Visiting a Nearby Christmas Tree Farm for the Holidays

Does your family have a tradition of visiting a Christmas tree farm for the holidays? In addition to being better for the environment, a freshly cut tree brings undeniable natural beauty into your home as you celebrate Christmas. There is no denying that the heavenly fragrance of fresh balsam fir signals the holidays are here. If bringing home a local tree of your choosing is something you’ve always dreamed about, our region is home to several beautiful tree farms eager to assist you in your search for the perfect tree. Add a cup of homemade hot cocoa or apple cider and a crackling fire before snuggling up by the tree with your coziest blanket. Keep reading for a list of recommendations for Christmas tree farms near Banner Elk.

Sugar Plum Farm

When family fun is the focus of your tree excursion, set your sights on Sugar Plum Farm. Entertain little ones with a hayride as you select this year’s tree. There are picnic tables situated around the pond, hot drinks and complimentary mementos. Santa and his elves are on hand for photo opportunities, and staff members are available to capture a photo of your family cutting your tree.

Cornett Deal Christmas Tree Farm

With five fields of Christmas trees, the Cornett Deal Christmas Tree Farm is a popular spot thanks to their shake and drill service. Ask for a cup of Diane’s famous cider and stop by their gift shop for handmade wares, wreaths and garland.

Cartner Christmas Tree Farm

When the details make the difference, look to Cartner Christmas Tree Farm, as they hand-prune their trees and greenery. Their trees are known for their deep green hues, achieved in part by fertilizing in late spring and fall. This family business has a history of more than 50 years with an extensive customer base around the U.S.

Swinging Bridge Farm

Named the best tree farm for an agricultural tour by the High Country Host, visitors to Swinging Bridge Farm can choose and cut their tree and tour the farm. Although they have a limited number of trees this year, their farm tour and nature hike may be of interest. The farm is also home to an Orangery with more than 40 varieties of citrus and fruit-bearing trees. Perhaps you’ll feel compelled to purchase a fruit tree and start a new tradition.

Elk River Evergreens

Elk River Evergreens is located near the TN/NC state line on an old apple orchard and features two farms. As you search for your family tree, ask about their wreaths, roping and decor.

David Pittman’s Christmas Tree Farm

David Pittman’s Christmas Tree Farm boasts an impressive selection of choose and cut trees (up to 11’ tall). They offer hayrides and have wreaths for sale as well. Visit their website for an interview with David and his daughter.

Bear Wallow Choose and Cut

Bear Wallow is family owned and offers Frasier Firs and White Pine Christmas Trees as well as wreaths and swags.

Circle C Tree Farms

Covering more than 30 acres, Circle C is a family farm that has served many purposes over the years. The “C” in their name stands for Dennis Cook, who resides in the historic farmhouse on the property. They plan to be open for limited dates in November to avoid overselling.

We hope this year’s tree is a true vision of Christmas beauty! Before setting out on your tree finding excursion, be sure to contact your desired Christmas tree farm near Banner Elk to confirm availability and hours of operation.

Elk River Club is a private mountain golf community in Western North Carolina with the first Signature Jack Nicklaus golf course in the state. Residents and guests enjoy surrounding views of Beech Mountain, Sugar Mountain and Grandfather Mountain. Amenities include an Equestrian Center, a private, on-premise airport, Har-Tru tennis courts, a pool complex, spa services, Clubhouse, casual and fine dining, fishing, events and more.