Every year, million of people buy live Christmas trees starting the day after Thanksgiving. While they can be found on corner lots, large home centers and even fire departments, Long Island’s beautiful east end offers several cut-your-own choices. We’ve listed recommended places to cut your own Christmas tree on Long Island
Families can enjoy choosing and cutting their trees along with other fun seasonal activities that some places offer, such as wreath shopping, candy canes, free rides to the field, visits with Santa and more. An afternoon out east is a memorable experience for the whole family.
Just remember to dress very warmly and wear gloves, bring a saw (though some places provide them) and some extra rope (again, many places do provide this). A large thermos of hot cocoa and cups for the family is optional but always enjoyable. It’s also a good idea to call ahead to check what the current hours are, make sure stock is not depleted, and ensure there are no weather related problems.
When searching for a tree, remember it’s a good idea to cut it as close to the ground as possible so you can have a long trunk. You can give it a second fresh cut at home.
You’ll also want to run your hand along a branch pulling gently to make sure too many needles are not coming off too soon (a few is normal, no more than that). Shake the tree after cutting to remove any live bugs. Remember to bring cash since some farms do NOT take credit or debit cards.
The trip to Long Island’s East End is worth it to bring home a freshly-cut Christmas Tree from one of these farms.
Carter Tree Farm
If you don’t want to make the trek all the way out east, Carter’s offers a closer to home option for some basic tree cutting. Tree tagging is available starting 11/19. Bring rope.
Where: 123 North Country Road, Miller Place
Contact Info: 631-331-4699
Dart’s Christmas Tree Farm
While there families can enjoy a free hayride. It’s family-owned as well. This farm is the furthest east tree farm on Long Island.
Where: 2355 Main Bayview Road, Southhold
Contact Info: 631-765-4148
Lewin Farms is typically very crowded due to them offering the lowest pricing of any size tree. Lewin Farms offers wagon rides and tree wrapping, but not car loading. Hot chocolate, hot dogs and popcorn are available for sale.
Where: 812 Sound Avenue, Wading River
Contact Info: 631-929-4327
Mike and Matt’s
Mike and Matt’s offers tractor drawn wagon rides. Tree pricing is based on type of tree and by the foot. Wreaths and candy canes are also available for purchase.
Where: 323 Weeks Avenue, Manorville
Contact Info: 631-874-3551
Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm
This family farm uses set pricing for up to 8 feet ($65 each), then charges an extra fee per foot after that.
Where: 30105 Main Road, Cuthcougue
Contact Info: 631-734-8641
Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm
Santa visits on weekends. A train rides around the farm on the Shamrock Express, a small train. There is one set price for all Douglas Firs, Frasier firs and Balsams. There’s a small shop offering holiday greens, grave blankets and mini trees. On weekend there’s free hot cocoa by the fire pit.
Where: 20685 Main Road, Mattituck
Contact Info: 631-298-4619
Zuhoski Farm offers Douglas firs up to 11 feet. The farm has roping, wreaths and more. Kids can take advantage of the tractor rides for some farm fun!
Where: 11825 Oregon Road, Cutchogue
Contact Info: 631-734-5036
By Debra Ferrie