Pick the perfect Christmas tree for you home and have a great holiday outing at one of the "choose and cut" Christmas Tree Farms near Asheville. You select the tree. Then they will cut it, bale it and tie it on your vehicle. Or you can use their bowsaw and cut it yourself! Our North Carolina Fraser fir tree production ranks second of any state in the United States. Since they grow best above 3,000 feet elevation (cooler like the North Pole), farms are a short and scenic drive from the city. Our top two picks are in nearby Waynesville.
2017 Update: There is a Christmas tree shortage this year. Due to the recession, not as many trees were planted in 2008 since farmers were uncertain about the future economy. It takes 8-10 years to grow a typical Christmas tree for a home (a Fraser fir grows about a foot a year). Many more trees were planted since then, but it will take a few years to catch up with demand. Since this shortage made national news, many visitors arrived at farms earlier than usual. So farms will run out even sooner!
Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm (SOLD OUT NOV 27 due to tree shortage)
445 Boyd Farm Road, Waynesville, 828.926.8888
2017 Dates: Nov 17-19 & 23-26, 9 AM-5 PM (Open Thanksgiving Day)
This choose and cut farm with mountain views is an easy drive from Asheville and just a few miles from I-40. They specialize in high quality Fraser Fir trees, 5-18 feet. Located at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains near Maggie Valley and Lake Junaluska. Easy paved access, lots of parking, restrooms, handicap facilities. Free refreshments including cider and hot chocolate in heated tent. Also buy fresh wreaths, roping and tree stands. Stay the night in one of their rental cabins on the farm. Dogs allowed on leash.
Directions from Asheville (30-40 minute drive): Follow I-40 west to exit 20. Go 3.5 miles on Hwy. 276 South, Turn right onto Hemphill Road, cross bridge & immediately turn left onto Boyd Farm Road. Go to their Web site.
Mehaffey Tree Farm
24 Corner Drive, Waynesville | 828-926-1424
2017 Dates: Open Thursday-Sunday, Nov 24-Dec 17, 9 AM-5 PM (Closed Thanksgiving Day)
This highly rated wholesale tree farm opens to the public for a few weeks each year. Find easy parking, restrooms, and free refreshments in a heated building. They have five to 14 foot trees, plus wreaths, roping and tree stands.
Directions from Asheville (30-40 minute drive): Follow I-40 west to exit 20. Travel 3.1 miles on Hwy. 276 South, Turn right onto Grindstone Rd. Travel 1.3 miles on Grindstone Rd. to Hemphill Road, Turn right on Hemphill Rd. Go to their Web site.
More Choose & Cut Farms
Cartner Christmas Tree Farm (Banner Elk area)
901 Balsam Drive, Newland, NC | 828-733-1641
Open the weekend before Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday and weekend after Thanksgiving Day, and first weekend in December; from 9 AM until dusk.
Enjoy warm accommodations, hot cocoa, hot cider and cookies. They will cut, bale and load your tree once it’s selected. The farm is located 11 miles from Banner Elk, approximately 65 miles northeast from Asheville. They also have wreaths and garland, along with special greenery requests.
Elk River Evergreens (Banner Elk area)
121 Brooks Shell Road, Elk Park, NC | 828-387-7695
2017 Dates: Season begins Nov 17. Open Sunday-Friday Noon-6 PM and Saturday 9 AM-6 PM. Open Thanksgiving
Located near downtown Elk Park (8 miles from Banner Elk), this farm has weekend hay rides, cider, hot cocoa, and great photo spots for family memories. Bring your tree stand and they will fit your tree, bale it and tie it atop your car.
Tom Sawyer's Christmas Tree Farm (Cashiers)
240 Chimney Pond Road, Glenville NC | 828-743-5456
2017 Dates: Nov 18-Dec 10. Mon-Fri 1-4 PM, Sat 9-5, Sun 12-5. Elf Village open Sat & Sun. Closed Thanksgiving. Open Friday after Thanksgiving 9-5.
80 acres of Fraser Firs, 3-12 feet. Fisit the elf-sized collection of houses in the Elf Village, where kids can make crafts, visit Santa Claus, write and mail letters to Santa, hear holiday stories, roast s’mores and even take horse and carriage rides on Saturdays. Overlooks Lake Glenville, 6 miles north of Cashiers & 22 miles south of Sylva. 68 miles SW of Asheville.
Frosty Mountain Christmas Trees (Madison County - near Mars Hill)
13623 Highway 212, Marshall, NC | 828-656-8100
2017 Dates: November 15-December 23, 9 AM-4:30 PM every day
This tree farm is a short distance off I-26 near the North Carolina/Tennessee line. Be surrounded by hillsides of trees and fields with cows, goats, and a llama or two. They grow 80,000 Fraser firs on 55 acres of their 300 acre farm. Wreaths up to 36 inches. About 41 miles N of Asheville.
Rate: $129 weekdays, $149 weekends
Christmas Tree FAQs
Do all species keep equally well after harvest?
Certain species simply last longer and remain fresh much longer than others. Some of the best are the North Carolina Fraser fir, Balsam fir, Scotch pine and Douglas-fir. Regardless of species, consumers must make the final judgment of quality by looking at, touching, feeling, smelling and shaking the tree.
How much of the trunk should be cut off before setting up the tree?
Removing a thin disk (1/4 to 1/2 inch) off the trunk before placing the tree in a water holding stand is all that is needed. It is always a good practice to make a new cut before putting the tree into the stand.
What is the minimum amount of water a tree stand should hold?
As a general rule, a tree can use up to a quart of water per day for each inch of stem diameter. The warmer the temperature and the lower the relative humidity where the tree is displayed, the greater the amount of water required by the tree.
If the base of the trunk has a split, will this affect the quality of the tree?
It should not affect the ability of the tree to take up water, assuming a fresh cut is made on the base, nor have any effect on how long the tree lasts after it is displayed.
Safety Tips for Your Tree
Christmas trees do not start fires, people do! Here are some helpful hints:
- Check all electric lights and connections before decorating. Don't use any lights with worn or frayed cords.
- Never use lighted candles on your tree.
- Don't overload the electrical outlets.
- Place your tree away from fireplaces, radiators, television sets, and other heat sources. These elements can prematurely dry out your tree.
- Always make sure that your tree has plenty of water to prevent drying.
- Always turn off all decorations before going to bed at night or anytime that you leave home.
North Carolina Christmas Trees
- North Carolina has an estimated 50 million Fraser fir Christmas trees growing on over 25,000 acres.
- Fraser fir is grown by 1,600 NC growers in the higher elevations of the Western North Carolina counties which include Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga and Yancey.
- North Carolina produces over 19% of the real Christmas Trees in the U.S, ranking second in the nation in number of trees harvested.
- The North Carolina Fraser fir has been judged the Nation's best through a contest sponsored by the National Christmas Tree Association and chosen for the official White House Christmas tree many times.
- Our Fraser fir is the most popular Christmas tree in North America and is shipped into every state in the U.S. as well as the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, Japan and other points all over the world.
- Fraser fir has soft, pleasant-to-touch needles, incomparable needle retention, long lasting aroma, and more pliable yet stronger branches for even the heaviest ornaments.