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Start a New Christmas Tradition, Cut Your Own Tree This Year

This Christmas season consider starting a new tradition by cutting your own tree at Anne-Ellen Christmas Tree Farm & Shop in Manalapan, NJ. Just 4 miles west of Freehold mall, this 100-acre farm has an assortment of spruce, pine or fir trees. Santa also comes to visit with the kids on the weekends.

Here are a few tips before you make the trip:

  1. Allocate a few hours for this adventure. The tree cutting is just one part of it. The farm has a Christmas shop and a small animal farm.

  2. Dress appropriately for December weather. The ground may be muddy or snow-covered.

  3. If you don’t have a saw, that’s ok. The staff at Anne-Ellen can provide one.

  4. Don’t feel like cutting? That’s ok too. Their friendly staff will be glad to cut it for you. You can also choose from a selection of pre-cut trees.

  5. Consider purchasing a living Colorado Blue Spruce, which can be planted after the holidays.

  6. If you are cutting your own, plan to have the tree selected before the sun sets, which is about 4:30 pm. This section of the adventure closes after dark.

Tree prices start at $35 and credit cards are accepted. Anne-Ellen Christmas Tree Farm & Shop is open December 1st-23rd from 9:30 A.M. to 8 P.M. daily. Click here for a map. For information please call 732.786.9277 or send email to


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