Want an extra special tree this year? Then why not support a local Christmas tree farm? We've made it easy with this list of 12 beloved Southern Christmas Tree Farms, by state.
There is something magical and seasonally inspiring in visiting a Christmas tree farm. And since most southern properties typically don’t yield a picture-perfect 7-14 foot pine tree, it is especially heartwarming to know we have many Christmas tree farm options in each state.
With a freshly cut tree you bring lovely greenery into your home and, in cutting off lower branches to place your tree in its stand, you will have trimmings to craft into wreaths or decorations.
Some tree farms are now also offering potted live tree options—which you can plant in your yard after the holidays and even hypoallergenic trees for those sensitive to traditional pines.
[Side note: You can also recycle your tree by leaving it out in your yard in its stand for the birds to shelter in or hang suet balls, or use the boughs as protective mulch for perennials or even to start a new mulch pile.]
5 Reasons to go-real this christmas
Sure, you could buy a fake tree and just be done with it (pine needles and all). But before you go-artificial consider these facts:
- Fake trees may contain lead and other toxic chemicals
- Fake trees are not biodegradable and do not benefit wildlife
- Most fake trees are made overseas
- For every real tree that is cut, another is planted in its place
- Going to a tree farm creates priceless family memories..which is what the holidays are all about
Ready to get yours? check out these 12 Southern Christmas Farms, by State
We have selected a Christmas tree farm for every “Southern” state from Texas to Virginia. Be sure to share with us your favorite Southern tree farm, or experience, in the comments below.
Many of these farms also allow professional photo session appointments amidst their backdrops (call for specifics and generally ahead of tree-cutting season). Most offer hay rides out to the tree fields and many are also pet-friendly (leashed).
All will provide hand saws and wrapping, usually at no charge. Just bring your own bungee cords!
Beavers Christmas Tree Farm
10093 Bradford Trafford Rd.
Trafford, AL 35172
Phone: (205) 681-4494
Hours and Amenities: Opens for season on Saturday, November 23. After that, open Fridays-Mondays 9 a.m. until dark (closed on Thanksgiving). Hay rides (weekends only and day after Thanksgiving).
Tree Options and Prices: Beavers is the only farm in central Alabama to offer white pine trees. Also Virginia pine, cypress, and Carolina Sapphire. Cut trees are from $42-$62 for a 6-8 foot tree. A six-foot living tree is $64. Also different sized fresh wreaths and potted trees are available. Trees can also be “snow flocked” and hung with lights for extra charge and advance notice. NOTE: Fraser Firs are not available in 2019. Cash or check ONLY.
Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest
35317 Huff Road
Eustis, FL 32736
Phone: (352) 357-9863
Hours and Amenities: Opens for season on Saturday, November 23 through December 22, 10-5 (closed on Thanksgiving). Hay rides and visits from Santa Claus, Santa’s Workshop, and many activities including a zip line, horse and pony rides.
Tree Options and Prices: Sand Pine, Red Cedar and Arizona Cypress (cut northern trees also available). All cut trees, from 2 feet to 20 feet, are $45 (but handling charge if assistance needed with larger trees). Various admission prices, depending on option. NOTE: No checks.
Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm
5880 John Burruss Road
Cumming, Georgia 30040
Phone: (770) 887-2728
Hours and Amenities: Opens for season on Saturday, November 23 - December 21. Various hours and open on Thanksgiving. Santa visits and Christmas Barn Shop with crafts, food items and wreaths (pre-made and made-to-order while you cut your tree: from 24” to 60”) .
Tree Options and Prices: Leyland Cypress, Virginia Pine, Carolina Sapphire, White Pine, Deodar Cedar (all $8 a foot). Cut Fraser Fir trees available from North Carolina.
Heffelfinger Tree Farm
380 Colo Grade Road
Somerset, KY 42501
Phone: (606) 219-7989
Hours and Amenities: Opens for season on Friday, November 29 and then open Saturdays and Sundays, 10-5 through December 22. Hay rides and gift shop offers fresh hand-made greenery, wreaths, garland/roping, arrangements and locally-crafted seasonal gifts.
Tree Options and Prices: Various prices (depending on size and species) and only White Pines available to cut out of field at this time. NOTE: Pre-cut Fraser and Balsam Firs available from North Carolina.
Grant Christmas Tree Farm
716 Whitaker Road
Grant, LA 70644
Phone: (318) 634-3408
Hours and Amenities: Open through Friday, December 20: Monday-Saturday, 9-5, and Sundays from 1-5. Open Thanksgiving Day from 2-5 p.m. Gift shop.
Tree Options and Prices: Offering many hypoallergenic live trees including Leyland Cypress, Ovensii, Castlewellan Gold, Naylor’s Blue, Blue Pine (only the Virginia Pine is not). Individual pricing at $10 a foot. Cut Fraser Firs and greenery from North Carolina and living potted trees available. NOTE: Only staff can cut trees for you. Checks and credit cards accepted.
Cedar Hill Farm
008 Love Road
Hernando, MS 38632
Phone: (662) 429-2540
Hours and Amenities: Opens for season November, 25-December 22. Open Monday-Saturday 9-5 p.m. and Sundays 11-5 (closed on Thanksgiving). Hay rides to tree fields (free). Breakfast with Santa (with reservations). Other attractions, and Santa visits, available on weekends and November 29.
Tree Options and Prices: Leyland and Murray Cypress, Blue Ice. Trees are $9-10 a foot. Pre-cut Fraser Firs (varied pricing). Tag your tree and staff will cut, wrap and load into your vehicle. NOTE: Credit/debit card ONLY.
Tom Sawyer Tree Farm & Elf Village
240 Chimney Pond Road
Glenville, NC 28736
Phone: (828) 743-5456
This tree farm is nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina where many cut Christmas trees sold throughout the country are grown. And who doesn’t love elves?
Hours and Amenities: Opens for season on Friday, November 29. Mon-Sat, 9-5:30 & Sunday, 1-5:30. Gift shop, Elf Village ($15 per child—adults free; weekends only), carriage rides ($5 per person; weather-permitting), weekend visits from Santa.
Tree Options and Prices: Fraser Firs range in size from 3’ to 15’ and are priced from $49 to $495 (Choose and cut, or they can.) Also different sized fresh wreaths are available.
Penland Tree Farm
6457 Campbell Road
York, SC 29745
Phone: (803) 366-7605
Hours and Amenities: Opens for season on Saturday, November 23. Open Fridays-Mondays 9 a.m. until dark (closed on Thanksgiving). Hay rides.
Tree Options and Prices: Leyland Cypress, Carolina Sapphire, Green Giant Arborvitae, Blue Ice, Deodar Cedar. No price information available.
Country Cove Christmas Tree Farm
1189 Cut Off Road
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Phone: (615) 848-8564
Hours and Amenities: Opens for season on Saturday, November 23 at 11-5, and then Thurs-Sunday through December 22 (variable hours: closed Thanksgiving). Christmas Shop, Wreath Shop, hay rides, fire pit, hot cocoa and cider, donut truck.
Tree Options and Prices: White Pine and other offerings (varied availability and pricing) and pre-cut Fraser Firs. Cut trees are from $48-$94 for a 6-10 foot tree. Wreaths, swags and garlands.
Old Time Christmas Tree Farm
7632 Spring Cypress Road
Spring, TX 77379
Phone: (281) 370-9141
Hours and Amenities: Opens for season on Saturday, November 23-24, 9-5pm. Then open November 29-December 15, 9-5:30pm (closed on Thanksgiving). Hay rides (weekends only and day after Thanksgiving). train rides, slide and bounce house, Santa visits (weekends only).
Tree Options and Prices: Pine, Cypress and pre-cut Fraser Firs. Wreaths and garlands. NOTE: No checks.
Middleburg Christmas Tree Farm
Christmas Tree Lane
Round Hill, VA 20141
Phone: (540) 554-8625
Hours and Amenities: Because of limited trees this year, the farm will only be open Friday, November 29-Sunday, December 1 from 9-5pm (closed on Thanksgiving).
Tree Options and Prices: Norway and Colorado Spruces, Douglas and Concolor Firs. Cut trees are from $95 for up to six feet, each additional foot is $10. Free boughs and greenery. NOTE: Some reduced availability in 2019 due to climate and disease. Cash or checks ONLY.
French Creek Christmas Trees
943 Beechtown Road
French Creek, WV 26218
Phone: (304) 924-5584
Hours and Amenities: Opens for season on Friday, November 29 and then Thursday-Sunday, 10-5 (closed on Thanksgiving). Santa and Wuzzy the Elf: December 14, 1-4.
Tree Options and Prices: White Pine & Norway Spruce are $30 up to, and including, 8 feet ($5 a foot over that). Canaan Fir are $40 (none over 8 feet).
For More Information: Southern Christmas Tree Association
Happy tree hunting!