics with #SidewalkDog so we can share in your howliday fun.
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