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Where to cut your own Christmas tree on Long Island

Beginning on Black Friday through Dec. 22, visitors to Dart's Tree Farm in Southold can enter its "Magic Color Forest" of painted Christmas trees, take red carpet-like photos and join a children's scavenger hunt. Credit: Randee Daddona

For many families, cutting the perfect tree is an annual tradition. But if you’re new to the game, don’t forget to wear warm clothes, gloves and a solid pair of walking shoes.

Most farms don’t allow chain saws, but many provide handsaws, or you can bring your own. If you want to bring the puppy, call and ask if it’s OK.

Social distancing guidelines are in effect and face masks are required on the premises.

DART’S CHRISTMAS TREE FARM, 2355 Main Bayview Rd., Southold,, 631-765-4148. Hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Nov. 27-Dec. 24. Selection Fraser fir. Help available. Living Christmas trees to plant later. Customers can preorder colored trees (purple, pink, blue, magenta and turquoise). There's an 18th century barn, homemade wreaths, free hayrides for family groups on weekends. Hand sanitizer available, stay in family groups. Credit cards accepted.

ELWOOD PUMPKIN AND CHRISTMAS TREE FARM, 1500 E. Jericho Tpke., Huntington,, 631-368-8626. Hours 10 a.m.-dark Nov. 27 and Sat.-Sun. through Dec. 20, 3 p.m.-dark weekdays Nov. 30-Christmas Eve. Private appointments available. Selection Douglas fir, Fraser fir, Norway spruce, blue spruce. Bring a handsaw (no power saws). String provided to tie down tree.

LEWIN FARMS / BAITING HOLLOW NURSERIES, Fresh Pond Avenue, Calverton,, 631-929-4327. Hours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily Nov. 27-late Dec., arrive by 3 p.m. to cut; weather permitting. Selection Blue spruce, Douglas fir, white pine, Norway spruce and others. Handsaw provided with $5 deposit or bring your own; power saws allowed. Netting and rope provided. Tractor ride around farm. Live balled trees available. Hand sanitizer available. Fee $45-$60 for trees, cash.

MATT’S CHRISTMAS TREE FARM, 305 Weeks Ave., Manorville,, 631-875-1465. Hours 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wed.-Mon. from Nov. 27-Dec. 24, closed Tue. Santa noon-4 p.m. Nov. 27-29, Dec. 5-6, 12-13. Selection Norway spruce, blue spruce, white spruce, balsam fir and white/concolor fir; more than 10,000 trees from 2 to 14 feet. Bow saw provided or bring your own chain saw. Live Christmas trees for planting later, wreaths and tree stands available for purchase. Dogs allowed on leash; restrooms available. Fee $13 a foot; cash only.

PAUL’S LAWN & LANDSCAPE SERVICES AND CHRISTMAS TREE FARM, 240 Frowein Rd., Center Moriches, 631-236-6716 or 631-878-8645. Hours 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Nov. 27-Dec. 24. Selection Norway spruce, blue spruce, white spruce, Eastern red cedar, white/concolor fir and white pine. Handsaw provided, no power saws. Free netting. Live Christmas trees for planting later, Christmas store with wreaths, roping, blankets for purchase. Golf cart to drop off and pick up. Help available. Hand washing stations available, one family at a time allowed in the store. Fee $10 a foot; blue spruce and concolor fir $12 a foot; cash, checks and credit cards accepted.

SANTA’S CHRISTMAS TREE FARM, 30105 Main Rd., Cutchogue,, 631-735-9242. Hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Selection Trees at various heights, Douglas fir, concolor fir and Fraser fir. Handsaws provided (no powers saws). Help available. Santa visits 11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends, Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve. Christmas store with wreaths, grave blankets, kissing balls, roping and swags. Live reindeer, chickens and cows. Tailgating, motorcycles and RVs welcome. See website for more info on Covid restrictions. Fee $85 up to 9 feet; taller trees as marked.

SHAMROCK CHRISTMAS TREE FARM, 20685 Main Rd., Mattituck, 631-298-4118, 631-298-4619, Hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Nov. 27-Dec. 24. Selection Douglas and Fraser firs, handsaws provided, no power saws. Helpers available. Trees netted and tied to car. Living Christmas trees for planting later, antique sled display, Christmas shop with wreaths, boughs, roping and more. Take a train ride around farm with plexiglass shields between cars (weather permitting). Picnic area with large fire pit. No tailgating, no pets. Fee $5 a person train rides.

TILDEN LANE FARM, 43 Wyckoff St., Greenlawn, 631-533-5960, Hours 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., Sun. Nov. 28-29, Dec. 5-6 and 12-13. Selection Limited Colorado blue spruce, Norway spruce, concolor fir. Wreaths and sprays are available. Handsaws sanitized between each use, hand sanitizer available, gloves distributed, tree netting and tie-on-car help provided. No restrooms. Fee $75 for trees, cash or checks only.

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