Christmas Trees: Where to Cut Them Down or Buy Them

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

It’s that time of year — time to put up your Christmas tree!

If you’re the real deal and would never go artificial, you’re in luck. Around Baristaville, choices for Christmas trees abound. Want to go rustic? Head out to western Jersey or up to the border of New York state for a true cut-it-yourself tree experience. Looking for a quick pick-and-wrap experience? We’ve got you covered.

Here’s the scoop on where to get your Christmas tree:

Back-to-Basics:  Load up the family in the car and head on out for a true cut-it-down-yourself experience the whole family will remember:

Stehli Trees
455 Route 515, Vernon, NJ
Head out to Vernon, NJ to Stehli Trees, a traditional cut-down-your-own Christmas tree farm run by Christine Glickson and her daughter, Kathryn Schaub. They don’t use any herbicides or pesticides and have a natural, gentle approach to farming.

Shale Hills Farm

98 Pond School Road, Sussex, NJ

In Sussex, New Jersey, this farm offers up cut-your-own trees with a full array of other Christmas festivities to make your time even more fun.  While there, try out the Candy Cane Cottage where you can get a treat to eat.  They have a Wildlife Sanctuary and a variety of Farm animals.

Dixie Dale Farm
351 Hillside Avenue  Chatham, NJ

Right nearby in Chatham, Dixie Dale Farm offers the best of both worlds: pick the tree and cut it down yourself or they will do it for you.

Alstede Farms
84 Route 513 (Old Route 24), Chester, NJ (or enter this address for your GPS):  1 Chesterfield Drive, Chester, NJ

If you’d like to make a day of it, head out to Chester and stroll around the cute town.  Then, stop by Alstede Farms where the staff will help you find your perfect tree.  They will even have it delivered to you!

Wyckoff’s Christmas Tree Farm
249 County Road 519 (Mile Marker 39), Belvidere, NJ

Out in Belvidere, Wyckoff’s Farm has been in the family since 1839 and is entering its 44th year of selling Christmas trees.  It’s safe to say these guys know their stuff!  Head to Belvidere and take part in the weekend hay rides (weather permitting) and soak in the beautiful views as you prepare to cut down your own tree.

One more great resource?  This guide offers information on where to get your trees all over northern New Jersey.

The Quick Pick:  For those of us on-the-run this holiday season, stop by one of these places for diverse selections of pre-cut trees:

Brookside Garden Center
551 North Broad Street  Bloomfield, NJ

Close by and full of good trees, this local favorite is a logical choice when you’re looking to buy quality in a convenient location.

Fred’s Christmas Trees
875 Grove Street, Clifton, NJ

Caldwell Nursery
246 Passaic Avenue, West Caldwell, NJ

This local best-bet has a selection of trees for sale. It’s a great place to go for a fine selection of Christmas decorations and finding the perfect pre-cut tree all in one trip.

Pleasantdale Nurseries
240 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ

Pleasantdale Nurseries is a family business that is offering a great deal to our readers:  Just mention Barista Kids and/or Baristanet and you will get 10% off!

Ploch’s Home and Garden Center
1172 Broad Street, Clifton, NJ

Ploch’s also has a second garden center location:  Strawberry Blossom Home and Garden Center, 1364 Route 23, Wayne, NJ, 973.694.7500

A little bonus?  These two locations are offering Holiday Bucks to help customers get great deals on their trees and other holiday purchases:

Richfield Farms
1139 Van Houten Avenue, Clifton, NJ

Ritchfield Farms carries cut Christmas trees, “all drilled and standing on pins for you to chose from.” They carry “cut Balsam Firs, Concolor Firs, Frasier Firs and Douglas Firs from 3′ to 14′ tall.” They will cut, drill and net your tree for no extra charge. One other option?  “Looking to plant your Christmas tree outside, shop our large selection of potted Evergreens to use indoors and then transplant outside. A great alternative to a cut tree… a live tree!”

Hillcrest Farms & Greenhouse
377 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona, NJ
973.239.0809 ‎

Stop by Hillcrest Farms and Greenhouse for trees and other holiday decorations.

Maplewood Rotary Club holds its annual Christmas tree sale. They are offering  freshly cut Douglas and Frazier trees in all different sizes. It’s for a good cause, all proceeds go to charity!
Maplewood Pool, 187 Boyden Avenue, Maplewood, NJ

Lowes and Home Depot sell trees at reasonable prices.  West Orange Whole Foods is selling 7′-8′ foot trees at good prices, and they are even partnering with Trees for the Future by donating five trees for every Fraser Fir tree purchased. And of course, several shopping plazas are selling trees:  you can stop by the West Orange Plaza and also the Pathmark shopping plaza in Montclair to get quality Christmas trees.

If you know of a great place, give us your recommendation in comments and we’ll add it to our official list!

(Photo: Flickr)


  1. POSTED BY montclairjane  |  November 29, 2011 @ 7:10 pm

    We bought our tree from a nursery last year and paid $90 for it – it was nothing special and we definitely over-paid for it. This year we got our tree at Home Depot for just $35, great deal! The sales person was extremely helpful and knowledgable, I highly recommend simple Home Depot for those on a budget!

  2. POSTED BY kindero  |  December 05, 2011 @ 7:45 pm

    We went to Shale Hill Farms over the weekend. Many of their cut your owns were in bad shape,mbrowning from the inside out. We weren’t the only one to leave without a tree that morning. Just got ours tonight at vendor in the parking lot in the WO Whole Foods/KMart lot. Any tree for $29.99…extra for a fresh cut and/or netting. Tree was in great shape, and selection there was super.

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