Among our favorite holiday traditions is the trimming of the Christmas tree. Christmas trees, displays and decorations are unique and special to every family who celebrates the Christmas holiday. We have highlighted several “cut-your-own” (aka “choose-and-cut”) Christmas Tree Farms around Lake Wylie, all within about a 30-45minute drive.
Our climate in the Carolina Piedmont region supports several gorgeous varieties of evergreen trees including Carolina Sapphire, Virginia Pine and White Pine among others. All make for beautiful Lake Wylie Christmas trees! The below listed farms also offer pre-cut Fraser Firs from the North Carolina mountains.
Always contact the farm before you visit to confirm inventory, hours, activities and any other details you may want to know! _______________________________________
Stowe Dairy Farms
Stowe Dairy Farms in south Gaston County welcomes families to come enjoy the farm this holiday season. The farm has been owned an operated by the Stowe family for almost 100years. This year Tim and Gwen Stowe invite visitors back as they celebrate their 10-year anniversary offering “cut-your-own” Christmas Trees. Christmas caroling, Santa visits and more will all take place at Stowe Dairy Farms this year. We can hardly wait!
Cut your own variety: Carolina Sapphire, Red Cedar, Leyland Cypress, (Fraser Firs pre-cut)
Activities: Caroling & tree lighting plus Santa visits – check website or call for details. A Christmas shop will offer gift ideas and fun farm snacks including marshmallows for roasting. Children activities included.
Hours of Operation: Opening Day, Sat Nov 18th. Weekdays 11am to 6pm, Sat 9am to 6pm, Sun 12pm to 6pm.
Visitors say: “We had an awesome day at Stowe Farms picking out our Christmas Tree. Stop by and have a snack, take some beautiful pictures, kid activities & playground, roast marshmallows and enjoy some family time. Their trees are the best in town! Mrs. & Mr. Stowe are so sweet and knowledgeable when it comes to farming, Christmas trees and even life! I love going there!” – V. Ortiz
Penland Tree Farm
For almost 35years Steve and Judy Penland have offered cut-your-own Christmas Trees in the Lake Wylie area. Penland Tree Farm off Campbell Road in York SC, has a number of state-wide awards and recognitions to show for the quality of their trees, but you’ll find the entire Penland family (three generations) are humble and blessed to share in your family’s Christmas tradition. Penland Tree Farm is well known around Lake Wylie. Don’t wait to visit! Available inventory sells long before December 25th.
Cut your own variety: White Pine, Virginia Pine, Red Cedar, Leyland Cypress, (Fraser Firs pre-cut)
Activities: Fire pit for marshmallow roasting, complimentary hot chocolate and coffee, “mulch mountain” for kids, weekend hayrides and onsite gift shop aka The Treasure Barn.
Hours of Operation: Opening Day, Friday after Thanksgiving. Mon – Sat 9am to 5:30pm; Sun 1pm to 5:30pm.
Visitors say: “We got our tree today. We always have a great time at Penland Tree Farm. Our children love the hay ride and mulch tunnel! Thanks to the Penlands for making it a great family experience. See you again next year. Merry Christmas!!” – C. Corley
Helms Christmas Tree Farm
Helms Christmas Tree Farm outside of Lincolnton NC has been in operation for over 30years and offers guests the unique opportunity to have any tree bagged & balled (up to 6ft in height, weather permitting). Once Christmas is over plant your tree to enjoy year-round! Garland table arrangements, centerpieces and mantle displays can be custom made to any size. Enjoy a day on the farm with your family while the good folks at Helms cut, shake and bale your tree.
Cut your own variety: Carolina Sapphire, White Pine, Red Cedar, Leyland Cypress, Colorado Blue Spruce (bagged & balled), (Fraser Firs pre-cut)
Activities: Weekends offer mini train rides for kids, covered wagon rides, and Santa visits. Gift shop and holiday snacks: marshmallow roasting, popcorn, hot chocolate, apple cider and more.
Hours of Operation: Opening Day, Sat Nov 18th. Open daily 9am to 6pm thru Dec 19th.
Visitors say: “By far our FAVORITE choose and cut Christmas Tree Farm! We live near Charlotte. Helms Farm is a short day trip – so worthwhile. We love the owners, the hot chocolate, the hand made ornaments and wreaths and the White Pine trees! Thank you so much Helms Christmas Tree Farm for making this a special memory for our family.” – S. Haigler
Cedar Lake Tree Farm
Cedar Lake Tree Farm has been a family owned and operated farm for 26years. The farm sits on 60acres north of Gastonia in Iron Station NC. Only one variety of cut-your-own evergreen tree (Virginia Pine) is offered, but the strong branches, dark green coloring, long life expectancy and needle retention of the Virginia Pine make it an ideal Christmas tree. Of course pre-cut mountain Frasers are also available.
Cut your own variety: Virginia Pine, (Fraser Firs pre-cut)
Activities: Kids can visit with farm animals, explore ‘hay bale mountain’ or enjoy a homemade reindeer cookie and cup of hot chocolate. A general store features hand-crafted ornaments by local artisans, custom made tree bows, decorative wreaths and more. Santa visits scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays.
Hours of Operation: Opening Day, Friday after Thanksgiving. Mon – Sat 9am to 8pm; Sun 10am to 8pm. Open until Dec 17th.
Visitors say: “We look forward to our annual trip to Cedar Lake Tree Farm! Yesterday was our third year finding the perfect Christmas tree for a good price. Our kids got to sit on Santa’s lap! The hay bail castle is so fun for the kids to climb and slide down. The alpacas and animals are adorable and we bought an alpaca ornament for our Christmas tree. It’s so nice that we don’t have to drive too far for a real Christmas experience. Love this place!” – S. D’Amico
Grace Tree Farm
Grace Tree Farm in Denver NC welcomes all guests to visit this 2017 Christmas season. The newly opened farm is offering their first crop of cut-your-own Christmas trees. We spoke with owner Doug Sidell and based on our conversation we promise you Doug and the Sidell family will do everything possible to make your visit to Grace Tree Farm a memorable experience. The farm offers popular Carolina Sapphire and White Pine trees among other options.
Cut your own variety: Carolina Sapphires, White Pine, Leyland Cypress, Green Giant Arborvitae, (Fraser Firs pre-cut)
Activities: Tree picking of course! Grace Tree Farm will add extras in coming seasons, but for now guests can enjoy a relaxing morning or afternoon ‘on the farm’, finding the perfect Christmas tree. ~ We think the best things in life are often the simple joys.
Hours of Operation: Opening Day, Friday after Thanksgiving. Mon – Sat 9am to dark; Sun 11am to dark.
Visitors say: “Everyone was so nice! They had a great selection of different sizes and types of tree. We loved walking around and finding the perfect one. Definitely making it a family tradition!” – E. Pluger
For the adventurous types interested in a long day trip to the mountains and those wanting “cut-your-own” Fraser Fir options we recommend checking out ncchristmastrees.com. Heading south of Lake Wylie this holiday season? Visit scchristmastrees.org.