Cut Your Own Christmas Tree Farms in New Jersey
Many NJ families journey into Manhattan to adore the towering Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center each year. This week, NYC welcomed an 80-foot Norway spruce who survived Hurricane Sandy! What many don’t realize is that this freshly-cut tree is from Flanders, New Jersey. Though you may not be in the market for an 80-footer this year, rest assured – there are plenty of sizes to go around. Before you get down to decking-the-halls or stealing a kiss from underneath the mistletoe, check out our list of Christmas tree farms and find the perfect tree for your very own merry little Christmas.
- Go early. All of these farms suggest you go as early as possible in the season for the best selection. Some farms have a limited amount of trees and close when they are all cut.
- Call ahead! Always remember to call before you cram everyone into the station wagon. Some of these farms are pretty old school and don’t update their website (if they have one) daily. Make sure there are trees to be had before you embark upon your Christmas tree journey.
- Most farms provide saws, but some allow you to bring your own. None of these farms allow for chain or power saws.
- If cutting your own tree, cut as close to the ground as possible (you can always trim excess stump later.) Place your tree in warm water as soon as it arrives home. Then, cut an additional 1/4" off the stump before placing the tree in a stand. Be sure your tree stump is always submerged in water, or you’ll have dried pine needles everywhere! If you have any questions about tree care, don’t be afraid to ask. These guys/gals know their stuff, when it comes to fresh-cut trees.
Stonerow Tree Farm, Branchville, NJ
This little tree farm offers cut-your-own trees for $50 each. Be sure to take a look at their Merry Moose Gift Shoppe and enjoy some marshmallow roasting, hot chocolate and other refreshments. Their hours are 9am – 4pm beginning on 11/24 and will be open weekends until 12/10 or they reach their quota. Accept Visa, Mastercard and Discover. Keep up with them on Facebook. 973-875-7968
Carriage House Tree Farm, Branchville, NJ
All Carriage House’s trees are cut-your-own and they provide saws! All trees are $47 plus tax. Check out their carriage room display with antique carriages and sleighs. Indulge on candy canes, cookies and coffee. Don’t forget to pick up wreaths and other holiday decorations. Their hours are 9am – 4pm 11/24 and 11/25, 12/1 and 12/2, 12/8 and 12/9. Cash or check only. 973-948-5102
Holiday Tree Farms, Augusta, NJ
Cut-your-own or have them do it for you! Holiday Tree Farms offers a variety of tree types and saws area available. All trees are $61 regardless of type or size. Hot chocolate, cider and donuts are available in the barn. Pets are welcome if on a leash. They are open 9am - 5pm, Friday - Sunday 11/23 through 12/16. No debit or credit cards accepted. 973-948-7488
Evergreen Farms, Lebanon, NJ
This family-run farm offers many types of trees. They offer a limited amount of cut-your-own and have fresh pre-cut trees from Pennsylvania. Grab a wreath, table top tree and many other accessories while you are there. All trees are $10/foot and most are in the 6 – 9 foot range. Enjoy hot apple cider and cookies. Helpers will cut, bale and tie your tree to your car for you. Evergreen Farms is open 10am – 5pm weekends from 11/17 through 12/23. 908-236-9550
Edward’s Christmas Tree Farm, Wrightstown, NJ Edward’s Christmas Tree Farm offers choose-and-cut and balled-and-burlapped trees. Choose-and-cut trees vary in price according to size and range from $40 for a 3 – 5 foot tree to $70 for a 9-footer or taller and they do provide saws. Balled-and-burlapped trees range in size from 3 – 6.5 feet and are priced at $12/foot, plus $5 for burlap and basket – be sure to call ahead for availability of B&B trees. The farm also offers crafts, which can be found year-round on their Etsy site or on their Crafts Page. The farm is open seven days a week, 9am - 4:30pm from 11/23 through 12/24. 609-758-7729
Wyckoff's Tree Farm, Belvidere, NJ
This farm offers more than 5,000 cut-your-own trees, plus fresh-cut trees, wreaths and more. Cut-your-own trees are $8/foot. On weekends, check out their Country Gift Shop, where you will find ornaments and a large selection of decorations and gift items. Hayrides are available on weekends, weather permitting. The farm is open daily 8am - 4:30pm from 11/23 through 12/24. Cash and personal checks accepted. Visa and Mastercard accepted weekends only. 908-475-4508
Shale Hills Farm, Sussex, NJ
This year marks Shale Hill Farms’ 50th year anniversary. All trees are hand-sheared, which means that no two look alike. Cut-your-own award winning firs and spruces or buy a fresh-cut fraser fir. Trees are $75, plus tax, regardless of size or type. They will wrap your tree and provide free twine for you to tie the tree onto your vehicle. While you are visiting, check out the farm animals residing in a restored 19th-century heated barn, a wildlife sanctuary and more! Refreshments include hot dogs, muffins, hot chocolate, etc. Santa stops by several times daily. They are open weekends from 9:30am until dark from Thanksgiving. Cash and checks accepted, no credit cards. 973-875-4231
Anne-Ellen Christmas Tree Farm & Shop, Manalapan, NJ
This 100-acre Christmas tree farm offers several varieties of cut-your-own trees – do it yourself or have them cut it for you. They also have a wide variety of pre-cut douglas fir, fraser fir and balsams. Trees begin at $35. Visit the Anne-Ellen Ornament Shop to adorn your fresh-cut tree (they offer on-site ornament personalization). Have the kiddies check out the farm animals or grab some hot chocolate and cookies. The farm is open Thanksgiving weekend and 12/1 – 12/23 from 9:30am to 8pm daily. Cash, Mastercard and Visa accepted. 732-786-9277
Simonson Farms, Cranbury, NJ
Celebrating 60 years of Christmas trees this year! Simonson offers thousands of cut-your-own trees with two fields spanning more than 50-acres. Plus, fresh-cut and live trees are available. Cut-your-own trees start at $40 and pre-cut trees are $8.50/foot. Kids crafts, activities and haybale maze are available at one location. Santa visits weekends beginning 12/1. Plus, there is a BBQ at the retail lot 12/8 and 12/9; 12/15 and 12/16. They will be open the Friday after Thanksgiving through 12/23 Monday – Friday noon – 7pm and weekends 9am – 6pm. The cut-your-own field on Cranbury Neck Road is open weekdays noon – dark and the other fields are open weekdays from 9am – dark. Cash only or pre-pay with credit card at retail lot. Two locations at 260 Dey Road, Cranbury, NJ 08512 and 120 Cranbury Neck Road, Cranbury, NJ. 609-799-0140
Barclay's Tree Farm, Cranbury, NJ
Barclay’s offers a selection of choose-and-cut trees for $50 up to 10 feet tall. Christmas trees over 9 feet tall are $90. Don’t forget to pick up a fresh plain or decorated wreath, tree stand or watering elf! They provide saws, rope and netting for free. They also offer free assistance for cutting, carrying, loading and tying down. Pets on leashes are allowed. The farm is open weekends Thanksgiving through Christmas from 9am – 5pm (also open Friday after Thanksgiving). 609-799-1855
Cherryville Farms, Pittstown, NJ
This family-run farm offers a variety of hand-sheared or wild cut-your-own trees. They will also cut your tree down for you. Average tree prices are $7.50/foot based on the size and quality within the species. Saws are available, along with tree baling and twine services and treecarts. Also, choose a fresh wreath, buy a craft or enjoy a refreshment. The farm is open 11/23 and weekends through Christmas from 9am until dark. Cash or personal checks only. 908-806-4580 Looking for more locations?
Visit the NJ Christmas Tree Growers’ Association for additional locations!