Believe it or not, we've been seeing PLENTY of signs of Christmas already in southeast Minnesota - and we still have to get through Thanksgiving!

The US claims 15,000 Christmas tree farms throughout the country with 350 million trees growing in them! In fact, the industry is so huge that it employs about 100,000 full or part-time people.

I completely understand the excitement around these beauties (and the season!), so while we're getting ready let's be extra prepared and be sure we know where to spot the best Christmas trees in southeast Minnesota.

Christmas at Mayowood 2017- Kim David-Townsquare Media
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    Wittlief Tree Farm

    Oronoco gets to boast this southeast Minnesota Christmas staple! Families have been heading to Wittlief Tree Farm for years. The cider and cookies keep them coming back!

    Also, there's a HUGE selection of trees.

    Mike Hildenbrand‎ via Facebook
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    Choose & Cut Fraser Firs

    Closest to Rochester, you can find trees as large as 15ft here!

    http://www.fraserfirs.com/
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    Hampton Hills Tree Farm

    It's a little bit of a drive, but it's worth it! Cannon Falls claims Hampton Hills Tree Farm, which is FILLED with family activities too!

    They explain on their website, "Please join us this Christmas for an experience your whole family will love! Our family has been growing and selling quality Christmas trees for over 40 years.

    Bring the kids and enjoy:

    • FREE hayrides
    • FREE visit with Santa
    • FREE petting animals & pony rides (Rum River only)
    • FREE candy canes
    • FREE coloring books"
    http://www.cutyourown.com/