If you’ve never been to a Christmas tree farm, you’ve missed a fun holiday experience.
The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day is often stressful, or we tend to make it so with our expectations of the “Perfect Christmas.” We just get finished with one feast day and we have to turn around and put together another one even more lavish.
Between the shopping, wrapping, baking, and decorating, (and don’t forget the parties) we add in one more very important item to the crazy mix – where to get the Christmas tree?
In Myrtle Beach, city tree lots often have additional things to attract us, like a visit from Santa or his elves, or hot cocoa and cookies. But not far from the city lights (and traffic) is another place to find your tree and have a fun day’s outing as well.
Like a Currier and Ives painting (without the snow), Booth’s Christmas Tree Farm is where you can go out into the field and cut your own Christmas tree. Located north of Conway off Highway 701, Booth’s has been family owned and operated for over 40 years, and offers both choose and cut trees and pre-cut Fraser firs brought from the mountains.
The farm has 40 acres of trees in various stages of growth, and certain fields are open each year for your selection. You do not need to bring tools. They provide saws. After you choose and cut your tree, they’ll bring it to the packaging station for you and shake it to get rid of the loose needles. Then they’ll wrap it in mesh for you to take it home.
Six varieties are grown on the farm; Virginia Pine, White Pine, Leyland Cypress, Eastern Red Cedar, Deodar Cedar, and Carolina Sapphire. All are native and heat-tolerant to our coastal climate. Also cutting it yourself means it will last longer through the holidays.
In addition to trees, the Booth’s make their own fresh wreathes from the branches trimmed from the trees when they are cut. They also make garland which is available for pre-ordering (25-foot minimum).
Your adventure begins with a hayride out to the field where you choose and cut your tree. There are also outdoor games like badminton, a photo board for picture taking, and Santa sometimes stops in to say hi to the kids.
You can purchase a tree stand for your tree, if you don’t already have one, and if you want a “white Christmas” they’ll spray your tree with flocking. In addition, they sometimes offer trees with roots for replanting after Christmas.
Booth’s Christmas Tree Farm also participates in the Trees for Troops program, providing Christmas trees to military families in South Carolina. You can learn more about that program by clicking here.
The farm is open the third weekend in November through Christmas Eve Monday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Take U.S. Highway 701 North from Conway to just north of SC Highway 22. Turn right onto Adrian Highway just after you cross the bridge. Go two miles down Adrian Highway and the farm is on the right.