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 farms where you can select and cut down your own tree.
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 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. The farm opens starting Thanksgiving Day. Hours Mondays through Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Farm owners say they provide families with a hand saw to cut their own tree. Families can also opt to have on-site workers do the work for them.
On weekends, customers can enjoy complimentary coffee and cocoa. Plus, especially for kids, the farm offers cookies and letters to Santa. If you want to document the memory with your family, the business also has a photographer on-site.
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. 23 to Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
After that, the farm opens every Thursday and Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 21, weather permitting. On Saturdays and Sundays, the farm opens from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 22. The farm allows cut by appointment from Dec. 23 and Dec. 24 before it closes for the season.
Steele’s Christmas Tree Farm – 56459 Dollar Road, Angie, La.
This family-run farm in Washington Parish supplies trees such as Leyland Cypress, Carolina Sapphire and Blue Ice Christmas Trees, ranging from 5 feet to 12 feet tall. According to the website, the farm opens starting on Thanksgiving Day at 2 p.m.
Hours of operation for the season are Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The farm provides saws for your selection, or workers on-site offer to help you. Snow flocking is also an available option. Families are welcomed to bring leashed pets to the farm. Enjoy tractor-drawn hayrides on weekends.
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Tiger Branch Christmas Trees – 18075 Tiger Branch Road, Covington, La.
Choose from trees like Carolina Saphire, Leyland Cypress and Blue Cedar at this St. Tammany Parish tree farm.
The owners provide saws and wrapping and you do the rest. Everyone is welcome, even your canine friends, as long as they remain leashes.
The farm is open Nov. 23 to Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Nov. 24, Santa will be stopping by the farm to take pictures with visitors. Heads up: The farm only accepts cash or check.
Yawn Station Christmas Tree Farm – 29400 Ruby Purivs Road, Independence, La.
Hop aboard the train and let the conductor take you on a ride through the farm so you can pick out the perfect tree.
Varieties include Leyland Cypress (Leighton Green, Naylor Blue, Murray’s Ovensii) and Young Arizona Cypress (Carolina Sapphire). The trees range from 3 to 12 feet in height so there is something for everyone.
Saws and netting will be provided by the farm. The farm will also offer drilling for your stand. There are picnic tables and a play area for families wanting to spend a little extra time on the farm.
Additional services include flocking, tree stands and wreaths. The farm is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except on Thanksgiving Day when it opens from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.)