The Thanksgiving turkey has been consumed. Maybe you’ve started your Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping. Now it’s time for the next holiday ritual—finding the perfect Christmas tree.
From Amityville to Montauk, Long Island has about a dozen tree farms, where enthusiastic families can cut a super-fresh spruce (or fir, or pine) at a modest cost. These farms range from simple, roadside acreage to full-fledged holiday extravaganzas. So whether you prefer a quick tree-cutting errand or a day out in Santa’s wonderland, consider a visit to one of these outdoor emporiums.
These farms are all located in Suffolk County, where farmland is more abundant, and are listed below by town. As always, find more ways to celebrate in our Holiday Fun Guide.
Things to know before you go
- Experienced tree-cutters know the rarer species – concolor firs, blue spruces, white pines – sell out early in the season.
- While some places provide handsaws and rope, it’s not a bad idea to pack both just in case.
- Dress appropriately. These farms are all in the open air and the wind does tend to howl on Long Island in late autumn.
- Not all places take credit or debit cards. Bring cash or a check.
Elwood Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Farm
1500 E. Jericho Tpke., 631-368-8626
Open through Christmas Eve.
Species: Douglas and Fraser firs, Norway and blue spruces, white pine
Cost: $12-18 per foot
Tilden Lane Farm
48 Wyckoff St., Greenlawn,
Open weekends Nov. 26-Dec.11
Species: Blue spruce, Norway spruce, white spruce, white, concolor, and Fraser firs.
Cost: $70-$80 per tree
Carter Christmas Tree Farm
123 North Country Rd., Miller Place, 631-331-4699
Open weekends through Dec. 18
Species: Scotch pine, white, blue and Norway spruce
Cost: Varies with size of tree
Matt’s Christmas Tree Farm
305 Weeks Ave., Manorville, 631-874-6260, 631-875-1465
Open Nov.25-Christmas Eve, closed on Tuesdays
Species: Norway, blue and white spruces, Balsam and concolor firs
Cost: $12-$16 per foot
Mike’s Christmas Tree Farm
323 Weeks Ave., Manorville, 631-874-3551
Open daily Nov. 25-Christmas Eve.
Species: White, Norway, Serbian and blue spruces, balsam fir and more
Cost: $12-$16 per foot
Muller’s Christmas Tree Farm
338 Woodland Ave., Manorville, 631-878-1060
Open first two weekends of December
Species: White pine, blue or Norway spruces
Paul’s Christmas Tree Farm
240 Frowein Rd., Center Moriches, 631-236-6716, 631-878-8645
Open November 25-Christmas Eve.
Species: Norway, blue or white spruces, Eastern red cedar, concolor fir and white pine.
Cost: $10-$12 per foot
Fresh Pond Ave, Calverton, 631-929-4327
Open Nov. 25-late December
Species: Blue and Norway spruces, Douglas fir, white pine
Cost: $35-$55 per tree
Dart’s Christmas Tree Farm
2355 Main Bayview Rd., Southold, 631-765-4148
Open November 25-Christmas Eve; hayrides and Santa visits on weekends
Species: Fraser and Douglas firs
Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm
30105 Main Road, at Depot Lane, Cutchogue, 631-734-8641
Open November 25-end of holiday season; includes Christmas store and Santa Express rides.
Cost: $75-$95 per tree
Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm
20685 Main Rd., Mattituck, 631-298-4118
Open November 25-Christmas Eve; includes Christmas store and train rides.
Species: Douglas and Fraser firs
Cost: $75 per tree
11825 Oregon Rd., Cutchogue
Bridge Land and County Route 48, Cutchogue 631-734-5036
Open November 25-Christmas Eve; includes hayrides and more
Species: Douglas fir
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