Choose and cut a tree from America's Christmas tree capital
In 2012, the official White House Christmas tree for the 12th time is from North Carolina, an honor no other state can match. Since 1966, the National Christmas Tree Association has donated its Grand Champion tree to be the White House Christmas tree. No other state can match North Carolina’s total. In fact, no other state can surpass the number of winners (seven) from Ashe County alone. Choosing your own Christmas tree from a tree farm is a popular and memorable holiday experience for families visiting North Carolina. And now more families are making a vacation of it. The state offers more than 70 Christmas tree farms and many offer cabins for overnight stays as well as Christmas-themed crafts and gifts, hot cocoa or cider, cookies, hayrides, and other activities as well as spectacular views. In a typical year, North Carolina harvests around 5 million trees at 1,600 tree farms, making it the most prolific tree-producing state in the east.
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