If you’re looking to pick out your perfect Christmas tree, one idea is to make it a family adventure this year. Plan a trip to chop down your own tree, and make some new holiday memories.
The Southern Christmas Tree Association offers a list of Louisiana Christmas Tree farms where you can select and cut down your own tree.
Here is what’s good to know before you go: It’s always a good idea to call to confirm details with the farm the night before or morning before heading out. Also, know beforehand the total cost. It’s usually best to bring cash, but you can ask beforehand if farms take credit cards.
Here are a few Christmas tree farms near the New Orleans area that are open for the season:
Christmas Town – 23237 Highway 1057, Kentwood, La.
Look for this family-owned, choose-and-cut tree farm in Tangipahoa Parish offering trees from 3 feet to 12 feet. Christmas Town opens starting at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
Following opening day, the farm opens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 26 to Nov. 28. After opening weekend, Christmas Town hours are from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Call to confirm hours before arrival.
Visit the Christmas Town Facebook page for updates.
Shady Pond Tree Farm – 37226 Pine Street Extension, Pearl River, La.
This St. Tammany Parish farm boasts exotic Christmas trees from around the world.
According to the website, the farm opens starting on Nov. 26 to Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. After that, the Christmas tree farm opens every Thursday and Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 17. On Saturdays and Sundays, the farm opens from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 29. All dates and hours are weather permitting.
The farm allows cut by appointment from Dec. 21 to Dec. 23, before it closes for the season.
Visit the website for updates to the tree farm schedule.
Steele’s Christmas Tree Farm– 56459 Dollar Road, Angie, La.
Steele’s Christmas Tree Farm celebrates more than 40 years in Washington Parish. The farm recently provided the Christmas tree at Celebration in the Oaks.
According to the website, the farm opens starting on Thanksgiving Day at 2 p.m. On Black Friday, the farm opens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This Christmas tree farm supplies trees such as Leyland Cypress, Carolina Sapphire and Burki Cedar.
Hours of operation for the rest of the season are Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The farm provides saws for your selection, or workers on-site offer to help you. They also provide free shaking and bailing of all trees. Snow flocking is also an available option.
Farm owners recently announced they would only accept cash or check as forms of payment, but there’s an ATM machine on site.
Tiger Branch Christmas Trees – 18075 Tiger Branch Road, Covington, La.
Tiger Branch Christmas Trees opens for the season on Nov. 26.
Weather permitting, the farm opens from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 26 to Nov. 28, Dec. 4-5 and Dec. 11-12 for the 2021 season.
Choose from trees like Carolina Saphire, Leyland Cypress and Blue Ice at this St. Tammany Parish tree farm in Covington. The owners provide all the supplies such as saws and wrapping.
Everyone is welcome, even your canine friends, as long as they remain leashed at all times.
Tiger Branch only accepts cash or check. No professional photographers, at the owner’s request.
For more information, visit Tiger Branch’s Facebook page.
Yawn Station Christmas Tree Farm – 29400 Ruby Purivs Road, Independence, La.
For the 2021 season, Yawn Station Christmas Tree Farm opens on Nov. 20 to tag or cut field trees.
Owners say Fraser firs will also arrive in time for opening day.
Visitors can take a train ride through the farm to pick out the perfect tree. Varieties include Leyland Cypress (Leighton Green, Naylor Blue, Murray’s Ovensii), Young Arizona Cypress (Carolina Sapphire and Blue Ice) and Virgina pine trees. The trees range from 3 to 16 feet in height.
There are picnic tables and a play area for families wanting to spend a little extra time on the farm.
Farm owners say all trees must be picked up on or before Dec. 12. The farm will close for the 2021 season after Dec. 12.
The farm opens daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on Thanksgiving Day when it opens from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, visit the website.
985-878-6223 or 985-507-3236
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