Christmas Tree Farms in New Jersey Where You Can Cut Your Own
For many 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 search by checking out our extensive list of New Jersey Christmas tree farms.
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 visit our Holiday Guide for even more ways to celebrate the season.
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 to 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.
Christmas Tree Farms in North Jersey
Holiday Tree Farms – Augusta
2020 update: Holiday Tree Farm is open weekends from 9am-4:30pm until Christmas
Available trees include Colorado spruce, Douglas fir, white fir, and more. Refreshments and snacks are available at an on-site barn. Cut your own or have employees cut for you. Pets on a leash are welcome. Hand-saws available to borrow.
Shale Hills Farm – Sussex
2020 update: Open weekends after Thanksgiving from 9:30am until dark. Animals are around for visits. The movies and Santa appearances are currently on hold.
All trees are hand-sheared, which means no two look alike. Cut your own award-winning fir, pine, or spruce. The farm wraps your tree and provides free twine for you to tie it 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.
Stonerow Tree Farm – Branchville
2020 update: Open weekends beginning Saturday, November 28. Masks are required. Santa Claus and fire department visits are on hold this year.
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. Santa Claus visits from 1–3pm on Saturdays, and the Beemerville Fire Department also stops by on occasion. Visitors can enjoy marshmallows around a fire pit.
Choose a fir, spruce, or pine at Woodsedge Tree Farm in Belvidere. Photo courtesy of the farm.
Woodsedge Tree Farm – Belvidere
2020 update: Open Thursdays through Sundays from 10am-4:30pm beginning Friday, November 27. Masks are required. Saws and other equipment are sanitized between uses. The barn allows a limited capacity inside.
Located in the scenic Skylands of Warren County, this small farm offers a nice selection of firs, spruces, 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. Refreshments are provided.
Wyckoff's Tree Farm – Belvidere
2020 update: Open weekends starting Black Friday from 8am-4:30pm plus weekdays from 10am-4:30pm. Masks are required. Check with the farm to confirm whether hayrides are happening.
This farm offers more than 5,000 cut-your-own trees, as well as fresh-cut trees, wreaths, and more. On weekends, check out the Country Gift Shop, where you can find ornaments and a large selection of decorations and gift items. Hayrides are available on weekends, weather permitting.
Christmas Tree Farms in Central Jersey
Anne Ellen Christmas Tree Farm & Shop – Manalapan
2020 update: Open daily at 9am. Santa visits on weekends beginning Thanksgiving.
This 100-acre farm offers several varieties of cut-your-own trees, and you can do it yourself or have a tree cut for you. The farm also has a wide variety of pre-cut Douglas fir, Fraser fir, and balsam fir. Visit the Anne Ellen Ornament Shop to adorn your fresh-cut tree (on-site ornament personalization is also available). Take a picture with Santa on the weekends, feed the farm animals, or grab a bite to eat.
Barclay's Tree Farm – Cranbury
2020 update: The farm is open weekends from Thanksgiving to Christmas, plus Black Friday, from 9am-4:30pm. Masks and social distancing are required. Saws will be cleaned between use.
Barclay’s offers a selection of choose-and-cut trees up to 16-feet tall. 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.
Cherryville Farms – Pittstown
2020 update: Open Saturdays and Sundays, plus Black Friday, from 9am-4:30pm.
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.
The Evergreen Farm – Lebanon
2020 update: Open every weekend from 10am-5pm through December 20, plus Black Friday. No appointment is necessary. Cider and cookie service TBD.
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.
Evergreen Valley Christmas Tree Farm – Washington
2020 update: Open weekends through Sunday, December 20 from 10am-5pm. Wagon rides are not available this year. A socially-distant Santa will make appearances.
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 own tree. The farm has more than 10,000 trees ready for cutting, including a new field full of blue spruce, Norway spruce, and Douglas fir. Pre-cut Fraser firs are also available.
Simonson Farms – Cranbury
2020 update: Masks must be worn. Wagon rides at Cranbury Neck Road are limited to 50% capacity.
Simonson offers cut-your-own Christmas trees at two locations in Cranbury: 260 Dey Road and 120 Cranbury Neck Road. A fresh-cut retail lot is located at 118 Dey Road.
Christmas Tree Farms in South Jersey
Holly Ridge Tree Farm – Hammonton
2020 update: Open Thursdays through Sundays from 9am-4:30pm beginning Friday, November 27.
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 will cut 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.
South Belly Acres – Franklin
2020 update: Open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm from the weekend after Thanksgiving until Christmas. Masks and social distancing are required.
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 concolor fir. Staffers will cut your tree, or you can help if you prefer. During your visit, say hello to the farm dog, Keefe, who loves kids and biscuits (he does not like other dogs, however, so please leave yours at home).
Know Before You Go
- 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 has been updated since.