Christmas Tree Farms in New Jersey

Find the perfect tree at Anne Ellen Christmas Tree Farm in Manalapan. Photo courtesy of the farm
Find the perfect tree at Anne Ellen Christmas Tree Farm in Manalapan. Photo courtesy of the farm
11/19/23 - By Shari Simpson

For many New Jersey families, cutting down a Christmas tree is an annual tradition that marks the beginning of the holiday season. If you're thinking of going the cut-your-own route this year, start your tree hunt by checking out this list of the best Christmas tree farms throughout NJ.

Many farms sell refreshments to keep you fortified during your search, and some also offer seasonal farm fun like Santa visits, scenic wagon rides, and marshmallows around the fire pit. Don't feel like cutting a tree down yourself? Most farms will cut it for you and take care of the drilling and baling.

Once you've checked that off your list, be sure to take a look at our write-up on where to take Santa pictures, and visit our Holiday Guide for New Jersey families for even more ways to celebrate the season.


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Where to Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree in North Jersey

1. Holiday Tree Farms – Augusta

Available trees include Colorado blue spruce, Douglas fir, white fir, and more. Refreshments and snacks are available at an on-site barn. Cut your own Christmas tree or have employees cut it for you. Pets on a leash are welcome. Hand-saws are available to borrow. Holiday Tree Farms opens for the season on Black Friday and operates on weekends from 9am-4pm through Christmas. Take note, it's cash-only at this farm.

2. Wyckoff's Tree Farm – Belvidere

This farm offers more than 7,000 cut-your-own trees, as well as fresh-cut trees, wreaths, and more. Want to add a touch of color this year? Many unique, brightly colored trees are also available in various hues, including pink, purple, dark blue, light blue, turquoise, magenta, red, black, or white. On weekends, check out the Christmas Barn, where you can find ornaments and a large selection of decorations and gift items. Opening day is Black Friday, with a "soft opening" on the weekend of November 18-19, 2023, for cut-your-own Frasier and Canaan firs. Wyckoff's is open daily. For the best experience, the farm recommends visiting on a weekday since weekends get very busy. 

3. Shale Hills Farm – Sussex

All trees here are hand-sheared, which means no two look alike. Cut your own from the award-winning fir, pine, or spruce trees grown here. The farm wraps your tree and provides free twine for you to tie onto your vehicle. While you are visiting, check out the farm animals residing in a restored, heated 19th-century barn, and enjoy the Christmas movies that play all day long in the hayloft. Refreshments include hot dogs, muffins, hot chocolate, and more. Santa stops by several times daily. Shale Hill Farms is open on weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and payment is cash only.

4. Stonerow Tree Farm – Branchville

Stonerow Tree Farm provides free saws for cutting, tree bailing, and twine to tie your tree to your car or truck. Pets on a leash are welcome. Visitors can enjoy marshmallows around a fire pit. Check the website periodically as the details for the 2023 season are yet to be updated. 

5. Woodsedge Tree Farm – Belvidere

Located in the scenic Skylands of Warren County, this small farm offers a nice selection of firs, spruce, and pines. The farm provides free tree drilling and baling. You can use the farm's saws, and employees offer a hand if needed. The farm sells its own honey and homemade beeswax soap, as well as products from its woodlot, including handmade wooden bowls, birdhouses, and ornaments. Open Thursdays through Sundays from 10am-4:30pm beginning Friday, November 24, 2023.

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6. Anne Ellen Christmas Tree Farm & Shop – Manalapan

This 100-acre farm offers several varieties of cut-your-own trees and lets you DIY or have a tree cut for you. The farm also has a wide variety of pre-cut Douglas fir, Canaan fir, Norway spruce, and more. Visit the Anne Ellen Ornament Shop to adorn your fresh-cut tree with one-of-a-kind ornaments. Take a picture with Santa on the weekends, feed the farm animals, or grab a bite to eat. Open daily 9am-8pm, and Santa visits on weekends beginning on Thanksgiving. At night, don't forget to visit "The Village at Anne Ellen," an immersive walkthrough Christmas experience featuring an interactive light display and a life-size gingerbread house. Tickets for the village are sold separately—online only—with reservation times every 30 minutes, from 5-10pm, Wednesday through Sunday. The farm's shops remain open for the duration of the evening experience. Tickets and purchases for the farm, trees, and shops are cash or card, on-site.

7. Barclay's Tree Farm – Cranbury

Barclay’s offers a selection of choose-and-cut trees up to 16 feet tall. The farm accepts cash or checks. It also sells fresh plain and decorated wreaths, tree stands, and watering elves. The farm provides free saws, rope, and netting, and free assistance for cutting, carrying, loading, and tying down. Pets on leashes are allowed, and they are accepting donations for local animal shelters. The farm is open on weekends from Black Friday to Christmas, from 9am-5pm. Santa will make a special appearance on Sunday, November 26, 2023 and Sunday, December 3, 2023. 

8. Cherryville Farms – Pittstown

This family-run farm offers a variety of hand-sheared or wild cut-your-own trees. The farm can also cut your tree for you. Saws are available, along with tree baling, twine services, and tree carts. Also, choose a fresh wreath, buy a craft, or enjoy some refreshments. Kids can find the elves on the farm to win a candy cane treat! The farm will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 9am-4:30pm starting Black Friday. Cash or check only, and dogs are not allowed.

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Tag your tree and farm staff will cut it at Lebanon's Evergreen Farm. Photo courtesy of the farm

9. The Evergreen Farm – Lebanon

You can come early to tag your chosen tree, then return when you're ready to take the tree home. The farm will cut it, carry it down the hill, trim branches, bale it, drill a hole in the base, and even tie it to your car. While they work, you can stay warm by the fire and enjoy hot cider and cookies. Open on weekends starting Saturday, November 18th from 10am-5pm through December 23, 2023, plus Black Friday. No appointment is necessary, but you can make one online if you wish.

10. Evergreen Valley Christmas Tree Farm – Washington

Visit this family-owned farm on 145 gorgeous acres, and enjoy spectacular views of the mountains while you take a scenic wagon ride and choose your tree. The farm has more than 10,000 trees ready for cutting, including a field full of blue spruce, Norway spruce, and Douglas fir all up to 8 feet. Pre-cut Fraser firs are also available. Open Wednesdays-Sundays starting on Friday, November 24, 2023, from 9am-4pm. Wagon rides and Santa visits are available on select dates. Dogs are not allowed on the farm. 

11. Simonson Farms – Cranbury

Simonson offers cut-your-own Christmas trees at two locations in Cranbury: 260 Dey Road and 120 Cranbury Neck Road; pre-cut trees are also available at the Cranbury Neck Road location, and wagon rides are also offered at that location. All locations are expected to open on Black Friday at 9am. Visit the farm's website for detailed information on each site's offerings.

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Take a ride out to the fields to pick your tree at Foster's Holly Ridge Tree Farm in Hammonton. Photo courtesy of the farm

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12. Foster's Holly Ridge Tree Farm – Hammonton

Technically, you won't be cutting your own tree here. Instead, you'll select a tree from the farm’s 8+ acres, and then an employee cuts it for you. Trees range from tabletop height to 12+ feet and include blue spruce, Canaan fir, Douglas fir, Norway spruce, and white pine varieties. The farm also sells wreaths, grave blankets, and white pine roping. Open Thursdays through Sundays from 9am-4:30pm beginning Friday, November 24, 2023. The farm does not accept credit cards.

13. Belly Acres – Franklinville

This 16-acre farm has thousands of trees to choose from. There are mostly Douglas fir trees, as well as blue spruce, Fraser fir, and color fir. Staff will cut your tree, or you can help if you prefer. Every tree, no matter the size,e is $60. Open weekends from 10am-4pm from Saturday, November 25, 2023, until Christmas. Currently, the farm accepts only cash or personal checks.

14. Littleworth Tree Farm – Petersburg

Located in Cape May County, this farm has more than 6,000 trees! Come tag your tree opening weekend on November 18-19, 2023 (online reservations a must), and then return any weekend after to have your tree cut, baled, and tied to your vehicle. Precut trees, wreathes and unique gifts and decor are available for sale at the farm as well. For professional photos among the evergreens, a local photographer holds mini-sessions on the farm. 

15. Exley's Christmas Tree Farm – Monroeville and Sewell

A Thomas the Train tank engine to climb on, model trains riding around on the track, wagon rides to Santa Land, fire pits, and scavenger hunts–these are just some of the extras Exley's offers! But remember, you are there to find a tree! So once you have an employee tag your tree and pay for it, you can cut it down on your own. The Sewell location opens Saturday, November 11, 2023 and the Monroeville location is open starting Friday, November 24, 2023. Check the website for the hours as they vary for each location. 

Know Before You Go to Christmas Tree Farms in NJ

  • Go early in the season for the best selection. Some farms have a limited amount of trees, and they close when they are all cut.
  • Call ahead! Always remember to call before you cram everyone into the station wagon. Some of these farms are pretty old-school and don’t update their website daily. Make sure there are trees to be had before you embark upon your Christmas tree journey.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and warm clothes!
  • Most farms provide saws, but some allow you to bring your own. None of these farms allow chain or power saws.
  • If you're cutting your own tree, cut as close to the ground as possible (you can always trim excess stump later.) Place your tree in warm water as soon as it arrives home. Then, cut an additional 1/4-inch off the stump before placing the tree in a stand. Be sure your tree stump is always submerged in water, or you’ll end up with dried needles everywhere! If you have any questions about tree care, don’t be afraid to ask. These farmers know their stuff when it comes to fresh-cut trees.

This post was originally published in 2012 and is updated annually.

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