Christmas Tree Cutting
(Long Island, N.Y.) The popular Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony takes place in New York City on Tuesday November 30, 2010. With that in mind it is time for you to begin looking for the perfect tree. If you are looking for a tree you have two options, pick and cut your own or pick out a pre-cut tree. I prefer to pick and cut my own because nothing beats the smell of fresh pine during the Holiday season.
Each year my family and I take a ride upstate and visit Battenfeld Farm, where you can cut down our own tree, drink hot cocoa, visit Santa and enjoy the Christmas themed light displays. Battenfeld Farm is located in Red Hook, New York which is approximately 2½ hours away from Nassau County, Long Island. On selected dates Santa comes to visit and the children can have their pictures taken with Santa and his old fashioned sled. Christmas trees are a fixed price of $55, but if you check out their website you can sign up for a $5 off coupon. Aside from Christmas trees they offer handmade wreaths to decorate your home for the season. Battenfeld Farm is open daily from 8am-4pm, but don’t forget to check out the website for special events.
Located only 90 minutes from Manhattan in the mid Hudson Valley, Evergreen Farm makes a very pleasant day trip and offers you an old fashioned experience. Evergreen Farm is open Friday thru Sunday from 9:30am-4:30pm starting after Thanksgiving. While visiting enjoy complimentary hot cider and check out their beautiful hand crafted Holiday wreaths.
Bilmar Nursery located in Pleasant Valley, New York offers pre cut or cut your own Christmas trees as well as Holiday wreaths. They are open 7 days a week and on the weekends they offer hayrides and fire truck rides to and from the fields. They also have a cozy Christmas shop that sells wreaths, poinsettias, ribbon, and other holiday gifts. On December 4th Santa will be visiting Bilmar Nursery in his 1965 Ford Mustang and will be available to take photos with the children.
Solvang Tree Farm is family owned and operated and a great place to begin a family tradition. They open the Friday after Thanksgiving and have trees that you can cut yourself that are up to 8ft tall, as well as pre cut trees that range from 6ft-15ft. They also have a mini petting zoo for the children to visit while picking or cutting down your tree. Last but not least they have wreaths, roping, centerpieces and kissing balls, all made fresh on their farm.
Hahn Farm is open the day after Thanksgiving and every day after until Christmas. They offer 6 different types of trees to either cut yourself or pre-cut. In addition to cutting your own tree, they offer Angus beef, chicken or pork fresh from their farm that is range free. They raise healthy drug free animals and their motto is “Know the people who put food on your table.”
If you have not begun this tradition with your family, it is never too late! The pick your own tree farms are close enough to make a day trip with the whole family, as well as escape and take in the beautiful sights and scents of Mother Nature.