Including places to cut your own tree!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year yet again and while holidays may be looking a bit different this year, there’s nothing quite like a freshly-cut Christmas tree and the scent of pine to help make things a bit easier. The National Christmas Tree Association has issued new guidelines to keep Christmas tree hunting safe during the pandemic. We’ve mapped out a few places where you can find your perfect Christmas tree and even cut it down yourself for an awesome holiday-themed outing!
1. Pakeen Farm
Located in Canton, MA, Pakeen Farm offers a wide variety of trees including Balsam, Concolor and Fraser Firs, as well as Blue and Norway Spruces. Grab a hot cocoa and wander through the farm to find the perfect tree. The farm also has handcrafted wreaths and garlands to help make your holiday décor extra luscious. This year the farm has extended its hours to help people spread out and maintain social distancing, The owners have also recommended visiting the farm on a weekday if possible to help avoid crowding.
When: Open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.
Where: 109 Elm St., Canton, MA.
2. Smolak Farms
A great place to go apple picking in the fall, Smolak Farm also grows two kinds of Christmas trees — Fraser Fir and Balsam Fir. If you don’t feel like cutting down your own, the farm also offers precut trees along with wreaths, garlands and other holiday décor. Like in other farms, masks and social distancing are required.
Pro tip: Head on to Smolak early in the season, the farm’s quite popular and trees tend to sell out early!
When: The farm opens daily from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: 315 S Bradford St, North Andover, MA.
Get a fresh, pre-cut tree at the farm’s store or cut down your own Fraser or Balsam Fir. Unfortunately, its Christmas barn is closed for 2020 but you can still find some of the barn’s favorites by their counter including wine, Aspen mulling spices, fir needle candles, Vandervalk hats and Reindeer food.
Note: Vandervalk Tree Farm is cash only.
When: Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 25 Lovell St. Mendon, MA.
4. Boston Christmas Trees
This veteran-owned farm provides pre-cut trees straight from the farm to the greater Boston area. There are Balsam and Fraser firs to choose from and this year the farm is also offering Christmas tree deliveries, great if you can’t make your way out to a farm to pick the tree up yourself! Boston Christmas Trees also offers hand crafted garlands, wreaths, table baskets, mantle pieces and more!
When: Open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: 22 Harvard Ave., Allston, MA.
At Crane Neck you can choose from Fraser, Balsam, Douglas Firs and Blue Spruce trees to cut down. Their upper hill area is now sold out for the season but their lower barn area still has some Blue Spruce trees and the farm is still selling pre-cut trees at their Crane Neck Street location.
When: Open daily from 12 to 4 p.m.
Where: 114 Crane Neck Street, West Newbury, MA.
This year Indian Rock Farm is working by appointment only, so make sure to check out their website for more information on their availability. The farm sells both pre-cut and cut-your-own tree and grows only three kinds of Fir trees including Balsam, Fraser, and Concolor. Also on offer, there are fresh wreaths, swags, and mistletoe.
When: Open only on weekends from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 120 Granite St, Foxborough, MA.
7. Mistletoe Christmas Tree Farm
Cut-your-own trees are now sold out at Mistletoe farm but pre-cut ones are still available. The farm accepts pets so it’s perfect for going on a holiday adventure with your pooch. At their shop, you’ll also plenty of wreaths, ornaments and other holiday décors.
When: The farm will be opening again on Saturday, December 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Make sure to check back on their website for more info.
Where: 149 Whitman Street, Stow, MA.
At Cranston’s, you’ll find Balsam, Concolor and Fraser Firs cut-your-own trees. Their shop is also selling pre-cut trees, wreaths, brush ornaments and greenery along with some other yummy treats perfect for making gifts including maple syrup and honey as well as syrup gifts boxes and baskets.
When: Cranston’s is currently open from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends.
Where: 372 Baptist Corner Road, Ashfield, MA.
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