For many families, choosing a live Christmas tree is an annual tradition. For others, this might be the year they consider a fresh-cut tree instead of an artificial one. Visiting local tree farms for cut your own or pre-cut trees can turn holiday prep into a special occasion. The variety of area tree farms means you can choose your outing style, from rustic and simple tree selection, to a full day of related holiday activities.
For more than 25 years, Desiree Bliss of Williamsville and her family would gather with 11 other families to “tailgate” at Jurek Trees of Clarence, sharing hot cocoa and swapping homemade cookies before choosing their trees. Afterward, everyone would go out for chicken wings.
For the past 16 years, Jennifer Poydock’s family has been returning to Evergreen Hills in Holland. This family-run business offers free hot chocolate and candy canes for their kids and the location lets them make a day of it, visiting the village of East Aurora after the tree farm before heading home to Amherst.
If you’re looking to start a new tradition or just get outside for a fun winter activity, here’s a list of some area spots that offer both cut your own and pre-cut tree options, unless noted.
4C Farm, 239 Route 322, South Dayton (988-5570). Hours: Noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cut your own in the field ends at 4 p.m., after that it is open for pre-cut trees. Wreaths, kissing balls, garland and table toppers. Gift shop. Wagon rides on the weekends.
Akron Acres LLC, 12607 Stage Road, Akron (542-2314). Farm open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Refreshment stand, farm animals and restrooms. Horse-drawn hayrides to the tree field from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to Dec. 22. Ticket is $5 per person (ages 2 and younger are free) and includes marshmallows for roasting at a bonfire. Gift store with wreaths, ornaments, candles, jams and maple products is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 22. Santa visits from noon to 4 p.m. on December 7, 8, 14 and 15.
Almeters Tree Farm, 2764 Dutch Hollow Road, Strykersville (585-652-0798). Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily to Dec. 24. Several varieties of trees, plus wreaths, swags and gifts.
Anthony's Christmas Trees, 4175 Johnson Road, Lockport. Hours: 10 a.m. to dusk Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 22. Trees, wreaths, tree stands and tree bags.
Blasz Tree Farm, 9178 Sisson Highway, Eden (992-3006). Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for six varieties of cut your own and pre-cut tree; open to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday for pre-cut only. Also wreaths, bags and tree stands.
Boston Hill Nursery, 7421 Old Lower East Hill Road, Colden (662-7411). Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 23. Several varieties of trees. Smaller potted trees and wreaths also available.
Country Pine Farm, 11996 Humphries Road, Holland (537-9327). Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 20. Free boughs with tree purchase. Fresh wreaths, garland, kissing balls, tabletop trees and tree stands. Gift shop with decorations, local honey, homemade dog treats, soaps and lanterns. Food truck and restrooms. Visits with Santa from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 1 and Dec. 8.
Crossen Christmas Tree Farm, 1198 Judge Road, Basom (585-813-8700). Hours: 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. Visits with Santa from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 7 and 8. Country gift shop, free hot chocolate. Also wreaths, swags, mailbox hugs, kissing balls and centerpieces. Giant sleigh for photo opportunities.
Dixieland Tree Farm, 12189 Versailles-Silver Creek Road, Irving (532-3090). Hours: 10 a.m. to dark on weekends, noon to dark on weekdays to Dec. 24. Six varieties of trees plus wreaths, table runners, hearts and crosses. Wagon rides and tree stands.
Domes Tree Farm, 4053 Route 39, Bliss (585-322-7262). Hours: 4 to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Pre-cut trees only. Wreaths available. New this year: Christmas gift shop with fudge, holiday déco, and free hot chocolate. Pre-cut trees also available at Domes Gift Shop, 397 W. Main St., Arcade.
Erway's Christmas Tree Adventure, 4202 Willow Road, Wilson (751-9602). Hours: noon to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to Dec. 21. Santa visits noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to Dec. 15. Hot chocolate, cider and snacks available for purchase. Wagon ride, educational lodge, animal viewing (reindeer, zebra and goats) and Nature Adventure Trail is included with tree purchase; $5 per person without tree purchase (ages 3 and younger are free).
Evergreen Hills Christmas Tree Farm 586 Vermont Hill Road, Holland (537-2750). Open: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 30 to Dec. 15. Gift shop with crafts, wreaths and swags. Sledding and snow play is encouraged.
Field of Dreams Tree Farm, 6550 Vermont Hill Road, South Wales (652-7638). Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Dec. 8. Ten tree varieties, wreaths, kissing balls, tree stands and refreshments.
Fletcher’s Farm 9595 Foote Road, Glenwood (539-9080). Across from Sprague Brook Park. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday to Dec. 22. Free hot chocolate and free-range eggs available. Also wreaths, decorations and eight tree varieties.
Forevergreens, 11398 Bolton Road, Springville (560-8004). Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday; call for weekday hours. More than a dozen varieties of trees. Potted trees, wreaths, tree stands and bags. Santa visits. Food and beverages. Photo opportunities.
Hill’s Christmas Tree Farm, 13214 Belscher Road, Springville (592-5096). Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to Dec. 16. Free hot chocolate and cookies on the weekends. Bakery and gift shop with Amish toys, candles, ornaments, place mats, baskets, wreaths, centerpieces, and door/wall swags. Also tree stands and bags, restrooms.
Jurek Trees, 6600 Strickler Road, Clarence (741-3302). Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Dec. 22. Hot chocolate, coffee, cookies, chili, snacks and hot dogs inside heated café. Santa visits from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 29 and 30, and Dec. 1, 7, 8 and 14. Wagon rides on the weekend. Dog-friendly. Wreaths, wreath hangers, boughs, tree nutrient, tree stands and bags available. See Jurek website for coupons and details about other locations: 9170 Transit Road, East Amherst (pre-cut trees sold indoors) and 11370 Hunts Corners Road, Akron (cut your own only).
Keenan's Tree Farm, 4604 Route 98, North Java (585-457-3326). Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends and 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays. Six types of trees plus wreaths.
Koller Tree Farm, 792 Mammot Road, Alden (585-547-9408). Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday starting Nov. 29 and for at least two weekends while best selection lasts. Holiday photo sessions are encouraged.
Lockwood’s Greenhouses and Farm, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg (649-4684). Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Pre-cut trees only. Gift shop with ornaments and decorations. Also plants such as potted pine, Christmas cactus and tree-shaped Rosemary.
Over The Hill Tree Farm, 9512 Coon Road, Gowanda (864-2113). Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday to Dec. 15. Wreaths and Christmas balls.
Pine Top Plantation, 8508 Cottage Road, South Dayton (988-5050). Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekends, 4 to 8 p.m. weekdays. Wreaths and kissing balls.
Red Barn Christmas Farm, 14002 Dupont Road, Collins (560-6835). Hours: noon to 5 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Five tree varieties. Wreaths and table arrangements. Leashed dogs welcome and holiday photo sessions are encouraged (and props provided).
Roth's Hillside Tree Farm & Gift Shop, 182 N. Main St., Holland (537-9398). Hours: 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Pre-cut trees are inside barns, or cut your own from 100 acres of trees. Gift shop with candles, cookie cutters, cutting boards, hand-crafted wooden bowls, decorations, picture frames and ornaments.
Stoney Acres Tree Farm, 2110 Hess Road, Appleton (946-2261). Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Variety of cut your own trees. Plus wreaths, swags, kissing balls, boughs, gnomes, and candy canes. Get greeted by their festively-dressed dogs and horse. Photo-friendly environment.
Treehaven Tree Lot at Treehaven Evergreen Nursery, 981 Jamison Road, Elma (652-4206). Hours: daily from 10 a.m. until dark. Fresh wreaths. Special orders taken for large trees up to 30 feet.
Treetop Acres, 3936 Lower Mountain Road, Lockport (531-2829). Hours: Noon to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to Dec. 15, other days by appointment only. Compact 23-acre property with 3,000 trees of six varieties. Cash and check only. Santa visit details can be found on its Facebook page.
Trevett Tree Farm, 13028 Trevett Road, Springville (954-3401). Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to Dec. 20 or by appointment. No pesticides used. Free hot chocolate, coffee, tea and candy canes in Tree Farm Barn gift shop. Hand-made wreaths and Christmas décor. Leashed dogs are welcome. Horse-drawn wagon rides from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 7, 8 and 15.
Zoar Tree Farm, 2570 Allen Road, Gowanda (532-2110) Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Six varieties of trees. Farm animals.