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Christmas Tree Farm Guide: N.Y., N.J., Conn.

November 30, 2012 6:00 AM

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Christmas Tree Farms

There is nothing that captures the spirit of the holidays like the scent of a Christmas tree. Whether you live in the city or call Connecticut or New Jersey home, you can pick one of these spots to bring home the holiday cheer.

New York City

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Soho Trees

(212) 920-9024
sohotrees.com

With 11 New York City locations, SoHo trees will deliver your tree to your home and even set it up for you. Many of their wild trees are from green forest replenishment programs and they only work with environmentally considerate farmers.

Greenpoint Trees LLC
Brooklyn & Queens
greenpointtrees.com

Greenpoint Trees has locations across Brooklyn and Queens, where the average price of a tree is $35. Also available are a variety of packages which include tree delivery, decoration and removal.

New York State

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Tilden Lane Farm
48 Wyckoff Street
Greenlawn, NY 11740-1204
(631) 261-6392
tildenlanefarm.com

Long Island’s Tilden Lane Farm is a small, family-run farm that gives families the experience to cut their own tree “with your saw or ours”, as they say. Open on Saturday and Sunday only, the farm advises that you wear sturdy boots – it is a working farm. They offer six varieties of trees.

Wilkens Fruit and Fir Farm
1335 White Hill Road
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
(914) 245-5111
wilkensfarm.com

This picturesque and popular Westchester farm offers Choose-N-Cut Christmas trees and will even give you a free cup of their hot apple cider with every tree purchased. Baked goods and Christmas decorations are sold in their shop and the panoramic views of the Hudson Valley are spectacular.

Stew Leonard’s
1 Stew Leonard’s Drive
Yonkers, NY 10710
(914) 375-4700
stewleonards.com

Kids love going to Stew Leonard’s, the grocery store with costumed characters, kids activities and entertainment. They offer a huge selection of pre-cut Christmas trees of every imaginable size and type. Once you have chosen your perfect tree and bought a few ornaments from their Christmas shop, they will tie the tree to the roof of your car for you.

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Bees, Fleas and Trees
551 South Plains Road
Litchfield, CT
(860) 567-8544
beesfleasandtrees.com

This is the farm where Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray, Love) grew up. Her parents continue to helm this inspiring operation. Six varieties of trees are grown and you can cut your own or have someone cut it for you. Saws are provided and hot cocoa is complimentary.

Jones Family Farms
Homestead Farm
606 Walnut Tree Hill Road
Shelton, CT 06484
(203) 929-8425
jonesfamilyfarms.com

This lush, 150-year-old farm carries 200 acres of Christmas trees. Guests can hike the grounds to harvest their own tree or they can choose a fresh-cut one from the Homestead Barnyard. While you’re there, stop by the Jones Winery Tasting Room or pick up some one-of-a-kind Christmas decorations.

Maple Row Tree Farm
555 North Park Avenue
Easton, CT 06612
(203) 261-9577
mrfarm.com

Take an old-fashioned tractor drawn hayride over the countryside to find your perfect tree at this pristine farm. (Hayrides are offered on the weekends). Throughout the 200 acres of trees, there are warming huts where you can rejuvenate on the coldest days. Pre-cut trees are also available if you prefer not to cut your own.

New Jersey

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Wyckoff’s Christmas Tree Farm
249 County Road 519 (Mile Marker 39)
Belvidere, New Jersey
(908) 475-4508
wyckoffs.com

Offering three varieties of firs, as well as Blue and Norway Spruce, this award-winning, 170-acre farm has been in business for 43 years. You can cut your own, or just go for the scenery and pick up a freshly pre-cut tree. Note that the country gift shop, offering wreaths, ornaments and other holiday flare, is only open on the weekends. There is also a hayride which provides stunning views of the Delaware water gap.

Perfect Christmas Tree Farm
999 US 22
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
(908) 387-1225
perfectchristmastree.com

If it’s the classic holiday feel that you love, then head to this 45-acre slice of colonial Christmas. The historic stone farmhouse was built in 1786. It includes a traditionally adorned center hall, a toy box for the kids, and a roaring fire in the kitchen – all of which combine to make you feel centuries away from holiday stress. The gift shop includes ornaments and garlands, as well as wreaths, which are made and decorated right in the barn for the viewing pleasure of the farm visitors. A hayride or stroll across a covered bridge will take you out to the fields, where you can cut your own tree. There are also pre-cut and potted trees. In addition to the customary firs and pines, Perfect Christmas Tree Farm is offering several exotic species of trees including Grand, Korean, Nordman and Niko fir.

Shale Hills Farm
98 Pond School Road, Sussex, NJ 07461
(973) 875-4231
shalehillsfarm.com

Enjoy the full winter wonderland experience with a visit from Santa, a trip to Candy Cane cottage for holiday munchies and a peek at some farm animals. Combine that with the tranquility of a day in the country while searching for your perfect, hand-sheared tree at this kid-friendly, Sussex County farm. A wide selection of pine, spruces and firs are available to cut yourself. If you prefer a pre-cut tree, a premium selection of Fraser Firs is also available this year.

Mt. Bethel Christmas Tree Farm
41 Mt. Bethel Road
Port Murray, NJ
(908)319-4527

For the rustic Christmas adventure, head to Mt. Bethel Christmas Tree Farm, where you can roast marshmallows around a bonfire and relax with complimentary hot cider and donuts on weekends. Open from 9:30 a.m. until dark, families can shop for wreaths and cut down a Norway Spruce, Douglas-fir, Blue Spruce, or Concolor Fir while experiencing the simple pleasure of being outside with your family enjoying the spirit of the season.

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