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O Christmas Tree! Art Thou Up Yet?

Where to buy Christmas trees and trimmings. Plus, a poll on how you compare to neighbors when it comes to holiday preparedness.

Christmas is less than three weeks away and festively lit trees can be seen peeking through windows around the Caldwells. Town trees are also lit as of last weekend. But is yours up yet?

If you are still without-tree, here are some local and not-so-local places to go pick one up. If you have a favorite place to get a tree, let us know in the comments.

Pre-Cut, Close and Convenient

on Passaic Avenue in West Caldwell is open year-round and during the holidays specializes in Christmas trees, wreathes and other greens.

The  is set up at the intersection of Central Avenue and Beverly Road in West Caldwell. The scout-run lot is open daily from 6 to 9 p.m. on weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends.

Some tree markets pop-up in area parking lots. Trees are generally not as high quality, but you could find some good deals on balsam firs if you don't mind sweeping up after needles. Nearby, markets are set up across from the Pilgrim Shopping Plaza on Route 23 in Verona and in the Whole Foods/K-Mart parking lot on Prospect Avenue in West Orange.

Some Assembly Required

Artificial trees are back in vogue, particularly ones that come pre-lit. At the Fortunoff Backyard Store, they are described as "life-like," and some appear to be covered or "kissed" by snow. Prices start at $129.99 and go up as high as $1999.99. The closest stores are in Totowa and Livingston.

Cut-Your-Own

Shane Hill Farms in Sussex has been owned and operated by the Garrett Family since 1961. All trees are $75 no matter the shape or size and choppers can bring their own saw or use one of theirs. The farm is open weekends after Thanksgiving from 9:30 a.m. until dark. For the best trees, come early in the season.

Indian Ridge Tree Farm is located in West Milbord and offers choose and cut (Blue Spruce, White Spruce and White Pine) as well as pre-cut fir varieties. In honor of their 40th anniversary, all choose-and-cut trees have been reduced from $50 to $40. The farm is open Friday through Monday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Trimmings

Once you have the tree, you can pick up some new ornaments at many local shops. Do you like a handcrafted look? Stop by in Caldwell for one-of-a-kind pieces by American artisans. The store is also chock-a-block with Christmas and seasonal decor, candles and gift ideas. Can't get enough of Vera Bradley? The carries ornaments in popular patterns. You can also find ornaments among the decor items at and .

Eddie December 08, 2011 at 07:56 PM
Glenview Farms in Blairstown... Best trees in the state.. $60.00 cash or check only
jim matarazzo December 08, 2011 at 07:57 PM
you forgot locally matarazzo farms fresh frazier and douglas firs .they offer free delivery, custom wreaths by jeannie, and set ups by appt.

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