Find Your Dream Christmas Tree at One of These Scenic Evergreen Farms
When Mother Nature dons her winter whites, the season's conifers sparkle like emeralds. To see them in all their crystalline beauty, pay a visit to one of the country's snow-dappled Christmas-tree farms, where you can choose and cut down a winner to whisk home. Beyond their vast selections of spruces and firs, these farms deliver a bounty of Christmas magic in the form of wagon rides, seasonal treats and ciders, and even warming bonfires. To stoke your holiday spirit, set your sights on one of these spots, and head into the woods.
The Rocks in Bethlehem, New Hampshire
If a scene from a snow globe spanned 1,400 acres, it would look like The Rocks, in Bethlehem, New Hampshire. Framed by the White Mountains to the east, this Christmas tree farm belongs to a local land trust, and each purchase aids conservation efforts. This year, due to the pandemic, you'll need to make an advance reservation for your visit, which can take place any day through December 20, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; the reservation cost of $40 will be applied toward the price of your tree. Upon arrival, you'll have an hour and a half to pick out your prized balsam from the snow-covered rows (trees up to eight feet sell for $55).
Piper Mountain in Newburgh, Maine
A trek through Piper Mountain's rolling hills in Newburgh, Maine, will leave you exhilarated—and pining for a treat. The good news: At the barn, you'll find homemade apple-cider doughnuts and piping-hot coffee. Fuel up while perusing the wide variety of handmade wreaths before selecting a pre-cut tree or strolling the 30-acre grounds for your ideal fir. The farm is open from November 27 to December 24, 8 a.m. until dusk; choose-and-cut trees under eight feet are $40, while those towering taller than that are $80.
Snickers Gap Tree Farm in Round Hill, Virginia
Little ones will love rolling past a panorama of Loudoun Valley in a tractor-drawn wagon at Snickers Gap Tree Farm, one of the oldest in the region. Situated on the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this spot's Douglas Firs and Colorado Blue Spruces are shaped exclusively with hand tools to preserve their natural beauty. You'll receive a map, a saw, and tree-pulling rope before setting off on a walk through the tree lots to take your pick; conifers seven feet and under are $125, and the price ticks up from there with increased height. Once you've returned with tree in tow, grab a cup of complimentary hot cider to thaw cold hands, or stop by Finn's Snack Shack for a celebratory hot dog or pretzel. Starting November 27, the farm is open from 9 a.m. until dark on weekends, and noon until dark on weekdays.
Krueger's Christmas Trees in Lake Elmo, Minnesota
Meet your new match at Krueger's Christmas Trees in Lake Elmo, Minnesota: This family farm is home to rare firs like the silver-needled Korean and citrus-scented Siberian. As you wander through the fields this year, you'll notice wooden stands with smart-codes that you can scan with your phone's camera to see short videos highlighting particular parts of the farm—a distancing-friendly way to learn about the species in each plot. Every tree is priced individually based on the type, height, and shape, starting at $10 per foot, and comes with an annualized Krueger's ornament. Visitors are welcome daily through Christmas, from noon to 7 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays through Sundays (cut-your-own fields close at 4:30 p.m.). After the season, return your tree, and Krueger's will upcycle it into wood chips to be used as mulch around the next crop.
Jones Family Farms in Shelton, Connecticut
Now in its sixth generation and 73rd year, Jones Family Farms in Shelton, Connecticut, is nothing short of an institution. Roam its 200 acres of rolling hillside terrain and harvest your tree from a swath of firs, or visit Barnyard Village to pick up a freshly cut conifer before stopping by this year's fully outdoor holiday market, located in the Jones Winery courtyard. You’ll find a grab-and-go version of the farm's beloved trail-mix cookies and gift packs of favorite Jones wines, as well as an array of decorations crafted by local artisans. While pre-cut trees range in price from $20 to $130 depending on size, all cut-your-own trees cost $80—or $85 on Thanksgiving weekend and the first weekend in December—and come with a special 2020 ornament created by Woodbury Pewter. Advance reservations are required only on weekends (with the exception of the last weekend before Christmas), and the farm is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Corsi Tree Farm in Hamersville, Ohio
The 100-acre expanse that is Corsi Tree Farm, in Hamersville, Ohio, is so naturally stunning and meticulously manicured, it's a popular locale for engagement and family photoshoots. And the wide variety of trees on site, from Norway spruces to Scotch pines (all priced at $65), makes scouting a winner all the more exciting. You'll receive a handsaw and tarp to cut and slide your chosen tree through the field and up to the bailer building where it'll be prepped for transport. Before leaving, pop by the Broken Stone Lodge to peruse the Christmas trinkets and décor or chow on a bowl of the Corsi family's signature Italian chili. The farm is open from November 27 to December 20, Wednesdays to Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; on weekends from noon to 3 p.m., you can also catch some live tunes from local country and bluegrass bands.