Wander through the trees to find the perfect one! Photo by Mommy Poppins
Wander through 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 visit to 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 City families.

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

Please note, while we've tried to highlight these farms at their best, there are many restrictions in place due to the pandemic. Be sure to click through each farm's website or call before heading out for the most up-to-date information. When traveling to an activity outside of your state or local area, check if COVID cases are on the rise in the area, as well as any travel restrictions, advisories, or quarantine orders. Be sure to pack your face masks and keep yourself and others safe by wearing them and practicing social distancing.

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

Barclay's  Tree Farm Christmas Tree Farms Near NYC
The family-run Barclay's Tree Farm has trees, wreaths local honey, and more. 

Christmas Tree Farms in New Jersey

1. Barclay's Tree Farm – Cranbury

2020 update: All visitors must wear masks and practice social distancing. Dogs on leashes are allowed.
35 Orchardside Drive
609-799-1855
About 1 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 $65. Trees over 12 feet are $120. Saws are provided, and the staff helps secure the tree to your car for the trip home. Barclay's also sells wreaths, tree stands, watering elves, tree removal bags, and local honey. The farm is open on Black Friday and weekends through Christmas, from 9am-4:30pm. Cash or check only.

2. Simonson Farms – Cranbury

2020 update: All visitors must wear face masks where social distancing cannot be maintained. Wagon rides are limited to 50% capacity, and preference is given to those who are disabled or have mobility issues.
260 Dey Road or 120 Cranbury Neck Road
609-799-0140
About 1 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 $50 to $90, depending on height. Fraser firs are not available this year, nor are large trees. The Dey Road outpost accepts cash or pre-payment with a credit card at the retail lot. The Cranbury Neck Road outpost accepts cash and credit card. Both locations are open on Black Friday, and on weekends, from 9am-6pm. Weekday hours are subject to weather; call ahead.

3. The Evergreen Farm – Lebanon

2020 update: Guests are asked to maintain social distancing. Pets on leashes are allowed. Complimentary cider and snacks will not be offered this season.
4 Bass Lane
908-236-9550
About 1 hour by car from Midtown Manhattan
This family-run farm offers a variety of trees. Trees cost $10 per foot, including all of the extras—cutting, baling, drilling a hole at the bottom, and tying it to your car. The Evergreen Farm opened for the season on Saturday, November 21, and remains open on weekends through Sunday, December 20, from 10am-5pm. All forms of payment are accepted.

4. Anne Ellen Christmas Tree Farm & Shop – Manalapan

2020 update: All visitors must wear a face mask and practice social distancing. The store is limiting the number of guests inside at any one time.
114 Daum Road
732-786-9277
About 1 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 that has thousands of unique holiday decor items. Tree prices start at $70 and increase depending on the size. Anne Ellen Tree Christmas Tree Farm is open daily through Wednesday, December 23, from 9am-8pm.

5. Cherryville Farms – Pittstown

2020 update: Guests must wear masks and practice social distancing. The farm is not offering wagon rides this year.
352 Quakertown Road
908-806-4580
Just over an hour from Midtown Manhattan
This family-run farm offers five varieties of cut-your-own trees. The friendly staff helps you as much as you want, from sawing to hauling the tree to your car. Trees cost about $10 per foot, and there's a gift shop on-site. If kids find one of the hidden elves, they'll win a candy cane prize. Free hot chocolate is doled out with every tree purchase. The farm is open Black Friday and on weekends through Christmas, or until its stock sells out, 9am-4:30pm. Cash or check only. Only service dogs are allowed. The farm has a strict photography policy in place that prohibits any staged photo shoots.

Read about more New Jersey Christmas tree farms.

Wilkens Fruit Farm Christmas Tree Farms Near NYC
Douglas and Fraser fir trees are available for choose-n-cut at the Wilkens Farm fields. Some pre-cut Fraser firs are available. 

Christmas Tree Farms in Westchester County

6. Stuart's Fruit Farm – Granite Springs

2020 update: Visitors must wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
62 Granite Springs Road
914-245-2784
About 1 hour by car from Midtown Manhattan
This Westchester farm offers cut-your-own Douglas fir trees and pre-cut Fraser fir trees. The season starts on Black Friday, and it's open Wednesdays through Sundays, from 10am-5pm thereafter. Trees cost about $100. While you're there, hit the bakery to pick up homegrown produce and freshly baked treats. Cash or check only.

Wilkens Fruit Farm Christmas Tree Farms Near NYC
Keep warm with a free cup of cider while you get your Christmas tree at Wilkens Fruit & Fruit Farm. 

7. Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm– Yorktown Heights

2020 update: Wilkens is operating at reduced capacity, and visitors must make reservations. All visitors must wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Hand washing and sanitizing stations are available. There are no tractor rides to and from the field.
1335 White Hill Road
914-245-5111
About 1 hour by car from Midtown Manhattan
This family-run farm has been around for more than 100 years and offers Fraser and Douglas fir trees. Online reservations are required this year. No reservations are required for the Farm Market or Bakery. Snag a free cup of hot apple cider with each every tree purchase. The season begins on Saturday, November 28. Hours are 8:30am-4pm on weekends, and 10am-4pm on weekdays. No pets are allowed.

Read about more Westchester Christmas tree farms.

Elmwood Christmas Tree Farm Christmas Tree Farms Near NYC
Roam the lush grounds of Elwood Tree Farm to find the perfect tree. 

Christmas Tree Farms in Long Island

8. Elwood Christmas Tree Farm – Huntington

2020 update: All visitors over 3 years of age must wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
1500 East Jericho Turnpike
631-368-8626
About 50 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
A variety of arbors grow on this 20-acre lot. You must bring your own hand saw to cut a tree. Farm staff can help you cut and tie it to your car. Pre-cut Fraser firs are available. Cut-your-own hours are weekends, 10am-dusk; weekdays, 3pm-dusk. The on-site, pre-cut lot is open daily until 7pm. Cash or check only.

9. Tilden Lane Farm – Greenlawn

2020 update: All visitors must wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Hand sanitizer and gloves are available. No pets allowed.
43 Wyckoff Street
631-533-5960
About 50 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
This centuries-old family farm has many varieties of trees. Staff helps tie your arbor to your car. Wreaths and holiday decor are also sold. Open weekends through Sunday, December 13, from 9am-3pm. The trees are $75. Cash or local checks only.

Read about more Long Island Christmas tree farms.

Christmas Tree Farms in Connecticut

10. CT Audubon Society H. Smith Richardson Tree Farm – Westport

2020 update: All guests must wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines. No pets allowed.
16 Sasco Creek Road
203-623-0646
About 1 hour by car from Midtown Manhattan
A portion of the proceeds from trees sold here is donated to the Connecticut Audubon Conservation and Education programs. Because the farm is located in a nature sanctuary, you should spot some spectacular birds. A variety of spruce are available to cut, and pre-cut varieties can be purchased. Please bring your own saws. The farm is open from the Saturday after Thanksgiving to Wednesday, December 23; Tuesdays-Fridays from noon-4pm; weekends, from 10am-4pm.

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.

Photos courtesy of the farms.


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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