Families head to Stokoe Farms for Christmas trees

Patrick Moussignac
Updated: November 27, 2020 09:19 PM
Created: November 27, 2020 04:38 PM

SCOTTSVILLE, N.Y. (WHEC) — The tradition of getting that special tree for Christmas is pushing forward, coronavirus notwithstanding.

From the moment their doors opened Friday morning, families from all over the Finger Lakes region, and beyond made their way to Stokoe Farms. Although most came for the trees, and other holiday items, young children came for the petting zoo, and giant slide. 

Stokoe Farms according to their website has been around since 1812, and currently sits on about 3,500 acres. With saws in hand and a reliable cart, families are able to pick a tree of their own to cut down. The pandemic did bring some changes this year, including one reservation per family in an effort to keep large crowds from gathering at the farm. 

Many, including Tina Hancy, say they've been waiting all year for this day.

"I'm so glad that they opened it up this year even, you know under these circumstances," Hancy said.

"Just the excitement of cutting down that tree, and when we see it in our house it's just so much more, that we did it ourselves," Cameron Cecere added.

If you can't cut down a tree of your own, don't worry. You can still pick one out, and an employee can do the cutting for you. The farm also has pre-cut trees as well.

Once you've cut down your Christmas tree, you have to get it home!

AAA has some tips for transporting your tree. 

Make sure to bring strong rope or nylon ratchet straps, an old blanket, gloves and of course, the right vehicle. 

AAA recommends securing the tree at its bottom, center and top but not with the twine offered by many tree lots. 

And once it's secured, give the tree several strong tugs from different angles to make sure it won't come loose. 

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