After you’ve finished your turkey dinner, it’s time to find the perfect Christmas tree, Seattle families
When it comes to Thanksgiving traditions, some folks test their luck with the wishbone, some load up the car to see holiday lights in the city, and some head to a nearby Christmas tree farm to cut down a tree for the season. There are many places where Seattle families can find their annual tree at a local U-Cut Christmas tree farm. Some of our favorite area farms are totally decked for the season and offer holiday cheer that only comes once a year. Some have even invited Santa for pictures and cocoa. Get ready to make like a lumberjack. After all, these trees aren’t going to cut themselves down.
This trip to the Christmas tree farm comes with a cup of hot cocoa adorned with a candy cane. Wander through the 11-acre field in search of your perfect U-cut tree, or choose from their pre-cut trees, if you're not quite up to the lumberjack challenge. The folks here are happy to shake your tree for free and bale it if you need them to for a small charge. Once you've found your tree and cut it down, stop by the Gift Shop for a wreath and raw honey.
Insider Tip: Santa usually visits this tree farm on the weekends, double check their Facebook page just to make sure before you tell the kids.
Good to Know: Honeytree Farm is a cyclical farm; they sell trees until they meet their quota for the year, which usually happens around the second week in December.
Opening Day: Nov. 24
21606 S.E. Green Valley Rd.
Trinity Tree Farm
Established in 1982, located on a picturesque Issaquah hilltop and nestled on 40 acres, this family favorite has a vast array of beautiful U-cut and pre-cut Douglas, Grand, Noble, and Fraser Firs. Making the trip is way better than heading to a local hardware store to find the perfect tree. They feature complimentary hand saws and twine, assistance loading your tree into your vehicle, and free tree tie-downs. This is a pretty festive place to visit. There are two fire pits to warm up by, a 1955 fire engine is on-site for unique photo opportunities and they operate a full espresso bar and the food court with to-go items on the weekends.
Insider Tip: If you want to get a jump on things, head to Trinity Tree Farm for their pre-opening weekend on November 19 and 20.
Good to know: Trinity is a pooch-friendly farm. Please make sure to keep Fido on a leash and clean up after him.
Opening day: Nov. 24
14237 228th Ave. S.E.
McMurtrey's Red-Wood Christmas Tree Farm
In the Christmas tree-growing business since 1975, McMurtrey’s Red-Wood Christmas Tree Farm is doing things a bit differently this year. They have moved to a reservation system for U-Cut trees which will help avoid crowding and provide extra safety for guests. Reservations can be made online. Make your U-cut dreams come true when you cut down a tree here, with saws they provide. 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 Noble Fir, pre-cut trees are also available, from small tabletops trees to 15' trees; you do not need to make a reservation to pick one of those up. Fido can come too as long as he is on a leash.
Good to know: McMurtrey’s Red-Wood Christmas Tree Farm sells Noble, Nordmann, Douglas and Fraser Firs. U-cut trees usually sell out quickly, but the farm brings in beautiful pre-cut trees weekly, so you're guaranteed a fresh one. The farm will sell some of them for the same price as the U-cut trees and fresh-cut Douglas firs to 7.5' are priced lower than their U-cuts. Extra tall trees are available with local delivery referrals upon request.
Opening day: Nov. 24
13925 Redmond-Woodinville Rd. N.E.
Enchanted Winds Tree Farm
The Ulrich family bought their farm in 1954, planted their first Christmas tree in the early '80s, and opened to the public in 1988. Located in the Cascade foothills near Issaquah, Enchanted Winds Tree Farm invites your family to go on an adventure hunting down the perfect tree (with advice from their expert crew). Choose from Noble, Grand, Douglas, Fraser or Turkish Fir varieties. You'll be given a saw and a kneepad. Once found, they will shake, square cut and tie down your tree securely. Then, warm up in the festive barn with a cup of complimentary hot cider. Check out the selection of gifts, ornaments, and handmade wreaths before you head home.
Opening Day: Nov. 24
18021 Issaquah-Hobart Rd. SE
Pfaff's Christmas Tree Farm
Pfaff's Christmas Tree Farm just might offer the largest selection of trees around! On their farm, you'll find the following firs: Douglas, Turkish, Noble, Nordman, Grand, Corkbark, White, Korean, Blue Spruce, Sequoia, Fraser, and Shasta. Don't know which one is right for your fam? Their website will help you choose and offer some helpful hints on how to keep it alive, too. If cutting your own tree is not your thing, they also offer a bunch of pre-cut trees as well. Before you leave, be sure to exit through the gift shop.
Holiday Hint: The crowds here are much smaller during the week, but on the weekend you can share a cup of coffee or cider with Santa.
29204 124th Ave. SE
You have to give Buttonwood Farm props for being the only tree farm on our list that has their own theme song, and a funky website that features videos offering seasonal tips, recipes, and even goofy music videos. As for the farm, prepare to chop down 100% organic trees available in Douglas, Turkish, Nordman, Noble, Grand, Fraser, and Blue Spruce varieties. Located in Redmond, Buttonwood is open by appointment only and their trees go quickly. They also usually open earlier than anyone else. In addition to offering U-Cut services, they will even deliver your perfect tree if you prefer. It doesn't get any easier than that.
Good to Know: This farm is by appointment only.
14500 NE 116th St.
Hunter Farms makes no bones about it. They have been growing Christmas trees since 1948 "in the heart of the Christmas tree capital of the U.S." They offer sheared and un-sheared trees with sizes that range from table-top to 20 feet. All of them are grown at their U-cut lot farm in the hills on the Olympic Peninsula, but they also offer two other convenient locations featuring a mix of fresh, pre-cut trees in Seattle. You'll always find fresh, handmade wreaths at the General Store and the tree lot in Wedgewood.
Insider Tip: Don't want to chop down a tree? Visit their Wedgewood Tree Lot (7744 35th Ave. N.E.) in Seattle instead.
Good to know: If you want the adventures of cutting down your own tree, visit the farm in Union, WA and don't forget to bring your saw or you'll have to haul the tree—roots and all—like the Griswolds.
W. California Rd.
Crystal Creek Christmas Tree Farm
Of course, you want the best and prettiest Christmas tree this side of the North Pole, but the Littles just want to run through the trees, stomp in the mud puddles, and—wait, did someone say train? A one-mile train track runs through Crystal Creek Farm’s picturesque 23-acre farm. This was an 18-year project in the making, and you can experience a ride for $5 per person. In addition, the farm’s train coach flat car, as well as a kiln cart from 1895, will be ready for kids to climb on and push along the tracks, a perfect setting for your holiday family photo. The farm also provides saws, twine, and helpful staff to help you get your perfect tree home safely.
Good to know: Crystal Creek owners Harvey and Janet Hawken have been growing gorgeous Noble and Nordmann (Turkish) Firs for over 25 years and Harvey hand-trims all the trees himself. Harvey tells us the Turkish firs hold their needles 'til Easter—one less thing to clean up on Christmas morning.
Holiday hint: Remember to bring your Treebill with you (hint: it's a coupon for a $3 off any tree).
Opening day: Nov. 24
23604 S.E. 192nd St.
Maple Valley, WA
Coates Christmas Trees
With 70 acres of land and over 40,000 Christmas trees to choose from (including Korean, Turkish, Noble, Douglas, Grand, Fraser, White Pine, and Blue Spruce) you better have a good excuse if you can't find your perfect tree here. As things are returning to normal at Coates Christmas Trees this year, one tradition is still going strong–visits with Santa! You can warm up with hot cider and cocoa after your visit. Coates is dog-friendly too as long as they are leashed up and poop bags are at the ready.
Insider Tip: Santa himself will be on the farm to greet kids and take photos on November 25-27 and Dec. 3-4 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Good to know: Coates offers one price for all tree sizes, based on variety.
Opening Day: Nov. 24
17225 S.E. Green Valley Rd.
Christmas Creek Tree Farm
With a name like Christmas Creek, how can you go wrong? This tree farm offers a variety of five- to 14-foot trees tucked into an idyllic Cascade Mountain and Snoqualmie River setting. They sell Noble, Nordmann, Grand, and Douglas Firs, and you can view all of the farm's tree varieties online. What else will you find at this farm? Quality pre-cut trees, wreaths, and garland so you can make your whole house festive. After finding the perfect tree, make your way to the cozy log cabin, complete with a roaring fireplace that makes an ideal setting for family holiday pictures. You can also warm up with a cup of hot apple cider or coffee and chomp on some delicious finds straight from the North Bend Bakery.
Opening day: Nov. 24
15515 468th Ave. S.E.
North Bend, WA
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. The farm is awash with beautiful trees, including Douglas, Grand, Nordmann, Fraser and Noble Firs and Norway and Blue Spruces up to 12 feet (with a few 30-footers in the bunch!). All varieties are available for cutting, or take home a pre-cut tree and some garland, mistletoe, or a wreath to round out your holiday decorating. Hint: They have tree stands too.
Good to know: For your convenience, the Carnation Tree Farm provides free on-site parking, twine, tree shaking, and baling plus tree recycling with every Christmas tree purchase. You'll find all you need to know about this year's trees and prices on their website.
Opening day: Nov. 24
31523 N.E. 40th St.
Farmer Brown's Christmas Tree Farm
Have you ever gone to a tree lot and wondered if they had any other "better" trees in the back? At Farmer Browns, you can drive through the entire 32-acre farm to find the best tree out there. You will be handed a saw upon arrival and instructions to drive until you see your perfect tree. Christmas music plays festively while you wander through the fields and once tree nirvana is obtained, a short jaunt to the cashier reveals that there’s no need to worry about breaking the bank, because all trees, with the exception of a small area behind the house (we KNEW there was a place!) are the same reasonable price. The catch? You won’t know what that is until you get there. "U-cut, u-dig, u-enjoy," they like to say. The staff will happily bail your tree and help you attach it to your car. Then you can park in their large lot and enjoy complimentary cider and hot chocolate and a bonfire for warming those chilly feet of yours.
Good to know: The farm has Douglas, Nobel, and Grand Fir trees, as well as Colorado Blue and Norway Spruces and Fraser Fir trees. All trees are hand-pruned and sheared to shape.
Opening day: Nov. 25
12017 109th Ave. N.E.
Stocker Farms is a Seattle family favorite during the holidays, starting at Halloween and running straight through to Christmas, because of their friendly, helpful staff. Their Fraser, Grand, and Douglas Fir trees (ranging in height from 5-9 feet) are usually ready for you to pick and cut starting the day after Thanksgiving. Stocker Farms will provide the saws, twine, and help with loading the tree onto your car along with lots of holiday cheer, including a roaring fire to warm little fingers and toes. Hot chocolate will be available for purchase. Other items such as wreaths, jams, and gifts are on sale too. Sorry, no pooches please. Just look for the Big Red Barn off Highway 9.
Good to know: Stocker Farms has hundreds of pre-cut trees from 4-12 feet including Fraser, Grand and Douglas Firs as well as Noble and Nordmann Firs. Stocker Farms will also shake and bale your tree for free.
Opening day: Nov. 18
8705 Marsh Rd.
Cut Down a Tree in a National Forest
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? It’s your lucky day, outdoorsy parent, because during the holiday season, you can trek into your local wilderness to find that tree! The U.S. Forest Service sells permits to cut down a tree in designated locations (maps provided when you buy the permit). They offer a lot of tips too! We suggest the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest for the closest drive to find your perfect pine. Permits can be purchased online and at numerous Ranger Stations.
Good to know: Permits are good for one tree, with a tree height limit of 15 feet. Depending on where you decide to go, prepare to pay for a parking permit in Sno-Park lots. If you have a fourth grader, you might be able to get your forest pass for free. Happy hunting!
Snoqualmie Ranger Station
902 S.E. North Bend Way
North Bend, WA
Good to Know:
1. Some locations require credit card purchases only, so please call ahead before you go.
2. Most of these farms open on Thanksgiving weekend, but the trees sell out quickly. The sooner you visit, the better.