Where to Sniff Out the Pawfect Christmas Tree with Fido

Posted by Jessica Roberts

This article was updated in November 2020.

The Christmas season is here, happiness and cheer! There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than by picking out a freshly cut tree at a real Christmas tree farm, especially when you can have your reindog by your side.

“We wish you a furry Christmas!”Photo by Facebook.com/baldwinfarmsky

A Meaningful Tradition for the Whole Family to Share

Choosing a Christmas tree is a holiday tradition to treasure: the chilly air, the smell of fresh pine, and your pooch’s precious snout helping you sniff out the finest fir or most special spruce to adorn your home. Getting the tree is a family affair, and when you visit a pet-friendly Christmas tree farm, pups can be included in making those holiday memories. Plus, it’s the perfect opportunity to snag a festive family photo in a magical setting, so be sure to bust out your matching holiday sweater sets.

Most Christmas tree farms open the Friday after Thanksgiving Day, and many welcome leashed dogs to join you on the hunt for the perfect Tannenbaum. Our workshop has been busy researching pet-friendly Christmas tree farms across the nation, so you can find one near you no matter where you live. Better still, start a new holiday tradition for Fido and the family with a pilgrimage to one of these favorites.

1. The Rocks Estate

Bethlehem, NH
“You’re a funny lookin’ dog.” Photo by Facebook.com/TheRocksEstate

The Rocks Estate is a scenic destination at any time of year, but in the winter months, The Rocks Christmas Tree Farm becomes a magical wonderland. Two- and four-legged visitors will enjoy strolling the mile-long Christmas Tree Trail, which winds through the grounds and includes 15 numbered placards along the way that relate the history of the estate. The trail takes you past artfully crafted stone walls and panoramic views of the White Mountains, but the real attraction in November and December are the rows upon rows of pristine (and often snow-capped) Christmas trees. Once Fido has selected his favorite, hop aboard the two-horse open sleigh and jingle all the way back to the Market Place for a warm snack or meal.

This year, all guests must register in advance before visiting the Rocks Christmas tree farm. The Rocks Estate’s Christmas Memory Package includes a stay at a nearby hotel or inn, a horse-drawn wagon ride through the historic property, a decorated 12-inch wreath and a Christmas tree. Participating properties include the pet-friendly Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Lincoln.

2. Werner Tree Farm

Middlebury, VT
“Been an awfully good girl, Santa Baby.” Photo by Facebook.com/wernertreefarm

What more could you wish for from a tree farm than beautiful, fresh Christmas trees? How about wood-fired Vermont maple syrup to drizzle on your morning pancakes and bake into maple-bacon doggie treats? Werner Tree Farm is a family-run operation that allows you to choose and cut your own tree or pick from a selection of fresh pre-cut trees. The farm also sells old-fashioned maple syrup, wood-fired and hand-bottled in the sugar house. You can find this sweet indulgence in the farm's Christmas shop, along with Annie Werner, the Official Shop Dog, and decorations like live wreaths, garlands and kissing balls.

After your day at the farm, snuggle up with your pup next to the fireplace in this cozy Middlebury vacation rental. You’ll love the strikingly beautiful sunsets across the lake and mountains, and your dog will enjoy walking and exploring the long, isolated dirt road to the property.

3. Hensler Nursery

Hamlet, IN
This is not going to be an easy choice, is it? Photo by @wheretonownextforever

For nearly 70 years, Christmas Fest at Hensler Nursery has drawn visitors from states away to join in holiday revelries and find the perfect tree. On November 30, escorted by the local fire department, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive to greet two- and four-legged guests. If you miss “Opening Day,” not to worry; they return for photo ops every weekend until Christmas. In addition to strolling the property and selecting a fresh Fraser Fir, Scotch Pine, or White Pine with your pooch, you can get freshly made live holiday greenery and treats like kettle corn, locally roasted coffee and Santa’s favorite sugar cookies in the barn-turned-Christmas shop. Before you leave, pick out a special ornament for your pup to commemorate the day.

After you get your photo with Kris Kringle and your canine, explore the village, find your tree and warm up with some apple cider for the humans and a hot dog treat for the canines. Put on your kerchief and Fido’s nightcap and let sugarplums dance in your heads at a pet-friendly vacation rental in nearby Michigan City.

4. Country Cove Christmas Tree Farm

Murfreesboro, TN
“I see the perfect one! Follow me!” Photo by @caroshine__

If a trip to Tennessee is on Fido’s wishlist for Santa Paws, head out to the 35-acre Country Cove Christmas Tree Farm. Cut your own White Pine or Leyland Cypress and enjoy the festive wagon ride back (bring your own snuggly blankets to wrap up in together), walk the rows of trees with your dog and be sure to snap lots of adorable photos. Then, get cozy around the fire pit together with complimentary hot chocolate and cider for the humans.

If you’re extending your time in Middle Tennessee, stop by Bar-B-Cutie Smokehouse for some local barbeque and a bag of Bucky’s Piggies for your pup. If it’s too cold to eat on the patio, take your food to go and head back to your pet-friendly room at the Hampton Inn Murfreesboro.

5. Peterson Trees

Elk Ridge, UT
“Where are my brown boots?” Photo by Facebook.com/petersontrees

Family is the centerpiece of the Christmas holiday, and family-run Peterson Christmas Trees knows that includes canine companions. Pets large and small are welcome to join you on the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree at this farm in Elk Ridge. Choose among three types of native Utah Christmas trees: White Fir, Black Balsam, and Pinion Pine, with sizes ranging from mini tabletop to 20 footers. The Peterson family invites guests and their pups to explore the tree-filled property before gathering around an outdoor fire to warm their hands, paws and tails and share in some holiday cheer.

Rent a pet-friendly vacation home in Elk Ridge for the holidays, or make a special trip to nearby Sundance Mountain Resort, a year-round mountain community founded by Robert Redford. You and Fido will have plenty to see and do on the sprawling, 6,000-acre property at the base of Mount Timpanogos.

6. Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm

Waynesville, NC
"These trees are all bark, no bite!" Photo by Facebook.com/Boyd-Mountain-Christmas-Tree-Farm

According to the National Christmas Tree Association, the North Carolina Fraser Fir has been judged the nation's best and has been chosen as the official White House Christmas tree 13 times (more than any other species). So, if you live anywhere near the Tar Heel State, it’s well worth your time to make a trip to pet-friendly Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm. Fulfill Fido’s dream of being a Lumberjack Russell Terrier and saw the tree yourself, or the staff elves will cut it, bale it and tie it to your vehicle for you.

After prancing through the fields of fir, you can rest your weary paws at the picture of southern hospitality, the Grandview Lodge, and re-energize with a fresh farm-to-table breakfast in the morning.

7. Helemano Farms

Wahiawa, HI
Mele Kalikimaka! Photo by Facebook.com/HelemanoFarms

“Mele Kalikimaka” is the thing to say on a bright, Hawaiian Christmas Day. You don’t have to skip the Christmas tree when you escape the winter blues to celebrate the holiday in the Hawaiian islands. Just stop by Helemano Farms on Oahu Island with your little furry meli (that’s "honey" to us main-landers) and pick up a local Leyland Cypress, Norfolk Pine, Murray Cypress or Carolina Cypress.

Bring your tree and your pooch back to your holiday home away from home, the Hale Wa'a, House of the Canoe vacation rental in Honolulu, where you can wait for Santa to ride in on his red outrigger canoe pulled by dolphins.

Where are you taking your dog to get the Christmas tree this year? Leave a comment or tweet us @BringFido!

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