When it’s time to get in the Christmas spirit, nothing says “The holidays are here!” like a live evergreen in the heart of your home. While the real versus fake Christmas tree debate is likely to continue for generations to come, no one can deny that there’s something extra special about chopping down your own showstopper, then enjoying the lovely smell of pine all season long. Just be sure to give your pick plenty of water to keep it thriving!
1. Appalachian Evergreens (Boone)
This family-owned company has been spreading cheer since 1933 with a variety of Christmas trees, wreaths, and fireplace mantle garlands all showcasing the Fraser Fir. Boone locals can choose and cut their own tree; while out-of-towners can join in on the fun with shippable wreaths, table top trees, and garland.
2. C & J Christmas Trees (Boone)
Another favorite High Country spot, C & J Christmas Trees has been rocking (around the Christmas tree) since 1980. The family-owned farm sells North Carolina Fraser Firs in sizes ranging from tabletop to 7.5-feet tall. Just five minutes from downtown Boone, make a day out of your trip by grabbing a hot dog or barbecue sandwich, plus hot chocolate or apple cider to sip on while you’re making your selection.3.
3. Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm (Waynesville)
While picking the perfect Christmas tree is an all-day event for some, the folks at Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm take the tradition to the next level by allowing visitors to spend the night on the farm in one of eight hand-hewed log cabins that date back 150 to 200 years. In addition to choosing and cutting your own Fraser Fir, you can also hike the property’s many trails and fish its stocked trout stream.
4. Sturgill Tree Farm (West Jefferson)
Find the classic Fraser Fir, as well as Blue Spruce, Norway, Canadian Hemlock, and White and Scotch Pine trees at this wholesale Christmas tree farm in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In addition to trees galore, you can also pick up a custom wreath to complete your home’s holiday attire.
5. Mehaffey Tree Farm (Waynesville)
Trees go quick at this popular Western North Carolina tree farm. The business has been family-owned since its start in 1984, and it’s still doing choose and cut the old-fashioned way with Fraser Firs ranging in height from five to 10 feet.