A trip to any of Ireland's Christmas tree farms is a magical and unique experience, but choosing your own live tree has benefits for the environment - and sometimes comes with hot chocolate and mince pies. 

Families chattering together, the melodies of Christmas tunes, the ... roar of a chainsaw? 

These are the true sounds of Christmas as played out at a Christmas tree farm, an experience that brings you right into the heart of everything the festive season has to offer. 

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As scores of us root out our artificial trees, boxes dusty and battered by this stage, some intrepid purists make the journey to one of Ireland's many Christmas tree farms to personally select their trees for the year, braving the cold, wind and rain for the perfectly green, bushy and dewy Christmas tree.  

Valerie Higgins, her husband Kevin and their three children were one such family, heading to the Wicklow Way Christmas Tree Farm. 

"We just thought it would be something nice for the kids to do", Valerie told Morning Ireland's Aisling Kenny. "You're constantly looking for experiences for them over Christmas as opposed to just being about the presents."

"It really does sound like the start of Christmas. It's lovely and cold! And then the experience of coming in here with the hot chocolate and the treats and that for the kids makes it that little bit extra special". 

Up to 600,000 Christmas trees will be harvested in Ireland this year, with 400,000 distributed throughout the country and 200,000 exported. 

Tony Kinlan, who runs the Wicklow Way Christmas Tree Farm, says that the varieties they grow are noble fir and nordmann fir and that visitors "can walk through the forest with their tag. When they find the perfect tree they put their tag on it, then we cut it down for them, they go to get hot chocolate and mince pies". 

Prices range from €8 per foot for the fresh-cut trees that are felled in the forest, while pre-cut ones are €6 per foot. 

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Aside from the memorable experience of visiting the farm, choosing our own tree has environmental benefits, something that's on everyone's mind in recent months and especially during the festive season, when reams of plastic waste is created. 

Tony's father Seamus says "A lot of plastic trees ... are being sold, and they have a carbon footprint that can last thousands of years. However, with the small Christmas tree it produces oxygen and the carbon footprint is much, much less".

To listen back to Aisling Kenny's jaunt through the Christmas trees, click the link above!