Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Jordan Lake Christmas Tree Farm

What it is: Last weekend we went out in search of the perfect Christmas tree.  In previous years we have just gone to the nearest Christmas tree lot and gone home, but this year we went for a little something different.  We headed just down Hwy 751 near Jean's Berry Patch to Jordan Lake Christmas Tree Farm.  Not only do they have quite a variety of trees, they also have a little shop where you can buy holiday goodies like bows, ornaments, and fresh wreaths.  There's also a little snack booth where you can get hot chocolate, cider, or even fresh donuts.  Then, you can head over to the kids area where your little ones can bounce in the bouncy house or play on the playground.  From there, they can hop on the hayride and tour around the farm, all for free.

Finally, when you're ready you can search for the perfect Christmas tree.  They have a section where you can wander the fields and pick out your own tree growing in the ground or you can choose a variety that is already precut and waiting for you.  We looked in the field, but apparently, the trees there go fast, so we couldn't find one that was the size we needed.  So, we found a beautiful precut one that was perfect.  Once you choose your tree, either precut or in the field, someone will come, give you a tag, whisk it away, bag it, and get it ready for you to drive around and pick it up with your car-it's quite a system.

What we liked:  We loved how there were other fun things to do at this tree farm.  There was lots that the kiddos could enjoy along with getting a tree.  It is also very well run by a family, and it's always great to support a local family business.  The prices are very similar to what we would pay elsewhere. Plus, I love the idea of being able to pick your own tree growing at a farm.  Maybe next year we'll head over a little earlier and see what they have.

What we would change:  The parking lot was almost full the day we were there and it was tricky to find a spot, but they did have a lady walking around helping us find a spot and helping everything run smoothly.  We wished they would have had more farm trees, so my kids could have experienced watching their tree get cut down, etc.  However, my friends that we saw at the farm had a great idea.  They purchased another precut big tree, and wandered the fields looking for a "Charlie Brown tree" for their kids room.  There were plenty of little trees for the kids to choose from and I'm sure they found one that they loved.

Website and other important information: 

Website: http://www.jordanlakechristmas.com/

Address: 2170 Martha Chapel Road, Apex, NC 27523

Hours: 9am-5pm

Dates: December: 5-9, 12-16, 19-21


(A view of the tree farm)

(The hayride)

(One of the trees on the farm-unfortunately, it was already taken.)

(The kids play area with bounce area and playground)

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