The best places on the island to cut down your own tree
’Tis the season for Christmas trees. Whether you cut your own right after Thanksgiving or toss in all of the holiday fun days before Christmas Eve, these Christmas tree farms are waiting to give you a unique experience as you cut down your own Tannenbaum.
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Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm
20685 Main Rd., Mattituck · 631-298-4118, 631-298-4619 · shamrockchristmastreefarm.com
Get into the holiday spirit at this family owned and operated farm. Since 1987, Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm has grown some of the most beautiful trees in the area. From carolers to wine tastings and a Christmas shop with wreaths and boughs there are plenty of activities for families. Take a train ride around the farm (weather permitting) or enjoy an antique sled display. As for the Christmas tree, choose from Douglas and Fraser firs (handsaws provided, no power saws) and then prepare for a visit with Santa (call ahead). No pets allowed. Call for fees for trees; train ride is $5 a person. Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from Nov. 29 through Christmas Eve.
812 Sound Ave., Calverton · 631-929-4327 · www.lewinfarm.com
There’s a lot of green to choose from at Lewin Farms. Tree selection features Douglas Fir, Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce and White Pine. A handsaw is provided with a $5 deposit or bring your own. Power saws are allowed and netting and rope provided. Enjoy a tractor ride around farm. Precut trees and live balled trees are both available. Fees are: $40-$60 a tree, cash only. Open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from Nov. 29 until late December. Arrive by 3:30 p.m. to cut; weather permitting.
Matt’s Christmas Tree Farm
305 Weeks Ave., Manorville · 631-875-1465 · mattschristmastreefarm.com
If you get a tree from Matt’s Christmas Tree Farm, you’ll be provided with everything you need to choose and cut the perfect tree: bow saws, trailer rides back, netting, loading and tying assistance and even candy canes for the kids. Choose from Norway spruce, blue spruce, white spruce, balsam fir and white/concolor fir. There are more than 10,000 trees from 2 to 14 feet. If you come on a weekend from noon to 4 p.m., you might see Santa. Dogs are allowed on a leash. Fee: $13 a foot, except blue spruce, $17 a foot; cash only. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday through Monday from Nov. 29 through Christmas Eve. Closed on Tuesdays.
Elwood Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Farm
1500 East Jericho Tpke., Huntington · 631-368-8626, 631-766-0485 · www.elwoodpumpkinfarm.com
Bring a saw and cut your own tree or have one cut for you. Elwood Christmas Tree Farm also offers many trees that are precut on their 20-acre farm. Cut your own tree hours are Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to dark and weekdays from 3 p.m. to dark. The precut tree lot remains open everyday until 7 p.m. Douglas and Fraser firs, Norway and blue spruces and white pine trees are available. The cost is $12-18 per foot. Open through Christmas Eve.
Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm
30105 Main Rd., at Depot Lane, Cutchogue · 631-735-9242 · www.santaschristmastreefarm.com
With more than 23 acres of trees that include Douglas Fir, Concolor Fir and Blue Spruce, cut your own tree and enjoy the day doing Christmas-filled activities. Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm also includes a Christmas store and Santa Express rides. Included free when you visit is face painting, balloon-making, samples of hot-spiced apple cider and personalization of almost everything in the store. Santa is pet friendly as long as your pet is friendly and on a leash. Tree cost: $85 up to 15 feet. Open through the end of the holiday season.