Yesterday, Suzanne Brown with the state's tourism division, recommended a variety of pick-your-own Christmas tree packages at farms and hotels in the North Carolina mountains.
But if you want to stay closer to home, eastern North Carolina has some choose-and-cut experiences as well that make a great day trip or test drive to see if you want to head out to the mountains next year.
Brown recommended a few and I'll add some others. Some farms are open now, others will open the week of Thanksgiving. As always, call ahead to make sure it's open and trees are available.
Here are Christmas tree farms closer to home:
Boyce Farms, Raleigh
Jordan Lake Christmas Tree Farm, Apex, in Chatham County
Back Achers Christmas Tree Farm, Raleigh
Mistletoe Meadows, Garner. The farm is in the mountains, but they do have a pick and cut option in Garner. They have hay rides and refreshments on the weekends.
Christmas Tree Patch, Sanford
Griffin's Evergreens, 1823 Broadway Rd., Sanford. The farm opens at 2 p.m., Thanksgiving, and is open from 8 to 7 p.m., Saturdays and the Friday after Thanksgiving. Hours are 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., weekdays and Sundays through Dec. 24 (or whenever they sell out). 919-258-3587
Brock's Tree Farm, Apex.
Phillips Farms, Cary
Corn Hill Farms, Kittrell (about nine miles south of Oxford).
B&D Christmas Tree Farm, Fayetteville.
Doby Tree Farm, Cameron. 910-245-3265.
Teri-Jim's Christmas Trees, Dudley. 919-735-8140.