Christmas Tree Countdown: Where To Fell Your Own Tree

Cutting down your own Christmas tree is easier than slicing through fruitcake at these 25 local tree farms.

The holiday tradition of cutting down your own Christmas tree spans centuries, reaching as far back as 15th century Germany. For hundreds of years families have known the joy of bringing home a fragrant, freshly cut Christmas tree to adorn with ornaments, tinsel, and—in this century—twinkling lights.

These 25 tree farms make the process easy, offering assistance with cutting and tying your chosen tree, which makes the tradition more enjoyable than laborious. Each farm has its own unique assortment, with many acres of pine-laden Pinaceaes ripe for the picking (or sawing). Pines, spruces and firs have thin trunks, usually around six inches in diameter, so a handsaw will suffice. Most farms provide them on loan. The official Christmas tree farm season commences on or shortly after Black Friday. Closing dates differ, with some reaching all the way through Christmas Eve.

Many farms also sell pre-cut and dug trees, which are uprooted without damaging the tree’s health. The roots are wrapped in burlap, and the tree is able to be replanted when the holiday season has ended. These come at an additional cost at any farm that offers the service.

Each farm has its own unique history worth exploring, like the centuries-old family ownership at Chatham’s Dixiedale Farm, which opened in 1911.

Wyckoff’s Christmas Tree Farm in Warren County offers an added crop of colorfully painted trees this season in jewel-toned hues of pink, purple and blue.

McLaughlin Tree Farm proudly provided 30 Christmas trees to adorn Rockefeller Plaza during the holiday season (though the main event hails from Oneonta, NY this year).

Most of these farms are fully equipped for the holiday season, with plenty of hot chocolate, hayrides, and holiday shops to get you in the spirit. Weekend visits from Santa, petting zoos, and activities for children are offered at a few, like Hidden Pond Tree Farm in Mendham.

Some farms offer military discounts, or donate trees to military families through Trees for Troops. Pets are usually welcome, but the policy is always to keep four-legged companions on leashes, and to clean up after them while at the farm. Each listing on the map below declares military discounts and pet-friendly practices.

Click on each pin to reveal information about the farm’s policies and prices. Wherever you call home around New Jersey, there is a nearby tree farm ideal for finding the tree that fits you (and your living room) best.

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