Did you know that North Carolina produces more than 20% of the real Christmas trees sold in the U.S. every year? That makes us second in the nation for the number of trees harvested and for cash receipts.
Of the estimated 50 million Christmas trees grown by 1,600 growers across 25,000 acres in the state, the vast majority (99.4%) of these are Fraser firs. North Carolina Fraser firs have been judged by the National Christmas Tree Association as the best species for Christmas trees. They’re shipped to every state in the country, as well as Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, the Caribbean, and all over the world—making them the most popular choice for Christmas tree, as well. That’s why the NC Fraser fir is this year’s Christmas tree pick for the Biltmore Estate and the White House!
All of this means that Western North Carolina is one of the world’s best places to grow traditional Christmas trees. And it also means we know a little something about how to find the perfect tree for your home. Whether you want to pick this year’s tree from a selection at a retail lot or choose and cut it down yourself, there are literally millions of choices available.
Here are just a few places in WNC where you can choose and cut the perfect Christmas tree:
Buncombe County Soil and Water Conservation District
Find a locally grown, fresh-cut, No. 1 Fraser fir at the Buncombe County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Annual Christmas Tree Sale. All proceeds support environmental education programs in the area. But don’t wait!—There are only so many trees to go around. Call Buncombe SWCD by next Tuesday, November 27 to pre-order your tree, then pick it up from November 28–30, 10:00am–6:00pm.
49 Mount Carmel Road, Asheville | (828) 250-4785 | buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/soil
Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm
This “choose and cut” farm has great mountain views and is an easy drive from anywhere in WNC. Don’t have four-wheel drive? No problem! Boyd Mountain has easy paved access, lots of parking, restrooms, handicap facilities, and even free refreshments! Check their website to see what dates Santa will be visiting.
445 Boyd Farm Road, Waynesville | (828) 926-8888 | boydmountainchristmastreefarm.com
Stop by Christmas Corner for fresh holiday greenery and apple cider! Choose your own Christmas tree (3–16 feet) that can be either cut or dug. In addition to the quintessential Fraser fir, Christmas Corner offers Norway spruce, blue spruce, and concolor fir.
2806 Linville Falls Highway, Newland | christmascornerchooseandcut.com
Frosty Mountain Christmas Trees
Drive through the hillsides of trees and fields with cows, goats, geese, deer, and horses. Look for the large American flag painted on the barn, and you’ll know you’ve found Frosty Mountain Christmas Trees. More than 95,000 Fraser firs are grown on 60 acres here—making your pick as fresh as possible!
13623 Highway 212, Marshall | (828) 656-8100 | frostymountainchristmastrees.com
Mehaffey Tree Farm
Mehaffey Tree Farm has offered family-grown Fraser firs since 1984. Find easy parking, restrooms, and free refreshments in their heated building. Then venture outside to find your tree (6–14 feet), wreath, and more.
24 Corner Drive, Waynesville | (828) 476-8505 | mehaffeytreefarm.com
Moss Tree Farm
Moss Tree Farm has been owned and operated by Larry and Brenda Moss and their two sons, Todd and Chris, for more than 40 years. They say they grow some of the most beautiful Christmas trees and consider each of our customers part of the family. Choose and cut your own tree starting Thanksgiving day.
1822 Norton Road, Cashiers | Larry Moss (828) 743-2215 | mosstreefarm.com
Nesbitt Christmas Tree Farm
The Nesbitt Christmas Tree Farm is a “choose and cut” farm, but they also offer pre-cut trees if you don’t want to walk and cut your own. Arrive before 4:30pm to walk and choose your tree. They are happy to assist you in cutting and hauling the tree up to load.
333 Sunset Ridge Road, Clyde | (828) 400-2244 or (828) 421-5242 | ncagr.gov/ncproducts
Tom Sawyer’s Christmas Tree Farm
Discover 80 acres of Fraser firs (3–12 feet) overlooking Lake Glenville. But the fun doesn’t end there! Visit Elf Village, where kids can make crafts, visit Santa, listen to holiday stories, roast s’mores, and even enjoy a Saturday carriage ride. Closed Thanksgiving day.
240 Chimney Pond Road, Glenville | (828) 743-5456 | tomsawyerchristmastreefarm.com
Did we miss your favorite Christmas tree farm? Let us know in the comments.
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