By Natalie Coloprisco
Those shopping for a Christmas tree are once again faced with the same choice: Buy a pre-cut tree from the store, or drive to the East End and chop it down yourself.
Sure, either way the buyer is going home with a tree that will fill the home with that pine-fresh smell and embrace all those special family ornaments. But ask anyone who’s grabbed a saw, marched into the woods and hunted down that perfect Douglas Fir or White Spruce—there’s nothing like chopping down your own Christmas tree.
Whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent-flyer looking for a new farm to try, here are 12 Christmas tree farms on Long Island to visit this holiday season to find that perfect tree:
Carter Christmas Tree Farm
This farm promises old-fashioned holiday fun while cutting down a fresh Christmas tree. Tree wrapping is available for most trees, and handsaws are provided. Varieties include Douglas Fir, Scotch Pine, White Spruce and Norway Spruce, with trees ranging in size from 3 to 9 feet. 123 N. Country Rd., Miller Place. 631-331-4699 cartertreefarm.org 9 a.m. –4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Nov.19-Dec. 18.
Dart’s Christmas Tree Farm
This third-generation historic North Fork family farm is only selling pre-cut Fraser fir and Concolor fir while they wait for trees to grow back following prior years’ harvest in their “Magic Forest.” But they still offer a fittingly festive seasonal family outing, nonetheless. 2355 Main Bayview Rd., Southold. 631-765-4148. dartschristmastreefarm.com 9 a.m.-5 p.m.daily Nov. 25-Dec. 24.
Elwood Christmas Tree Farm
Long Island’s westernmost Christmas tree farm invites you to bring your own saw and search their 22-acre farm for that perfect tree. They also sell pre-cut Frasier Firs. 1500 East Jericho Tpke., Huntington. 631-368-8626. elwoodpumpkinfarm.com 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays, 3–7 p.m. Monday-Friday Nov. 25-Dec.24.
Travel through the farm on a large tractor-drawn wagon as you search for the perfect tree. Saws are available for rent with a $5 deposit, which is taken off the total purchase. Refreshments and a snack stand are all on site. Pre-cut and “balled” trees also available. Varieties include Douglas Fir, Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce and White Pine. 812 Sound Ave., Calverton. 631-929-4327. lewinfarm.com 9-4 p.m. Nov. 25-Dec. 18.
Matt’s Christmas Tree Farm
Guests will be provided with all the tools needed to cut the perfect tree. With a selection of more than 10,000 trees, there will be quite the variety. Trees range in size from 2 to 10 feet. 305 Weeks Ave., Manorville. 631-875-1465. mattschristmastreefarm.com 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nov. 25-Dec. 24. Closed Tuesdays.
Mike’s Christmas Tree Farm
A small farm with a huge selection of different trees. Cut the perfect tree accompanied by the sound of Christmas carols. Saws are provided, as well as tree wrapping, and assistance in carrying your tree to the car. Selection includes Norway Spruce, White Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce and more. Dogs on leashes welcome. 323 Weeks Ave., Manorville. 631-874-3551 alsonetworks.com 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nov. 25-Dec. 24.
Muller’s Christmas Tree Farm
Selection includes White Pine, Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce and White Spruce. Also check out their gift shop! 338 Woodland Ave., Manorville. 631-878-1060. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 3, 4, 10 and 11.
Paul’s Christmas Tree Farm
The wide variety of trees for sale here include Blue Spruce, White Spruce, White Pine, Douglas Fir, Norway Spruce, Concolor Fir, Fraser Fir, Balsam Fir and Canaan Fir. They also sell pre-cut trees, wreaths, potted trees and other novelties in their gift shop. 240 Frowein Rd., Center Moriches. 631-878-8645. ctfany.org 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 25-Dec. 24.
Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm
This farm has 45,000 trees chose from, including Douglas Fir, Concolor Fir and Blue Spruce, up to 15-feet tall. On the weekends there will be a special guest appearance from Santa Clause from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There’s also pony rides, live reindeer that you can feed, and a large retail store filled with gifts, fresh wreaths, custom bows, and more. They’ll even help you chop your tree, carry it to the car, and rope it to the roof. Tailgating, picnics, and dogs on leashes are always welcome. 30105 Main St., Cutchogue. 631-734-8641. santaschristmastreefarm.com 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm
Enjoy Christmas carols, train rides around the farm, life-sized nutcrackers, a holiday gift shop, a fire pit, and a snack shed. Santa visits 12-5p.m. Saturday and Sunday. They have 5-to-9-foot-tall Douglas Firs, plus pre-cut, “balled” trees, potted Spruces and 4-foot Charlie Brown trees. 20685 Main Rd., Mattituck. 631-298-4619. shamrockchristmastreefarm.com 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 25-Dec.24.
Tilden Lane Farm
This 225-year old farm has a variety of different trees to choose from. Saws will be provided, and there is plenty of help. 48 Wyckoff St., Greenlawn. They also sell holly and wreaths. 631-261-6392 tildenlanefarm.com 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday Nov. 26, 27, Dec. 3, 4, and Dec. 10, 11
Cut your own tree with your saw or borrow theirs when you find the perfect one. Enjoy a free cup of hot chocolate or cider and some popcorn while sitting around the fire pit. Pet-friendly, dogs on leashes are always welcome. You can also purchase fresh wreaths, centerpieces and garlands. 11825 Oregon Rd., Cutchogue. 631-734-5036. zuhoskifarms.com 9 a.m.-dusk. Nov. 25-Dec. 24.