Holidays are about tradition. Decorating a Christmas tree is a favorite holiday tradition in many of our homes. Why not make selecting your tree as much of a tradition as decorating it? Bundle up and head to a local Long Island Tree farm to cut down your own tree this Christmas season.
Before you go, here are a few things that you should know:
- What type of tree do you want? Here are the 4 most common and their characteristics:
Douglas Fir -The most popular and versatile Christmas Tree, which we have the most of and grow very full;
Blue Spruce -Beautiful blue tinted tree with very strong branches for heavy ornaments, but spiny. Some are blue green while others are more straight blue;
Norway Spruce -Similar to blue spruce with strong branches and sharp needles but have beautiful dark green needles. Slightly less sharp than Blue Spruce;
White Pine -Strong branches, more “bushy” looking trees with very long needles.
- If you are looking for a Blue Spruce or and White Pine, make sure to go early in the season as they tend to sell out early.
- While some places provide handsaws and rope, not all provide both. Make sure you know what is provided or pack both just in case.
- Dress appropriately. These farms are all open fields and wind tends to make them much chillier than other areas. Make sure little ones are bundled up.
- Not all places take credit or debit cards. Call Ahead or bring cash just in case.
Matt’s Christmas Tree Farm
Matt’s offers the following species: Norway, blue and white spruces, balsam and concolor firs. They provide you with everything you need to choose and cut the perfect tree. Bow saws, and netting are available. Matt’s also offers trailer rides back with your tree and loading assistance. Candy canes are given to each child. Live trees in either pots or burlap balls available of you may also choose to have a tree dug from the fields (weather permitting). Leashed dogs welcome. Cost: $12-$17 per foot.
WHERE 305 Weeks Avenue, Manorville
WHEN Open every day from the day after Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve. except Tuesdays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
INFO (631) 875-1465
Mike’s Christmas Tree Farm
Mike’s Christmas Tree Farm is a family-owned business with thousands of trees to choose from. Cutting your own tree at Mike’s Christmas Tree Farm is a wonderful way to enhance your family’s holiday experience. Mikes carries a good selection of Norway Spruce, White Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce and others. Saws are provided, balled and burlapped trees are also available. All Christmas Trees (except Blue Spruce) $13 per foot, Blue Spruce $17 per foot.
WHEN Open Every Day from Day After Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
WHERE 323 Weeks Avenue, Manorville, NY
INFO (631) 874-355; www.mikeschristmastreefarm.com; Facebook Page
Carter Choose & Cut Christmas Tree Farm
Have some old-fashioned holiday fun cutting your own fresh Christmas tree. Carters has a variety of trees to select from including Scotch Pine, White Spruce, Blue Spruce, and Norway Spruce. Trees range in height from 3 to 9 feet tall. Bring your own hand saw, or borrow one of theirs (no chainsaws permitted). Pre-tagging is available, starting November 17, 2018 (trees must be paid for in full on the day of selection) Tree wrapping is provided for most trees. Be sure to bring a sturdy rope to fasten your tree to your vehicle.
WHEN Open Saturdays and Sundays, November 17th until December 22nd, 2018, from 9 am – 4:30 pm
WHERE 123 North Country Road, Miller Place
INFO (631) 331-4699
Lewins Farms Baiting Hollow Nursery
Lewins offers 4 varieties of trees: Douglas Fir ,Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce and White Pine. Customers are permitted to bring their own saws or can rent one for a $5 deposit. Tractor rides are available out to the field and back to the front. Customers can also walk straight out to field and carry their trees back themselves. Trees wrapping is provided as well as the rope/twine for tying to cars. Securing the trees to the cars is the responsibility of the customer. Pre-cut trees and “live” balled trees are available at the front of Entrance.
WHEN Field Opens Friday after Thanksgiving, weather permitting, Open everyday but Tuesday for 2018 season, from 9 am to 4 pm
WHERE Located on Fresh Pond Avenue in Calverton / Baiting Hollow
INFO (631) 929-4327; http://www.lewinfarm.com/