For some people, pulling the Christmas tree out of the attic is a Thanksgiving tradition. But for a lot of families, it's just not Christmas without a real tree. There are plenty of options to get a real tree, as it seems like a lot pops up on almost every corner or parking lot. But if you're looking for something a little special, check out one of the area's "choose and cut your own" lots.
There aren't any "cut your own" farms in Charlotte, (in fact, there actually aren't even any in Mecklenburg County that I could find) but that doesn't mean they're not nearby. Listed here are the closest ones to Charlotte. Most of them aren't more than 30 minutes away. It's always a good idea to call ahead and verify hours, and even directions. Some of these places are a good bit away from anywhere, and your GPS might not be the most reliable option.
Stowe Dairy Farms
169 Stowe Dairy Road, Gastonia
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Closed Sunday.
Stowe Dairy Farms will have Leyland cypress, red cedar, Carolina sapphire and white pine trees available for cutting. Fraser firs from the western N.C. mountains and mixed green wreaths will also be available. Choose and cut trees are about $25 to $30, Fraser firs are about $40 to $60. The farm will also offers other activities and products from the area. Visit their website for more information.
4071 Herter Road, Lincolnton
Hours: 9 a.m. to dark Saturday, Noon to dark Sunday to Friday
Leyland cypress, Carolina sapphire and Fraser firs. They also have a zip line, farm animals, hayrides and nature trails. Visit their website for more information.
Grovestone Christmas Tree Farm
48051 Clodfelter Road, Albemarle
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Friday and Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundayuntil Dec. 24.
Virginia pines and Leyland cypress trees, ranging from about $25 to $25.
Helms Tree Farm
6345 Christmas Tree Lane, Vale
Hours: 9 a.m. to dark, Thanksgiving through Dec. 20
Helms Tree Farm will have white pine, red cedar, Leyland cypress, Carolina sapphire, and white and Colorado blue spruce trees available, in addition to pre-cut Fraser fir. The farm will also have covered-wagon rides, wreaths and a shop. Visit their website for more information.
Cedar Lake Tree Farm
5829 N.C. 27, Iron Station
Hours: Nov. 23 to Dec. 20, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Virginia pine and Leyland cypress available for cutting, but they'll also have pre-cut Fraser firs. Visit their website for more information.
Taylor’s Christmas Tree Farm
Old York Road (S.C. 909), Lowrys
Nov. 22 to Dec. 24
Hours: 3 p.m. to dark on weekdays, 10 a.m. to dark on Saturday, 1 p.m. to dark on Sunday
Taylor's Farm has Virginia and white pines, Leyland cypress, Clemson green spire, Carolina sapphire, plus pre-cut Fraser firs. They'll also offer wreaths and other greenery.
Pa-Pa John’s Christmas Tree Farm
6980 Flat Creek Road, Kershaw
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday
Pa-Pa John's will offer Virginia pine, white pine, Carolina sapphire, Leyland cypress, Eastern Red Cedar and Blue Ice, plus pre-cut Fraser Fir. E-mail Papajohnschristmastreefarm@yahoo.com for more information.
Penland Christmas Tree Farm
6457 Campbell Road, York
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays, 1 to 5:30 p.m Sunday
Penland has Virginia and white pine, Carolina sapphire, red cedar and Leyland cypress, Christmas mint cypress, plus pre-cut Fraser firs. They'll also have hayrides, wreaths, a gift shop and hot chocolate. Visit their website for more information.