Ever since my husband and I began dating almost 15 years ago, we’ve kicked off our holiday season by watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. One of our favorite parts is the opening scene where Clarke Griswold (Chevy Chase) and his family are heading out into the wilderness to pick out their perfect family Christmas tree.
We had always wanted a similar experience so when we moved here last year we were excited when we found out there were many places to cut down your own tree. Our neighbors recommended Bob’s Trees in Galway.
We set out on our tree adventure last Friday and had a great start when our never updated, 5 year old GPS took us down a dirt road for a mile. Most people would have turned around and stuck to the paved road, but we were thrilled to put a little gravel in our travel and get some mud on the tires. The kids loved it and now every time we go anywhere they beg to drive on the dirt roads.
Bob’s Trees is about 20 minutes outside of Saratoga Springs and is a family-owned, friendly place that has many choices to fit every family and their budget. They have pre-cut Christmas trees from $15 up to $100+, table trees, kissing balls, wreaths, and garland. If you choose to cut your own 12-14’ tree, they are $45, no matter what size. Our family really enjoyed cutting down our own and were pleasantly surprised by their huge selection. They let you borrow a saw, which I am sure Chevy Chase would have appreciated.
They have many activities, including many fun photo opportunities with a wooden sleigh and many Christmas cut-outs. Our kids really enjoyed taking pictures as elves. You can also go meet Santa and take a horse drawn wagon ride December 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th. They also have a mitten hunt for the children and they can even win prizes.
In addition to enjoying our Christmas tree experience, we also grabbed lunch from their snack bar. The food was delicious and we appreciated being able to feed our family of 5 for less than $20, cookies included.
We finished up our trip by seeing the 2 live reindeer. The kids were fascinated that one of them has blue eyes. We had no problem getting home on regular paved roads. What great memories!
Getting a Christmas tree this year? There are many local spots, but Elms’ in Charlton and Bob’s Trees in Galway offer the most amenities for families. Choosing one of those two locations would be more of an experience. Both provide saws for cutting your own tree if you need.
1227 West Galway Road, Hagaman, NY 12086
Pre-Cut and Choose-and-Cut
Ellms’ Christmas Trees
468 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020
1179 Goode Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020
562 Middleline Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020