Connecting moms in Polk County, Fla.
I bring up this discussion because I was planning to take the kids up to the Boone, North Carolina area to go snow tubing and hit up a local Christmas tree farm to pick a tree to trim when coming home over the Thanksgiving break. The tubing venue we love has a live webcam. I took a click over to view and there is no way tubing is going to happen this week, for sure! :(
There are a bunch of Christmas tree farms in that area but I decided, why go that far just for a tree? My search for a local, choose-your-tree venue got me to start this topic.
This site actually shows Christmas Tree Farms by state- Here is Florida. And to break it down further, here is a link that shows Christmas tree farms pretty close to us.
Lake Wales Ridge State Forest will offer again this year a chance to cut your own Christmas tree.
I called and this is the details I was told.
-Bring your own saw
- $10 a tree
- Meet at the Mclean Cabin at the park to register for this opportunity.
- Dates are Saturday November 26th from 9a.m to 2 p.m. and December 3rd from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
To read a little more about the trees catch the Sand Pine Cutting Is Back Again and last year's story, that includes a picture of what a typical tree can look like: Ten Dollars and Some Elbow Grease Pays for Christmas Trees for Fami...
We talked about this last year:
Do you like to give your family a cut-your-own-tree tradition? Do you know of one-tank trips of tree farms to share?
Thanks for posting this!! While I scored an amazing pre-lit tree at Lowe's a couple years ago after Christmas, I have always thought it would be a neat experience to cut a Christmas tree with the kids. Well, for me too for that matter since I have never picked out & cut a tree either. Maybe we could get a very small one for the porch. Or we could even just skip the fake this year and do a real tree and then take it to the Christmas tree burning we've turned into an annual Hall tradition (which brings up it's own issues with Legoland FL this yr having a New Year's eve shindig about the same time as the tree burning). And now I'm going on and on..... Thanks for the info!! lol
Cynthia, you are very welcome. I love to pass along research I find and I'm also glad to know it interests others. Although I am super disappointed we won't make a snow trip I'm still very excited that we still get to make the memory and experience of finding our own tree. :)
We went to the Dade City farm a few years ago, and as a result have earned the title from my husband of "Christmas Tree Snob."
I am a die-hard Frasier Fir girl. And all the "Cut your own" trees were like triangular cut shrubs. They were not fitting of my definition of a Christmas Tree, and they were so thin that I was sure one would be without needles by the time we drove it home to Mulberry. So after driving all that way, we turned around and came home - stopping at the Scottish Rite property in S Lakeland to buy a tree.
bizeemomma, I definitely 'get' what you are saying- for sure. I've definitely been accused of being a Christmas decor snob myself- but on the other hand, I think I have what it takes to make one of these local trees look cute. I'm thinking if I decorate one of these trees in the spirit of it being a more rustic, not-typical story book Christmas tree, it can turn out okay. I also definitely think you adding the disclaimer and experience to this spot is beneficial to those that do expect a certain look to a tree. I do know the Dade City location does say they offer cut Frazier Firs in case the "u-pick" aren't what you hoped.
If any of you are considering the Lake Wales area option, the first day to do this is today until 2p.m.
I know we don't quite have Thanksgiving under our belts yet but I wanted to bring this topic back knowing some of you like to trim your tree right after turkey day.
I just ran across the link, State Forest Will Offer Christmas Tree Cutting Again and I'm thrilled.
Last year I took the kids to get a $10 tree. It wasn't a Frazier fir but this tree made up for it in fun and memories we made selecting and getting our own tree. I do have a picture of it before I decorated it in this photo album (click here) but I'll have to dig some more to find it decorated. Do notice how tall the tree is, my ceilings are 10 foot tall and the tree is at the top. After decorating, it really was beautiful!
So, yep, we'll be back to get a tree again this year.
Today opens the chance to cut your own tree at the Lake Wales Ridge State Forest.
The kids and I are trying to decide now if we'll go ourselves or get a more traditional tree.
Are you ready to cut down your own tree?
There are chances right here in Florida.
Here is an idea the kids and I tried a few years ago, it was a ton of fun.
LOCATION: Arbuckle Tract
Rucks Dairy Rd. and School Bus Rd.
TREES: Sand Pine (15’or less in height)
Bring your own hand saw.
PRICE: $10.00 per tree
WHEN: Saturday, November 29, 2014
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
On this Saturday, anyone interested should meet the State Forest
Representative at the McLean cabin prior to cutting trees.
December 1, 2014 thru December 5, 2014
December 15, 2014 thru December 19, 2014
December 22, 2014 and December 23, 2014
8 am to 4 pm
For these dates, anyone interested should meet the State Forest
Representative at state forest headquarters prior to cutting trees to
obtain a special use permit.
CONTACT: Lake Wales Ridge State Forest
Florida Forest Service
851 CR 630 East
Frostproof, FL 33843
If you want a bit tamer of an tree adventure, this location sounds pretty promising (click here for it) and includes a petting zoo, hay rides and a zip line.