Decorating for Christmas is a favorite pastime for just about everyone. It brings your family together, marks the start of the season, and makes your house smell great. However, it can also be really stressful. Trying to find the best place to buy a Christmas tree is extremely difficult because there are so many options – what kind of tree should you get? How tall should it be? Should you go with a themed tree? How about a fake tree? Should you cut down your own tree? Buy one out of a parking lot?

The questions are endless. Well, here we can answer one of those: Where can I buy a live Christmas tree in State College?

Let’s take a look at these local businesses:

1. Tannenbaum Farms

Credit: Tannenbaum

Credit: Tannenbaum

Tannenbaum Farms is a locally owned farm that will give you a lot of selection. They raise different kinds of trees from what other farms grow, though they have the traditional ones as well. If you are looking for something that looks a little different, consider talking to someone on their staff. They will be able to tell you what makes each tree special.

This year, they are open from the Friday after Thanksgiving until December 20th. You can go anytime between 8AM to 5PM, though you should get there before 4PM if you plan on cutting your own tree down. If it is too dark, you won’t be able to do so.


A word of note is that they do have tree tagging that has already started, but they are on the honor system.

Tannenbaum Farms in State College has a wide selection of wreath products that you can purchase as well if you want to add some green outside or inside your home.

2. Harner Farm

For beautiful Christmas trees from a family business that you know you can trust, Harner Farm is another great location. They have rows

Credit: Harmer

Credit: Harner

and rows of trees that will fit in your home. Each one is full and beautiful, ready for you to take home. You’ll have your choice of trees, either pre-cut or for you to cut down. Even better, they will wrap your tree and help get it ready for transport. Remember to bring rope so that your journey home can be safe!

Of course, you should take a look at their greenery and decoration offerings are well.

Just like every other season, Harner Farm wears this season beautifully and it is worth it to just walk around and see everything they have to offer.

3. Parsons Tree Farm

Credit: Parsons

Credit: Parsons

Parsons Tree Farm has been operating since 1921, and they highlight the fact that they are one of the greenest ways to buy a Christmas tree. According to their website: “Buy locally and reduce your carbon foot print. At Christmas time, only the trees that are sold are cut. Once a tree is cut, a new seedling tree is planted in its place the following spring. The trees reduce erosion, are bio-degradable, and are recyclable as mulch.”

There is already tagging happening, so you might want to head over to get your choice of trees. When the time comes, you will be able to cut down your own tree. From there, the staff will bale and shake your tree so that taking it home is easy. They will even drill a center spike if you need one.

4. Tuckaway Trees

Tuckaway Trees will give you one of the widest selections in Christmas trees in State College. They offer pretty much all trees that people are

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Credit: Tuckaway

looking for, including: Concolor Fir, Fraser Fir, Canaan Fir, Norway Spruce, Blue Spruce, Serbian Spruce, Oriental Spruce, White Pine, and Douglas Fir. All of the trees are grown by them so that they can monitor them.

This company has been a favorite for families who are looking for Christmas trees and fresh trees as they offer both. Even better, they will give you a tree that will live a long life, whether that means planted outside or decorated inside.

During the Christmas season, they are open daily from 8AM to 5PM from the day after Christmas.

5. Kuhn’s Christmas Tree Farm

Credit: Kuhn

Credit: Kuhn

With two of the foremost experts in Christmas tree growing, Doug and Larry, Kuhn’s Christmas Tree Farm is a one of a kind place to visit. Their trees are some of the top in the nation because of their knowledge and experience. They are open for retail sales beginning on the day after Thanksgiving through December 23 each year.  The hours are 10:00 to 6:00 Monday – Friday, and 9:00 to 5:00 on weekends. You can cut down your own tree or pick one to have the staff cut down. This gives you the freshest tree possible and you will be able to keep it up for a longer time.

If you don’t know all that much about selecting a Christmas tree, their staff will walk you through the process. Advising you on things like height, dimension, care, and weight.

6. Tait Christmas Tree Farm

Credit: Tait

Credit: Tait

Of the thousands of trees that line the Tait Farm Christmas tree lot, you will surely find one that will have a place in your home. You can choose to either cut down your own tree or you can choose one that has been precut. If you are looking early, this is one of the places that you can go. They start cutting trees on November 19.

Everyone who works at Tait Christmas Tree Farm is passionate about trees. They don’t just hand you the tree and bid you goodbye – instead, they teach you how to take care of the tree so that it can last all season.

To make a day of it, you can attend on the weekends when they have hayrides and other events that will make family memories. There are also many food products, drinks, decorations, and garlands there to complete your holiday shopping.

7. Perfect Christmas Tree Farm

Credit: Perfect Christmas Tree

Credit: Perfect Christmas Tree

When you arrive at Perfect Christmas Tree Farm, they will give you a map – that’s something very rare. On that map, you will find many different kinds of trees that vary in price and size – up to 16 feet. You can either cut your own tree or select one that is pre-cut. Even better, they grow trees in small pots that you can decorate and then plant at the end of the season.

For those who like classic trees and don’t want to break from tradition, they have Balsam, Fraser, Concolor, Canaan and Douglas fir, Blue Spruce and Scotch Pine. They also have forty other varieties that are rare, including Nordman and Grand Fir.

Keep Your Home Looking Holiday Ready

Your home is going to be the center of your holiday celebrations, so you want it to look its best. Whether you are expecting dozens of people or just your closest friends and family, having a well-groomed lawn, save sidewalks, and shrubs that are aligned will make everything seem a little more magical. At JRS Landscaping, we can help you get that “Christmas Card Ready” look. We will talk you through our process so that you can get the look you have been dreaming off, no matter what the weather might be like outside.

Give us a call today and we can give you a free estimate for whatever work you need.

Header photo courtesy of Michael Hicks on Flickr!