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Where to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

Skip the tree lot and make your selection a family outing this year.

If you’ve never been to a Christmas tree farm, you should visit one this season. These farms are home to acres of fresh pine trees waiting for you to take home and decorate. It’s one of the best ways to get your family in the holiday spirit, more so than just picking one out in the parking lot behind a shopping center (like my family usually does!). 

Most tree farms give you the option to cut your own tree or buy one pre-cut. Other tips: call ahead to see if they have trees and confirm hours, if you need to bring your own tools, and make sure you’re wearing something you won’t mind getting dirty (pine sap is hard to get out!).  A thermos of hot chocolate waiting for you in the car to warm you up after all that hard work can’t hurt either!

All set? Here are some places to try it out. 

Chester County

Marsh Creek Tree Farm

With over 30,000 trees to chose from 6-16ft tall, March Creek Tree Farm completes the experience with wagon rides, complimentary hot chocolate, wreaths, swags, stand strait stands, and gift shop. They also sell B&B trees (Ball and Burlap) which can be planted at anytime, before or after Christmas. At your arrival you will be greeted by an employee and they will provide you a saw for your hunt. A hayride is consistently running to provide quick pick up and drop of you and your tree. When you return with your tree you may choose to receive a cup of our complementary hot chocolate. Click here for directions.

Tricolor Tree Farm

With 55 acres of potential cut-your-own Christmas trees, free drilling and baling services, and weekend hayrides, this farm is a haven of wintry family fun nestled between West Chester and Downingtown. Visit on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 9 am – 5 pm from November 23 to December 23.  Don’t forget to taste the hot chocolate and view pre-cut trees and decorative accessories.  Visit the farm’s website, or call 610-269-1034.  Click here for directions.

Bucks County

AGA Farms

Located in Bucks County, AGA Farms is a 100-acre preserved farm that welcomes friendly, leashed dogs. Cut your own tree, buy pre-cut, or purchase a rooted tree for planting after the holidays. Kids love the farm animals, and parents like having the tree shaken, cut, drilled, baled, and attached to the car. Visit the country store for holiday gifts and decorating items. Open daily, 10 am – 5 pm, call for their opening day 215-795-0660 or check their website for more information; click here for directions.

Jughill Tree Farm

At this Washington Crossing farm, visitors can take a hay wagon ride through the fields to find the perfect cut-down tree, buy pre-cut, or buy wrapped trees to decorate and plant after the season. Visit on weekdays between Thanksgiving and Christmas from 10 am – 8 pm, and weekends from 8 am – 8 pm (one caveat: the choose-and-cut field closes at dark). Hayrides are a perk of visiting on the weekend!  Call 215-416-0180 or click here for directions.

Tuckamony Farm

New Hope is home to one of the oldest family-run Christmas tree farms in the nation. While choose-and-cut trees are their specialty, the farm also has pre-cut trees, fresh holly, and hand-made wreaths. The farm is open 9 am – 5 pm Tuesday-Friday, open 9 am – 5 pm Saturday – Sunday, and closed on Monday. Want more info? Check their website, call 215-862-9510, or click here for directions.

Berks County

Cobblestone Farms

For every tree harvested, this farm re-plants two trees. Buy pre-cut trees the day after Thanksgiving; they’ll shake and bale the tree for you. Pre-tag your tree next season (the first Saturday in October) and it’ll be ready for pickup when you want it. They also sell wreaths, window sprays, door swag, pine ropes, and other gift items at the Country Gift Shoppe, the family’s restored barn. Located in Mohnton. Visit their website, call 610-775-7590, or click here for directions.

Delaware County

Linvilla Orchards

With more than 40,000 Douglas and Canaan firs, you’re sure to find one that makes everyone smile. Take a hayride over the rolling hills of this Media farm and stroll through the evergreens for your perfect tree. There are plenty of pre-cut trees as well. When you’re finished, stop at the bonfire, roast marshmallows, and drink apple cider. In December, kids can visit Santa and make crafts at the Garden Center on Saturdays and Sundays, run around the Playland Playground, or visit the Barnyard animals. “Cut Your Own” Christmas Tree hours begin on November 17. Call 610-876-7116 or visit their website for more information. Click here for directions.

Montgomery County

Boswell’s Tree Farm

A family owned and operated local business for over 70 years, Boswell’s Tree Farm is a hidden gem that keeps the Christmas tree tradition simple.  The owners are very friendly and happy to help answer questions to ensure you have a pleasant experience. Boswell’s Tree Farm has a wide variety of nicely shaped trees to choose from at fair prices. They have a manual baler and rope on hand to help you tie your tree to your car, but is cash-only so make sure you stop by the ATM in advance. Click here for directions.

Hague’s Christmas Trees

Have the choice of any tree in the field when you come to cut your tree. Plus, take advantage of the fresh cut trees, wreaths, and greens accessible to your festive crew in Hatfield. Hague’s is family-run, so you’ll be supporting a local suburban business and getting the family-friendly service you deserve. Open from the day after Thanksgiving until December 24, Monday – Friday 1 – 8 pm, Saturday 9 am -5 pm.  See their website for more information, or call 215-368-4542, and when it’s time to go, just click here for directions.

Corkum Tree Farms

Whether you want a fresh-cut tree, a cut-your-own tree, or one that’s ready for the roof rack, Corkum Tree Farms in Collegeville can provide it.  After 20+ years of Christmas tree farming, they know what they’re doing. Need wreaths, swags, greens, holly, boxwood, blankets, or roping?  You’ll find all those accessories and even hand-knit hats and gloves if you visit the barn after picking your tree. Stop by beginning November 23, weekdays from 8 am – 8 pm, or on weekends from 8 am – 6 pm. Visit their website or call 610-489-3448 for more info and click here for directions.

Varner Farms

If you enjoyed picking your own pumpkins this fall, you’ll love picking your own Christmas tree at Varner Farms in Collegeville, a family-run business. A Belgian horse-drawn or a tractor-pulled wagon takes visitors who wish to cut their own tree to the Christmas trees fields (more than 90 acres). If you’re not into the labor-of-love involved in cutting your own tree, enjoy free hot chocolate or cider while you choose a pre-cut tree and Varner Farms will shake, bale, and drill it for you. They also have a gift shop, train exhibit, and farm animals. Monday through Saturday, choose-and-cut fields are open from 8 am – 4:30 pm, and Sunday 10 am – 4 pm. Call 610-489-8878 or go to their website for more details.

Photograph courtesy of Varner Farms. Jamie Metzger contributed to this article.

Photograph courtesy of Varner Farms. Jamie Metzger contributed to this article.

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