The first time we ever cut down our own Christmas tree at an Indiana Christmas Tree Farm, our little family of three made the trip to Piney Acres Christmas Tree Farm! It was only about a 35 minute drive from Broad Ripple, not bad at all!
Where to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree
Once upon a time, I didn’t know cutting down your own tree was something you could really do in Indiana! Growing up, my family didn’t do this and I only saw it in the movies so I had no idea it was a REAL thing, but you can go and cut down your very own Christmas tree!
Piney Acres Christmas Tree Farm
When you arrive at Piney Acres, you’ll likely stand in a short line to get a ticket for each person in your party. Save this for later, you’ll need it. Then head outside to get on a wagon to select your Christmas tree. On your way to the wagon you might stop to “look at Santa” depending on the Santa stage of your kids, or maybe stop and visit with him. Santa is at the farm from noon-4pm on special days.
When you board the wagon, let the driver know which field you want to visit based on the type of tree and the size of tree you’re interested in. Tree varieties and prices are available on the Piney Acres website. When you disembark, you’ll be given a saw to use and that’s when the search for the perfect tree begins. And I do mean perfect!
Cutting Down Your Own Christmas Tree
Once you find your tree (clouds will open, the sun will pour out and angels will sing-seriously), then cut that little guy down (not difficult at all — especially if you have someone else do it while you direct) and then drag him out to the trail and wait for the wagon to come back for you. After a short wait, the wagon will arrive, the tree will be measured and tagged and then (gently) tossed into the back of the wagon.
When you return to the lodge, take your tickets inside where you’ll each be given a bag of popcorn and a hot cocoa for FREE. Take your time, snack a little and relax. Meanwhile, your tree is being prepared to go home with you. While you wait, there are also other snacks and concession food items for sale and a little retail area with toys, wreaths, local food products and more!
While you wait, your tree will be shaken to remove any dead needles, trimmed to remove ugly limbs, netted and then tied down to the top of you car — it’s full service, you don’t have to do any of this! The awesome staff at Piney Acres will take good care of you and your tree.
Where is Piney Acres Christmas Tree Farm
Piney Acres Tree Farm is located at 1115 E. 1000 North, Fortville, IN 46040. You can reach them by phone at 317.326.1700.
When is Piney Acres Farm Open?
Opening Day: November 21, 2020
Normal Season Hours: Sunday – Friday: Noon – 8 pm, Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm. U-cut ends at 6 pm.