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Christmas Trees from Ashe County, NC

Updated on October 24, 2013

Get your Christmas tree in Ashe County, NC

Christmas Trees are taken very seriously in Ashe County. After all, our unofficial nickname is Christmas Tree County. People come from as far away as Myrtle Beach, New York, Indiana, and Louisiana to get one of our beautiful trees to showcase in their homes. And North Carolina has had twelve Christmas Trees showcased in the White House. That's almost double what any other state has had.

So when you're deciding where to get your Christmas tree this year, think about visiting one of Ashe County's 22 Christmas Tree Farms.

How to select and care for a Christmas Tree

From the Christmas Tree Association

First, do a freshness test. Gently grasp a branch between your thumb and forefinger and pull it toward you. Very few needles should come off in your hand if the tree is fresh. Second, take a look at the ground around the tree. You should not see excessive amounts of green needles on the ground. Some interior loss of brown needles is normal and will occur over the lifetime of the tree. Fresh Fraser Fir needles should be crisp and break when bent between fingers.

Once you've chosen your tree, keep it in a sheltered, unheated area such as a porch or garage to protect it from the wind and sun until you're ready to decorate it. Before you set up your tree, make a fresh, straight cut across the base of the trunk (about a quarter of an inch up from the original cut) and place the tree in a tree stand that holds at least one gallon of water.

Real trees need water daily. Never let your tree stand go dry!

A seal of dried sap will form over the cut sump if the water drops below the base of the tree preventing the tree from absorbing water when the tree stand is refilled. If a seal does form, another fresh cut will need to be made.

A tree will absorb over a gallon of water in the first 24 hours and one or more quarts a day thereafter. Water is important because it prevents the needles from drying and the boughs from drooping.

In addition, keep your tree away from heat and draft sources like fireplaces, radiators and television sets. Test your light cords and connections before hanging them on the tree to make sure they're in good working order. You don't want to use cords with cracked insulation or broken or empty sockets. Also, be sure to unplug lights before you go to bed or leave the house.

Fresh Christmas trees, kept well-watered, are almost impossible to set afire. But you should still store them away from heat sources such as fire places, wood stoves and radiators.

Mistletoe Meadows prides itself on producing high-quality, dense, farm-grown Fraser Fir trees. They also grow beautiful White Pines, Spruce and Leyland cypress trees. I addition to Christmas Trees, they offer wreaths ranging in size from 12" to 60" in diameter and roping ranging from 15 feet to 50 feet.

A trip to Mistletoe Meadows is an experience you'll never forget. It starts with a hayride around the farm so you can choose the tree you'd like. After you choose the tree, you'll be taken to the Christmas barn where you can warm up with some hot chocolate. This is also where you pick out your free 12" wreath and browse their large selection of other wreaths and roping. Then your children can enjoy a free pony ride! By this time your tree is cut, wrapped and ready for you to take home.

2007 White House Tree from Mistletoe Meadows!

In 2007, they were selected the Grand Champion Tree Grower by the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA) and provided the tree for the Blue Room of the White House.

Get Directions to Mistletoe Meadows

A marker270 Mistletoe Meadows Pkwy, Laurel Springs, NC -
270 Mistletoe Meadows Pkwy, Laurel Springs, NC
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Lil' Grandfather Mountain Christmas Tree Farm is a 60 acre tree farm with over 100,000 Fraser Fir, Canaan Fir, Colorado blue Spruce and White Pine trees. Their choose-and-cut service includes hay rides, free horse rides, and a hay bale movie theater. After you choose your perfect tree, they'll cut, haul, and bale it at no extra charge. They also have a wide selection of wreaths and live trees.

Get Directions to Lil' Grandfather Tree Farm

A marker15371 NC HWY 18 South, Laurel Springs, NC -
15371 NC HWY 18 South, Laurel Springs, NC
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Lyalls Nursery is a top grower of Pine Trees. Their tree farm is set on level ground to allow for easy walking while you choose the tree that's perfect for your family. They offer trees up to 12" tall, along with wreaths and garland. After you pick your tree, warm up with some hot cider while your tree is cut, bailed and loaded at no extra charge.

Get Directions to Lyalls Nursery

A marker238 Mt. Valley Drive, West Jefferson, NC -
238 Mt. Valley Drive, West Jefferson, NC
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Mountain Memories Tree Farm stays true to their name. When you arrive, your family will be greeted by Frosty the Snowman. Then you'll take a hay ride around the farm so you can view all the premium Fraser fir trees. After you choose your tree, warm up with free hot refreshments and let your kids enjoy a free pony ride. While your tree is being cut, baled and loaded, view their large selection of wreaths and garland. A trip to this tree farm will leave your family with memories that last a lifetime.

Don't forget to print this coupon good for $3 off a Christmas tree!

Get Direction to Mountain Memories Tree Farm

A marker500 Cox Road, Jefferson, NC -
500 Cox Road, Jefferson, NC
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RRR Tree Farm offers you a full package for one low price. A package includes one nights lodging,a hayride, a Christmas Tree (up to 7 feet) and free cutting and baling. Upon arriving at your chosen motel or Inn, you will receive directions to the tree farm. Once at the farm, enjoy a hot refreshment and a free hay ride while you choose from hundreds of fragrant Fraser Fir trees. While your tree is being cut and baled, take a tour of their warm Christmas Shop where you can watch the wreaths and garland actually being made.

You can also choose to be a day guest instead of an overnight guest.

Get Directions to RRR Tree Farms

A marker6715 Hwy 194 N. Todd NC -
6715 Hwy 194 N. Todd NC
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Sunnyside Tree Farm offers you any tree on their choose-and-cut lot for only $25. Choose from 30 acres of Fraser Firs, White Pine and Scotch Pine Christmas Trees. They also have beautiful wreaths and garland made from Fraser Firs and White Pine. You can choose to cut your own tree or they will cut and bale it for you.

Get Directions to the Sunnyside Tree Farm

A marker636 Glendale School Road, West Jefferson NC -
636 Glendale School Road, West Jefferson NC
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Shady Rest Tree Farm offers both choose-and-cut services and choose-and-ship services. Visit the farm around Christmas and take your pick from premium quality Fraser Fir, Nordmann Fir and White Pine Christmas trees. They will cut, bale and load your tree onto your vehicle so you can take it home. Visit the farm at any other time during the year and you can pick out your tree and select a date for it to be delivered to your house. On the date you select, your tree will be cut and delivered to your doorstep.

Directions to Shady Rest Tree Farm

A marker287 Trading Post Rd Jefferson, NC -
287 Trading Post Rd Jefferson, NC
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See how beautiful an Ashe County Christmas Tree is!

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      I'm a little late to find your Christmas tree lens...but enjoyed it immensely. How sweet that would be to go and pick out your own from so many beautiful trees. Ashe County sounds like a great place.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 7 years ago from Northern California

      Looks like a fun tradition. A little far to go from California. :) I've got your lens added to the 100 Best Holiday Vacation Spots.

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      Othercatt 7 years ago

      @Bus Stop Toy Shop: My father in law supplies the small town of Harmony (about an hour away from us) with Christmas trees. He's been selling trees there for 15 years. I don't know who looks forward to it more, him or his customers.

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      Bus Stop Toy Shop 7 years ago

      Wow, you're fortunate to have as many options as that. We still put up a real tree too - someone we know supplies them to the whole town. You're local ones are beautiful though.