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Top Seattle Area Christmas Tree Farms
McMurtrey’s Red-Wood Christmas Tree Farm
In the Christmas tree-growing business for over 20 years, McMurtrey’s Red-Wood Christmas Tree Farm provides all the Christmas cheer—wagon rides, free cocoa and cider, candy canes for the kids, wreaths and other decorations for purchase—and lots of assistance getting that noteworthy Noble fir onto your car! You cut it (with saws they provide) and if you (and your tree) need a lift back to the bailer, just hop onto the wagon and go for a ride. If you’re not in the mood for a trek through the forest to find your Douglas fir, pre-cut trees are also available. Your furry family members are welcome on leashes.
Open: November 29 – check website for last day
Hours: 10 a.m.–8 p.m., daily 13925 Woodinville-Redmond Rd.
Redmond, Wa 98052
Crystal Creek Tree Farm
A one-mile train track runs through Crystal Creek Farm’s fields and gardens, and although the train may not be running while you’re there (they’re working on it!), the farm’s train coach and flat car, as well as a kiln cart from 1895 will all be ready for kids to climb on and push along the tracks, a perfect setting for your holiday family photo. Crystal Creek owners Harvey and Janet Hawken have been growing gorgeous Noble, Turkish, Nordman, and Grand Firs on 20 acres for over 25 years, and Harvey hand trims all the trees himself. He tells us the Turkish firs hold their needles til Easter—one less thing to clean up on Christmas morning! Holiday Hint: Check their website for a $3 coupon off any tree.
Open: November 29 – December 24
Hours: 9 a.m.–dusk, daily 23604 S.E. 192nd St.
Maple Valley, Wa 98038
Trees ‘n Bees
Although this is the last year Trees ‘n Bees owner Carolyn Elliott will be selling trees from her 20 acres of wild and wonderful farmland, the holiday spirit and beautiful Douglas, Noble, Grand, Turkish and Corkbark Firs and Norway Spruce (just to name a few) will all be in abundance at this natural farm. Trees ‘n Bees offers a forest-like setting, where you and your family can wander through the trees (ranging in size from 3 to 45 feet) and choose the conifer that’s right for you—from perfectly pruned to wild and wonderful. The kids will love the full snack and espresso bar serving free popcorn and cider, and you’ll love the gift shop selling ornaments, handmade wreaths and honey right from the farm’s namesake bees. Best of all, the kids’ area complete with coloring supplies, toys and holiday movies is sure to cheer the littlest Grinch in your family. Holiday Hint: Mrs. Claus will be in the house on weekends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Open: November 29 – December 22
Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m. 34747 162nd Ave. S.E.
Auburn, Wa 98092
This u-cut destination includes colorful, covered train rides, complimentary hot beverages, food stands serving espresso, hot dogs, kettle corn, nachos, pretzels, snacks and refreshments and welcoming fire pits. Santa is also there on weekends. Established in 1982 and nestled on 40 acres, this family favorite farm has a vast array of beautiful u-cut and pre-cut Douglas, Grand, Noble and Fraser Firs.
Open: November 29 (open at 8 a.m.) – check website for last day
Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. 14237 228th Ave. S.E.
Issaquah, Wa 98027
Christmas Creek Farm
This u-cut farm has a cozy log cabin, complete with a roaring fireplace, and Santa will be visiting there every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to close. Besides that picture perfect opportunity, Christmas Creek offers holiday hay rides, cookies, cider and hot coffee in the log cabin, and a variety of 5 to 14-foot Grand, Noble, Fraser, Shasta and Douglas Fir trees tucked into an idyllic Cascade Mountain and Snoqualmie River setting.
Open: November 29 – December 15
Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.–dusk 15515 468th Ave. S.E.
North Bend, Wa 98045
425-888-2099 or 888-534-TREE
Carnation Tree Farm
The Carnation Tree Farm land has been in owner Roger Thorson’s Norwegian family for over 100 years, and his pride shows in the beautifully restored Hjertoos House and barn located on his picturesque 24- acre farm. Douglas, Grand, Nordmann, Fraser and Noble Firs and Norway Spruce up to 12 feet (with a few 30 footers in the bunch) are all available for cutting, or take home a pre-cut tree and some garland, mistletoe or a wreath to round out your holiday decorating. Weekends at the farm include fundraiser bake sales by local organizations, kettle corn, complimentary hot cider and best of all, visits from Santa and his favorite elf every Saturday and Sunday. There will be a photographer there to take photos for a small fee.
Hours: Friday–Sunday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 31523 N.E. 40th St.
Carnation, Wa 98014
Farmer Brown’s Christmas Tree Farm
Convenience and fun are the words of the holiday at Farmer Brown’s Christmas Tree Farm in Arlington. Follow the signs and the roads through the 32-acre farm, where you will be handed a saw upon arrival, and instructions to drive until you see your perfect tree. You can drive through the entire farm. Holiday music plays festively while you wander through the fields, and all trees (with the exception of a small area behind the house) are the same reasonable price (although you won’t know what that is until you get there)! The staff will happily bail your tree and help you attach it to your car, and then you can park in their large lot and enjoy complimentary cider and hot chocolate, a bonfire for warming those chilly tootsies, or grab lunch at the stands selling snacks, hot dogs, drinks and piping hot kettle corn.
Open: November 29 – December 23
Hours: Friday-Monday, 9 a.m.–dusk 12017 109th Ave. N.E.
Arlington, Wa 98223
U.S. Forest Service
Have you ever been on a hike somewhere in the beautiful Northwest and spied a conifer that you thought would make the perfect Christmas tree? During the holiday season, you can actually trek into your local wilderness to find that tree! For just $10, the National Forest Service sells permits to cut down a tree no larger than 12 feet in designated locations (maps provided when you buy the permit). We suggest the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest for the closest drive to your perfect pine – permits are currently being sold at numerous Ranger Stations including the Snoqualmie Ranger Station in North Bend (cash or check only) and the downtown and Alderwood REI stores. Check the link below for station locations and hours, as well as u-cut details. Holiday Hint: Depending on where you decide to go, prepare to pay for a parking permit in Sno-Park lots. Ranger stations can answer any questions you have.
November 12 – December 24
See website for ranger station and REI hours Snoqualmie Ranger Station
902 S.E. North Bend Way North Bend, Wa 98045
Online: fs.usda.gov/detail/mbs/home/?cid=STELPRDB5337967 REI Seattle
Outdoor Recreation Information Center
222 Yale Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
Snowshoe Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm
A natural setting with over 55 acres of land and thousands of cultured Christmas Trees in multiple varieties – Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Noble Fir and Grand Fir. The “Kids Zone” field offers Christmas Trees that are just the “right size” for your children to select. There’s a full range of concessions on the weekends that can be purchased while you wait for your tree to come in from the field. Many drink flavors are offered including Hot Chocolate, Peppermint and Eggnog Lattes together with other special treats. Saws, shaking, drilling, and trimming of your tree provided. Tree stands available.
November 25 – December 18
M – F: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sat – Sun: 9:00am – 5:00pm
10716 State Route 162 East
Puyallup, WA 98374
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