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For many, the holidays are a time for rituals and making memories that are passed down to the next generation. If you haven’t already picked out your Christmas tree, consider making a day of it and visiting the farm where it was grown. Many of these farms will cut the tree for you or provide you with a saw to do it yourself. Round out the day with hot chocolate, a beautiful story and lots of love!

Emmerich Tree Farm. 9am to 5pm. In the farmstand, you can find hand-made wood products, New York State Maple Syrup, and some additional goodies for cold tree-cutters! 101 Sleepy Valley Road, Warwick, NY.

Dixiedale Farm. 9am to 3:30pm (weekends only). Wander the 10 acres at your leisure and pick from Douglas fir and Norway Spruce. Located in the charming town of Chatham (only 40 minutes SW from me) you can visit their Main Street for some great eats. Family owned and operated since 1911. 347 Hillside Ave, Chatham, NJ.

Brookhollow Farm. 10am to 4pm daily (except Mon.) They also do alpaca farming in addition to Christmas tree farming. Located in Boonton (also around 40 minutes west from N. Jersey) they have Douglas fir and spruce. 425 Powerville Road; Boonton, NJ.

Country Heritage Farm. 9am to 4:30pm. A little over an hour away from me (NWest) you will have to travel a bit for this farm. But, they have some amenities to make your trip worthwhile. Hayrides to and from the trees, you can pick from Douglas Fir, Norway Spruce, and Blue Spruce. They have a playhouse for kids, sandbox, cutouts and sleighs for pictures, picnic tables and and outdoor stone fireplace to keep warm by. 129 Plains Road; Augusta, NJ.

Always call before you visit a farm. Due to weather, demand or other factors the supply can change. Check out this site for a comprehensive listing of Christmas tree farms:

Other Farms:

Wyckoff Christmas Tree Farm, Belvidere

Lantier Tree Farm, Monroe

Anne Ellen Tree Farm and Shop, Manalapan

Shale Hills Farm, Vernon

Wintergreen Farm, Lafayette

Please post in comments on local recommendations like restaurants or kid-friendly activities in the area around these farms. Thank you!