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    Choose and Cut Season and the White House Christmas Tree

    From Newland, N.C to the Blue Room in D.C

    The High Country has long been a top producer of real (and beautiful) Christmas trees – not only for North Carolinians, High Country Christmas trees are known to make their way across the country and into an array of American homes. This year one of those homes just happens to be the White House!

    Larry Smith with The 2018 White House Christmas Tree, photo from the High Country Press

    Newland’s own Larry Smith, of Mountain Top Frasier Fir Farm, was crowned the 2018 Grand Champion at the National Christmas Tree Association’s Christmas Tree Contest in Greenbay, Wisconsin. The honor comes with the opportunity to provide the Christmas tree to the most historic American residence. Back in September, delegates from the White House visited Mountain Top Frasier Fir Farm to carefully select the perfect tree, following precise measurements and guidelines to choose the 800 pound Frasier Fir.

    White House staff returned on November 14 to retrieve their prize tree – a day which Smith likened to winning the Superbowl. With a long family history of Christmas tree farming in Avery County and having worked on the farm since he was a teenager, this comes as an incredible honor to Mr. Smith.

    The chosen tree made its way to Washington D.C for the 96th annual tree lighting ceremony, where it will stand 19.5 feet tall in the Blue Room of the White House throughout the holiday season. This is the third time in the past 52 years that the White House Christmas tree has come from Avery County.

    The Tree delivered to the White House, photo from ABC News

    Choose and Cut Tree Farms

    N.C is second only to Oregon in Christmas Tree production in the United States. Of N.C trees, Ashe, Avery, Allegany, Watauga, and Jackson counties produce 88% of those! Read more Tree Facts here.

    A favorite holiday activity for many North Carolinians is to travel to the High Country to choose and cut their own perfect tree. There are a great number of Choose and Cut Tree Farms in the mountains! Here are a few of our favorites:

    Red Barn Tree Farm ~ Linville Falls Winery – Choose a tree, have it cut, and cozy up by the fire for a glass of wine or hot chocolate. A perfect winter weekend day…

    Swinging Bridge Farm, Deep Gap, NC – Tour this sustainable farm and visit the Orangery, where they are growing over 40 types of citrus and fruit-bearing trees!

    Sugar Plum Farm, Plumtree, NC – Hayrides, hot drinks, and picnic tables to make a day of it! See adorable farm animals and purchase some local honey and homemade apple butter to take home with your freshly cut Christmas tree!


    Cornett Deal Christmas Tree Farm Sugar Grove, NC – Three-year winner of the Watauga Democrat’s “Best in Watauga County”. This farm is renowned for its five tree fields to choose from and a gift shop full of handmade artisan goods.


    See more farms at Watauga County Christmas Tree Association!

    Photos of tree farms from each farm’s website. 


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