MAIZE, Kan. (KAKE)- The annual  Prairie Pines Christmas Tree Farm has returned to the community of Maize for people all across the state to enjoy.

The farm celebrated its opening day Friday, and organizers said they expected attendance levels to match at least the previous year.

"Last year was one of the largest openings we've had," said Prairie Pines owner Kip Scott. "This year, it's looking pretty similar to that."

The full service choose-and-cut tree farm is packed full of activities for all ages this year. Some of things parents and kids can enjoy include visiting the Old Barn Christmas Shoppe, tractor rides, train rides and meet-and-greets with Santa Clause.

 

"It's pretty much why we come out," Adam Johnson, who was visiting the farm with his family, told KAKE News. "Just to spend a couple of hours, hang out, have a good time, find a tree that everybody likes so we can take home and decorate.

Scott said his family has been operating the farm as an annual tradition since 1980, and that it has grown ever since.

"It is magical," said Scott. "It is that one time of year where it's just really fun to be out here."

Scott said it also brings him and his family joy to see returners year after year, as folks come out and carry on or create their own special memories.

"We've been doing it so long that we're getting so many people that've been coming out here when they were little kids," said Scott. "And now they have their own kids and sometimes their own grandkids."

Scott said he's also thankful that the tree farm has plenty of trees this year, as it grapples with a nationwide shortage.

"I'm a member of different groups where people are asking constantly if anyone has eyes on trees," said Scott. "We actually have more trees here this year than we did last year."

The Prairie Pines Christmas Tree Farm is opening now through the Christmas season.

If you or anyone in your family would like to attend you can find more information on hours and tree pricing here.