Dave Russell's Christmas Tree Farm -- Starksboro, VT
Ages: 0 and up
Parking: Yes - Find a spot.
Take a horse drawn sleigh ride up to cut your tree. Pack a picnic if you'd like to eat by the pond. If it is cold you can relax inside the cabin. They have Balsam Fir trees. There is a field with large unpruned trees, 15-25'. Prices include baling.
If you are looking to take the horse drawn sleigh rides going earlier in the day might be the best option, if you don't want to wait in line.
Open on Weekends from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas. 10:00 - 4:00 (Saturday & Sunday) Weekdays are by appointment. Only 20 miles from Burlington.
Watch a video of Miss Magpie and her flock as they check out the farm in December, 2010.
Reviewed on 12/12/2010
When you pull into Dave Russell's Farm you know you are being welcomed into the extended family. These people are warm and inviting and everyone there sincerely wants to make sure you enjoy your time spent on their property.
You are greeted near the Warming Parlor and told how long the wait might be until you get on the next sleigh out to the fields....more
Reviewed on 12/01/2014
The Russell tree farm is AMAZING. I have never experienced a better picturesque tree cutting experience - horse sled ride up to the trees, perfect pond and cabin complete the visual experience, and complimentary fireside cookies and hot chocolate in the cabin was a great way to warm up after cutting the perfect tree!!
Reviewed on 12/08/2013
This was our second year traveling to Dave Russell's Christmas Tree farm. Again it was a special experience.
You cut down the tree, but they make it easy with everything you need from saws to twine to tie the tree to your vehicle. After you cut down your tree, you simply carry it over to the road and head over to the cabin for hot chocolate while they pick up your tree and bundle it up for you. They usually have wonderful wreathes...more
Reviewed on 12/01/2012
We have known the Russell family for years, in fact my husband grew up with his daughter, Amy, who just happens to be the wife of our pastor at Community Alliance Church. The whole family is as welcoming as you will find anywhere. My daughter was asked by Dave Russell to help tofay at the farm and it made her entire holiday special. If you want a real special treat stop by and see David, Janet Scott, Amy and the kids. Also why not check...more
Reviewed on 12/03/2010
The Russell Family makes getting a Christmas tree a magical experience for any family. There is nothing that makes you feel more in the spirit. What a great way to start a family tradition.
Reviewed on 11/26/2010
We had a wonderful time at Dave Russell's Christmas Tree Farm! We went on the recommendation of this website and were not disappointed. The horses are beautiful, the farm has tons to see (cows, more horses, even a bunny!), and the Russells are the kindest, warmest people imaginable. They made our visit to the farm so special--we are already planning to head back when we have family in town for the holidays to get another tree! We will also...more
Reviewed on 09/15/2010
I have been going to Dave Russell's farm to pick my Christmas Tree (with horse-drawn sleigh ride) for over 30 years! It is my most cherished Christmas tradition. Dave and his family are salt-of-the-earth true Vermonters and have owned this lovely farm for generations.
Reviewed on 09/15/2010
Bundle up, but this is a great experience. Dave and his family are warm and casual. You get the ride the horse drawn wagon complete with bells on the horses' harnesses up the hill through their dairy farm back to the tree farm. It's simple, rustic, and 100% charming.
Reviewed on 12/11/2009
My son has his "share day" at school today, and he's bringing in photos from when we went last year. The assignment was to draw a picture or bring in photos from a cherished family tradition.
Our experience at Russell Christmas Tree Farm was top-notch (and tradition-creating), and we're looking forward to going there to pick out the 2009 tree tomorrow.
Definitely 5 stars!
Reviewed on 11/27/2008
Our family has ridden the sleigh and picked out our tree from Dave Russell's farm for years. Our two kids are enchanted by the entire experience, even when it's 7 degrees (bundle up!). There's nothing like it, I highly recommend it. Oh, and you can buy maple syrup from Dave as well, and it's top notch.