Sure, you can buy a Christmas tree at the closest store. But maybe you’d rather go directly to the source and cut down your own tree this year. It’s a great holiday outing the whole family can enjoy. New Jersey boasts many great farms where you can choose the perfect tree to showcase in your house this season. Check out our list of the best Christmas tree farms in the state.
Anne Ellen Christmas Tree Farm
Address: 114 Daum Road, Manalapan
Details: At this family-owned and operated farm, cut your own tree or they’ll cut it for you. Field-grown trees are $60 and up; pre-cut varieties start at $40. You’ll also find freshly-made wreaths, grave blankets and full-size grave covers. Browse the gift shop or enjoy a yummy treat from the food vendor on the weekends. The kids (and adults) can mingle with the farm’s animals and even feed the sheep and goats.
More info: www.anneellenfarms.com or call 732-786-9277
Barclay’s Christmas Tree Farm
Address: 35 Orchardside Drive, Cranbury
Details: This choose-and-cut, family-owned and operated farm has been in business for more than 45 years. Their two most popular trees are the Douglas Fir and the Fraser Fir. Saws are available for cutting the tree yourself or they’ll cut it down for you. This is a full-service operation–Barclay’s will help you transport your tree from the fields, shape the trunk to fit your stand, net your tree, carry it and secure it to your vehicle. Trees up to 12 feet are $55; trees over 12 feet are $90.
More info: www.barclaystreefarm.com or call 609-799-1855
Bear Swamp Farm
Address: 81 Otterhole Road, West Milford
Details: Cut your own Christmas tree or purchase a pre-cut Douglas Fir at this 10-acre organic farm in northern New Jersey. The varieties available for cutting include White Pine, Scotch Pine, Blue Spruce, White Spruce, Balsam Fir and Norway Spruce. Stop by their shop, which sells crafts and gifts from local artisans, including handmade jewelry, baked goods and handcrafted ornaments. Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate while shopping for unique holiday gifts.
More info: www.bearswampfarmnj.com or call 973-697-2541
Belly Acres Christmas Tree Farm
Address: 665 Royal Avenue, Franklinville
Details: When the property was first purchased in 1966, it was an apple orchard. The family’s boys often got bellyaches from eating too many apples. Their mom would tell them, “Quit your belly aching,” which led to the farm’s name. Apple growing didn’t go well and over the years, the family started growing Christmas trees instead. All trees, regardless of size, are $50. The farm primarily grows Douglas Firs but an increasing selection of Concolor Firs, Fraser Firs and Blue Spruces are available.
More info: www.bellyacresnj.com or call 856-694-0350
Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tree Farm
Address: 231 Adamic Hill Road, Milford
Details: Take a wagon ride through the farm and choose your own Douglas Fir from amongst the large selection. After cutting your tree, return to the bailing area where the gang will assist you in loading up your tree. This farm surrounds the Volendam Windmill, a six-story tall attraction built by members of the farm’s family. They also feature wreaths, grave blankets and brush for making your own decorations.
More info: www.charliebrowns-xmastrees.com or call 908-995-4365
Address: 352 Quakertown Road, Pittstown
Details: Family owned and operated, Cherryville Farms offers five species of trees—Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, Canaan Fir, Concolor Fir and Douglas Fir—that are grown with a variety of trimming styles. Choose the perfect tree for you and cut it down yourself or they’ll happily cut it for you. Cherryville also sells wreaths, crafts and refreshments, and they offer wagon rides for the whole family.
More info: www.cherryvillefarmsnj.com or call 908-806-4580
Eisele’s Christmas Tree Farm
Address: 280 Old Tuckahoe Road, Petersburg
Details: Established in 1972, this tree farm has about 8,000 trees on approximately 8 acres. Three species of Christmas trees are available—Douglas Fir, White Fir (also known as Concolor Fir) and White Pine. At this choose-and-cut spot, select a tree and they’ll cut it for you. Have it dug for an extra fee or dig it yourself for no added charge. Eisele’s also sells wreaths, swages and grave blankets.
More info: www.eiselechristmastreefarm.com or call 609-628-2758
Fairview Farm Christmas Trees
Address: 98 East Mill Road, Long Valley
Details: Find your ideal Christmas tree at this pick-your-own family farm which boasts over 6000 beautiful trees on its 115 rolling acres. Once you select the perfect tree, Fairview’s team will gladly chop it down for you, wrap it up and carry it out to your car. Their diverse selection includes Fraser Fir, Canaan Fir, Balsam Fir and Concolor Fir varieties.
More info: www.fairviewfarmchristmastrees.com or call 262-325-6693
Keris Tree Farm & Christmas Shop
Address: 848 Route 524, Allentown
Details: Choose and cut a local tree variety such as Douglas Fir, Blue Spruce, White Pine, Concolor Fir or Norway Spruce at this family-owned and operated third generation farm. Pre-cut North Carolina Fraser Firs are also available, along with wreaths and roping. Their Christmas shop features a wide array of gifts, including handmade ornaments, artisan crafts, balsam pillows and other holiday selections.
More info: www.kerischristmastreefarm.com or call 609-259-0720
Address: 50 South New Prospect Road, Jackson Township
Details: For every tree that’s cut at Picea Acres, it’s replaced in the field and you’re given a baby tree to plant in your yard. Picea Acres started as a home and a few acres of land, which was cleared to plant the first crop of trees. Today the farm has grown to more than four acres and includes trees like the White Spruce, Norway Spruce, Douglas Fir, White Pine and Serbian Spruce. You’ll also find wreaths, roping, grave blankets and more.
More info: www.piceaacres.com or call 732-370-8733
Sunset Christmas Tree Farm
Address: 21 Frontage Road, Blairstown
Details: This 25-acre farm provides the saw and lets you cut down the tree. Choose from Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, Concolor Fir, Douglas Fir or Fraser Fir, with hundreds of trees to choose from. Volunteers from The American Legion will help shake, bail and tie the tree to your car for tips. Trees run at $45 each, regardless of height. Within a fenced area, you’ll also find Fraser Firs for $50 each.
More info: www.sunsetchristmastreefarm.com or call 870-329-7766
Wyckoff’s Christmas Tree Farm
Address: 249 County Road 519 (Mile Marker 39), Belvidere
Details: Over 5000 Christmas trees are available when Wyckoff’s kicks off the season. This 170-acre farm offers both cut-your-own trees, as well as fresh pre-cut varieties. They sell Douglas Firs, Blue Spruces, Concolor Firs, Fraser Firs and Norway Spruces. All cut-your-own trees are priced at $8 per foot. Wyckoff’s sells a variety of fresh wreaths, grave blankets, swags, white pine roping and more. On weekends, take a guided hayride tour of the farm.
More info: www.wyckoffs.com or call 908-475-4508