Okay, I confess: I was thinking a lot about Christmas trees this weekend, but I got waylaid by the Thanksgiving leftovers in the fridge (so. much. stuffing). Happily, there are many options if you’re interested in looking for your tree in town, as the Noroton Heights Fire Department, Nielsen’s, and the Gardener’s Center all of have trees of different types and sizes (especially if you shop early).
However, if you’re interested in making an adventure of it and need some suggestions about tree farms and other Christmas-tree experiences, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite stops:
1. Jones Family Farms in Shelton is a lovely destination whether you want to hike out into the fields and cut down your own tree or select a tree that’s already been cut down. In the Barnyard Shops you can find wreaths, ornaments, garlands, and other holiday decorations. Grab a snack in the Harvest Kitchen or take a restorative break in the Jones Winery Tasting Room. Open for the 2014 season on November 22nd.
2. Maple Row Farm in Easton has a variety of trees including Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, White Pine, and more. They also see wreaths, roping, and other holiday accessories. On the weekends, they offer hayrides and refreshments, and they do allow tailgating in the parking lot. Open for the 2014 season on November 28th.
3. Everett’s Corner, also in Easton, offers White Spruce, Blue Spruce, and White Pine trees–and each tree is priced at $50 (which tends to simplify things). They have saws onsite as well as twine to help you secure your tree for the drive home. Open for the 2014 season on November 28th.
4. Fairview Tree Farm is not far from Jones in Shelton, and though they lack some of the bells and whistles of that larger farm (namely, the winery), they are a little more sedate and tend to have more time to help you transport the tree you’ve cut down to your car. On the weekends in December Santa is on hand for visits and hayrides (weather permitting) from 12:00 to 3;30 pm. Open for the 2014 season November 29th.
5. Ambler Farm in Wilton has exclusively pre-cut trees, but their annual greens sale is a terrific holiday outing if the actual cutting down of the tree is not on your Christmas bucket list this year. On December 6th, 7th, 13th, and 14th, the farm is open from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday and 11 am to 4 pm on Sunday. Pick out your tree, wreaths, garlands, and even maple syrup while you warm up with cider and hot chocolate and visit with Santa in the barn. Open the weekends of December 6th and December 13th in 2014.