Chop Chop!: Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree Farms near NYC

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And just like that, the holiday season is upon us. For many, that means it’s time to get a Christmas tree. Visit a cut your own Christmas tree farm near NYC to chop your own, or pick out a pre-cut one. At many, you can also do some holiday shopping or even have a visit with Santa Claus himself! See what else to do this holiday season in NYC here!

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Cut Your Own Christmas Tree Farm Guidelines for 2021

Covid precautions are still in effect. Be sure to check a farm’s website for current policies. Social distancing and masks are still required, particularly indoors. Going on a weekday is always going to be your best bet in terms of fewer crowds and tree selection. While all of these farms provide a hand saw, it is recommended to bring your own if you have it. Heads up: In most cases, power saws are not permitted. Finally, many farms do not take credit cards, so have cash or a checkbook handy. 

Connecticut

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Sabia Tree Farm

Head to this charming and quaint farm nestled in Fairfield County for neatly lined rows of trees. Pre-cut trees are labeled by type and range from five to 15-feet tall. Check the Sabia Tree Farm for current prices. Cash, check, credit cards and pay by Venmo is accepted. A handsaw is available to borrow and staff will assist you with baling and securely tying the tree to your car. You can also buy a pin stand that is customized for your tree here. Bonus: Professional photographers are available for a photo session you can book directly. Visit the farm stand for fresh farmed eggs and handmade gifts from local vendors.

Hours: Black Friday - Christmas 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

772 Morehouse Rd.
Easton, CT 06612
203-650-4429
Online: sabiatreefarm.com

 

Jones Family Farms

Weekend visits for both harvest your own trees and fresh-cut trees require a reservation from Nov. 20 through Dec. 12 (including the day after Thanksgiving). Due to limited parking, cars that do not purchase a tree will be charged $20. Come on a weekday to save $5 and reservations are not required. Guests that plan to harvest their own tree should arrive no later than 4 p.m. Trees are sustainably grown and pruned every year during the eight-to-10-year period it takes to grow to full size, and every buyer of a cut-your-own tree gets a free commemorative Woodbury pewter ornament. The farm’s Barnyard Shop sells holiday treats and decor including wreaths, handmade crafts and tree stands, and an outdoor Holiday Courtyard Market offers open-air shopping. Payment is by cash or check only. Expect to pay $82 plus tax for a harvest your own tree on the weekdays and on the weekend of Dec. 18-19. On peak weekends, harvest your own trees will cost $87 plus tax with your online reservation. Farm fresh cut trees will cost $25 to $139 or more, plus tax for trees from 3 to 10 feet tall. 

Hours: Daily, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Nov. 20-Dec. 24

555 Walnut Tree Rd.
Shelton, CT
203 929-8425
Online:
jonesfamilyfarms.com

 

Maple Row Farms 

This farm has practiced sustainable farming for well over 200 years. Choose between spruce or fir using this nifty online map. Did you know that fir and pine trees will hold their needles the longest over a spruce tree? Trees at Maple Farm are guaranteed so if you bring home one that loses a large amount of needles, return it to the Farm before Christmas for a replacement or a certificate for the following year.  Cut your Own trees on weekdays are $95 and pre-cut trees are discounted $10. It’s generally less busy too. Cut your own trees on weekends (includes Black Friday) are $105 and pre-cut trees start at $105. You will be provided with twine but will need to ask them to help you tie it to your car. Cash, check or credit cards are accepted. You can also purchase wreaths and other holiday items. The weekend offers hayrides, refreshments and tailgating is allowed. 

Hours: Daily 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Nov. 20-Dec. 23

229 Stepney Road
Easton, CT 06612
203-261-9577
Online: mrfarm.com/christmas-trees/

New Jersey

Wykoff's Christmas Tree Farm

Spend a fun day at this family-owned farm nestled in Warren County near the Delaware Water Gap. Not only do they grow award-winning trees, they've also provided trees to the White House. This is also the spot to get colorful Christmas trees, in hues like red, pink, purple and blue.

They have over 5,000 trees and several varieties to choose from. You can cut your own tree or pick a fresh-cut tree. The cost for cut-your-own is $12/foot, colored trees are an extra $4/foot and they have a saw on hand for you to use. Fresh-cut trees vary by type and size. Stop by the Christmas Barn for all your holiday decor needs. 

Hours: Open Nov. 27-Dec. 24. Weekends, 8 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.; weekdays 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

249 Country Rd. 519 (Mile marker 39)
Belvidere, NJ
908-475-4508
Online:
wyckoffs.com

Barclay's Tree Farm 

This family-owned and operated farm in Middlesex County promises one of the most affordable cut your own Christmas tree options in the area. Trees are $65 for heights up to 12 feet and $120 for varieties over 12 feet. (Payment is by cash or check.) Staff is on hand to help you pick the right tree, providing saws, squaring off and shaping branches as well as netting and securing the tree to your car. Douglas and Fraser firs are the farm’s bestsellers. Also on offer are the Blue Spruce which has a dusty blue look, the distinctive White Firs which have a fragrant lemon-pine scent and the classic Norway Spruce. 

Hours: Open weekends, Nov. 26-Dec. 25., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

35 Orchardside Dr.
Cranbury, NJ
609-799-1855
Online:
barclaystreefarm.com

Westchester

 

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Wilkens Fruit and Fir Farm

Cut your own Douglas or Fraser Fir Christmas tree starting on November 27 at Wilkens Farm. The farm also offers fresh-cut Fraser firs as well. Don’t leave without stopping by the farm’s three markets for fresh baked goodies like apple cider donuts, homemade unfiltered apple cider, wreaths, gift baskets and local crafts perfect for this holiday season. Check the Harvest Calendar before visiting to confirm any changes. 

Hours:  Wed.- Mon., 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Markets are open until 5 p.m. Closed on Tues. in November except Thanksgiving week.

1335 White Hill Rd.
Yorktown Heights, NY
914-245-5111
Online:
wilkensfarm.com

Long Island

Santa's Christmas Tree Farm

Experience the spirit of the season at this one-stop shop on the North Fork of Long Island. Santa's Christmas Tree Farm carries over 8,000 Douglas Fir trees to choose from with an average tree height between 6-7 feet tall. Field-cut trees are $90 while pre-cut Frasier firs start at $90. Santa's helpers will be around to provide you with a handsaw, as well as trim and tie your tree to your car. Come for a tree and stay for the fun. The farm offers a  synthetic skating rink, a petting zoo, make-your-own s'mores and a photo op with Santa on weekends. The farm is also known for its Christmas shop with ultra festive displays and decorations. Sensory-friendly visits with Santa also take place here. 

Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
30105 Main Road (Route 25)
Cutchogue, NY 11935
631-735-9242
Online: santaschristmastreefarmli.com

 

Elwood Christmas Tree Farm

This small home-run lot has more than 4,000 trees and is one of Long Island’s most westerly Christmas Tree farms. Bring your own saw and you can take home one of their many tree varieties including firs, pines and spruces. (They also sell pre-cut trees and will cut one for you with your saw.) Set on a picturesque spot on a slight hill, the farm is low frills but gets super busy. Trees are reasonably priced based on the height and species you select. Most trees are in the 6-8 ft range, but you can get a tree as tall as 30 feet here! Staff recommend arriving early on the weekend to cut wait times. Cash and check only, no credit cards.

Hours: Nov. 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 10:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Dec. 1-23 Weekdays 3 p.m. til dark for cut your own and until 7 p.m. for pre-cuts; weekends 10 a.m. til dark for cut your own and until 7 p.m. for pre-cuts.

1500 East Jericho Turnpike
Huntington, NY
631-368-8626
Online:
elwoodpumpkinfarm.com

Tilden Lane Farm

Tilden Lane Farm offers three types of spruce trees to cut yourself (a type good for holding the weight of lights and decorations) and two kinds of firs, which tend to last longer. Stock is extremely limited if you want to cut your own, so head there on Thanksgiving weekend for the best selection. The farm also offers fresh-cut Fraser fir trees. Hand saws are available or you can bring your own and staff can help with tree wrapping and securing to your vehicle. Trees are $75, wreaths are $30 or $25 if you buy a tree. Payments by cash and check only (with proper ID). Don’t miss the farm-produced honey and you may be able to see some of the bees working on a warm day. Although there are no bathroom facilities on-site, you can extend your day in the nearby villages of Huntington or Northport by visiting some great restaurants and shops.

Hours: 9 a. m.  - 3 p. m., weekends only November 27-December 12.
48 Wyckoff St.
Greenlawn, NY
631-533-596
Online:
tildenlanefarm.com

Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm 

This popular Long Island farm is asking for fans to visit during the week if at all possible to reduce crowding. (It needs to operate at 33 percent capacity this season.) Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm has Douglas firs (5-9 feet) for cut-your-own, pre-cut Fraser firs ranging from seven to 12-feet-tall, and potted Spruce trees, 4 to 11-feet tall. You can also get balled trees, ready for planting, or "Charlie Brown Christmas trees, measuring about four-feet high. The farm also provides plenty of photo ops such as the Peanuts crew rendered in plywood and festive old timey sleighs. (No Santa this year.) If you're not up for cutting down your tree, you can buy one already pre-cut, as well as wreaths, kissing balls, and more.

Hours: Open starting Nov. 27; seven days a week, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

20685 Main Rd.
Mattituck, NY
631-298-4619
Online:
shamrockchristmastreefarm.com

Pennslyvania

Beck's Christmas Trees 

It's a bit further afield in Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania, but people love this tree farm for its selection, service and extreme affordability. Prices for Frasir fir and Concolor firs are $60. Douglas fir and Blue spruce are $40.00. Price is for any size tree—including tax! Beck's can loan you a saw, and tree bailing and drilling is free. Bonus: there's also a train theme here, with holiday garlands, pre-order custom wreaths and train-themed gifts are available in the barn, the "Christmas Junction." 

Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekends; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays. Opening day Nov. 26

763 S. Delaware Dr.
Mount Bethel, PA
610-588-7076
Online:
beckschristmastrees.com

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