Where to Cut or Buy a Real Christmas Tree

If you celebrate Christmas, you’re getting ready to put up the tree (unless you’re an early bird and did it the day after Thanksgiving.) If you prefer the real deal and would never go artificial, you’re in luck. Around here, or not too far away, there are many choices. Want to go rustic? Head out to western Jersey or up to the border of New York state for a true cut-it-yourself tree experience. Looking for a quick pick-and-wrap experience? We’ve got you covered.

Here are places where you can cut or buy a real Christmas tree:

Go Rustic

Stehli Trees
455 Route 515, Vernon, NJz
Head out to Vernon, NJ to Stehli Trees, a traditional cut-down-your-own Christmas tree farm run by Christine Glickson and her daughter, Kathryn Schaub. They don’t use any herbicides or pesticides and have a natural, gentle approach to farming.

Shale Hills Farm
98 Pond School Road, Sussex, NJ
In Sussex, New Jersey, this farm offers up cut-your-own trees with a full array of other Christmas festivities to make your time even more fun.  While there, try out the Candy Cane Cottage where you can get a treat to eat.  They have a Wildlife Sanctuary and a variety of Farm animals.

Anne-Ellen Christmas Tree Farm & Shop
114 Daum Road, Manalapan, NJ
This 100-acre Christmas tree farm offers a lot. Select and cut a spruce, pine, or fir tree. Santa will be there on the weekends!

Stonerow Tree Farm
242 Wykertown Road, Branchville NJ
Stonerow Christmas Tree farm offers Douglas Fir, Blue Spruce, Concolor Fir and Cannan Fi trees. Stonerow Farm is open weekends  November 23rd through December 9

Dixie Dale Farm
351 Hillside Avenue  Chatham, NJ
Right nearby in Chatham, Dixie Dale Farm offers the best of both worlds: pick the tree and cut it down yourself or they will do it for you.

Alstede Farms
84 Route 513 (Old Route 24), Chester, NJ (or enter this address for your GPS):  1 Chesterfield Drive, Chester, NJ
If you’d like to make a day of it, head out to Chester and stroll around the cute town.  Then, stop by Alstede Farms where the staff will help you find your perfect tree.  They will even have it delivered to you!

Wyckoff’s Christmas Tree Farm
249 County Road 519 (Mile Marker 39), Belvidere, NJ
Out in Belvidere, Wyckoff’s Farm has been in the family since 1839, the farm offers more than 5,000 cut-your-own trees, plus fresh-cut trees, wreaths, and more. Cut-your-own trees cost $8/foot.

Holiday Tree Farms
44 Augusta Hill Road, Augusta, NJ
Cut your own with saws provided by the farm or pick one and they’ll cut it for you. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9AM to 5PM beginning November 29 through Saturday, December 21.

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The Quick Pick: A Pre-Cut Tree

Brookside Garden Center
551 North Broad Street  Bloomfield, NJ

Close by and full of good trees, this local favorite is a logical choice when you’re looking to buy quality in a convenient location.

Fred’s Christmas Trees
875 Grove Street, Clifton, NJ

Caldwell Nursery
246 Passaic Avenue, West Caldwell, NJ

This local best-bet has a selection of trees for sale. It’s a great place to go for a fine selection of Christmas decorations and finding the perfect pre-cut tree all in one trip.

Pleasantdale Nurseries
240 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ

Pleasantdale Nurseries is a family business.

Ploch’s Home and Garden Center
1172 Broad Street, Clifton, NJ

Ploch’s also has a second garden center location:  Strawberry Blossom Home and Garden Center, 1364 Route 23, Wayne, NJ, 973.694.7500

A little bonus?  These two locations are offering Holiday Bucks to help customers get great deals on their trees and other holiday purchases:

Richfield Farms
1139 Van Houten Avenue, Clifton, NJ

Ritchfield Farms carries cut Christmas trees, “all drilled and standing on pins for you to chose from.” They carry “cut Balsam Firs, Concolor Firs, Frasier Firs and Douglas Firs from 3′ to 14′ tall.” They will cut, drill and net your tree for no extra charge. One other option?  “Looking to plant your Christmas tree outside, shop our large selection of potted Evergreens to use indoors and then transplant outside. A great alternative to a cut tree… a live tree!”

Hillcrest Farms & Greenhouse
377 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona, NJ
973.239.0809 ‎

Stop by Hillcrest Farms and Greenhouse for trees and other holiday decorations.

Maplewood Rotary Club holds its annual Christmas tree sale. They are offering  freshly cut Douglas and Frazier trees in all different sizes. It’s for a good cause, all proceeds go to charity!
Maplewood Pool, 187 Boyden Avenue, Maplewood, NJ

Lowes and Home Depot sell trees at reasonable prices.  And of course, several shopping plazas are selling trees:  you can stop by the West Orange Plaza and also the Pathmark shopping plaza in Montclair to get quality Christmas trees.

Keeping your real Christmas tree fresh and cared for is very important. Read this guide for tips.

If you know of a great place, give us your recommendation in comments and we’ll add it to our official list!

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