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Where to find a Christmas tree farm near NYC

We've mapped out Christmas tree farm locales near NYC that will make you happier than Clark Griswold

By Danielle Valente, Clare Lambe and Dorkys Ramos
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Update: Things are looking different in 2020. New rules, and at times reservations, might apply. Be sure to call ahead before making a visit. 

No one wants to find themselves with a skimpy tree a la Charlie Brown. Bundle up and map out where to find a Christmas tree farm near NYC. The smell of pine is practically a necessity come the holidays. 

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Not only do these locations allow you to find the Douglas Fir of your dreams, but they provide a chance to enjoy other Christmas activities, including pictures with Santa, train rides and more. (Plus, complimentary hot chocolate is always a hit with us.) 

\This holiday season will definitely be unlike anything we've experienced before, but there are still ways to enjoy beloved traditions, even if that includes a few changes. If you're looking to stay socially distant, explore all of the drive-thru Christmas lights and outdoor holiday light shows near you.

 

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1. Fairview Tree Farm

Location: Shelton, Connecticut 

The Christmas season is underway at Fairview Tree Farm from Nov 21 to Dec 23! While you browse for the perfect evergreen to fill your apartment with holiday cheer—a select few of these bad boys reach over 30 feet—let the kids enjoy hot chocolate, a Santa sleigh ride and a peruse through the shop for ornaments. You can channel your inner Clark Griswold or select one of the pre-cut trees. Whatever route you decide, no one will question your Christmas spirit. Be sure you don't head home without a wreath, too! 

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2. Maple Row Farm

Location: Easton, Connecticut

Dating all the way back to the 1700's, Maple Row Farm has been a Connecticut staple for hundreds of years. Since the 1950s, it has been families' go-to spot for Christmas trees. Offering a handful of selections, including Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir and White Pine, the farm's supply is nothing short of generous (much like Santa's workshop). Cut-your-own admission ($79 weekdays, $87 weekends) includes fun activities on Saturday and Sunday, including hayrides and seasonal treats. No need to bring your own cutting gear—this spot has everything you'll need. 

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3. Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm

Location: Mattituck, New York 

Don't count the North Fork out come the end of the year: Although the destination is a popular summer retreat, the eastern end of Long Island also has some great winter activities, including a visit to the Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm. Whether you'd like to scour the grounds and hand-pick your tree, or if you're fine with a pre-cut gem, this farm's got you covered. Kids will love the train rides, Santa mailbox and Charlie Brown Land!

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4. Battenfeld Christmas Tree Farm

Location: Red Hook, New York

This Hudson River Valley farmstead features 80-acres of evergreens, including Blue Spruce, White Pine, Balsam Fir, Concolor Fir, Douglas fir and Fraser Fir. Borrow a saw for $10 refundable deposit and head into the forest in search of your families future Christmas tree. Tykes will enjoy hopping on a horse-drawn wagon on the weekends and saying hello to Santa and his elves in the main bailing barn. Refuel after your wood chopping adventures with hot dogs, chili and cider from the farm’s snack shop.

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5. Barclay's Christmas Tree Farm

Location: Cranbury, New Jersey 

You'll be treated like long-lost friends at this family-run farm just off the New Jersey Turnpike. Take a moment to breathe in the glorious smell of pine, then let the helpful staffers set you up with a hacksaw and show you to their enchanting forest filled with robust Fraser, Douglas and White Firs, and plump Norway and Blue Spruce trees (they will cut the tree for you if you prefer). Once chopped, they'll bundle it up and tie it securely to the car for you, while you pick up fresh-tied plain or decorated wreaths and Watering Elves, a simple funnel system that makes it way easier to keep your tree hydrated until December 26.

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6. Averill Farm

Travel time: Washington Depot, Connecticut 

If you’ve gone apple picking at Averill Farm in the fall months, you’ll want to return before the holiday season starts up to cut your own Christmas tree. The 260-acre farm includes two fields filled with your family’s future tree. If you didn’t bring your own tools, tree hunters can borrow a saw and cart to help the family lug their find back to their car. Warm up with some delicious homemade cider, apple cider donuts, jam and locally sourced produce and pies.

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7. Hardwick Tree Farm

Travel time: Mahopac, New York 

Your adventure begins with a scenic drive through glorious woodland along Saw Mill River Parkway as it meanders from Van Cortlandt Park up through the Bronx, and your little lumberjacks can look out for blue jays, woodpeckers and hawks from the backseat. Once at the farm, take your time and find the fir you like the most and double-check that it will fit on your car—and in your apartment, for that matter!—then get busy with the saw. Kind staffers are on hand to bale up and help you load your tree, or finish the cutting if you run out of steam. A cup of warm cider and sweet cookies will give you a warm glow on the run back into town. 845-528-5814

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8. Solvang Tree Farm

Travel time: Poughkeepsie, New York

You could end up walking a long way to find the tree of your dreams, and strollers struggle on muddy tracks, so families with tiny tots and early walkers will appreciate the smaller scale of this sweet 10-acre plot. The trees (mainly Scotch Pine and spruce) are planted close to manageable pathways and, once the choosing is done, little ones can visit with and feed the farm's friendly critters which usually include rabbits, pigs, sheep and hens. If you want to up the festive quotient, the historic Locust Grove Mansion is a 15-minute drive away.

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9. Lewin Farms

Location: Calverton, New York

A go-to PYO spot for fruits and pumpkins turns into a winter wonderland come the end of the year. Lewin Farms offers a variety of Christmas trees—including Douglas Firs, Norway Spruces and White Pines, to name a few—that range up to 15 feet in height (just don't be surprised if that bad boy is a little cramped in a NYC apartment). It's recommended that guests arrive before 3pm if they're planning to cut their own trees, as the open field doesn't include any lights. Pre-cut trees are also available if you're not looking to work with a saw. Credit cards are not accepted on the u-pick fields or tree farm.

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10. Elwood Christmas Tree Farm

Location: Huntington, New York

If you're not too keen about venturing far from Gotham, Elwood Christmas Tree Farm is the way to go. Long Island's most western cut-your-own-tree venue allows you to walk over 20 acres in search of that picture-perfect holiday Douglas fir. While the lot of pre-cut trees is open daily, note that the cut-your-own experience is reserved for the weekends. Don't worry about having any trouble snatching your favorite tree—the crew will help you take care of the cutting if you lose steam. 

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11. Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm

Location: Yorktown Heights, New York

Once the leftovers Thanksgiving are gone, it's time to start thinking about Christmas. Cut-your-own Douglas and Fraser firs are available, and pre-cut Fraiser Firs are ready for the taking, while supplies last. Don't forget to stop by the market for holiday goodies and take a glance at the bakery offerings. Hey, that pie isn't going to eat itself! Added holiday bonus? Those who make a tree purchase can enjoy a complimentary cup of hot cider. Count us in!

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12. Balsam Christmas Tree Farm

Location: Clintondale, New York

Open just before Thanksgiving, Balsam Christmas Tree Farm is ready to welcome visitors to its grounds to find the perfect holiday centerpiece. Selections range from Colorado Blue Spruce to Concolor Firs, and the staff will lend shoppers the necessary equipment to cut down the tree of their dreams. When the kiddos get a bit rowdy, send them inside for cocoa and cider. But you need to act fast: The Hudson Valley hotspot closes for the season when it runs out of trees, so arrive early! 

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