As the holiday season approaches, people begin to decorate their houses and shop for gifts. For those who celebrate Christmas, this means getting a Christmas tree. Although some opt for fake trees, there are plenty who still enjoy a nice fresh tree every year. Here is a guide to some of the best places in New England to go and buy your tree.
Located on Dudley Road in Billerica, this farm has a cut-your-own option as well as pre-cut trees. The farm has over 500 trees to cut; the majority are Fraser Firs, along with a few Balsam Firs. The choose-and-cut trees cost $65 plus tax, while the pre-cut trees range from $45 to $75. The farm offers free parking, honey samples, and complimentary cider, and holds a weekly homemade wreath raffle. There is also a decorating station where visitors are encouraged to make their own wreath or kissing ball. Reminder: this farm only accepts cash, so make sure you have some on hand.
Although this North Andover farm is a bit on the pricey side, it is well worth the cost of admission. Smolak offers a pick-your-own option of Fraser Firs and Douglas Firs, costing $69 each. The farm also offers pre-cut trees from $49 to $120. Smolak is known for their Stand Strait Christmas Tree Stand, which helps keep your tree steady and upright and comes with complimentary trunk drilling. The farm offers craft activities for your kids to help entertain them while you shop. Smolak sells out their trees every year, so make sure to get there early!
With locations in both West Newbury and Groveland, this farm offers Fraser Firs, Balsam Firs, Douglas Firs, and Blue Spruces. The trees range in cost from $35 to $60, depending on height and type. The farm also offers clearance-price trees for those on a more restricted budget. The farm provides saws, twine, and wraps for you, and the staff will pack up your tree on your car for you. This farm also allows dogs and has plenty of picture-taking spots, which makes it the perfect place for a family outing. You can buy your tree and take your holiday pictures all at once. Cash and checks only!
Another cash and check only location, this farm can be found in Mendon. The selection is a bit more limited, as the farm specializes in Balsam Firs. The trees range from six feet to eight feet tall, and cost $60 each. This cost includes shaking and wrapping the tree, as well as warm cider. The farm is located in Mendon.
Turkey Hill is known for its eccentric collection of trees, with some “interesting” trees that cost as low as $10 as well as more standard trees costing at most $65. The farm offers Fraser Firs, Douglas Firs, Blue Spruces, and Canaan Firs. Down in Haverhill, the farm allows you to tag and cut your own tree, or arrange for the staff to cut the tree down for you.
Located right on the Boston-Brookline border, this small farm offers pre-cut trees only. The farm supplies produce to local restaurants year-round and also offers a variety of plants and flowers. However, the farm is truly known for its holiday services. The farm receives fresh trees and wreaths on a weekly basis. With a jolly atmosphere and helpful staff, this farm is a necessary stop for those not looking to leave the city to find their tree.
Another pre-cut Christmas tree shop, this one located in Allston. The shop offers Balsam Firs and Fraser Firs, ranging in height from 3 feet to 12 feet tall, and in cost from $10 to $100. This means that you can get a full-size tree for your family room, or a smaller tree to decorate your house with. The shop offers plenty of free parking, a rare find in the city. And the staff on hand will help you pick out wreaths, garlands, and Christmas decorations to accompany your tree as well.
At Union Square in Somerville, this market is just another reason to visit the area. The market sells trees in a variety of sizes, from small tabletop trees to 12-foot monstrosities. All of the trees are pre-cut, and the market is known for selling a variety of trees that other farms don’t often carry, including White Pines. The market also offers bicycle delivery if you aren’t able to get the tree home yourself.
Reminder: make sure to measure your room before shopping so you know exactly how big a tree you can get. Trees look a lot smaller out in the open than they will once you get them inside. Happy shopping!