5 Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree Farms, an Hour or Less From Charlotte

2021 is the perfect year to get outside with the family and visit a choose-and-cut farm

Make the holidays special this year with a trip to a choose-and-cut farm. Pile the crew in the car and bring home a stunning North Carolina Christmas tree—the sweet smell of pine will envelop you at these tree farms. Some farms also offer special attractions, food and gift items. Unless otherwise noted, bow saws are available on site; no chainsaws are allowed. Trees often sell out quickly, so get out and pick yours while you can!

Looking for the perfect background for your holiday photo? Many farms will allow photographers and clients by appointment only. Call for more information.

Distance from Charlotte is based on Center City.

Almond Christmas Tree Farm, Albermarle, NC

Distance from Charlotte: 52 minutes
Bring it Home! Head to the farm beginning Black Friday (November 26) from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. to cut down your tree. After opening day, the farm is open Thursdays and Fridays, 2-5 p.m., Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Call to inquire about prices. You can also purchase your holiday wreath at Almond Christmas Tree Farm, in addition to foodstuffs such as its award-winning BBQ sauces, honey and fine herbs.



Penland Christmas Tree Farm, York, SC

Distance from Charlotte: 47 minutes
Bring it Home! Penland Christmas Tree Farm also opens on Black Friday (November 26), from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The Christmas tree farm is open Mondays-Saturdays from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1-5:30 p.m. Eight varieties of local trees are available, and range in price from $60 to upwards of $90. Bring the whole family and enjoy free hayrides, free hot chocolate, the Treasure Barn, Mulch Mountain and Candy Cane Tree.


Pine Top Farm, Salisbury, NC

Distance from Charlotte: 46 minutes
Bring it Home! Want a tree to go with your Thanksgiving celebration? Pine Top Farm in Salisbury is open November 20 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and November 21 from noon-5 p.m. for those who want to deck the halls early. Choose from White Pine, Scotch Pine, Leland Cypress, Blue Ice or a pre-cut Fraser Fir. Fresh Fraser Fir wreaths and White Pine garlands are also available. Field trees up to 8.5 feet are $8.50/foot. Pine Top Farm is also open November 27, December 4 & 11 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and November 28, December 5 & 12 from noon-5 p.m. Cash/check only.

Helms Christmas Tree Farm, Vale, NC

Distance from Charlotte: 58 minutes
Bring it Home! Another spot you can get a tree before Thanksgiving is at Helms Christmas Tree Farm, open on November 20 from 9 a.m. until dark (make sure you allow plenty of time to cut down your tree). Call for additional hours. Helms offers five species of trees, in addition to pre-cut Frasier Firs; prices range from $45-$175. Wreaths, garlands, kissing balls and window sprays are also available. Stay tuned for the website for details on visits from Santa Claus. Helms Christmas Tree Farm believes in regenerative planting, so when one tree is cut, another is planted in its place.

Grace Tree Farm, Denver, NC

Distance from Charlotte: 37 minutes
Bring it Home! The Sidell family is ready to make all your holiday dreams come true with stunning trees and a big timber pavilion perfect for pictures. The farm opens for the season on Black Friday (November 26) from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and will be open on weekdays (closed Thursdays) from 1-5:30 p.m., Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Grace Tree Farm has four different species of trees including White Pine, Leyland Cypress, Green Giant Arborvitae and Carolina Sapphire. Looking for a tabletop tree? Get a Norway Spruce. Premium cut Fraser Firs are felled the week of Thanksgiving.