Wander though the trees to find the perfect one! Photo by Mommy Poppins
Wander though the trees to find the perfect one! Photo by Mommy Poppins

10 Best Christmas Tree Farms Near NYC

Is there anything that smells better than a fresh Christmas tree? Spark a new family holiday tradition this year and head to one of these cut-your-own tree farms within an hour's drive of Midtown Manhattan, so kids (and parents!) can fulfill that lumberjack fantasy and still have time to deck the halls.

You can take in views of the mountains during a scenic wagon ride at one of the nearby New Jersey Christmas tree farms, gulp down a free cup of hot cider at another in Westchester, or do a little birding at a Connecticut tree farm situated in an Audubon nature sanctuary. Nearby Long Island is packed with pretty family tree farms, too. Read on for our top 10 picks for New York families.

Looking for more holiday day trips? We have a few to recommend for local families.

Tree-cutting season starts over Thanksgiving weekend at many farms, but be sure to call ahead to confirm availability and hours.

Anne-Ellen Christmas Tree Farm & Shop​ not only lets you cut your own tree, but also has special holiday activities for kids. 

Christmas Tree Farms in New Jersey

Barclay's Tree Farm – Cranbury
35 Orchardside Drive
About one hour by car from Midtown Manhattan
This family-run, decades-old Christmas tree farm offers five varieties of cut-your-own arbors. Any tree up to 12 feet tall is just $60. Saws are provided and the staff help secure the tree to your car for the trip home. Pets on leashes are allowed. The farm is open weekends through Christmas from 9am to 5pm. Cash or check only.

Simonson Farms – Cranbury
260 Dey Road or 120 Cranbury Neck Road
About one hour by car from Midtown Manhattan
Simonson offers thousands of cut-your-own trees on two lots spanning more than 50 acres. Trees range from $47 to $90, depending on height. The Dey Road outpost is only open on weekends; Cranbury Neck Road is open daily from noon to dusk, weather permitting. Weekend hours are 9am to dusk. 

The Evergreen Farm – Lebanon
4 Bass Lane
About one hour by car from Midtown Manhattan
This family-run farm offers five varieties of trees. The staff will help haul your arbor down the hill and onto the car. Most trees are between 6- and 10-feet tall and cost $10 per foot. Open weekends through December 22 from 10am to 5pm.

Anne-Ellen Christmas Tree Farm & Shop – Manalapan
114 Daum Road
About one hour by car from Midtown Manhattan
This 100-acre Christmas tree farm offers several varieties of cut-your-own trees along with a holiday shop where you can get ornaments personalized on the spot. Bonus for kids: farm animals and face time with Santa on weekends. Open daily through Monday, December 23.

Cherryville Farms – Pittstown
352 Quakertown Road
Just over an hour from Midtown Manhattan
This family-run farm offers five varieties of cut-your-own trees. To see what's available, check the website, which is updated regularly. Carts are on hand to haul your tree and staff helps tie it to your car. Trees cost about $8.50 per foot, and there's a gift shop onsite. All purchasers are treated to free hot chocolate and a wagon ride, which runs every half hour, to ferry guests to the outer reaches of the farm in search of the perfect tree. If kids find one of the hidden elves, they'll win a candy cane prize. The farm is open weekends through Christmas. Cash or check only.

Read about more New Jersey Christmas tree farms.

Douglas and Fraser Fir trees are available for Choose-n-Cut in in Wilkens Farm fields and some pre-cut Fraser Fir trees as well. Photo courtesy of the farm

Christmas Tree Farms in Westchester County

Stuart's Fruit Farm – Granite Springs
62 Granite Springs Road
About one hour by car from Midtown Manhattan
This Westchester farm offers cut-your-own trees beginning on Black Friday. Stuart's is open Wednesdays through Sundays between 9am and dusk. While there, hit the bakery to pick up homegrown produce and freshly baked treats. Cash or check only.

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm – Yorktown Heights
1335 White Hill Road
About one hour by car from Midtown Manhattan. 
Snag a complimentary hot cup of pressed cider with each tree purchased. Fields are open from 10am to 4pm daily until trees are gone—usually by mid-December. Check out the holiday market and bakery while you're there.

Christmas Tree Farms in Long Island

Elwood Christmas Tree Farm – Huntington
1500 East Jericho Turnpike
About 50 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
Bring your own saw if you want to cut down a tree at this no-frills Long Island farm. A variety of arbors grow on its 20-acre lot. Cut-your-own hours are weekends from 10am to dusk; the onsite, pre-cut lot is open daily through Christmas. Cash or check only.

Tilden Lane Farm – Greenlawn
43 Wyckoff Street
About 50 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
This centuries-old family farm has many varieties of trees, and the staff helps tie your arbor to your car. This spot features a kids crafting station. Open weekends through Sunday, December 15. Cash or local checks only.

Read about more Long Island Christmas tree farms.

Christmas Tree Farms in Connecticut

CT Audubon Society H. Smith Richardson Tree Farm – Westport
16 Sasco Creek Road
About one hour by car from Midtown Manhattan
A portion of the proceeds from trees sold here are donated to the Connecticut Audubon Society. Because the farm is located in a nature sanctuary, you should be able to spot some spectacular birds. Open Tuesday to Sunday from November 30 through December 23.

Things to Know Before You Go

We realize we already said this, but it bears repeating: Make sure you call ahead to confirm hours, tree availability, prices and attractions. Many farms are small, family-run establishments that might need to close unexpectedly.

Keep in mind that approximate driving times do not include traffic. Sadly, you're probably going to run into some, especially as we get closer to Christmas.

Some farms require you to bring your own saw while others let you borrow one. That said, it might be helpful to bring your own anyway, as there can be a wait for a loaner.

Bring your own rope to tie up the tree, too. Not all farms provide it. You may want to throw in a blanket to protect the top of your car as well. 

Christmas-tree cutting season typically starts on Black Friday. Plan your trip ASAP and don't wait until Christmas Eve.

Many farms only accept cash. Make sure you have a good amount with you.

Come prepared to work. Tough gloves are essential, cut low to the ground, and shake your tree to get rid of any unwanted pests. Don't know what you're doing? Be sure to ask the staff for help.

Find more ways to celebrate the season in our jam-packed Holiday Fun Guide.

A version of this story was published in 2016; it is updated annually. Katie Nave Freeman contributed additional reporting.

Barclay's Tree Farm
35 Orchardside Drive
Cranbury , NJ

Simonson Farms
260 Dey Road
Cranbury, NJ 08512

Simonson Farms
120 Cranbury Neck Road
Cranbury, NJ 08512

The Evergreen Farm
4 Bass Lane
Lebanon , NJ 08833

Anne-Ellen Christmas Tree Farm & Shop
114 Daum Road
Manalapan , NJ 07726

Cherryville Farms
352 Quakertown Road
Pittstown, NJ 08867

Stuart's Fruit Farm
62 Granite Springs Road
Granite Springs , NY 10527

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm
1335 White Hill Road
Yorktown Heights , NY 10598

Elwood Christmas Tree Farm
1500 East Jericho Turnpike
Huntington, NY 11743

Tilden Lane Farm
48 Wyckoff Street
Greenlawn, NY 11740

CT Audubon Society H. Smith Richardson Tree Farm
16 Sasco Creek Road
Westport , CT 06880
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