Few things light up a home during the holidays quite like a real, honest-to-goodness Christmas tree. From the fresh scent of pine to the prickly branches that support ornaments oh so well, live trees have a special sort of magic that no store-bought variety can ever duplicate.
Here in the Hudson Valley, the arrival of Black Friday (a.k.a. the day after Thanksgiving) kicks off the start of tree season. Whether you pine for a nine-foot showstopper you choose and chop yourself or a precut three-footer that sits lovingly on your living room table, you’ll find it all at the Valley’s evergreen farms.
If you go, make sure to bring cash or check with you, since many farms do not accept credit.
Beginning on Black Friday, Abel’s opens its grounds to Valleyites in search of the golden tree. The farm offers options for families who want to choose and cut their own tree and for those who prefer pre-dug and baled varieties. All trees in open fields cost $55, while baling is free. Bring a saw to cut the tree of your choice or loan one from Abel’s while you’re there. After you get your tree, swing by the barn for home-baked treats, hot chocolate, and kettle corn.
45 North Clove Rd, Verbankâ€‹
Black Friday and weekends to Christmas, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Bring the family to Battenfield’s for a winter experience like no other. The farm is a one-stop shop for all-natural holiday decorations. Visitors can cut their own tree, order a custom wreath, and choose the perfect Boxwood centerpiece without ever leaving the grounds. Visit the website for a $5 coupon, then stop in the Christmas Shoppe for ornaments and unique decorations while you’re there. If you can, plan the trip around Santa’s schedule. On Black Friday weekend and the following two after that, the big man himself will be onsite for meet and greets and photo ops. Plus, a bagpiping performance on December 1 and wagon rides throughout the season add to the wonderland experience.
856 Rte 199, Red Hook
November 23 to mid-December
When it comes to Christmas trees, BJ’s takes its job very, very seriously. The Pleasant Valley farm sells Douglas Firs, Concolor Firs, and Eastern White Pines on its pick-your-own grounds. After you find your top tree, browse the beautiful, homemade wreaths and holiday ornaments, then sip on complimentary cocoa and cider.
14 Evergreen Path, Pleasant Valley
Black Friday and weekends to Christmas, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
For dreamy Douglas and Fraser Firs, look to Evergreen Farm in Wassaic. The community farm, which also sells Spruce trees and Balsam Fir wreaths, offers cutting and carrying services to anyone who requests them. Every year, the farm also donates trees through the National Trees for Troops program to make holiday magic for soldiers in their homes or at their posts.
407 N Tower Hill Rd, Wassaicâ€‹
Black Friday and weekends to December 16, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
A true choose-and-cut farm, Murphy Crest has an ample variety of sizes, ranging from bitty bushes to 12-foot toppers. Pets are allowed on the farm, although they must remain on leashes. As for when to visit, consider stopping by on Sunday, December 9 for a Brunch with Santa to benefit Angels of Light, a local charity that brings the spirit of Christmas to families facing serious illness.
170 Depot Hill Rd, Ameniaâ€‹
Weekends to Christmas, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This eight-generation family farm in Staatsburg charms in winter, thanks to an abundance of trees and holiday goodies. Cut your own White Spruce, Norway Spruce, Douglas Fir, or Concolor Fir, then browse the ornaments, wreaths, and tree stands in the shop. Before you go, warm up with hot chocolate, brownies, and cookies.
203 Fiddlers Bridge Rd, Staatsburgâ€‹
Daily from November 23 to December 23; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Saltsman-Tiberio family has been providing the Rhinebeck area with holiday trees for over 30 years, and for good reason. The farm stocks pre-cut Fraser and Balsam Firs, as well as choose-and-cut Blue Spruce, White Spruce, Fraser Fir, and Balsam Firs. Due to high demand in 2017, the farm has a limited number of choose-and-cut trees available. Visit early in the season if you want to pick your own or stop by anytime to score a precut tree for your home. As an extra incentive to visit, the farm serves complimentary roasted chestnuts, mulled cider, and donuts around an open fire on the weekends.
214 Rte 308, Rhinebeckâ€‹
Black Friday and weekends 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Mon-Fri 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tucked in Poughkeepsie, Solvang Tree Farm kicks of the holiday season on Black Friday with an extensive selection of cut-your-own and fresh-cut trees. On top of that, the farm has everything you need to turn your home into a winter retreat. Pick up wreaths and pine roping, then find a few table arrangements and even a kissing ball or two to upgrade your interior. This year, cut-your-own varieties include Scotch Pine and Colorado Blue, White, and Norway Spruces, while fresh-cut styles range from Fraser and Concolor Fir to Douglas and Grand Fir.
80 Bedell Rd, Poughkeepsie
Fri-Sun beginning Black Friday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
If you’re looking for Christmas tree experts, you’ll find them at Wonderland. For more than 30 years, the Lobotsky family has provided local families with access to cut-your-own Balsam, Fraser, Canaan Fir, and Blue Spruce trees. Wrapping and rope are free of charge, and saws are available for use on a lending basis. After you load the tree onto your car roof, take a moment to relax with a complimentary cup of hot cocoa.
191 White Schoolhouse Rd, Rhinebeck
Season begins November 17; Fri 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat-Sun 9 a.m. – dusk
Emmerich kicks off the holiday party on Black Friday, then keeps the tree fest going until the second weekend in December. Visitors can opt for cut-your-own or precut trees, as well as wreaths, hot cocoa, food truck vendors, handmade ornaments, and so much more. The overall experience is key here, so take time to hop on a wagon ride, snap a few family photos, and shop the holiday ornaments while you’re there.
101 Sleepy Valley Rd, Warwick
November 23-25, November 30-December 2, and December 8-9; 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Farmside Acres stocks classic trees like Douglas Fir, Concolor Fir, Blue Spruce, and Norway Spruce, with an emphasis on mid-range heights. Perhaps the most unique thing about the farm, however, is its longstanding commitment to the Trees for Troops program. For the past 10 years, Farmside has donated more than 3,000 trees to troops who need a little holiday pep. Anyone interested in dropping off a tree can do so before November 25 this year.
280 Angola Rd, Cornwall
December 1-2, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
For a wide variety of sizes and styles, head to Fox Ridge in Warwick. The choose-and-cut farm charges $45 per tree and offers saws to visitors who want to cut their own. Make sure to bring your own twine and wrappings and visit before dusk, since the farm does not have field lights.
17 Kays Way, Warwick
December 1-2, 9 a.m. – dusk
New Windsor’s choose-and-cut tree farm is open over the course of two weekends this year, so plan ahead before you make a visit. The farm stocks Balsam, Canaan, Concolor, and Fraser Firs, along with Blue, Meyer, and White Spruces. Woodland trails connect the five fields to one another, so wear sturdy walking shoes in case the grounds get muddy. All customers can make use of the saws, tree carts, and baling services, while little visitors can sweeten the day with gratis candy canes and stickers.
575 Jackson Ave, New Windsor
December 1-2, 8-9; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Rocky Bar is ready to go with choose-and-cut and precut trees for visitors during the first two weekends in December. Wreaths and ornaments will also be available for purchase in case you want to do some early holiday shopping while you’re there.
52 Rocky Bar Rd, Westtownâ€‹
December 1-2, 8-9; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Anyone on the hunt for classic Fraser and Balsam Firs will love the holiday shopping opportunities at Wright’s. The farm stock everything from table-toppers to 12-footers, making it an ideal destination for apartment dwellers and homeowners alike. After you get your tree netted and strapped to your car, stick around for wreaths, garland, and, of course, complimentary cookies and hot chocolate.
329 Kings Highway, Warwick
From Thanksgiving weekend; Mon-Thurs 12-6 p.m., Fri-Sat 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Clintondale’s choose-and-cut farm lets visitors chop the tree themselves, although its staff are happy to lend a hand with the big cut. As for selection, trees range from Fraser, Balsam, Canaan, and Concolor Fir to Colorado Blue Spruce. Don’t forget to pick up a cup of hot chocolate or coffee before you head home to set up your one-of-a-kind tree.
288 South St, Clintondaleâ€‹
Weekends from Black Friday; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Bell’s lures shoppers far and wide with one of the best tree deals around this season. For $50, visitors can score any U-cut tree of their choice, plus free drilling, shaking, and baling services. If you’d rather not labor to timber your tree, opt for one of the pre-cut styles, which are priced by size. Saws are available upon request.
647 Mettacahonts Rd, Accord
Black Friday to Christmas Eve; Mon, Wed-Fri 9:30 a.m. – dusk, Sat-Sun 8:30 a.m. – dusk
While Hurds is an exciting place to be all year round, it’s a particular treat during the holidays, when winter to-dos complement the tree-cutting celebration. On Black Friday, for instance, Santa will skydive to the farm. Every weekend after that, kids can ride the giant slide and walk the nature trails while families can sip hot chocolate, cider, or coffee. Fresh-cut trees, wreaths, and kissing balls are also for sale at the farm.
2187 Rte 32, Modena
Weekends November 23 to December 16; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
In addition to stocking farm-fresh fruit and vegetables throughout the year, Wallkill View also sells Douglas and Fraser Fir trees during the holidays. With more than 100 trees on display, everyone can find the seasonal showstopper that calls to them. Plus, if the day gets too chilly, visitors can warm up by the fire with a mug of hot chocolate.
15 Rte 299 W, New Paltzâ€‹
Open daily, 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, West Wind welcomes the man in red himself for an afternoon of photo ops and family fun. Hand-tagging is allowed for later pick-up and handsaws are available upon request. In addition to trees galore, the farm also sells wreaths, kissing balls, and centerpieces for the home.
543 Bruyn Tpke, Wallkillâ€‹
Weekends from Thanksgiving to Christmas, 9 a.m. – dusk