Nothing says Christmas like the smell of a freshly cut Christmas tree, and nothing is more fun than spending a chilly, Saturday afternoon hiking through tree farms to find that perfect tree. Families and couples alike enjoy this adventure year after year and have no shortage of places where selection is good and prices are better. Put on your hats, scarves and mittens and check out one of these locations to find your perfect tree.
Beck Tree Farms
48 BeckTree Road
Outdoorsy type? Take a winter hike through more than 30 acres of gorgeous Christmas trees ripe for the pickin’. A saw and cart are provided, so that when you do find that perfect tree, you can cut it yourself and haul it back for the ride home. Cookies and hot cocoa are provided in the barn, where the staff will also shake, bale and drill your tree for free. Beck Tree Farms is open weekdays from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Belly Acres Christmas Tree Farm
665 Royal Avenue
Franklinville, NJ 08322
Great prices and great trees abound at this 16-acre South Jersey farm with the hilarious name. The farm will provide a saw and a wheelbarrow, and either you or a member of the staff can cut down the tree you choose before taking it back for free use of the shaker and baler. Belly Acres is only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and be warned: It’s cash only, so don’t bother bringing your plastic.
Clark’s Christmas Tree Farm
235 Pusey Mill Road
Cochranville, PA 19330
With more than 35 acres of trees to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect tree at Clark’s Christmas Tree Farm. Located near Route 1 at the Route 796 exit in Southern Chester County, Clark’s is easy to get to from Philadelphia, Delaware and New Jersey. It provides tree carts and saws and will bale your tree. Clark’s will also provide cutting assistance if you need it, or you can purchase one of its many pre-cut frasier firs.
1540 Alleghenyville Road
Mohnton, PA 19540
Located in Berks County on Route 568 and just minutes from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Cobblestone Farms is open for visitors to tag their own tree. Once you’ve found your perfect tree, you’ll place a marker on the tree and leave an information card at the field site with the day you want to pick it up. Cobblestone collects the cards daily and cuts, drills and nets your tree so it is ready to pick up on your specific date. It offers a great selection of trees including: frasier, canaan, Turkish, balsam and douglas firs, white pine and blue spruce. If you’d rather just purchase a tree, Cobblestone starts selling pre-cut trees on Black Friday. It also boasts a great gift shop on site where you might find the perfect holiday gift for that person who has everything.
137 W. Knowlton Road
Take a family trip to Delco’s Linvilla Orchards for a truly unique “pick your own” tree experience. Hop on the hayride out to the orchards with your saw, then select the best tree for you. Once you chop it down, Linvilla hauls it back, ties it up and gets it safely on your car for the drive home. All for just $59.99 plus tax. Choose from Douglas Fir or Cannan Fir, and while you’re there, enjoy the farm’s beautiful Christmas decorations and displays, visit with the animals and enjoy hot mulled cider and crafts for the kids.
Mulberry Hill Christmas Trees
33 and 156 Mulberry Hill Road
Barto, PA 19504
Choose from thousands of trees at Mulberry Hill Christmas Trees, located off Route 100 in Lehigh County. Mulberry offers varieties of douglas, frasier, concolor and balsam firs, Norway, blue and Serbian spruce. You may choose your own and have Mulberry do the cutting, or take your own saw and do it yourself. Staff will also drill a hole in the bottom of your tree and bale it for you. Mulberry offers a large selection of balled and burlapped trees if you’d like to take one home to plant. This farm is pet-friendly too, so feel free to bring Fido along for the experience!
Schmidt’s Christmas Tree Farm
1741 Flint Hill Road
Landenberg, PA 19350
Your entire family will enjoy the trip to Schmidt’s Christmas Tree Farm, where you’ll be able to visit Noble and Nordmann, the resident reindeer. Schmidt’s will take you and your family out to the tree farm on one of its tractors or wagons, where you can choose from a variety of firs and blue spruce trees at this 30-acre tree farm. Schmidt’s also provides saws and will shake and bale your tree. After you find and cut your tree, you’ll want to stop by the gift shop for complimentary coffee and hot cocoa.
Wiggins Christmas Trees
1301 W. Chester Pike
West Chester, PA 19380
You can cut your own tree at Wiggins’ West Chester and Cochranville locations. Customers do have to drag their own trees out of the field, but Wiggins will supply saws, drill a hole in the bottom of the tree, bale it and provide string for you to secure it on your vehicle. If you’d rather not do all of the work yourself, Wiggins offers pre-cut trees that range in height from six to 10 feet. Perhaps the best thing about Wiggins is its team up with the West Chester Railroad. On Sunday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 15, you can take the train to the farm and enjoy coffee, donuts and hot cocoa during the ride. Special pricing of just $40 per tree is offered for all Christmas Tree Train passengers.
Maddie Wagner is a freelance writer covering all things Philadelphia. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.