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The 2015 Area Christmas Tree Farm Guide, Sponsored by Swineford Bank and Fulton Financial Advisors

Nov 03, 2015 06:27AM ● By Erica Shames

Every year, the popularity of choosing and cutting your own Christmas tree grows. Christmas trees are iconic symbols of the holiday season, and the opportunity to pick and cut your own tree harkens back to an earlier, simpler time.

Many Christmas tree farms have activities that tie in to the experience of picking a tree – from hayrides out to the trees, warm cider and eggnog, craft fairs and other onsite activities that make the event truly an experience that can be enjoyed by everyone in the family.  

Happily, the Susquehanna Valley is home to an abundance of Christmas tree farms and our 2015 Area Christmas Tree Farm Guide highlights many opportunities for families to choose (and in some cases cut) their own Christmas trees.

This winter, is creating the this guide to enlighten PA residents and visitors about these fun, nearby experiences. Here are 10 spots separated by county/region for you and your family to check out this year, sponsored by Fulton Financial Advisors, Christina Greak and Lorna Gessner, Hummels Wharf, PA, and Swineford National Bank - Hummels Wharf, PA.

Adams County

Breighner Tree Farm - Gettysburg, PA

Also known as the Gettysburg Tree Farm, they specialize in landscaping, pine, fir, spruce, red oak and Christmas Trees. Well-seasoned hardwood firewood is also for sale on site. Choose your own and cut your own trees are available in the following varities: Concolor, Douglas, Frazer, Normandy, White Pine, Scotch Pine, Blue Spruce, Serbian Spruce and Norway Spruce.

Also offers baled and burlapped trees. This farm uses safe growing practices.

Centre County

Kuhns Tree Farm - Centre Hall, PA

Sales begin each year on the day after Thanksgiving and end on Dec. 23. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. The farm offers both wholesale and retail options.

"We specialize in growing the finest Fraser Fir available. There are a large number of trees up to 14 feet tall to choose from. Customers can cut their own tree with saws we provide, or choose a freshly cut tree from an excellent selection displayed around our barn," according to the website. Consulting is also available by seasoned professionals.

Columbia County

Abraczinskas Nurseries - Catawissa, PA

Choose your tree and cut it yourself or have a staff member cut it for you. Precut Christmas trees, Christmas wreaths, and tree shaking also provided. Trees are baled, saws are provided, and there's even free hot chocolate.

Starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, they are open Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm; These hours are for our choose and cut. Call first to find out which farm location the trees are being cut on that particular year.

During the week we only have pre cut trees available.
Cash, only. They provide rope to tie down your tree as well as someone to help in all facets whether we cut the tree for you or you cut your own. 

Christmas tree varieties include: Blue Spruce, Canaan Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, Eastern White Pine, Fraser Fir, White Pine. Precut varieties include: Balsam Fir, Canaan Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, Eastern White Pine, Fraser Fir, White Pine.

Cumberland County

Gruver's Tree Farm - New Cumberland, PA

Offering Norway Spruce, Blue Spruce, Concolor Fir, Douglas Fir, White Pine, Serbian Spruce, White Spruce and Fraser Fir. Gruver's is a cut-your-own farm that also offers precut and live trees. They also have wreaths, drilling, ropes and extra large trees available. Cash or check only. 

Open November 28 - December 23, 2015; Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-8pm; Sat 9am-8pm; Sun 10am-8pm.

A balled-and-burlapped (also known as 'B-and-B') tree or shrub comes with a burlap-wrapped clump of soil around its roots.

Lycoming County

Brown's Tree Farm - Muncy, PA

Offering Douglas Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce, Canaan Fir, Concolor Fir, Fraser Fir, White Pine, table tops mixed and assorted boughs all for choosing and cutting in 2015. The farm sits on more than 1,300 acres of land. 

The Brown's Tree Farm staff regularly attends ongoing training to ensure they remain up-to-date with current technology and industry practices. Some of our staff have been employed by Brown's for over 20 years.

Each year, Brown's Tree Farm plants over 100,000 evergreen seedlings. They accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, cash, or certified check.

Northumberland County

Kohl's Stony Hill Tree Farm - Milton, PA

Kohl's Stony Hill Tree Farm offers "Choose & Cut" trees with 30,000 to pick from. They have Douglas Fir, Concolor, Fraser Fir (very limited), and Blue Spruce trees to choose from in sizes from 3 to 16 feet.

Pre-cut trees are also available, all of which we can drill, shake, and bale for you.

They also have FREE drilling, shaking & baling of your tree(s); Saws & carts provided; Wreaths 6" to 6'; Up to 72" swags, grave blankets, stone toppers, pine rope, log boxes, center pieces, greens and much more!; Popcorn available on the weekends; Christmas Shoppe with over 80,000 ornaments, tree toppers, tree stands, tree bags, Nutcrackers, light assortments and much more; Hand made crafts from more than 40 local vendors; Restrooms available; and buses are welcome.

Campbell's Christmas Tree Farms - Sunbury, PA

Come out and see the large selection of Fresh Choose & Cut Christmas Trees.
All sizes available. Free tree drilling and tree bailing. 

Varieties include Fraser Fir, Douglas Fir and Concolor Fir. They also carry removal bags, watering tubes, prolong tree preserve, Stand Strait Christmas, and "The Marriage Saver" tree stands. Other items for purchase include wreaths, centerpieces, kissing balls, cemetery crosses, and family portraits by Santa's Sleigh.

See below for a special video about Campbell's!

Perry County

Arnold's Christmas Tree Farm - Shermans Dale, PA

"Cut Your Own" trees, Wagon rides to the fields, take photos in the sleigh, and always the free hot chocolate to warm you after you find the perfect tree. Varieties include Norway Spruce, Douglas Fir and Concolor Fir.

Christmas shop sells decorated wreaths, lights, tinsel, balls, stockings, jar candles, Stand Strait Christmas Tree Stands, hot chocolate (free), hot dogs, soda, candy and chips. They accept cash, check, Visa and Mastercard.

Open Monday - Friday, noon to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Special hours may apply, check website and Facebook for more information.

Snyder County

Decker Tree Farm - Middleburg, PA

A family owned Christmas tree farm harvesting Douglas fir, Fraser fir, Balsam fir, Canaan fir and Concolor fir trees. You choose your tree, the folks at Decker will cut it for you. Trees are baled. Cash only. Beginning November 24, the farm will be open Saturdays 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. and any other day by appointment.

Located just outside of Middleburg off of the Middle Road. Proprietors: Kirk L. Decker and Ned A. Decker. 

York County

3G's "Cut Your Own" Tree Farm - Dover, PA

Photo courtesy of 3G's "Cut Your Own" Tree Farm.

"Our goal is for you to enjoy a stress-free time together as a family. Create a lasting memory by picking out and cutting your own perfect Christmas tree.  We will shake loose needles and bale it with twine for you. Check in at the barn for a saw and tag," according to the website.

Hours of operation are Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Cut your own, or let the friendly staff cut your tree for you. Also available on site are tree bags, watering elves, tree preservatives, hayrides to and from the fields, camp fire, train display, Christmas Shoppe, children's activities, free ornaments for children, free hot chocolate, tea and snacks.

Available trees include Fraser Fir, Canaan Fir, Concolor Fir, Douglas Fir, Blue Spruce, White Pine, and Scotch Pine.

About Swineford National Bank

Swineford National Bank has been listening to and meeting the financial needs of our customers, neighbors and friends in Central Pennsylvania since our beginning in 1903.

Named after a village started by an early settler over 200 years ago (the village is now present-day Middleburg), Swineford National Bank has been fulfilling our commitment to the community by providing banking, investment and trust services to individuals and businesses throughout Snyder, Union and Northumberland counties.

We are a full-service commercial bank operating 7 offices and 7 ATMs. We offer a community-oriented style of banking that fosters long-term relationships between our customers as well as our employees. We provide retail and business customers with the best in banking services and products, investment management and trust services. Our community-oriented style of banking and commitment to our customers enables us to provide the flexibility and timely response customers need, helping us sustain mutually satisfying, long-term banking relationships.

We are proud to be a true community bank, with all banking needs and decisions being made locally.

As part of Fulton Financial Corporation, since 1986, Swineford National Bank offers the broad array of financial services of a larger bank, while maintaining the personalized community-oriented banking relationships that customers have come to expect and appreciate.

Our affiliation with Fulton Financial enables us to provide our customers with convenient and no-fee access to over 292 ATMs throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

With assets over $286 million, Swineford National Bank has built a strong reputation for our dedication in meeting our customers' needs and going the extra mile to best service them.

We offer the best in banking products with an old-fashioned quality customer service that you deserve.

Member FDIC. Member of the Fulton Financial Family.

Meet Swineford National Bank’s Commercial Team 

Leslie Temple, Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking | 570.743.8585

Leslie joined Swineford National Bank in 1990 and is currently Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking; responsible for Commercial Banking growth, including loans, deposits and other commercial services in Snyder, Northumberland, Montour, Columbia, Lycoming, Tioga and Union Counties.  Leslie is currently on the Board of First Community Foundation of Pennsylvania Partnership (FCFP) as well as a member of its Executive and Audit committees.  She is also a Member of the Development Committee for Albright Care Services, a Board Member of Leadership Susquehanna Valley and a Member of First Presbyterian Church in Lewisburg. 

Amber L. Gabrielson, Vice President, Business Relationship Manager | 570.743.8520

Amber joined Swineford National Bank in 2002 and is currently Vice President, Business Relationship Manager.  Prior to her current position, Amber served as the Merchant Services and Cash Management Representative for the bank.  She graduated from Indiana University of PA with a degree in Business Management.  She also completed the PBA School of Commercial Lending, and the Leadership Susquehanna Valley program.  Amber is very active in the community serving as a Board Member for the SUN District Junior Achievement where she also teaches a 1st grade class and serves on the Young Women’s Futures Symposium Committee, Co-chair for the United Way’s Public Relations Committee, Member of the UW Day of Action Committee, and member of the Women’s Leadership Symposium planning committee and the Athena Nomination Committee. 

Thomas B. Rall, Vice President, Commercial Lender – Commercial Group | 570.743.8527

Tom joined Swineford Bank in 2012 as a Commercial Lender.  Tom brings over 30 years of Commercial lending, experience most recently as a Vice President with First National Bank of Pennsylvania. Tom spent 9 years in managing and developing State and Federal lending programs at SEDA-COG, as a Senior Program Analyst.  Tom attended Susquehanna University and Kings College, with degree studies in Accounting and Finance.   Tom is active in the community; and is on the Finance Board of The Progress Fund, Greensburg ,Pa, Central Pennsylvania  Board of the American Cancer Society, and is an active member of the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber.  

Meet Lorna and Christina

Lorna Gessner joined Fulton Financial Advisors, the investment services division of Swineford National Bank, in 2015. Her career in the financial services industry began in 1987. Prior to joining Fulton Financial Advisors, Lorna worked as a financial advisor for Wilmington Trust and M&T Securities.

Throughout her career, she has consistently placed the needs of her clients above all else, developing long lasting and professional relationships. Lorna believes that careful planning through the accumulation and distribution phases of wealth ultimately results in the efficient transfer of that wealth to future generations. She holds the Series 6, 7, 63, 65, and 24 Life Accident and Health Insurance license registrations.

A graduate of ”Leadership Susquehanna Valley” and formerly on the Union/Snyder Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, Lorna is also a graduate of Central Penn College with an Associate degree in Marketing. She lives in Richfield, PA with her husband, has three daughters and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren. Lorna currently serves as Secretary for the Susquehanna Valley Estate Planning Council and is the elected Auditor for West Perry Township. Overall, Lorna is truly passionate about her faith, family and friends and exceptionally committed to her clients, colleagues and community.

Christina Greak joined Fulton Financial Advisors, the investment services division of Swineford National Bank, in 2015. She is a graduate of Susquehanna University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. She lives in Winfield, PA with her husband and two children, and enjoys walking and Tae Kwon Do in her free time. With 18 years’ experience at M&T Securities, Christina brings a wealth of knowledge to the team. 

As a Financial Advisor, Christina's approach is to help clients meet their financial goals and objectives through financial planning, to ensure their wealth and income preservation needs are met.

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