Winter is coming faster than the final season of Game of Thrones -- and with mercifully fewer decapitations and White Walker attacks. Embrace the chill, revel in the snow, give into the cradle of a puffy coat, and hit the road for a day trip to a farm where you can cut down the Christmas tree of your dreams.
In addition to Spruce, Fir, Fraser, and Balsam trees, many farms also offer hot chocolate, warm apple cider, snacks, bonfires, wine tastings, and horse-drawn wagon rides. Most of these spots are less than a two-hour drive from the city’s most famous Christmas tree, and the trip will get you into the holiday spirit faster than George R. R. Martin kills off primary characters. Payment policies vary, so hit the ATM before you round up your reindeer and head to the best Christmas tree farms near New York City.