Christmas Tree Farms in Northwest Florida
Did you know there are Christmas tree farms in Northwest Florida? There are quiet a few in fact, offering a wide variety of trees that can be grown in the North Florida climate and soils.
I 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. It was a hoot, with the three girls running all over the place, each finding a different tree to love. Each time they declared their find to be "the perfect tree" until 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 pick out 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, Christmas tree farms offer a great family outing that will have lasting memories. 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 yo 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, and 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.
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
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
850-675-3563 or 850 449-4316
Open daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tree varieties: Virginia Pine, Cedar, Leland Cypress
Tree shakers, twine, saws, and Christmas tree balers are available.
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.
1585 Vinson Ray Road, Baker, FL 32531
Open Tuesday to Friday noon to dark, Saturday and Sunday 8 am until dark, closed on Monday.
You cut, and living rooted trees
Tree varieties: Leyland Cypress, Virginia Pine, Southern Red Cedar
Saws, tree baler, twine and netting provided
Directions: From Crestview, go west on Hwy 90 to State Road 4 (approximately 5 miles). Turn North on SR 4 to the traffic light in Baker. From there continue North on Hwy 189 (SR 4 turns left and goes west at this point). Go 4 miles to Vinson Ray Road, turn right, go 1 mile and watch for the sign to turn left into the farm.
Strickland-Davis Christmas Tree Farm
1602 County Road 183 N., DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433
Open Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m.to 5:00 p.m., Sunday noon to 5:00 p.m., closed Monday
You cut or they will cut, and living rooted trees
Tree varieties: Leyland cypress, Red Cedar, Arizona Blue Ice
Mistletoe, Christmas decorations, saws provided, trees bagged, trees tied
Directions: From DeFuniak Springs, take Hwy 90 east to County Road 183. Go south on CR 183 to the farm.
Maphis Tree Farm and Nursery
814 Rattlebox Road, Chipley, FL 32428
Open Monday through Saturday 8:00 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, Santa appearances, trees bagged, tree shaking , saws provided
Directions: Three miles south of Chipley off Orange Hill Highway (County Road 273)
Lee's Tree Farm
23455 NE Fred Tyre Road, Grand Ridge, FL 32442
Open daily 8:00 a.m. to sundown
Tree varieties: Leyland Cypress and Carolina Sapphire
Directions: From I-10 go South on Hwy 69 to Hwy 286 East. Travel approximately 3 miles on Hwy 286 to Fred Tyre Road. Travel one-half mile on Fred Tyre Road to the Farm.
Powell Tree Farm and Vineyard
7593 Old Spanish Trail, Sneads, FL 32460
850-593-5199 or 850-593-0350
Open Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
You cut, Living, rooted trees, gift shop
Tree varieties: Sand Pine, 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, Blue Ice, Sand Pine, Bavarian Cypress
Gloves, saws, measuring sticks, tree shaker, and baler providedManger 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.
Wright Brothers Tree Farm
16952 Sunray Road, Tallahassee, FL 32309
850-893-1119 or 850-893-0066
Open Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time
You cut, and living rooted trees
Tree varieties: Leyland Cypress, Red Cedar, Arizona Cypress
Saws, restrooms, shaking services
Directions: From I-10 take exit 209B and go east on Hwy 90 for 10 1/2 miles. Turn left on Sunray Road and go 3/4 mile. Look for sign on the right.
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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