Still need to get your Christmas tree? There are many local places to pick out the perfect tree. Here are some options:
KING'S INDIAN HEAD FARM
Where: 1050 Eagle Rd, Newtown
Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Details: Offering pre-cut douglas and frasier fir trees up to 12 feet tall, prices start at $19.95. Wreaths and roping also available.
JUG HILL FARM
Where: 177 Taylorsville Rd, Newtown
Hours: Daily until 8 p.m. Choose-and-cut fields close at dusk.
Details: Offering choose-and-cut as well as pre-cut trees as well as wreaths and roping. Free wagon rides through the farm offered.
Where: 591 Durham Rd, Wrightstown
Hours: Daily until 6 p.m. Choose-and-cut fields close at dusk.
Details: Offering choose-and-cut as well as pre-cut tress as well as wreaths and roping. Free wagon rides through the farm offered. Pictures with Santa Saturdays and Sundays.
PETER TAYLOR FARMSTEAD
Where: 229 Wrights Rd, Newtown
Hours: Monday-Thursday 12-6 p.m.; Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Details: Pre-cut trees, wreaths and poinsettias
Where: 371 Stoneybrook Rd, Newtown
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. untill 6 p.m.
Details: Fresh cut Pennsylvania trees with no chemical spay. Wreaths and roping also available.
SHADY BROOK FARM
Where: 931 Stony Hill Rd, Yardley
Hours: Monday through Thursdays 5 to 9 p.m.; Friday from 5 to 10 p.m.; Sat. from 12 to 10 p.m.; and Sun. from 12 to 9 p.m.
Details: Shady Brook offers a wide variety of pre-cut trees, wreaths, pine roping and holiday decor. Plus Santa is there and the farm has a huge Christmas light display to check out, too.
COLAVITA TREE FARM
Where: 1761 Dolington Rd, Yardley
Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Choose-and-cut fields close at dusk.
Details: Choose-and-cut as well as pre-cut trees. On-site holiday shop.
With so many options, picking out a Christmas tree can sometimes make you feel like you're in "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Any given tree can either be too short, too tall, too bald, too bushy or have a myriad of other problems.
So how can you tell which tree is the right one for you? To help select your favorite tree, the characteristics of the more popular species are listed below.
Douglas fir: This tree is generally available as a sheared tree and is the most common species found on tree lots.
It has a nice fragrance and a medium-to-good shelf life. Because of the thick, bushy crowns, they do not lend themselves to large or heavy decorations.
This species is the easiest to grow because it is relatively problem-free. It requires seven to eight years to mature as a Christmas tree.
Noble fir: This species is considered the “Cadillac” of Christmas trees. It grows in a more open pattern, has stout branches, luxurious green needles, a long shelf life and a nice fragrance. It is popular with families that have large or heavy ornaments.
It is the most expensive tree because it takes eight to ten years to mature and is the most difficult species to grow.
Grand fir: This sheared tree is the most fragrant of the native species. It has an attractive needle that makes it a popular choice as a flocked tree.
Grand fir trees require eight to nine years to grow and have a medium shelf life.
Fraser fir: This North Carolina native has strong branches that will hold heavier ornaments. The needles have a pleasant fragrance and a long shelf life comparable to a noble fir.
Fraser fir trees are difficult to grow because of the many pests that threaten them. They require eight to 10 years before they are ready for harvest.
Norway and blue spruce trees: These are generally available only at choose-and-cut farms. They will hold heavy decorations. Some consumers think they are child- and pet-proof because of the stiff, prickly needles.
Spruces require eight to nine years to mature as Christmas trees and have a medium shelf life.
Tips for caring for your tree:
Once you make it home with your tree, cut one-quarter inch off the butt and place the tree in a water stand. The stand should be large enough to hold at least one gallon of water after the tree is placed in it. Check the water level daily. A typical six-foot tall tree can drink one gallon of water each day and remain fresh for two to three weeks.