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From sky-high spruces to Charlie Brown classics, local farms have the loveliest evergreen trees to make the season merry and bright.

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 passing of 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, and remember to wear your mask!

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Abel’s Trees

Beginning on Black Friday, Abel’s opens its grounds to Hudson Valleyites in search of their 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 $65. Bring a saw to cut the tree of your choice or take advantage of complimentary baling. Special tree carts will be used in lieu of the usual wagons for improved health safety. After you get your tree, swing by the barn for home-baked treats, hot chocolate, and kettle corn.

435 North Clove Rd, Verbank
Through December 20, weekends 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., weekdays by appointment

Battenfeld’s Christmas Tree Farm

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.

856 Rte 199, Red Hook
Through late-December, daily 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

BJ’s Christmas Tree Farm

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. The store will be closed this year due to the pandemic, but wreaths and holiday ornaments will be sold alongside the trees. Forgot your saw? Get a brand-new one for just $15.

14 Evergreen Path, Pleasant Valley
Weekends to Christmas, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Evergreen Farm

For dreamy Douglas and Frazier 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, Wassaic
December 5 – 6, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Murphy Crest Christmas Tree Farm

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. Complimentary hot cocoa and coffee along with a gift for “baby’s first Christmas” will definitely get you into the holiday spirit here in the Hudson Valley.

170 Depot Hill Rd, Amenia
Weekends until sold out, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Primrose Hill Farm

This eighth 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, Staatsburg
Daily through December 24, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

And then we found our tree!

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Saltsman Tree Farm

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. 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 keeps a roaring bonfire to keep you warm during your visit.

214 Rte 308, Rhinebeck
Black Friday and weekends 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Weekdays 1-4:30 p.m.

Solvang Tree Farm

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 through December 20, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Wonderland Farm

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
Weekends until sold out,  Fri 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat-Sun 9 a.m. – dusk

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Emmerich Tree Farm

Emmerich Tree Farm kicks off the holidays early in December. Visitors can opt for cut-your-own or precut trees, as well as wreaths, handmade ornaments, and so much more.

101 Sleepy Valley Rd, Warwick
December 2-3, 12-3 p.m. and December 5-6, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Farmside Acres

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.

280 Angola Rd, Cornwall
December 5-6, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Manza Family Farm

Freshly cut Douglas, Fraser, and Turkish firs complement ready-to-plant living Spruce and Fir trees, if you want to plan for the future. Spend a day at Manza Family Farm by visiting the nativity display, hanging out with the adorable mini donkeys, and looking for a glimpse of Santa on the weekends.

730 Route 211, Montgomery
Through December 20, Mon – Thurs 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., weekends 10 a.m. – 6 p.m

 

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Pine View Farm

New Windsor’s choose-and-cut tree farm is open for just one weekend 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 12-13, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

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Rocky Bar Farm

Rocky Bar is ready to go with choose-and-cut and precut trees for Hudson Valley 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. Cute “Charlie Brown” trees make for holiday décor with a lot of character.

52 Rocky Bar Rd, Westtown
Weekends through December, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Stone Oak Farm

Eight beautiful acres of blue spruce, white spruce, and Canaan fir trees make Stone Oak farm a can’t miss destination. A rustic Airbnb onsite offers three rooms with decks that overlook the vast farm. If you spend the night, warm up next to a roaring fireplace.

207 Stony Bar Road, Slate Hill
Weekends through December 10 a.m. – dusk, weekdays by appointment

Wright Family Farm

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 handmade knitting for scarves and hats. Curbside pickup is available.

329 Kings Hwy, Warwick
Through December; Mon-Thurs 12-7 p.m., Fri-Sat 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Putnam County

Boni-Bel Farm & Country Store

You won’t want to miss Green Chimney’s fresh-cut Christmas trees, handmade wreaths, and gift baskets specially made to order. Shop the store all season long for local produce and presents from Hudson Valley artisans, including festive birdhouses, glass ornaments, and beautiful pottery. Hot cocoa, tea, and fresh cookies keep the store especially merry this holiday season. Plus, every purchase supports a student with special needs.

301 Doansburg Rd, Brewster
Through December 29, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Salinger’s Orchards

Salinger’s Orchard transforms into a winter wonderland around the holidays. Of course, select freshly cut Hudson Valley trees, but stay for incredible baked goods. Gift boxes with holiday cakes and fresh apples can be shipped anywhere in the Northeast, allowing you to send Salinger’s wherever your family may be.

230 Guinea Rd, Brewster
Through December 31, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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Cockburn Farm

Nothing beats walking through gorgeous Hudson Valley scenery – unless you can add a cup of hot chocolate to the mix. Cockburn Farm is a one-stop shop for all your decorating needs, and that includes Christmas trees. Too tired to deck the halls this year? Cockburn’s decorating service will turn any space into a holiday paradise.

1611 Rt 9, Garrison
Everyday through December 24, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Ulster

Balsam Ridge Tree Farm

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. Make a reservation online to ensure you pick your perfect Hudson Valley tree.

288 South St, Clintondale
Through December; Sat-Sun 9 a.m. –  4 p.m.

Bell’s Christmas Trees

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
Through December 23; Mon, Wed-Fri 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat-Sun 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Hurds Family Farm

Hurds is an exciting place to be during the holidays. While Santa won’t be skydiving to the farm like in past years, there’s still plenty to see on the Modena grounds, with a wide selection of trees available. Make an appointment to select one and cut, or schedule a home delivery.

2187 Rte 32, Modena
December 5-6 by appointment

You won’t find any sad Charlie Brown trees here!

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Wallkill View Farm

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. Poinsettias and cyclamens also make great gifts.

15 Rte 299 W, New Paltz
Through December, 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

West Wind Tree Farm

At the family-owned West Wind Tree Farm, hand-tagging allows 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, Wallkill
Weekends until Christmas, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Related: Every Hudson Valley Happening to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

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