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Picking out a tree at local farms

Ray Gora / Lincoln TImes-News
Lincolnton High School sophomores Raxel Leiton and Kathryn Macomson carry a tree on Monday that they’ve chosen to take home from a local farm as the Christmas tree in Raxel’s home.


Natural Christmas tree customers have several farms to choose from


Staff Writer

For those Lincoln County residents still on the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree, there shouldn’t be much road to travel.

Local farms are offering up a variety of trees ready for choosing, and the Times-News has compiled a roundup of what they have in store for prospective customers this year.

Santa’s Forest

Located at 4071 Herter Road in Lincolnton, Herter Nursery, run by John Herter, has been in operation since 2003. He told the Times-News on Monday that he had a good crop this year. He offers choose-and-cut Leyland cypress trees, ranging in height from 6 feet to 11 feet, in addition to freshly cut Fraser firs picked up from the mountains each week, which he keeps in water buckets.

For the kids, Santa’s Forest offers a zip line, a “bounce house,” treasure hunts, farm animals, marshmallow roasts and a nature trail. Hot dogs and chips are also available.

Additionally, the farm has wreaths for sale. Netting and loading services are also provided.

Herter said many of his customers come from the Charlotte area, but he encouraged local residents to come by.

“Once people try Leyland cypress, they stick with it,” he said, noting that this type of tree holds its needles well and lasts longer.

Santa’s Forest is open Sunday to Friday from 12 p.m. to dark and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to dark, through Dec. 15.

For more information, call (828) 428-3774 or visit www.herternursery.com.

Cedar Lake Tree Farm

Located at 5829 E. N.C. 27 in Iron Station, Cedar Lake Farm has been operating locally for 11 years. Owned by Bill Cline, the farm grows Virginia and white pines, in addition to a few Leyland cypresses. Precut Fraser firs are also available.

Cline told the Times-News on Monday that his crop of trees, and the business they’re reaping, has been great this year, noting that sales are ahead of where they were at this time last year.

“It’s been a good year so far,” he said.

In addition to trees, he also sells wreaths and garlands.

“We do everything for you,” he said, noting that they net and load the trees for customers.

Hot apple cider is served, and kids can be entertained with a hay pile to play on and farm animals to see, including donkeys and a new calf.

Open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Cedar Lake Farm will stop selling trees Dec. 20.

For more information, call (704) 483-5048 or visit www.cedarlaketreefarm.com.

Helms Christmas Tree Farm

Located at 6345 Christmas Tree Lane in Vale, Helms Christmas Tree Farm has been in operation since 1982. Offering choose-and-cut white pines, red cedars, Carolina sapphires, Leyland cypresses and blue spruces, among others, the farm, run by Henry Helms, also provides all the extras, such as wreaths.

Helms told the Times-News on Monday that this year’s crop of trees was “above average.”

The farm provides “something for everyone,” he added. This includes hayrides, marshmallow roasts and visits from Santa Clause on the weekends, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Loading services are also provided.

Helms Christmas Tree Farm is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until traffic stops, which Helms estimates will be around Dec. 17.

For more information, call (704) 276-1835 or visit www.helmschristmastreefarm.com.


Image courtesy of KaAnSuli | Lincoln Times-News

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