Some families buy a Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving, some folks wait until the day before Christmas Eve, and others find a free weekend somewhere in the holiday bustle and go for it. No matter when the spirit moves you, there’s no doubt that bringing home a tree is an important part of the holiday season. To help you make that ritual extra special this year, we have selected some of the best choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms in the state. Make a day trip out of it, and visit these local farms where Christmas tree growing is a way of life.
If C and J Christmas Tree Farms sounds familiar, it is probably because you have passed C and J on your treks to and from Boone. Located five minutes from one of North Carolina’s quintessential mountain towns, C and J is your classic, no frill, mom-and-pop, choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm, perfect to tack onto the tail end of a holiday trip to Boone.
Sexton’s Christmas Tree Farms is a family-owned business that, in 2002, nabbed its fourth generation of family members to adopt ownership. The three young but industrious brothers who comprise Sexton’s youngest generation added Frosty’s Choose & Cut to the family biz. In addition to both independent and assisted tree cutting, Frosty’s offers hayrides, bonfires, s’mores, hot chocolate, and hot cider to visitors for a total holiday experience.
Your ideal tree-cutting experience may be more outdoors oriented – the middle of the woods, mountain views in all directions, frozen solid from your tippy toes to your fingertips. If that sounds about right, then Jonas Ridge Tree Farm is for you. Amp up for a winding drive through beautiful western North Carolina and the quiet serenity of a farm located in scenic Pisgah National Forest.