Choosing your own live Christmas tree can be a fun way to enjoy a simpler version of the holidays and spend some time outdoors.
There are a number of Christmas tree farms within an hour or so of Chattanooga that offer cut-your-own tree options or, if you prefer, will do the sawing and hauling for you – and many are open to the public Thanksgiving Day.
Melton’s Tree Farm
2741 Clouse Hill Rd., Tracy City, TN
Tree varieties: Norway spruce
McDowell’s Big Fork Nursery
4955 TN-27, Chattanooga, TN
Tree varieties: Hemlock, White pine, Norway spruce
Parish Christmas Tree Farm
1235 Chestuee Rd, Delano, TN
Tree varieties: Virginia pine, White pine, Leyland cypress, Blue ice pine
Before you go:
Before heading out to a Christmas tree farm, call ahead to confirm a farm’s hours of operation; stock of trees; and any other farm activities they offer, such as hayrides, snacks and shopping. Keep in mind that many farms only accept cash or checks, so don’t assume you can use a credit card.
Know the dimensions of the space where you plan to place your tree, and bring along a tape measure. Check with the farm so you know what equipment you’ll need, although most tree farms supply saws, netting and other supplies. It’s a good idea to take along some bungee cords and tie-downs to safely transport your tree.
Also, keep in mind that you are heading out to a farm and not the mall, so dress in layers to prevent getting too cold or too warm from exertion. Sturdy, waterproof shoes are the best option for uneven terrain.