For more than 50 years, Oney’s Tree Farm has been among the many area Christmas tree farms creating holiday memories for Woodstock locals and visitors.

The farm at 16608 Highway 14, currently is owned by Scott and Christina Peterson, who took over the business from Scott Peterson’s mother, who still lives on the property. The Peterson family has owned Oney’s since 1983.

From spring through fall, Oney’s is open as a garden center and nursery. But during the holiday season, the farm comes alive with Christmas spirit. Oney’s has 75 acres of farmland dedicated to growing Christmas trees, with about 200,000 trees growing in various stages from seedlings to mature. 

According to Scott Peterson, the most popular tree is the Fraser fir due to “the overall look of the tree, fragrance and needle retention.” 

“On the weekends we have horse-drawn rides in the field, and a tractor available to bring trees back,” Peterson said. “Mrs. Claus comes on the weekends, and there are pony rides.” 

Oney’s also features a historical barn from 1904 that houses a gift shop where handmade wreaths and centerpieces are sold. All of the materials used in the wreaths and centerpieces come from the property, and each item is handmade on site. They also sell bundled greenery for people who want to create their own designs at home. 

Tree sales start the weekend of Thanksgiving, and run through the second weekend in December, with hours of 9 a.m to 4 p.m. daily. The farm is located at 16608 Highway 14. 

Visit oneystreefarm.com for more information. 

Bull Valley farm dedicates space to conservation

Nestled on 30 acres and surrounded by Bull Valley countryside is Moehling Christmas Tree Farm. Mel Moehling of Moehling Christmas Tree Farm shows a family a selection of trees to choose from. Independent Photo by Whitney Rupp

Owners Mel and Cheri Moehling started selling trees three years ago on the 30-acre property. Mel Moehling, a retired carpenter, appreciates tree restoration and has worked hard to plant a future hardwood forest on the property. Over 3,000 oaks have been planted along with pines and other species. 

Currently, the Christmas tree selection is spread throughout the young oak trees and 15 acres of the property has been dedicated to the land conservation district and will never be developed. 

Moehling believes that the careful pruning and upkeep of his trees are what satisfies his shoppers. 

“The people say they are the nicest looking trees, the quality of them and how I prune them. If you don’t take the time to prune them, they don’t look as nice,” Moehling said. 

Cheri Moehling works inside the Machine Shed at Moehling Christmas Tree Farm. Independent Photo by Whitney RuppUnique to Moehling’s is the farm’s “Tag a Tree” weekend, which takes place in late October. Families can come out when weather tends to be warmer, and walk the trails to choose their Christmas tree early.

“That time of year, people just love to walk the property and see the wildflowers,” Moehling said. 

Moehling Christmas Tree Farm is located at 10904 Bull Valley Road. The farm opened for the season the Friday after Thanksgiving and will remain open weekends from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Christmas. For more information, visit moehlingchristmastreefarm.com

Nursery offers Christmas trees

Cal and Shan’s, a landscape and design specialist, also offers Christmas trees out of their Woodstock nursery on a limited-time basis.

Though only open the weekend of Thanksgiving and the following weekend, the 24-acre property features over 8,000 trees that families can choose from. 

Choices range from six species of spruce and fir, and the most popular seems to be the Canaan fir, according to owner Todd Manke. 

Cal and Shan’s Christmas Tree Farm is located at 9414 Highway 14. For more information, visit calandshans.com.

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