Christmas Tree Farms in New Jersey Where You Can Cut Your Own

Find the perfect tree at a New Jersey Christmas Tree farm. Photo via Flickr.
Find the perfect tree at a New Jersey Christmas Tree farm. Photo via Flickr.

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 Christmas tree search by checking out our 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 New Jersey families for even more ways to celebrate the season.

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Christmas Tree Farms in North Jersey

Holiday Tree Farms – Augusta

Available trees include Colorado 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 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 is open weekends from 9am-4pm through Christmas. Take note, it's cash-only at this farm.

Wyckoff's Tree Farm – Belvidere

This farm offers more than 5,000 cut-your-own trees, as well as fresh-cut trees, wreaths, and more. Its brightly colored trees come in a rainbow of unique, sought-after hues. 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. Wyckoff's is open daily, and for the best experience, it recommends visiting on a weekday. Tailgating and pets are no longer allowed.

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Shale Hills Farm
Shale Hills Farm is an idyllic setting to cut your own Christmas tree.

Shale Hills Farm – Sussex

All trees here are hand-sheared, which means no two look alike. The favorable weather has the trees looking especially beautiful this year! 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. Shale Hill Farms is open on weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and payment is cash-only.

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. The Beemerville Fire Department also stops by on occasion. Visitors can enjoy marshmallows around a fire pit. Open weekends beginning Saturday, November 27, from 9am-4pm.

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Snow-covered Christmas trees at Woodsedge Tree Farm
Choose a fir, spruce, or pine at Woodsedge Tree Farm in Belvidere. Photo courtesy of the farm.

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 26. Masks are not required outside, but social distancing is expected. There's no tailgating allowed and no refreshments will be served. Saws and other equipment are sanitized between uses. The Christmas Barn allows a limited capacity inside.

Christmas Tree Farms in Central Jersey

Anne-Ellen Christmas Tree Farm & Shop – Manalapan

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, Canaan fir, Norway spruce, and more. 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. Open daily at 9am, Santa visits on weekends beginning Thanksgiving. New for 2021, the farm has debuted "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 5-9pm, 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.

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evergreen wreaths at Barclay's Tree Farm.
Trees wreaths and more are available at Barclay's Tree Farm.

Barclay's Tree Farm – Cranbury

Barclay’s offers a selection of choose-and-cut trees up to 16-feet tall. Trees up to 12 feet tall are $65; those taller than 12 feet are $120. The farm accepts cash or check. 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. The farm is open weekends from Black Friday to Christmas, from 9am-5pm. Masks and social distancing are required. Saws will be cleaned between uses.

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. Open Saturdays and Sundays, plus Black Friday, from 9am-4:30pm. This year, tailgating, dogs, and professional photography are not allowed.

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Evergreen trees covered in snow at The Evergreen Farm.
Tag your tree and the farm staff cuts it at The Evergreen Farm.

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 weekends from 10am-5pm through Christmas, plus Black Friday. No appointment is necessary.

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 new field full of blue spruce, Norway spruce, and Douglas fir. Pre-cut Fraser firs are also available. Open Wednesdays-Sundays through Sunday, December 19, from 9am-4pm. Wagon rides and Santa visits are available on select dates.

Simonson Farms – Cranbury

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. Wagon rides at Cranbury Neck Road are limited to 50% capacity. All locations open on Black Friday at 9am. Visit its website for detailed information on each site's offerings.

Christmas Tree Farms in South Jersey

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 26.

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. 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). Open weekends from 10am-4pm from the weekend after Thanksgiving until Christmas. Currently, the farm is cash-only

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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