A time-honored tradition for many families during the holidays, the experience of selecting and cutting down one’s own Christmas tree is certain to be a memorable one. Besides the opportunity to make lifelong memories with the kids, the benefits to visiting an Atlanta-area farm to find a choose-and-cut tree include the chance to support a local farmer and the prospect of taking home the freshest Christmas tree possible. Many of the farms listed below offer all of the supplies necessary to cut down a tree, paired with fun activities such as catching a hayride, roasting marshmallows and sharing a wish list with Santa Claus.
Berry’s Tree Farm & Nursery
70 Mount Tabor Road
Covington, GA 30014
In addition to an opportunity for Atlanta families to cut down their very own Leyland Cypress, Carolina Sapphire, Murray Cypress, Virginia Pine or Cedar Christmas tree, Berry’s Tree Farm also offers fresh-cut Fraser Firs, garlands and wreaths. For added family fun, guests can hop on a train ride and/or hay ride, grab a snack from the concession stand and visit with Santa on certain weekend days. As a major bonus, for those who think they may have bitten off more than they can chew, one of the professionals at Berry’s will take over the cutting of the tree, free of charge. Berry’s Tree Farm opens to the public on Sunday, November 24.
The Kinsey Family Farm
7170 Jot-em Down Road
Gainesville, GA 30506
The Kinsey Family Farm tractor hauls family members out into the fields to choose and cut their own Leyland Cypress, Carolina Sapphire Cypress, Blue Ice Cypress or Naylor’s Blue, among others. The farm also offers its fair share of fresh-cut Fraser Fir, Douglas Firs and Concolor Fir trees for the choosing. Pint-sized patrons will love the “Charlie Brown Christmas Trees” offered at Kinsey Family Farm, which make a fun and festive addition to a child’s bedroom. Guests with environmental consciences and green thumbs may want to consider purchasing a live Christmas tree to plant in their own backyard. Kinsey Family Farm also offers wreaths, garlands, tree stands, a harvest shop and fires for roasting marshmallows.
Lovell Tree Farm
291 Crawford Road
Senoia, GA 30276
Lovell Tree Farm is a sprawling and scenic 53-acre farm with two lakes, two streams and a multitude of wildlife that offers Leyland and Murray Cypress Trees for the cutting, and Fraser Firs fresh from North Carolina for the choosing. Opening on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, Lovell Tree Farm also sells hot chocolate, boiled peanuts and Christmas goodies to its guests.
283 Hills Bridge Road
Fayetteville, GA 30215
Touted as Fayette County’s largest tree farm, Leyland Cypress, Virginia Pine and Carolina Sapphire trees are all grown on Minter’s Farm. Minter’s Farm will provide everything a family needs to cut down their own tree and haul it home. Guests can drive out onto the farm to select their tree or enjoy a free hayride on weekends. Fraser Firs are also available freshly cut from North Carolina. While there, visitors should plan to make a stop at to the Christmas Shoppe to peruse the wares and sample the spicy hot apple cider.
Sleepy Hollow Farm
628 Sleepy Hollow Road
Powder Springs, GA 30127
This family owned and operated farm has been a cherished Atlanta family tradition for over 30 years. It offers the highest quality Leyland Cypress, Murray Cypress, Virginia Pines, Carolina Sapphires, Blue Ice and Naylor’s Blues for guests to choose and cut. Sleepy Hollow also sells homemade wreaths – both decorated and unadorned. On weekends, visitors can enjoy hayrides around the farm.
Kasie Bolling is a freelance writer covering all things Atlanta. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.