Where To Go For 'Cut Your Own' Christmas Trees

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Pell Farms in Grafton is one of seven "cut your own" Christmas tree farms.
Pell Farms in Grafton is one of seven "cut your own" Christmas tree farms. Photo Credit: Richard Price

GRAFTON, Mass. —You know the holidays are here when you see Christmas trees tied to the roof of passing cars.  For many, an artificial tree might be easy and convenient, but for purists, a fresh tree is the only option.

Iif picking one up in the Home Depot parking lot ruins your idea of an old fashioned yuletide holiday, you’re in luck. Central Mass has a handful of "cut your own" Christmas tree farms, guaranteeing a tree that, if cared for, should last till New Years Day. 

But “old fashioned” also means getting dirty and working up a sweat with a hand saw, so be prepared.

If this is your first time cutting your own Christmas tree at a farm, here are a few pointers from the National Christmas Tree Association:

  • Wear boots, old clothes, and work gloves.
  • Most places have saws, but bring your own if the others are tied up.
  • Bring a friend to help, one to hold the top of the tree, one to saw the trunk.  A back cut should be made first with the final cut coming from the opposite side. If you are the one sawing, you’ll probably be lying on the ground—and getting dirty.

Ready for your Currier and Ives memory?
Here is a list of local farms:

Highfields Plantation
44 Fay Mountain Road, Grafton
(508) 839-6739
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cash or check only. $45 to $60.

Pell Farms
Soap Hill Road, Grafton

www.pell-farms.com

(860) 670-2805

Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cash only. $50 up to 10 feet

Ellsworth Tree Farm
246 School St., Northborough
(508) 393-6479
www.ellsworthtreefarm.com
Hours: Weekdays, noon-5 p.m. Weekends, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
$50 and up. Cash only.

Holloway Tree Farm
302 Church St., Northborough
(508) 393-9215.
Hours: Weekends only, 9 a.m.-dusk
$60, all sizes. Check or cash.

Wolf Hill Farm
30 Jericho Hill Road, Southborough
(508) 485-5087
Hours: Weekends only, 10 a.m.-dusk
Prices vary, tagged by size. Cash, check, or credit card.

The Farmer's Daughter at Hillcrest Farm
153 Millbury St., Auburn
(508) 832-2995
Hours: Mondays-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sundays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Prices vary, priced as tagged. Cash, check, or credit card.

Luks Tree Farm
38 Laurel St., Auburn
(508) 832-5250
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
$7 per foot. Cash or check only.

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Engvall's Christmas Trees, 96 North Street in Grafton - another local tree farm, and I know that while you can spend $50+ on a tree from them, they have plenty of ready-to-cut trees of reasonable sizes for under that. Plus I believe they give some of the money they make back to the Grafton Food Bank. I am heading there this weekend, and will be giving my financial support to this local seasonal business.

This family has had their tree farm for decades, and deserve local support to keep going. They got plenty of trees, small to huge. $35 for anything under 6', $40 for 6-8' and $45 for anything over 8'. They got a bunch of different types of trees, although I could not tell you what they are. But you go and find your tree, they will cut it for you and put it on your car for you, so you aren't cutting your own tree down.

Here's another local tree farm from which you can choose:

Conifer Falls Farm
90 Maynard St., Northborough
508-393-6622
Weekends, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; weekdays by appointment

Conifer Falls Farm offers a nice ambiance for families, including such amenities as hot chocolate and cookies. I have to shamelessly plug my former supervisor who was always good to me.