Are you new to Vermont and wondering where to get a freshly-cut Christmas tree this year? Or maybe just a live one, even if it is pre-cut? Or maybe you have always had an artificial tree but want a change?
Either way, I was in your shoes once. I grew up in New York State in a household with an artificial tree in our living room. Once I was married, my husband and I started out using a two-foot-tall aluminum tree that had been in his family for years due to space constraints and sentimental reasons. Once we moved into a house, however, I decided that I really wanted to try having a real Vermont Christmas tree. I’ve never looked back.
It is my pleasure to share this list we’ve compiled of some great Vermont Christmas tree farms. The information here is everything you need to find your perfect Vermont Christmas tree!
So, where does one go when they are in search of a real Christmas tree in Vermont? Obviously, it will vary a bit depending on where you are in the state. I’ve divided the list into farms by county. Also, note that there is information later in this post about cutting your own from a Vermont State Forest! Check it out!
A very popular tree farm in Chittenden county, White’s now has two locations; one in Essex and one in Jericho. Make sure you follow them on Facebook so that you know whether they are opening both or just one location. (Two years ago, they opened only one location while replenishing trees in the other location). In the past, they offered Balsam fir, Canaan fir, and Fraser fir trees. You can either borrow one of their saws and head out into the field to cut your own tree or you can pick a pre-cut one from the display near the entrance of the field. Either way, there are always plenty of trees to choose from. Enjoy a free hot chocolate when you check out.
2019 Hours: Opens November 29 at 12pm, Monday- Friday 12pm- 4:30/dusk, Saturday and Sunday 9am- 4:30 pm/dusk, Closes at 4:30pm on Christmas Eve.
Another popular tree farm in Chittenden County, Purinton’s grows about 14,000 trees on 14 acres of land, according to their website. You’ll have plenty to choose from! Hand saws are provided for cutting. While you’re there, pick up a wreath or kissing ball, or choose from a variety of maple gifts.
Follow Handy Hill on Facebook for updated information regarding hours.
Handy Hill offers both Balsam and Fraser Fir trees. If you are looking for a tree on the taller side, they are known for having many larger trees.
Isham Family Farm, Williston, VT
Isham Family Farm in Williston is a year-round local business that sells cut-your-own Christmas trees during the holiday season. Email or call them for additional details!
Chapin specializes in very tall trees (mostly 10- 13 feet). Call ahead and make an appointment to purchase here.
2019 Hours: Saturday, November 30, 10am- 3pm. Weekends after that.
Come choose one of their trees, grown without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Upper Meadow provides saws and free tree wrapping at your request. Enjoy a warm drink while you’re there!
2019 Hours: November 15 – November 27, 9am- 5pm. (CLOSED November 28). November 29- December 23 8am- 5pm, December 24 from 8 am- 12pm.
Larry’s offers both cut your own and pre-cut Balsam and Fraser Fir trees. After dusk, only pre-cut trees may be purchased. Wreaths, kissing balls and maple syrup are among other items to buy for the Christmas season at Larry’s.
2019 Hours: Opening Day, November 30, Saturdays and Sundays after that until Christmas 8am- 4pm.
Saws are provided to cut your own trees and tarps for dragging if needed. Shaking and baling of the tree are included in the live tree purchase price. You can also find decorations, including kissing balls and wreaths, for sale. While you’re visiting Collopy Family Farm, don’t forget to get your free cookies, candy canes, hot chocolate, and a treat for your dog!
2019 hours: Opens the day after Thanksgiving, Saturdays 10am- 4pm, Sundays 11am- 4pm, weekdays by appointment.
Want to immerse yourself in holiday activities for an afternoon? You can either pay $45.00 for a pre-cut tree or to cut your own tree, or you can pay $75 for a tree AND a family sleigh ride. Don’t’ forget to check out their maple syrup selection before you leave, too. Handmade wreaths and garlands are also available, but you must call ahead to order.
Werner Tree Farm does not open for the 2019 season officially until Friday, November 29th. However, they recently publicized that they are allowing customers to pre-tag their trees on November 23-24 from 1pm-4pm. This means, if you’re itching to find that perfect tree now, you can pick out and reserve your tree at either one of those times. It will be waiting for you to cut when Werner’s officially opens on November 29th!
2019 Hours: November 29- December 23: Tuesday- Friday 12pm- 5pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10am- 5pm, December 24th from 10am- 3pm. **Note that the cut-your-own fields close at 4 when they are open for business, but you can buy a pre-cut tree or visit their shop until 5pm.
Werner Farm is special because they offer a wider variety of trees than most tree farms in Vermont. You can find Balsam Firs, Canaan Firs, Fraser Firs, Blue Spruce, White Spruce, and other mixed and exotic types of trees.
Also note that, on December 17, 18, and 19, Werner’s will also be offering centerpiece design workshops that any crafty parent won’t want to miss!
2019 Hours: Opening day is Sunday, December 1st. After that, Sunnybrook Farm will be selling Christmas trees on Saturdays and Sundays until Christmas from 10am-4pm or by appointment at any other time.
Sunnybrook Farm is located in close proximity to Montpelier. They grow their Balsam Fir Christmas trees without using herbicides. According to their webpage, they were the only farm recognized by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont, “As selling Vermont Organic Farmers Certified Christmas trees” in September 2016. Follow them on Facebook or send them an email for more information.
Meadow Ridge Farm, Middlesex, VT
2019 Hours: Saturdays and Sundays between Thanksgiving and Christmas from 9am-4pm.
According to their Facebook page, they sold out of Christmas trees on December 10 last year, so I’d recommend you go early in the season if you want one from Meadow Ridge! Meadow Ridge provides saws to cut your own trees and will shake and net your trees for no extra fee. They also have a selection of pre-cut trees to choose from and offer free coffee, hot chocolate, and homemade Christmas cookies, so take advantage of that during your visit!
2019 Hours: They opened on November 15, 2019, and will be open 9am-5pm every day until noon on December 24th.
According to their Facebook page, their 2019 cut your own tree inventory is quite low due to dry summers, but they are stocking an abundance of pre-cut trees.
In the past, pre-season tree tagging was allowed at Paine’s, and many people did it. You may want to contact Paine’s this year to be sure it’s still an option. Baling is included in the price of the tree when you cut your own. Can’t make it to the farm? You can order a freshly cut 6 to 7-foot tree and/or (a) wreath(s) to be delivered right to your door! Just be sure to order by December 8, 2019, or you’ll miss out on the possibility of delivery!
2019 Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 5 pm between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Located in Waterville, VT, this farm has a variety of sizes of trees for you to cut down. You can also pre-order garland to pick up. As an added bonus, they will cut down tall trees for you for an added fee. While you’re there, visit their holiday gift shop and visit their llamas!
2019 Hours: Fridays-Sundays 10am – dark, between Thanksgiving and December 15th or until sold out.
Paxton Greens offers Fraser and Balsam Firs and White Pines. You can cut your own or you can select a tree yourself and they will cut it for you. They also have a small selection of pre-cut trees you may choose from. They keep wreaths and garland in stock in their Christmas shop, but you can have either custom-made if you email or call ahead. Their Christmas shop also sells tree stands, and hot mulled cider is available.
2019 Hours: Opens November 29th, Fridays – Sundays 10am – 4 pm.
The majority of trees at Winslow Farms are Balsams. They finished selling Christmas trees on December 16th last year, so be sure to get your tree there before they tend to sell out.
2019 Hours: Opening the day after Thanksgiving, Dawn to dusk ***10am to 4pm are the best hours for them to wrap your tree if you’d like that service.
Moffatt’s has over 8,000 trees. Many of them are over 8 feet tall, but they carry a full variety of sizes of Balsam and Fraser Firs. Can’t wait until they open? You can go and pre-tag your tree per instructions on their website so you can come back and cut it when they open for the season. Moffatt’s also sells maple syrup, so buy some gifts while you’re there!
Cut Your Own: Vermont State Forests
Everything you need to know about this is here. There are a lot of guidelines, so read this entire link from the U.S. Forest Service to be sure you are cutting and transporting your tree safely and with respect for the environment. Also, note that permits to cut trees are only issued during the month of November, so hurry if you plan to try this!
How Else Can I Buy a Real Tree?
Of course, there are always tree sales on the sides of the road. They crop up everywhere. The Boy Scouts have some local spaces and some farms rent out local gas station parking lots to try to sell their pre-cut trees. Agway and many other stores also sell pre-cut trees.
I hope you head out there and have a great experience finding a real Christmas Tree this holiday season!
I’ll leave you with some tips to help your real tree last longer:
- Fir trees generally last longer than spruces.
- After sawing a few inches off the already cut trunk bottom, soak the tree in water before bringing it inside, if possible.
- After your tree is inside, saw off a couple more inches (this probably means you should cut a long trunk for your tree to begin with).
- Keep your tree away from radiators and fireplaces as best you can.
- Water your tree every day.
- Use low heat decorative lights; LEDs are best.
- Run a humidifier, if possible.
- Some people suggest adding aspirin or even Sprite to the tree water, but this is not something we know a lot about.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Vermont Mom!
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