You don't have to travel far to make a Christmas memory. Or maybe start a holiday tradition.
Pack a snack, bundle up the kids, and head out into the brisk air to cut down your family's Christmas tree.
North Carolina is a leader in Christmas tree production, and 10 times since 1966, when the tradition began, a North Carolina tree has graced the White House. The mountainous western counties lead the state, but several cut-your-own Christmas tree farms dot the Piedmont.
In the center of the state, Boyce Farms at 2813 Mount Vernon Church Road, Raleigh, offers white pine and Leyland cypress varieties. Mistletoe Meadows Christmas Trees (formerly Pop-N-Son Christmas Tree Farm), is at 2518 Benson Road, Garner. Travel to Apex to find Jordan Lake Christmas Tree Farm at 2170 Martha's Chapel Road.
Two websites that provide lists of local cut-your-own farms are NC Christmas Trees and Pick Your Own Christmas Tree