There’s nothing quite like cutting down your own Christmas tree. So when Thanksgiving has passed and the Christmas feeling arrives, round up the family and head to a local farm. Across New Hampshire, you’ll find classic farms with all varieties of spruce and fir just waiting to be selected. Here are the 10 best Christmas tree farms in the state.
At Muehlke Family Tree Farm, you may claim your tree in November and come back to cut it down in December. Or you may simply show up in December, select a tree and cut it down. Located on the west side of Gunstock Mountain, the site of the tree farm was once a series of ski slopes that were reforested. Leave your credit cards home when you visit., they don’t accept them. They will take your cash or check, however.
Ridge’s End is a “cut only” tree farm, but there are plenty available. Your tree will be wrapped at no cost, so you can easily mount it on top of your vehicle. There’s hot chocolate, coffee, tea, hot cider, nd cookies available, so you can enjoy a fun family afternoon.
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Featuring over 100 acres of “cut your own Christmas trees,” Tonry Tree Farm is a family-owned business, and has been for more than 50 years. They also sell a variety of wreaths and various decorations to adorn your home for Christmas.
Bring the entire family to Donaghey Christmas Tree Farm. Cut your tree, and then stay for hot chocolate and cookies. A small family business that started in the early 1970s, they don’t accept credit or debit cards. They will provide sleds to haul your tree to your vehicle, too.
The first Christmas trees at Windcrest Farm were planted in 1983. Their first harvest took place in 1990. Since then it’s been a favorite spot for New Hampshire folks to cut down their own Christmas trees. Featuring two acres of organic trees, they offer several different kinds. They are open on Saturdays and Sundays beginning in November. No credit cards accepted.
Opening the day after Thanksgiving, Glove Hollow Christmas Tree Farm offers thousands of trees on hundreds of acres. In addition, you may purchase already-cut trees, boughs, wreaths and more. Enjoy a horse-drawn hayride when you visit on the weekends.
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Sundance Farm isn’t just the perfect place to cut your Christmas tree, it’s a wonderful spot to enjoy an old-fashioned winter setting. Enjoy hot apple cider after cutting down your tree. Check out their gift shop where you can buy real New Hampshire maple syrup and a variety of crafts.
Open weekends only in November and December, Archambault Tree Farm is open for tagging and cutting. Beginning the weekend after Thanksgiving, they add Fridays to their schedule as well. Even if you don’t get there to tag a tree, rest assured there will still be plenty to cut when you get there.
Opening the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve, Nichols Trees has trees up to 15 feet-tall that you can cut and haul away. In addition, they have wreaths and a variety of Christmas decorations for your home.
At Forster Christmas Tree Farm and Gift Shop, they plant between 1,400 and 1,500 new trees each year. That means there are always 8-10 acres of trees from which to choose each season. While there, be sure to check out the gift shop, where you won’t just find Christmas décor, but a variety of gifts for all seasons.