16 Best Christmas Tree Farms Near NYC

Battenfeld's Christmas Tree Farm is pet- and kid-friendly! Photo courtesy of the farm
Battenfeld's Christmas Tree Farm is pet- and kid-friendly! Photo courtesy of the farm

Is there anything that smells better than a freshly cut Christmas tree? Spark a new family holiday tradition this year and head to one of these cut-your-own Christmas tree farms within a 2-hour 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 16 picks for New York City families.

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

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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 Farm
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

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 weekends through Christmas, from 9am-4:30pm. Cash or check only.

2. Simonson Farms – Cranbury

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 Christmas trees on two lots spanning more than 50 acres. Trees range from $55-100, depending on height. Fraser firs are not available this year, nor are tall 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 weekends, from 9am-6pm, with Cranbury Neck Road also open on weekday afternoons, but only until dark.

3. The Evergreen Farm – Lebanon

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 cutting, baling, drilling a hole at the bottom, and tying it to your car. The Evergreen Farm opened for the season on Saturday, November 20, and remains open on weekends through Sunday, December 19, from 10am-5pm. All forms of payment are accepted.

4. Anne-Ellen Christmas Tree Farm & Shop – Manalapan

114 Daum Road
732-786-9277
About 1 hour by car from Midtown Manhattan
This 50-plus 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 and lots of opportunities to take fun photos, plus a new-this-season Christmas village to walk through. Tree prices start at $70 and increase depending on the size. Anne-Ellen Tree Christmas Tree Farm is open daily from 9am-8pm.

5. Cherryville Farms – Pittstown

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 $12 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 on weekends through Christmas, or until its stock sells out, 9am-4:30pm. Cash or check only. 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 and the Hudson Valley

7. Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm – Yorktown Heights

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 first. Online reservations are required through Sunday, December 5 (including weekdays)—but not needed after that date. Reservations require a $40 deposit, which is applied toward the price of your tree. You don't need reservations at all to check out the farm market or bakery, which has tons of delicious items. Snag a FREE cup of hot apple cider with each tree purchase. The season began Saturday, November 27. Hours are 8:30am-4pm on weekends, and 10am-4pm on weekdays, except Tuesday. No pets are allowed.

6. Stuart's Fruit Farm – Granite Springs

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. While you're there, hit the bakery to pick up homegrown produce and freshly baked treats. Cash or check only.

8. Battenfeld's Christmas Tree Farm – Red Hook

856 Route 199
845-758-8018
About 2 hours from Midtown Manhattan
Battenfeld's cut-your-own field is filled with six different tree varieties and handsaws can be borrowed to cut your own tree. Once you've loaded your pick onto the tree taxi and sent it off to the bailing barn, peruse the Christmas Shoppe for holiday decor or grab a snack from the concession stand while you wait to load your tree for the ride home. Wreaths, centerpieces, and more greenery can also be purchased here. Be sure to check out the weekend events happening, including wagon rides and visits with Santa himself.

9. Hurds Family Farm – Modena

2187 State Route 32
845-883-7825
About 1.5 hours from Midtown Manhattan
Christmas trees are very limited at this family-run farm: Starting the first weekend in December, the only way to cut down your tree is to make an appointment with the farm directly. Text them your name at 845-762-6370 to book an appointment. All trees are $100, cash only. There are no pre-cut trees—and other than set appointments, the farm is closed.

Christmas Tree Farms Near NYC Emmerich Tree Farm trees covered in snow
Wander through the trees to find the perfect one at Emmerich Tree Farm.

10. Emmerich Tree Farm – Warwick

101 Sleepy Valley Road
845-986-015
About 1 1/2 hours from Midtown Manhattan
When it comes to variety, it's hard to beat the selection at Emmerich Tree Farm, which grows 12 different varieties. Families can pick the perfect one and cut it themselves or get some help from farm staff. They'll also prepare your tree for a stand, shake off the old needles, bale it up, and then tie it to your car's roof. Families can also shop for fresh wreaths and garlands to complement their seasonal decor. Emmerich makes the long drive worthwhile by offering free hot cocoa, a hot dog truck, doughnuts—and dogs are welcome, too. Book a reservation in advance of visiting—your $40 deposit goes toward the cost of your tree (which starts at $65.) In 2021, its season runs only through Sunday, December 5, so be sure to make a reservation soon.

11. Manza Family Farm – Montgomery

730 State Route 211
845-692-4364
About 1 1/2 hours from Midtown Manhattan
Live animals—including a donkey, goats, and pigs—add to the Christmas atmosphere at this farm, which invites visitors to cut their own Norway spruce trees. Pre-cut Douglas, Fraser, and Turkish fir are available for sale, plus a selection of potted, living trees that can be planted after the holidays. The farm aims to make your day a true holiday experience. Children can enjoy pony or horse-drawn carriage rides, pose for a festive holiday photo, and even visit Santa on the weekend. Coloring books and candy canes are given to every child.

12. Christmas Tree Lane – Wallkill

9 Christmas Tree Drive
845-895-3536
About 1 hour, 40 minutes from Midtown Manhattan
What could be more Christmas-y than cutting your own tree at a farm on Christmas Tree Drive? This family-owned destination sells a wide variety of pine and spruce, plus it supports the local Boy Scout pack with wreath sales. Enjoy hot chocolate and freshly roasted marshmallows by the fire, and be sure to visit Grandma's Barn for unique handmade holiday gifts. Kids will be delighted with a ride on the reindeer barrel train, and everyone can enjoy tasty eats like mac and cheese, nachos, and empanadas from Food by Nicole and drinks from the Milk and Honey food truck. The farm is open weekends through Sunday, December 19, from 9am-4pm.

13. Solvang Christmas Tree Farm – Poughkeepsie

80 Bedell Road
845-473-0224
About 1 hour, 45 minutes from Midtown Manhattan
Solvang's selection of cut-your-own Christmas trees range in size from 3- to 9-feet tall, but it's a flat $70 fee no matter the size you choose. Larger Fraser firs can be had starting at $149, and pre-cut trees are also available in sizes from 7- to 10-feet tall. They have saws on hand for you to borrow, and will bale and tie your tree. When you've found the perfect tree, visit the Christmas Cabin for more decorative goodies, check out the animals, and enjoy some hot chocolate and treats.

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

Christmas Tree Farms in Long Island

14. Elwood Christmas Tree Farm – Huntington

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 trees are available in December, it's open from 10am-dusk on weekends and weekday hours are 3pm-dusk. The on-site, pre-cut lot is open daily until 7pm. Cash or check only.

15. Tilden Lane Farm – Greenlawn

43 Wyckoff Street
631-533-5960
About 50 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
This centuries-old family farm has many varieties of trees, though its 2021 inventory is a bit limited. The staff helps tie your arbor to your car and you can also snag wreaths and holiday decor during your visit. Open weekends through Sunday, December 12, 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

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

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 is available to cut, and pre-cut varieties can be purchased. Please bring your own saws. The farm is open through Wednesday, December 23. Hours are Tuesdays to 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.

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A version of this story was published in 2016; it is updated annually.

Photos courtesy of the farms

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