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Where to Buy a Christmas Tree in Rochester

Easy Solutions to Finding the Right Tree in Rochester, NY

One Way to get Your Tree HomeFirst, what should you consider when picking out a tree? Even though my family has been choosing a Christmas tree together annually for over 20 years, we still start by taking measurements of the room and corner that we plan to put the tree in. It never ceases to amaze me each year when the tree seems to get bigger as we try to bring it into the house… no sense in trying to eyeball the measurements. And now, living on my own, this is the first thing I keep in mind when considering what kind of tree I want in my apartment.

Next, consider whether to go with a real or fake tree. Some may think a plastic Christmas tree will help save money and avoid the mess of needles that inevitably follows real trees.  However, keep in mind that you’ll need a place to store your tree during the other 9-11 months of the year.

Personally, I will always be a diehard fan of picking out a real tree with your friends and family. While I love picking out the tree each year, I think it’s the pine smell of the tree in my home that defines the season and makes the choice rather easy to make. However, choosing the right place to find a nice tree that’s the right size and price can be tricky.

Rochester has a ton of places to buy a tree, perhaps offering greater variety than most. But in order to make sure you’re getting the best deal (and the tree you want), here’s some tips on what to look for:

Douglas Fir – generally wider and with a smaller needle size, also one of the best-smelling trees. A favorite amongst most shoppers, this tree also comes with a higher price tag.

Blue Spruce – one of the better trees for needle retention, however, their needles are a bit bigger and not as close together as a fir. These tend to be a bit cheaper, but I’ve found that they work a bit better for smaller corners because they aren’t as wide as a fir.

Fraser Fir – I haven’t seen too many of these in my Christmas tree searches, but apparently they’re fairly popular in the Western New York and Appalachian area. Fraser’s have rather short needles, and their needles turn upward rather than pointing outward.

Balsam Fir – these are unique trees, they have a very dark green color with a slight silver color. They are also known for their unique fragrance with medium-sized needles. Check the tree before you buy it, however – these trees get their name for the sap oozing from its trunk.

So you’ve picked out what type you want – now all you have to decide is where to get your tree and whether you want to cut it yourself or have someone else do it for you. My family always liked cutting our own tree, but sometimes laying down in the snow and cutting a tree down by hand isn’t quite as exciting as it sounds. This year has been pretty warm, so if you’re up for it, now is the time to give a “u-cut” farm a try!

My family has tried a new place each year, as there are many places around our house and each has its own unique selection each year, however I found an excellent site that will assist you in locating farms around your house:

Boy Scouts of America are perhaps the most well-known Christmas tree sellers and are located all over the place, making them a tradition for many. I recommend getting a tree from a farm, but if you are on a tight time schedule or are looking for a place close by, check out a Boy Scouts tree kiosk near your town. They cut the trees ahead of time, so try and get there early! Here’s a few to check out in the area:

Asbury First Methodist Church on East Avenue

Harry Allen Park on Main Street in Honeoye Falls

Happy tree hunting!

James Hallahan is a Contributor to The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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