‘Tis the season of twinkly lights, snowstorms, and wooly mittens.
It’s also the season for freshly cut Vermont Christmas trees, ready and waiting to bring their heady fragrance and stately grace to your living room for the holiday season.
Is there anything as Vermonty as cutting your own Christmas tree while sipping hot chocolate as the snow gently falls around you?
Ask most Vermonters and they will be quick to tell you about their favorite Christmas tree farm, along with their delightful memories of picking out a special tree every year with their families.
The farm we visited every year near Newport is no longer in operation, but I still remember traipsing up the hill through the snow looking for the most magical Christmas tree and arguing with my brother about which one would come home with us.
There are dozens of Christmas tree farms in Vermont, where you can find all sizes of beautiful fir trees, along with wreaths, garland, and other types of all-natural decor.
Whether you’re a local or a visitor, bringing home a freshly cut Vermont Christmas tree is a great way to start the holiday season!
Cutting your tree makes for a memorable experience, but you can also find trees that are pre-cut and ready to go. Here are 11 beautiful Christmas tree farms in Vermont where you can kick off the holidays with your own perfect tree.
Vermont Christmas Tree Farms Map
No matter where you happen to be in Vermont, there’s a beautiful Christmas tree farm nearby. All of the Vermont Christmas tree farms in this post are listed on the map below.
Mt. Anthony Tree Farms in Pownal, Vermont
Specializing in cut-your-own and wholesale trees, Mt. Anthony Tree Farms in Pownal is southern Vermont’s largest producer of Christmas trees with two locations and more than 60,000 Christmas trees in production.
At Mt. Anthony Tree Farms, you can cut your own Fraser or balsam fir tree, or choose one of the beautiful pre-cut trees. Hand saws and netting are provided. There is plenty of parking and the land is flat and easily accessible.
Mt. Anthony Tree Farms
North Pownal, VT
Friday – Sunday: 9 am – 4 pm (beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving)
JAC Frost Family Tree Farm in Bennington, Vermont
Bennington’s newest Christmas tree venture is located just outside of the downtown area on Morgan Street. JAC Frost is a family-run tree farm where you can tag a tree as early as October 1st and come back to cut it when you’ve got Christmas fever (after November 19th).
Not only does JAC Frost sell beautiful cut-your-own Christmas trees, but you can also warm up with hot cider and candy canes, purchase locally-made baked goods, and leave behind your letters for Santa. Wreaths and garland are also available, as well as Christmas gifts and decor.
JAC Frost Family Tree Farm
1378 Morgan Street
10/1/22-11/18/22 for tagging
Every day from 9 am – 5 pm
11/19/22-12/21/22 for cutting
Monday – Thursday: 12 pm – 4 pm (closed Thanksgiving Day)
Friday – Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm
Walker Farm’s Elysian Hills in Dummerston, Vermont
Elysian Hills Tree Farm is a certified organic farm in Dummerston, Vermont, and part of the larger Walker Farm. The Manix family currently manages 20 acres of Christmas trees as well as another 100+ acres of conserved land. 1,500 new Christmas trees are planted each year.
Selling both balsam and Cannan fir trees for cut-your-own, as well as pre-cut trees in a variety of sizes. You can also pick up hand-crafted wreaths, kissing balls, garland, fresh produce, cheese, and maple syrup – basically everything you need for a festive Vermont Christmas.
Walker Farm’s Elysian Hills
223 Knapp Road
Open for the season on Saturday, November 26, 2022, until Christmas Eve or they are sold-out
Monday – Friday: 12 – 4 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm
Christmas Trees of Vermont in Springfield
Find your perfect Christmas tree, convene with Santa Claus, and enjoy a ride on the “Jolly Trolly at Christmas Trees of Vermont in Springfield.
This certified organic tree farm grows more than 60 acres of fragrant Fraser fir trees. Located between the Connecticut River and Skitchewaug Mountain, not only is this a beautiful location to make holiday memories, but the fertile soil is ideal for Christmas Tree production.
Christmas Trees of Vermont offers cut-your-own and pre-cut trees of various sizes, and leashed dogs are welcome.
Christmas Trees of Vermont
987 Connecticut River Road (Route 5)
Open for the season on Friday, November 25, 2022, until Christmas Eve
7 days a week: 10 am – 4 pm
L.H. Stowell and Son in Brookfield, Vermont
Why drive all the way to Brookfield, Vermont to cut your own Vermont Christmas tree? There are many good reasons!
L.H. Stowell and Son has been selling freshly cut Christmas trees since 1925, and they’ve got no intention of stopping. Make a day of your tree-hunting adventure – warm up by the wood furnace in the Christmas barn, indulge in a few baked goods from the charity bake sale, and stock up on maple products and Christmas greenery.
There’s even an electric train display that kiddos (and kids at heart) will love.
One thing that sets L.H. Stowell and Son apart is the variety of trees they grow and sell. Choose from a traditional balsam or Fraser fir, or go rogue and cut a red, white, blue, or Norway spruce.
L.H. Stowell and Son
1591 Twin Pond Road
Check the Facebook page for up-to-date information
Friday – Sunday: 9 am – 4 pm
Werner Tree Farm in Middlebury, Vermont
Werner Tree Farm is a gorgeous solar-powered, family-run Christmas Tree Farm on the outskirts of Middlebury, Vermont. The Werners have been selling cut-your-own and pre-cut Christmas trees for 40 years, along with wreaths, garland, hay, honey, and maple syrup.
Choose from a variety of different trees, including balsam firs, Canaan firs, balsam/Fraser crosses, balsam/Veitch crosses, white pines, blue spruce, and white spruce.
A trip to Werner Tree Farm is about more than just scoring the perfect Christmas tree. You can also sip a complimentary hot chocolate while checking out the model trains or pay a visit to Twister the Christmas pony.
Werner Tree Farm
429 Painter Road
Open for the season on Friday, November 25, 2022, until Christmas Eve
Tuesday – Friday: 12 – 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
Northern Vermont Llama Co and Christmas Tree Farm in Waterville, Vermont
What’s not to love about a Vermont Christmas tree farm that also happens to be home to a herd of adorable llamas?
Northern Vermont Llama Co and Christmas Tree Farm offer choose-and-cut Christmas trees as well as a selection of precut trees, which they’ve been growing on their farm since 1988.
A beautiful gift shop features a model train set, beautiful llama-fiber hats, scarves, ornaments, and stuffed animals. as well as a selection of hand-crafted wreaths.
Be sure to Visit the “Island of Misfit Trees” for less-than-perfect trees that may be just right for your family!
Northern Vermont Llama Co and Christmas Tree Farm
766 Lapland Road
Opening for the season on Friday, November 25, 2022
Friday – Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm
Murray Hill Farm in Waterbury Center, Vermont
Established in 1976, Murray Hill Farm is a family-run Christmas tree farm on 86 gorgeous acres in Waterbury with more than 20,000 trees in production. Choose from popular balsam or Fraser fir trees or opt for the less common white pine or Colorado spruce.
Families return to Murray Hill Farm year after year to choose the perfect tree and catch up with friends and neighbors while sipping hot cocoa or mulled cider on the porch.
Murray Hill Farm
865 Guptil Road
Waterbury Center, Vermont
Opening day is Friday, November 25, 2022, until Christmas Eve
7 days a week, 9 am until dark
Pineberry Farm in Wheelock, Vermont
Located on the side of Wheelock Mountain, Pineberry Farm’s rugged landscape is the perfect habitat for balsam fir trees, better known as the quintessential Vermont Christmas tree. Visitors have been coming to harvest their Christmas tree at Pineberry for more than 50 years, and generation after generation fall in love with this beautiful mountain farm on 200 acres.
Visit Pineberry Farm seven days a week for your perfect Christmas tree, and don’t forget a beautiful hand-crafted wreath to add to the holiday cheer!
1514 Vertical Mile Road
7 days a week, 9 am – 5 pm
Purinton Family Tree Farm in Huntington, Vermont
The Purintons have been producing maple syrup on their farm in Hungtington since 1979. Not only does the family tap 17,000 sugar maple trees on 350 acres of land, but they also run a robust choose-and-cut Christmas tree operation. Purninton Family Tree Farm currently manages 14,000 balsam fir trees on 14 acres of land.
If you head out to this beautiful Vermont Christmas tree farm, be sure to stock up on maple products while you’re there, including the famous maple cotton candy. The Purnintons also sell hand-crafted wreaths and kissing balls.
Purinton Family Tree Farm
190 Pond Road
Open Friday, November 25, 2022, until Christmas Eve
Monday – Friday: 12:30 – 4:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday 9 am – 4:30 pm
Russell Christmas Tree Farm in Starksboro, Vermont
Your journey to find the perfect Christmas tree at Russell Farm begins with a horse-drawn sleigh or carriage ride across a snowy field to a small lot of balsam and Fraser firs. Or, for easier access, you can head to the nearby “south lot” where you will find a larger selection of trees, as well as handmade wreaths and maple syrup.
Russell Christmas Tree Farm
1248 VT Route 116
Friday, November 25, 2022, until December 11, 2022
Thursday and Fridays: 12 – 4 pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 10 am – 4 pm
Tips for Cutting Your Perfect Tree at a Vermont Christmas Tree Farm
Whether you’ve been visiting Vermont Christmas tree farms for years to cut your tree, or this is your very first time, here are a few reminders to make your adventure memorable for all the right reasons.
Dress appropriately for the weather. Wear cozy merino wool layers, a warm coat, thick wool socks, and snow boots.
Hand warmers are great to keep in your pockets!
Keep your tree and family safe – bring more robust rope, bungees, ratchet straps, etc. than you think you need.
Protect the roof or inside of your car from sticky pitch and needles. Bring a tarp, sheet, or blanket to go underneath your tree.
Verify the method of payment that the farm you are visiting accepts before making the trip to get your tree.
Visit early enough in the day to enjoy your tree-hunting adventure before dark.
Call the farm ahead if you are looking for a tree larger than 12′.
Ensure dogs are allowed before bringing them to the tree farm, and always keep them on a leash and clean up after them.
Most Vermont Christmas tree farms have saws that you can use, but it’s not guaranteed. Bring your own, just in case.
Snow tires with adequate tread on at least the drive wheels are a good idea.
Not only are Vermont Christmas tree farms an important part of the state’s rural economy and heritage, but they’ve come to embrace a timeless and almost mythical tradition that has been shared by families across Vermont for generations.
Do you choose and cut a tree from one of these Vermont Christmas tree farms? We’d love to hear about your favorite memories in the comments!
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Tara Schatz is a freelance writer and the founder and editor-in-chief of Vermont Explored and Back Road Ramblers, an American road trip blog. She is also the co-author of the 3rd edition of AMC’s Best Day Hikes in Vermont (pre-order your copy for the 2023 release date in May).
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