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 tress from 3 feet to 12 feet. The farm opens starting on Nov. 28 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Following opening day, Christmas Town opens Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Then, the farm opens daily with varying hours. Call to confirm hours before arrival.
Farm owners say this year they have added a gift shop. Families can also enjoy horse and buggy rides around the farm.
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. 29 to Dec. 1 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. 20, weather permitting. On Saturdays and Sundays, the farm opens from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 21.
The farm allows cut by appointment from Dec. 22 and Dec. 23, before it closes for the season.
Steele’s Christmas Tree Farm – 56459 Dollar Road, Angie, La.
Steele’s Christmas Tree Farm celebrates 40 years in Washington Parish. According to the website, the farm opens starting on Thanksgiving Day at 2 p.m.
This Christmas tree farm supplies trees such as Leyland Cypress, Carolina Sapphire and Burki Cedar. Steele’s has over 1,500 trees ranging from 5 feet to 18 feet tall.
Hours of operation for 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 say they will no longer accept credit or debit cards. They will now only accept cash or checks, but there’s an ATM machine on site.
Steele's Christmas Tree Farm will OPEN Thanksgiving Day at 2pm. We will be Celebrating 40 Years of Growing Award Winning Christmas Tree on OUR FARM. We hope to see you soon
Posted by Steele's Farm on Monday, November 11, 2019
Tiger Branch Christmas Trees – 18075 Tiger Branch Road, Covington, La.
Tiger Branch Christmas Trees opens for the season from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 29 to Dec. 1.
Choose from trees like Carolina Saphire, Leyland Cypress and Blue Cedar at this St. Tammany Parish tree farm in Covington. The owners provide saws and wrapping.
Everyone is welcome, even your canine friends, as long as they remain leashed at all times.
Santa will stop by the farm to take pictures with visitors on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pricing is $20 for one digital image.
Tiger Branch only accepts cash or check.
Yawn Station Christmas Tree Farm – 29400 Ruby Purivs Road, Independence, La.
Yawn Station Christmas Tree Farm opens on Nov. 23 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) and Young Arizona Cypress (Carolina Sapphire and Blue Ice). The trees range from 3 to 13 feet in height.
Yawn Station provides saws, cart and netting for tree cutting. 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.
Farm owners say all trees must be picked up on or before December 14, 2019. The farm will close for the 2019 season after December 14.
Additional services include flocking, tree stands and wreaths. The farm opens daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on Thanksgiving Day and Sundays when it opens from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
985-878-6223 or 985-507-3236
Country Pines Christmas Tree Farm – 81332 Jim Sharp Road, Covington, La.
Country Pines is a family-owned and operated Christmas tree farm in the Lee Road area. The farm opens on Nov. 29 for the season.
After opening day, the farm opens on weekends from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Christmas, weather permitting. The farm offers Leyland Cypress and Carolina Sapphire.
Visitors can have employees help out at the choose-and-cut farm or saw trees on their own. Hand saws will be provided. Trees are $7 per foot.
Do you know about other Louisiana Christmas Tree farms near the New Orleans area? Let us know!
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