McNew Star M

Merry Christmas

Welcome to McNew Star M Christmas Tree Plantation

Since 1980, Star M Christmas Tree Plantation brings joy to families through the choose-and-cut Christmas tree experience. Star M provides families a place to harvest a Real Tree, plenty of outdoor activities, a selection of Christmas decorations, and snacks for the whole family. Outdoor activities range from a hayride to a scavenger hunt to a children's train. The barn and gift shop offer many Christmas decorations including wreaths, garland, ornaments, and the unique State of Texas Capitol Christmas Ornament. Finally, families can enjoy an assortment of refreshments in the gift shop.

The heart of Star M Christmas Plantation is family. Originally founded by Dr. Dan and Claudette McNew, Star M has become home to several generations of an extended family, even now extending to a fourth generation. From our family to yours, we welcome you and wish you a Merry Christmas!

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COVID-19 Response Hours Trees and Prices How To's Activities Contact Us

COVID-19 Response

Star M is committed to remaining open in 2020 while providing a safe environment for its customers and employees. We offer an outdoor buying experience where our customers can choose-and-cut their Christmas tree while remaining socially distanced. In addition, Star M is following CDC and Texas DSHS recommendations and the National Christmas Tree Association best practices.

Here is what we are doing to protect our customers.

  • Encouraging social distancing
    • Outdoor buying experience
    • Indicators in lines
    • Limiting and restricting indoor access including the barn and gift shop
  • Requiring masks for employees and customers
  • Checking employee temperatures and monitoring signs of illness daily
  • Reducing points-of-contact
    • Food and beverages pre-packaged and individually wrapped
    • Contactless forms of payment
    • Electronic receipts
    • Children's train running at 50% capacity
  • Sanitizing high touch surfaces
    • Providing sanitizing stations
    • Cleaning saws, train, and other regularly touched surfaces
  • Offering off-peak hours for customers in high-risk categories
    • Weekday hours are by appointment only
    • Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 3:00-5:00pm

Here is your part in keeping your family, other customers, and our employee safe.

  • Social Distancing
    • Please stay 6ft away from anyone not in your party.
    • Please have only 1 family member in line for checkout.
    • Please secure your own tree to the vehicle (check out how to here).
  • Mask Wearing
    • Please wear a mask at all times.
    • Please make sure your face covering fits well and goes over the mouth and nose at all times.
  • Symptom Monitoring
    • Please self-monitor for fever or other symptoms.
    • Please plan to return on another day if you are ill or may have been exposed to someone with Covid-19.

Inclement Weather Statement

Please wait out the storm in your car, as we do not have indoor or covered spaces for groups to congregate safely. Thank you.

Star M reserves the right to deny service to anyone displaying signs of illness or not following these guidelines.

Hours

General Hours

Opening day is on Green Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. We are open all Saturday, Sundays, and some weekdays until Christmas or sold out.

Weekend hours are Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Weekday hours are on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.

Due to COVID-19, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays are by appointment only and customers may schedule a visitation time by contacting us.

After the second weekend in December, please call before you come. The Plantation will close when sold out for the current season.

2020 Hours

Green Friday StarIcon Friday, Nov 27 StarIcon 10am-5pm

Saturdays StarIcon 10am-5pm
Sundays StarIcon 1pm-5pm

Tuesdays StarIcon 3pm-5pm StarIcon By Appointment Only
Thursdays StarIcon 3pm-5pm StarIcon By Appointment Only
Fridays (Starting Dec 4) StarIcon 3pm-5pm StarIcon By Appointment Only


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Trees and Prices

General Information

McNew Star M Christmas Tree Plantation offers Choose-and-Cut and Pre-Harvested Christmas Trees.
The Choose-and-Cut tree selection is primarily Virginia Pine with a limited selection of Arizona Cypress.
A small quantity of wreaths in various sizes are for sale.
McNew Star M also partners with other christmas tree farms to provide additional varieties that cannot be grown in Texas. The Pre-Harvested tree selection includes Fraiser Firs, Concolor Firs, and Black Hill Spruce.

For 2020, due to out-of-state Christmas tree shortages and McNew Star M's COVID-19 safety guidelines, only Choose-and-Cut Trees are available for purchase.
Please contact us for information on our local partner farm's pre-harvested tree availability.

Choose and Cut Trees

Virginia Pine Arizona Cypress
Virginia Pine Arizona Cypress
$30 - $100 Very Limited Availability
$8/ft - $10/ft Very Limited Availability
Find more info here
Texas A&M Horticulture
Find more info here
National Christmas Tree Association
Trees are priced based on the USDA grading system which grades trees based on height, width, fullness, and truck characteristics.

Pre-Harvested Trees

For 2020, due to out-of-state Christmas tree shortages and McNew Star M's COVID-19 safety guidelines, only Choose-and-Cut Trees are available for purchase.
Please contact us for information on our local partner farm's pre-harvested tree availability.


How To's

How to Tie Your Christmas Tree to Your Car


Customers are responsible for securing their tree to their own vehicle.
Star M will be providing twine to customers.

How to Care for Your Freshly Cut Tree

Caring for your real Christmas tree is easy. Just remember, trees need water just like a fresh bouget of flowers.
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Before mounting in a stand, cut at least 1/4" (recommended 1 to 2 inches) off the bottom of the trunk to remove sap and allow absorption of water.
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Immediately place your tree in a water-holding tree stand.
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For maximum beauty and safety, use a tree stand that holds at least 1 gallon of water.
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Trees can be very thirsty, so add fresh water daily as needed. A fresh tree containing adequate moisture will NOT support a flame.
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If storing your tree outside before decorating, remember to keep it in water and protect it from the wind and sun.
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Keep your tree away from fireplaces and other heat sources.
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If you allow the water level to drop below the fresh cut, a new seal will form and the tree will no longer absorb water. A new cut will be necessary.
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Find more info here.


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