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GETTING OUT: Where to Buy a Holiday Tree in Central Mass

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

 

Believe it or not Christmas time is here again! Thanksgiving is over and now it's time for yet another one of America's favorite holidays. You need to do many things to prepare for the festive season, not the least of which is getting your hands on a high-quality tree.

But this doesn't have to be a hassle.

Make an enjoyable day out of grabbing your tree at one of these fine locations. All these farms grow their trees right on location, assuring the best, freshest quality possible, no matter what type of tree you're looking for. Many also offer a number of fun activities that allow you to spend some time with your family. And, of course, don't forget to check out the gift shops for other seasonal goodies, including wreaths.

Highfields Tree Farm
44 Fay Mountain Road, Grafton


Highfields Tree farm is entering its 34th year of selling fine-quality Christmas Trees. Explore acres of fields and streams looking for the perfect one for your home. Room-size Fraser Firs, Douglas Firs, Concolor Firs, and Blue Spruces are all available for purchase in a variety of shapes and sizes up to 10 feet tall. Prices rnge from $40-70. Check out a few of the smaller four foot trees for $25, as well as a limited number of larger fifteen foot trees. Wreaths, fresh cut holly, tree ornaments and greens for decorating are also available.

Arrowhead Acres

92 Aldrich Street, Uxbridge


The large fields on the 40 acre estate Arrowhead Acres contain over 30,000 trees from a number of varieties of the Fir, Spruce, and Pine families. Tree cutting, transportation out of the fields, shaking, drilling, and netting are all provided for free. All trees are $60. Also, contact Arrowhead Acres and inquire about having holiday parties in the location's beautiful Festive Banquet Hall. The fields are open every weekend beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving until Christmas unless they are sold out.

Doe Orchards
327 Ayer Road, Harvard


Doe Orchards offers short-needled, soft, aromatic Balsam Firs, short, stiff needled, green to blue Blue Spruces, and short stiff needled green Norway Spruces on their 10-acre fields. The harvest begins the Friday after Thanksgiving and continues every weekend until Christmas, weather permitting. Also check out the farm stand for some delicious local honey, cider, maple syrup, pumpkins and gourds. Come back at other times during the year to pick some fresh blueberries and apples.

Ellsworth Christmas Tree Farm
246 School Street, Northborough


The beautiful and Elegant family-owned Ellsworth Christmas Tree Farm sells Fraser, Concolor, and Balsam Firs. The tree sizes range from 6-12 feet. The harvest begins the Friday after Thanksgiving. Make your search for the perfect tree a family outing and come on a day when Santa is visiting, either November 25th, December 2nd, or December 8th. You can also check out Santa's sleigh and take some great family photos! Visit the Barn Shop for hot apple cider, wreaths, cookie and candy.


Harvey's Farm
120 South Street, Westborough


Unique compared to the other tree farms on this list, Harvey's grows its trees inside a greenhouse. Available for purchase are Fraser and Balsam Firs, trees with pliable but strong branches that can support the weight of heavy ornaments. While you're there, also check out Emily's Gift Barn for great little Christmas gifts such as lanterns, candles, ribbons, bells, wreaths poinsettias and much more, as well as many tasty homemade food items such as apple cider, jams, jellies, chicken and turkey pies, maple syrup and honey products.

Sleighbell Christmas Tree Farm
130 Whitins Road, Sutton


Dutifully owned and operated by the O'Connor family, Sleighbell is more than just a Christmas Tree farm. After you take a hay wagon ride through the tree fields and choose your tree from a wide-selection of Fraser Firs, Concolor Firs, Canaan Firs, Grand Firs, Blue Spruces, and White Pines, relax with hot cocoa near the fire pit. All trees up to 9 feet tall are $55, with 10-12 feet Fraser Firs coming in at $75. Also check-out the handmade wreaths made right on the farm. Come see Santa during the first weekend in December in the Gift Barn!

 

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