Sugar cookies are baking in the oven, carols are playing and the world outside your window looks like it belongs in a snowglobe. This can only mean one thing: Christmas time is here!
This jolly holiday season is a crowd-pleaser all around the world, inspiring people to set aside their differences and celebrate Christmas with gifts adorned in wrapping paper, baked goods aplenty and evenings spent gathered around the fireplace.
But one of the most important centerpieces of the season is the beloved Christmas tree. Early 16th-century Christians in Germany began the tradition of decorating a tree in celebration of the season, and it’s a custom people throughout the world carry on today.
You may be in the artificial Christmas tree camp, but for those who are more inclined to sling a saw over their shoulder and cut down a live tree (or simply purchase a beautiful pre-cut option), here are seven U.S. Christmas tree farms you might want to visit this holiday season.
Red Hook, New York
When you think about New York, you might imagine tall skyscrapers, thin-crust pizza and bright yellow taxis, but there’s more to this state than its renowned metropolis. New York has an abundance of agricultural land, making it an ideal place to own a Christmas tree farm.
If you’re a resident in the state of New York and in the market for a stunning evergreen for your home, look no further than Battenfeld’s Christmas Tree Farm. Nestled in Dutchess County along the Hudson River, this idyllic farm gives you the choice of six different tree types: Douglas Fir, White Pine, Spruce, Balsam Fir, Concolor Fir, and Fraser Fir.
They provide hand saws and full-service bailing, as well as a variety of wreaths and boxwood centerpieces for those interested in decorating their home with a little extra Christmas flair.
Newburgh Village, Maine
If you’re looking for an experience straight out of a Hallmark Christmas movie, look no further than Piper Mountain in Newburgh Village, Maine. Established in 1978, this family-owned farm gives visitors the opportunity to create memories while cutting down their own tree or browsing the selection of pre-cut evergreens.
They even offer handmade wreaths, garlands and centerpieces, as well as a variety of Maine gift packs for those who want to do a little Christmas shopping too. And one thing you definitely don’t want to leave without is a handful of apple cider donuts and a warm cup of coffee.
The scenery doesn’t get much dreamier than Christmas in Colorado, and Covered Bridge Ranch in Montrose takes it to a whole other level. This Christmas tree farm belongs on a postcard, complete with the iconic bridge decked in green garlands and holly wreaths.
Because the state is known for getting some pretty cold weather early in the season, be sure to bundle up before you arrive so you can spend ample time wandering around the property. Take a hayride to cut down your own tree, warm up in the wreath-decorating barn, pet the farm animals and roast some marshmallows around the fire. It won’t take long to see why Covered Bridge Ranch was voted the number one Christmas tree farm in Colorado.
Santa Cruz, California
A California Christmas may look a little different than your traditional snowy holidays, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice those beautiful evergreen trees. There are actually several Christmas tree farms in the Golden State, and Crest Ranch in Santa Cruz is one of the best.
Established more than 70 years ago, this beloved farm is a favorite of many in the Bay Area – and it’s easy to see why. It is the oldest choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm in the western United States and has more than 45 acres covered in 15 different tree varieties.
They provide saws, net wrapping and twine for those who want to cut their own tree, a snack bar and picnic area for anyone who wants to linger a little while longer, and beautiful views of seven different California counties.
Little Rock, Arkansas
The Motley family opened their Christmas tree farm to visitors in 1982 and have never looked back. They grow a variety of tree species, ranging from Fraser Firs and Leyland Cypresses to the elegant and aromatic Carolina Sapphire.
But the Christmas cheer doesn’t stop there. Motley’s Christmas Tree Farm also provides customers with a wide variety of live wreaths and centerpieces that will leave your home looking (and smelling) like a winter wonderland. Don’t forget to pop into their more than 3,000-square-foot display room of Christmas ornaments, decor and accessories before you leave. You can find everything from tree skirts and angel tree toppers to children’s toys and more.
Families from Midway and beyond have made a tradition of coming to Brewer’s Christmas Tree-Blueberry Farm for 30 years. In addition to finding your perfect Christmas tree, you can take a hayride around the property, pick up homemade jams and jellies from their Christmas shop, purchase a live wreath to adorn your door, and so much more.
For those interested in cutting down their own tree, don’t worry about bringing equipment. The farm provides saws and gloves, as well as wrapping and loading services.
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Lake Elmo, Minnesota
The family behind Krueger’s Christmas Tree Farm has been farming their land since 1916, and they’ve been growing beautiful Christmas trees in the St. Croix Valley since 1954. Needless to say, they know a bit about how to give their visitors an authentic winter wonderland experience!
This farm operates a little differently than the rest, offering customers the chance to preselect their trees before the season begins. Why pick out a tree in advance, you ask? This gives you the opportunity to spend a gorgeous autumn afternoon outside with the family before you return to harvest the tree of your dreams. The farm even provides tags, maps, instructions and a warming house in case it’s a little colder than you expected.
In addition to trees, you can participate in wagon rides and nature walks, visit with Santa, and sip hot cider around the campfire as you enjoy the fun-filled winter celebration.