Sure, it's easier to put up a boxed store-bought evergreen, but the best part of the season is trotting through the fields to cut down your own one-of-a-kind Christmas tree. Visit one of these Long Island Christmas tree farms where you can cut down your own evergreen with the family.
Muller's Christmas Tree Farm
338 Woodland Ave., Manorville, 631-878-1060
Hours: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. the first two weekends in December.
Selection: White pine, blue spruce, Norway spruce. Call ahead, limited availability. Saw provided, free netting, help available, small Christmas shop.
Fee: Call; cash only.
Elwood Pumpkin Farm
1500 E. Jericho Tpke., Huntington, 631-368-8626, elwoodpumpkinfarm.com
Hours: 3-4:30 p.m. (pre-cut till 7 p.m.) Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-dark (pre-cut till 7 p.m.) Sat.-Sun. Nov. 18-19; Nov. 24-Christmas Eve; 10 a.m.-dark.
Selection: Douglas fir, Fraser fir, Norway spruce, blue spruce and white pine. Bring a handsaw to cut yours down or employees will cut it down for you (no power saws). Netting and ropes provided to tie down tree vehicle.
Fee: $13-$20 a foot.
Lewin Farms / Baiting Hollow Nurseries
Fresh Pond Avenue, Calverton, 631-929-4327, lewinfarm.com
Hours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily Nov. 25-late Dec., arrive by 3:30 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 to tie down tree. Tractor ride around farm, restroom on site.
Fee: $40-$60 per tree, all types and sizes.
Mike's Christmas Tree Farm
323 Weeks Ave., Manorville, 631-874-3551
Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily Nov. 24-Christmas Eve.
Selection: White spruce, Norway spruce, Serbian spruce, blue spruce, balsam fir and other varieties. Living Christmas trees to plant later, wreaths made on the premises and boughs are available. Saws provided, trees bagged and tied, helpers available.
Fee: $16 a foot; cash only.
Paul's Lawn & Landscape Services and Christmas Tree Farm
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. 24-Christmas Eve.
Selection: Norway spruce, blue spruce, white spruce, Eastern red cedar, white/concolor fir and white pine. Handsaw provided, no power saws. Live Christmas trees for planting later, Christmas store with wreaths, roping, blankets for purchase. Golf cart to drop off and pick up. Helpers available and free netting and tree tied down to your car. Free hot chocolate and popcorn.
Fee: $10 a foot; blue spruce and concolor fir $12 a foot; cash, checks and credit cards accepted.
Matt's Christmas Tree Farm
305 Weeks Ave., Manorville, mattschristmastreefarm.com, 631-875-1465
Hours 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wed.-Mon. Nov. 24-Christmas Eve, closed Tue.
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: $12 a foot, except blue spruce, $16 a foot; cash only.
Santa's Christmas Tree Farm
30105 Main Rd. and Depot Lane, Cutchogue, 631-734-8641, santaschristmastreefarm.com
Hours: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily, open until 8 p.m. during holiday season.
Selection: More than 45,000 trees at various heights, blue spruce, Colorado blue spruce, white/concolor fir, Fraser fir and Douglas fir. Handsaws provided or bring your own (no powers saws). Help available. Santa visits weekends 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve. Christmas store with wreaths, blankets, kissing balls, roping and swags. Free Santa Express hayride around farm; live reindeer, farm animals, popcorn, hot chocolate with whipped cream, mulled cider and picnic tables. Musicians and carolers throughout season. Pony rides (fee). Free educational tours to schools and Scouts. Tailgating, motorcycles and RVs welcome. Trees available all year. Farm available for weddings, special and charity events.
Fee: $75 a tree, up to 8 feet; $95 for taller trees.
Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm
20685 Main Rd., Mattituck, 631-298-4118, 631-298-4619 Hours 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily Nov. 24-Christmas Eve. Selection Douglas and Fraser firs, handsaws provided, no power saws. Helpers available. Trees netted and tied to car. Living Christmas trees for planting later, Christmas shop with wreaths, boughs, roping and more. Take a 14-minute train ride (fee) around farm (weather permitting) and antique sled display. Wine tasting, snacks, restroom, picnic area with large fireplace. Santa visits noon to 5 p.m. every Sat. and Sun. No pets allowed. Fee $75 all cut-your-own trees; train ride $5 a person.
ZUHOSKI FARMS, 11825 Oregon Rd., Cutchogue, 631-734-5036, Hours Main location: 9:30 a.m.-dusk, Sat.-Sun. Nov. 25- Dec. 24. Satellite location, northwest corner of Bridge Lane and Route 48, Cutchogue: 9:30 a.m.- dusk daily Nov. 25-Dec. 24. Selection Douglas firs, up to 12 feet tall. Living Christmas trees to plant later, wreaths, roping, grave blankets, kissing balls, swags and centerpieces also available. Handsaws provided; employees also will cut for you. Free tree netting and tying to your vehicle. Free hayrides around farm, popcorn and hot chocolate. Satellite location has pre-cut and balled Christmas trees available. Fee $75 cut your own Douglas Fir and Blue spruce; $45 and up for pre-cut trees; $55 live, bald and burlaped trees. Cash only, ATM on site. Dogs allowed.
Tilden Lane Farm, 48 Wyckoff St., Greenlawn: Hours 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., Sun. Nov. 25-26, Dec. 2-3 and Dec. 9-10. Selection Blue spruce, Norway spruce, white spruce, white/ concolor fir and Fraser fir. Wreaths, bundled boughs, pine cones and holly also for sale. Handsaws provided or bring your own (no power saws), free tree netting and helpers available to tie tree to your vehicle. No restrooms. Fee $70-$80 all cut-your-own trees; cash or checks only.