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Chop To It: Yorktown's Wilkens Farm Features Cut Your Own Christmas Trees

You can cut your own Christmas trees at Evergreen Farm in Millbrook.
You can cut your own Christmas trees at Evergreen Farm in Millbrook. Photo Credit: Evergreen Farm Facebook
Solvang Tree Farm in Poughkeepsie.
Solvang Tree Farm in Poughkeepsie. Photo Credit: Solvang Tree Farm Facebook

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Ready to deck the halls?

Consider chopping your own tree. Whether it's a long-held Christmas tradition or something you're planning to do for the first time, there's plenty of opportunities for fresh air-- and often hot chocolate -- at a Hudson Valley tree farm where you'll also find gift shops filled with wreaths, decorations, and, yes, Virginia, fresh pies.

What follows is a sampling of spots either close to your Westchester home or within driving distance. Feel free to tell us your favorite in our Facebook comments. Or better yet, send us a selfie with your tree.

And in nearby Putnam:

  • Hardwick Tree Farm (213 Wood Street, Mahopac, 845-528-5814): Expect a wide variety of trees including Douglas Fir, Frasier Fir, Balsam Fir, Concolor and Canaan at $13 per foot from now through Christmas. The farm is open Saturday and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offers free hot cider and cookies. Saws and baling provided.

In Dutchess:

In Orange County:

  • Emmerich Tree Farm (101 Sleepy Valley Rd., Warwick, 845-986-0151): Pine, spruce and fir are available where, this year, the Emmerich Tree Farm website promises larger choose-and-cut options. Wagon rides to the field, music, bonfire, and free hot chocolate round out the fun. They are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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