Did you know there are Christmas tree farms in Northwest Florida? There are - quite a few in fact - offering a wide variety of trees that happily grow in the North Florida climate and soils.
I first learned about Southern tree farms many years ago when one Christmas my family and I decided to go out to a local farm and cut our own tree.
My British mother-in-law, who was visiting for the holidays, thought we were crazy, with all three girls running in different directions all over the place, each finding a special tree to love.
Every time they declared their find to be "the perfect tree," they suddenly spotted another one a few yards away and THAT became the NEW perfect tree. It took us an hour and a half to settle on one tree, but the memories we have of that day have lasted for over 20 years.
So, whether you want to choose and cut your own tree, or are looking for a living rooted tree to plant after the holidays, area Christmas tree farms offer a fun family outing. Some of the farms feature gift shops so you can buy your tree and decorate it all in one fell swoop. Some have special events like visits from Santa, hay rides, and other family activities as well as snacks and sweet treats.
Many of these Christmas tree farms provide saws, twine, netting and other things to help you get your tree from the field to your living room. Some will even let you pick out your tree and will cut it for you, which is great if you are saw-challenged like I am.
Northwest Florida Christmas tree farms can be found in Pensacola, Tallahassee and points in between. Times listed below are all Central Time unless otherwise indicated, but it's best to call ahead and make sure the farm is open and that they have the type of tree you want, as well as what type of payment they accept. Some farms don't take credit cards. Also, ask if they have picnic facilities or bathrooms so you can plan your day accordingly.
The Christmas Forest
10151 South Loop Road, Pensacola, FL. 32507
Open Monday through Friday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Closed Sunday
You cut, and living, rooted trees
Tree varieties: Sand Pines, Cedars, Leyland Cypress, and Green Giant
They will provide a saw and tie-down twine. Tree netting is available.
Directions: From Wal-Mart on Blue Angel Parkway, go south ½ mile on Blue Angel Parkway, then go west 3/4 mile on North Loop Road and follow the signs.
The Country Pine Christmas Tree Farm
5001 Still Road, Bratt, FL 32535
Open daily 9:00 a.m. to dark
Tree varieties: Virginia Pine, Red Cedar, Leyland Cypress, Carolina Sapphire, Naylor’s Blue
Directions: From Pensacola, take US Highway 29 north to County Road 97. Go north on CR 97 to County Road 4. Turn right on CR 4 go about two miles to Still Road. Turn right and about another half miles or so to the farm.
Whispering Pines Tree Farm
1603 Penton Road, Milton, FL 32570
Call Mike at 850-304-1559
Open daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tree varieties: Virginia Pine, Cedar, Leland Cypress, Sand Pine
Tree shakers, twine, saws, and Christmas tree balers are available. Tree prices range from $3 to $4 a foot
Directions: From Milton, take Hwy 89 north. Go 9 miles to the 1st curve after Allentown caution light and go straight on Penton Road at curve. Then go 1 1/2 miles and turn left at the sign and follow the dirt road to back field.
Strickland's Christmas Tree Farm visit their Facebook Page here
1602 Kidd Road, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433
Open Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m.to 5:00 p.m., Sunday noon to 5:00 p.m., Open the day after Thanksgiving until December 22nd
You cut or they will cut, and living rooted trees
Tree varieties: Leyland cypress, Red Cedar, Arizona Blue Ice
Saws provided, trees bagged, trees tied, hot chocolate and snacks available
Directions: From DeFuniak Springs, take Hwy 90 east to Kidd Road. Go north on Kidd Road about 1.5 miles to the farm.
Maphis Tree Farm and Nursery
814 Rattlebox Road, Chipley, FL 32428
Open Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
You cut, and living rooted trees
Tree varieties: Virginia Pine, Leland Cypress, Carolina Sapphire, Southern Red Cedar
Gift shop, trees bagged, tree shaking , saws provided
Directions: Three miles south of Chipley off Orange Hill Highway (County Road 273)
Powell Tree Farm and Vineyard visit their Facebook Page here
7509 Old Spanish Trail, Sneads, FL 32460
Open every day from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through Christmas Eve
You cut, Living, rooted trees, gift shop
Tree varieties: Virginia Pine, Red Cedar, Leyland Cypress, Carolina Sapphire
Directions: From Hwy 90 between Grand Ridge and Sneads, turn south on Inwood Road. Turn left on Old Spanish Trail and go to the first drive on the right.
Bavarian Christmas Tree Farm
4352 Safari Run, Tallahassee, FL 32309
850-668-7582 or 850-524-7343
Open daily 9:00 a.m. to dark Eastern Time
You cut or they will cut
Tree varieties: Carolina Sapphire, Leyland Cypress, Red Cedar, Sand Pine, Bavarian Cypress
Gloves, saws, measuring sticks, tree shaker, and baler provided Manger and Bavarian gift shop
Directions: From I-10, take exit 209B and go east on Hwy 90 for 8.6 miles. Turn left on Safari Run.
Havana Christmas Tree Farm
2867 Florida Georgia Highway, Havana, FL 32333
Open daily 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time
You cut, they cut, pre-cut, living rooted trees
Tree varieties: Sand Pine, Virginia Pine, Leyland Cypress, Fresh Cut Northern, Scotch Pine, Spruce, Fraser Fir
Gift shop, boughs and wreaths, decorations, outdoor lighting
Directions: From Tallahassee, go 4 ½ miles from Capital Circle on Hwy 27 N towards Havana. The farm is on the left.
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Our family recently visited a farm, this time with granddaughters there to enjoy the hunt. Either I am more calm or it was less crazy, but we still spent an hour and a half. This time the hunt included playing games, seeing Santa, inspecting trees, enjoying a hayride and finding the Perfect Tree to cut and bring home. It was a wonderful family day.
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