There are two types of Christmas tree people: those who prefer to buy at garden centers and local stands, and those who like the adventure of cutting their own.
For the first group, we brought you a list of nearby places where you can purchase your Christmas tree and support local organizations at the same time only a few days ago.
If, however, you are a "cut-your-own" type of person, or think you might be if given a saw and permission, here are the tried and true places in New Jersey where you can release your inner-yuletide lumberjack.
Rest assured. Almost all cut-your-own Christmas tree farms will cut them for you. Advice: bring gardening gloves to wear because the needles will pinch, and remember that most farms accept cash only.
Dixiedale Farms: Family owned and operated since 1911, Dixiedale Farms, right here in Chatham, never disappoints. Open Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Dixiedale Farms is located at 347 Hillside Ave. & River Road, Chatham.
Hidden Pond Tree Farm: Hidden Pond Tree Farm makes cutting your own tree a family experience you will remember forever. Aside from roaming the farm looking for the perfect tree, they offer free hot chocolate and marshmallows that the children can roast over an open fire. There's nothing like watching the sun set while roasting marshmallows. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except for Mondays.
Hidden Pond Tree Farm is located at 4 West Field Road, Mendham, NJ
Shale Hill Christmas Tree Farm: Open weekends through Christmas from 9:30 a.m. to dark. All trees are $75 plus tax, cash or check only. The farm also offers the opportunity to meet the farm animals, enjoy some refreshments, visit with Santa Claus and watch Christmas movies in the hayloft.
Shale Hill Christmas Tree Farm, 98 Pond School Road, Sussex, NJ
Plut’s Christmas Tree Farm: Family-owned and operated since 2000. Trees start at $35. After cutting your tree visit the gift shop. Plut’s is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Plut’s Christmas Tree Farm, Rt 31, Washington, NJ (2.5 miles south of the intersection of Routes 57 and 31)
Wyckoff’s Tree Farm: Family owned since 1839, Wyckoff’s Tree Farm has been featured in the NY Times. Open daily 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. You will find an ample supply of both cut-your-own and fresh cut trees available. Wyckoff’s Farm starts the season with approximately 5,000 trees available including: Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce & Concolor Fir. Wyckoff’s also has a gift shop that features wreathes and ornaments.
Wyckoff’s Tree Farm, 249 Country Road, Belvidere, NJ
Jolly Holly Christmas Tree Farm: All trees $48 no matter what size. Open weekends through December 18th 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Santa comes to visit!
Jolly Holly Christmas Tree Farm, 56 Maple Lane, Blairstown, NJ
Simonson Farm: Open daily through Dec. 23.M-F: 12 p.m.- 7 p.m. and weekends 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Featured on CNBC, Simonson Farm has two fields with over 50 acres of trees to choose from. All U-Cut White Pine $10 off. Retail Lot White Pine $6/ft. Barbecue sandwiches for sale on weekends. Simonson Farm has a Holiday Shoppe that features wreaths and other holiday gifts.
Simonson Farm, 118 Dey Road, Cranbury, NJ
Spruce Goose Farm: Open daily from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Spruce Goose Farm is a family-owned farm. Ride the wagon into the fields to cut your tree and then visit the gift shop.
Spruce Goose Farm, 194 Bordentown-Georgetown Road(Rt 545)
The Evergreen Farm: Open weekends through Christmas 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Family-owned and operated, The Evergreen Farm has a number of different types of Christmas trees all in the 6 to 9 foot range. Cider and cookies await as you pick your perfect tree.
The Evergreen Farm, 4 Bass Lane, Lebanon, NJ