Where to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree around Philadelphia and the Main Line
Skip the tree lot and make your selection a family outing this year.
Ahh, there’s nothing like setting out in the old family station wagon and heading out to the tree farm to find your family Christmas tree. You have thermoses full of hot cocoa, you sing Christmas carols together on the way (in perfect harmony, of course), and bundle up in your hats, gloves, scarves, and face masks as you head out on the trails. What? This isn’t how your family goes Christmas tree hunting? The only thing you have in common with this scenario is the face mask? Me, too!
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!). Also there seems to be a lot of hype on social media about spotted lantern flies on your fresh Christmas Tree, but we’re going to go with this advice by the trusted professionals at Penn State.
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!). Be sure to check before you head out that the place you select from our list hasn’t changed their policies since the time of publication. We have researched each one for their updates in regards to how they are operating during the pandemic but things can change quickly!
All set? Here are some places to try it out.
301 Marsh Road Elverson, PA
11/27 – 12/20
Masks and social distancing are required. Wipes and hand sanitizer will be available to sanitize the saws. Lines will be spaced out accordingly.
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.
1480 Hall Road, West Chester, PA
11/27 – 12/20
Masks and social distancing are required. The saws and hay wagons will be sanitized after use.
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 27 to December 20. Don’t forget to taste the hot chocolate and view pre-cut trees and decorative accessories.
1333 Elephant Road, Perkasie PA
All staff and guests are required to wear masks and maintain social distancing. High traffic surfaces will be sanitized throughout the day.
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.
6320 Upper York Road, New Hope, PA
11/27 Opening (Closed Monday – Wednesday)
For the 2020 season, all customers must wear a mask covering their nose and mouth. Please maintain a distance of 6′ from other groups and our staff.
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.
137 W Knowlton Road, Media, PA
11/21 – 12/23 (Closed on Thanksgiving)
Timed tickets are required, one ticket per guest over 11 months old and hayrides for the tree cutting are limited to half-capacity.
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 from 11 – 12:30 and 1:30 – 3:30. Guests must reserve a timeslot for each child visiting Santa.
1093 N Grange Avenue, Collegeville, PA
Please wear a mask and bring a pair of gloves to handle the saws.
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 check or cash-only so make sure you stop by the ATM in advance.
755 Forty Food Road, Hatfield, PA
11/27 until trees run out
Please wear a mask, maintain 6 feet of distance in the sales and Wreath barns, follow directional signs, one person per family at the cashier. See their website for Drive Thru and Curbside services. The driver and passengers must enter the vehicle and close the doors before the staff secures the tree to the rooftop. You may still BYO marshmallows and sticks to roast marshmallows at the fire pits!
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. Open from the day after Thanksgiving, Monday – Friday 1 – 8 pm, Saturday 9 am -5 pm, closed on Sundays.
797 Bridge Road, Skippack, PA
11/27 – 12/24 (soft opening 11/23 – 11/25)
Whether you want a fresh-cut tree, a cut-your-own tree, or one that’s ready for the roof rack, Corkum Tree Farms 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 27, weekdays from 8 am – 8 pm, or on weekends from 8 am – 6 pm.
746 S Trappe Road, Collegeville, PA
11/27 – 12/23
Hand sanitizer is available around the farm and social distancing is enforced. Please do not visit if you do not feel healthy or have been test/exposed within the last 14 days.
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.
Photograph courtesy of Varner Farms. Jamie Metzger contributed to this article.