With December upon us and Christmas on the horizon, it’s time to start thinking about decorating your home and we all know that starts with a decorated tree. Of course you can just head over to your local Home Depot for one, but there’s something magical about going out and picking your own. You can do that and more at these great Long Island Christmas Tree Farms.
Long Island Christmas Tree Farms for the Whole Family
Westbury’s Hicks Nurseries is your one-stop shop for the holidays with their wide selection of fresh fraser fir, balsam fir and morin blue fir Christmas trees, up to 14 feet tall. They offer over 75 varieties of standard or pre-lit artificial trees too.
Hicks is also known for their exquisite wreaths, poinsettias and holiday plants. You can even get all of your Christmas decorations at Hicks. They have ornaments, garlands, nativities, lights, inflatables, you name it.
Elwood Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Farm
For those looking to go out and cut their own tree, the 22-acre Elwood Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Farm in Huntington is the place for you. All you need to bring is a hacksaw.
The hours for cutting your own tree start at 3 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. on weekends, always closing at dark. However, their pre-cut tree lot will be open until 7 p.m. every night.
The Dees’ Nursery & Florist
Since 1958, Dees’ Nursery & Florist in Oceanside has provided western Long Island with premier, fresh-cut Christmas trees. All of their trees come straight from their private farm in Maine, where they’re carefully harvested and grown.
In addition to trees and decorations, Dees’ is also a great holiday spot for families. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas, you can get your family or children’s picture taken with Santa in their perfectly decorated Winter Wonderland.
Starting December 10th, every Saturday and Sunday morning, Dees’ will be hosting a pancake breakfast with Mrs. Claus that includes crafts and a scavenger hunt. On December 15, they’re also throwing a special gingerbread-themed pajama night with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Reservations for these events should be made in advance.
What You Need to Know about Christmas Trees
Picking the Tree
Before you even leave the house, measure the height of the area where you intend to put the tree. The last thing you want to do is get home and realize that it doesn’t fit.
When you’re trying to decide on the perfect Christmas tree for your family, make sure that you choose one with fresh, dark green needles that don’t fall off when you touch them.
Also, to guarantee freshness, bend a needle from the tree in half. If it only bends and doesn’t break, it probably isn’t fresh.
Setting it Up
Once you’re home, cut off a half-inch from the base of your tree. This fresh cut will ensure that your tree absorbs more water so it doesn’t dry out and wither. Never put your tree near a fireplace, it will dry out the tree.
Lastly, always make sure you turn off your tree’s lights whenever you leave or go to bed. An unattended tree could start a fire, aside from just wasting electricity.
What kind of Christmas trees do you generally prefer?