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 a 76-foot Norway spruce from Shelton, Connecticut. Though you may not be in the market for a 76-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. If you are already feeling the holiday spirit, take a look at our post on best family-friendly Hanukkah events in NJ or take in a holiday-themed show with the kiddos. Don’t forget to check the Mommy Poppins Holiday Fun Guide for even more festive ideas to get you and your family into the holiday mood!
- 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
This little tree farm offers cut-your-own trees for $50 each. Be sure to take a look at the Merry Moose Gift Shoppe and enjoy some marshmallow roasting, hot chocolate, and other refreshments. The family can visit Santa between noon and 3pm. Hours are 9am – 4pm beginning on 11/30 and weekends until 12/15 - or until the farm reaches its quota. Visa, Mastercard, and Discover are accepted. Keep up with Stonerow on Facebook. 973-875-7968
Carriage House Tree Farm, Branchville
All Carriage House’s trees are cut-your-own and the farm provides saws. All trees are $47 plus tax. Check out the carriage room display with antique carriages and sleighs. Indulge in candy canes, cookies, and coffee. Don’t forget to pick up wreaths and other holiday decorations. Hours are 9am – 4pm, but only on certain days; be sure to call ahead. Cash or check only. 973-948-5102
Holiday Tree Farms, Augusta
Cut your own, or have the farm do it for you. Holiday Tree Farms offers a variety of tree types, and saws are available. All trees cost $61 (plus tax) regardless of type or size. Hot chocolate, cider, and donuts are available in the barn. Pets are welcome if on a leash. The farm is open 9am - 5pm, Friday - Sunday, 11/29 through 12/21. No debit or credit cards are accepted. 973-948-7488
Evergreen Farms, Lebanon
This family-run farm offers many types of trees, including a limited amount of cut-your-own and 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 can cut, bale, and tie your tree to your car for you. Evergreen Farms is open 10am – 5pm weekends. 908-236-9550
Edward’s Christmas Tree Farm, Wrightstown
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 the farm does 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 its Etsy site or on its Crafts Page. The farm is open seven days a week, 9am - 4:30pm, from 11/29 through 12/24. 609-758-7729
Wyckoff's Tree Farm, Belvidere
This farm offers more than 5,000 cut-your-own trees, plus fresh-cut trees, wreaths, and more. Cut-your-own trees cost $8/foot. On weekends, check out the Country Gift Shop, where you can find ornaments and a large selection of decorations and gift items. Hayrides are available on weekends, weather permitting. The farm is open daily (beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving) from 8am - 4:30pm through 12/24. Cash and personal checks are accepted. Visa and Mastercard are accepted weekends only. 908-475-4508
Shale Hills Farm, Sussex
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 cost $75, plus tax, regardless of size or type. The farm 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. The farm is open weekends, beginning Thanksgiving, from 9:30am until dark. Cash and checks are accepted, no credit cards. 973-875-4231
Anne-Ellen Christmas Tree Farm & Shop, Manalapan
This 100-acre Christmas tree farm offers several varieties of cut-your-own trees – do it yourself or cut for you. The farm also has 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 (Anne-Ellen offers on-site ornament personalization). Have the kiddies check out the farm animals, or grab some hot chocolate and cookies. The farm is open from 9am to 8pm daily through 12/23. Cash, Mastercard, and Visa are accepted. 732-786-9277
Simonson Farms, Cranbury
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. Click here for further pricing information. Kid’s crafts, activities, and a hay bale maze are available at the North Pole Tent at the Cranbury Neck Road U-Cut lot on the weekends of 11/30, 12/7, and 12/14. The hours are 11am – 3pm. There is a free Kid’s Candy Cane Hunt on Sunday 12/1 at 1:30pm at the Cranbury Neck Road lot. The farm is open the Friday after Thanksgiving through 12/23. The retail lot is open weekdays from noon – 7pm and weekends from 9am – 6pm. The U-Cut Field on Cranbury Neck Road is open weekdays from noon until dark and weekends from 9am until dark. The Dey Road U-Cut Farm is closed on weekdays. 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
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! The farm provides saws, rope, and netting for free. Barclay's also offers 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
This family-run farm offers a variety of hand-sheared or wild cut-your-own trees. The farm can 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, twine services, and tree carts. Also, choose a fresh wreath, buy a craft, or enjoy a refreshment. The farm is open weekends 11/29 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!