Tips for a Great Trip to a Choose and Cut Your Christmas Tree Farm

 There's nothing like going directly to the farm and cutting down your own tree. You won't get a tree any fresher and you can pick just the right tree, that's for sure. But there's more to it than that.

It can be a memorable family adventure out in the country; but to make sure it doesn't become a memory in the sense of National Lampoon's Family Vacation, prepare properly!

Most important: Call before you go!

This is a very seasonal business, with many small operations.  This means I list many thousands of farms and can't possibly visit, inspect or even call each of them (I rely mostly on feedback from you, and the farmers themselves). Often, they run out of trees, or a storm can damage their crop, or they simply retire or go out of business.  So ALWAYS confirm via phone or email that they are open the hours you expect and have what you want, before you go to the farm!

What to expect at the farm

Some farms are little more than a couple of guys like Earl from "My Name is Earl" (okay, for you older folks, think of Cletis and Cooter from "Dukes of Hazzard") and a few saws.  Others look like miniature versions of a Six Flags amusement park. Most are somewhere in between.

Here are some features to look for in the listings to have more fun:

What to bring

Transporting your tree home

Other tips: