Cut your own tree and other fun

Helms Christmas Tree Farm

6345 Christmas Tree Lane, Vale. 704-276-1835.

Hours: Open year round and for tree cutting daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: Depends on what you choose. Also, custom-made wreaths, kissing balls, fresh arrangements and other greenery are available upon request. Wreath sizes up to 6 feet are custom made.

Activities: Helms Christmas Tree Farm has been in business for more than 30 years and offers customers a fresh farm-grown Christmas Tree that you can cut. The farm will provide a saw and shake and bale your tree. Tree species include blue spruce, Carolina sapphire, Eastern red cedar, Leyland cypress and white pine. Trees can be dug with a root ball for re-planting. Fraser fir pre-cut trees are available; call for details. You can enjoy a day on the farm with your family. Call for times for visits with Santa.

Target Audience: All ages.

Directions from I-85: Take the Lincolnton exit to N.C. 27 west; make a right on N.C. 27 west and go to downtown Lincolton. Continue around the courthouse on N.C. 27 west for 8 miles. Turn right on Cat Square Road. Continue 2 miles and take left on Beam Lumber Company Road. Go to John Beam Road and make a right. At the top of the hill you will see Christmas Tree Lane on your left.

Distance from Charlotte: About an hour and 20 minutes.