CHRISTMAS TREE TRADITIONS AT OUR LOCAL FARMS.

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

F.W. Battenfeld & Son Rt. 199, Red Hook

christmas-tree-farm-096The farm opens the Friday after Thanksgiving, from 8am-4pm, 7 days a week until around December 21st. Santa Visits Battenfeld Tree Farm

Santa’s annual visit to is definately a holiday tradition. Experience an old Fashioned horse-drawn wagon ride (weather permitting), and refreshments are available. Santa’s Schedule
Santa sightings at the Battenfeld Christmas Tree Farm

Open Everyday. Wreaths up to 6′ wide and garland available. Special events on weekends with horse-drawn carriages, Santa, bagpipers and more! Check website for official closing date. For more information: 845 758-8018  http://www.christmastreefarm.us/index.php

Saltsman Tree Farm

From the traffic light in at center of the village of Rhinebeck, travel 1.2 miles on East Market Street/ Route 308 to the Saltsman Christmas Tree Farm on the right at 214 Route 308 http://www.saltsmantreefarm.com/

For other locations in the area check out our friends at Experience the Hudson Valley : http://www.experiencethehudsonvalley.com/xmas_tree_farm.php?ehvSid;=069c871bcb1783c28e197a03ff902dd5

Tree Setup 
1. If you don’t put up the tree right away, wrap the stump in a damp towel and leave it in a cool, but not freezing, place.
2. Before you bring in the tree, make a fresh cut on the bottom of the trunk to remove any dried sap. Get it into a stand right away, and water.5. While the tree is displayed, hide the tree bag with a tree skirt.

Once you’ve chosen the perfect Christmas tree and brought it home, the next step is getting it to its designated spot in the house. A few preparatory measures can make this sometimes daunting job easier: To keep needles from dropping everywhere, wrap the tree in an old sheet as you carry it through the house; and avoid placing the tree near a source of heat or ventilation (which causes the needles to fall off and poses a fire hazard).

3. A stand with four spouts is ideal because the stand can adjust to fit any tree

4. Using a plastic tree bag will make cleanup easier: Just pull the bag up over the tree to carry it outside after the holidays. 

6. The tree and stand can be placed in a metal basin or a terra-cotta pot — just make sure the resulting setup isn’t top-heavy. Freshly cut trees absorb as much as a gallon of water a day. Check the stand daily, and make sure the bottom of the trunk is always immersed. Before decorating the tree, place a sheet on the floor to catch needles. Put up lights and garlands first, ornaments last.