12 Festive U-Cut Christmas Tree Farms near Seattle

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While we are still not quite out of the “woods” yet with the pandemic, there are many places where Seattle families can cut down their annual tree at nearby U-Cut Christmas tree farms. This list of a baker’s dozen includes lots that are decked for the season and offer as much holiday cheer as possible (outside of a 6-foot bubble, of course). Some have even invited Santa! Keep reading to find the perfect spot where you and the kids can make like a lumberjack this season.

Pfaffs Christmas Tree Farm
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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 up 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
Auburn, WA 98092
Online: pfaffsfarm.com

Opening Day: Nov. 26, 2021
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

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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 kneepad. Once found, they will shake, square cut and tie down your tree securely. Then, warm up in the festive barn with cup of complimentary hot cider. Check out the selection of gifts, ornaments and handmade wreaths before you head on home.

18021 Issaquah-Hobart Rd. SE
Issaquah, WA 98027
Online: enchantedwinds.net

Opening Day: Nov. 26, 2021
Hours: Fri., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Robin D. via Yelp

Buttonwood Farm

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 a 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 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!

14500 NE 116th St.
Redmond, WA 98052
Online: buttonwoodfarm.com

Opening Day: Currently open for the 2021 season
Hours: By appointment

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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. 

13925 Redmond-Woodinville Rd. NE
Redmond, WA 98052
Online: mcmurtreyfarm.com

Opening day: Nov. 26, 2021
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. U-cuts close at dusk.

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Hunter Farms

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.

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.

Hunter Farms
W. California Rd.
Union, WA  98592
Online: hunter-farms.com
Opening day: Nov. 26, 2021
Hours: By appointment only

General Store
1921 Washington 106
Union, WA  98592
Opening day: Nov. 26, 2021
Hours: Daily, 9:30 a.m-5:30 p.m.

Wedgewood Tree Lot
7744 35th Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA  98115
Opening day: Nov. 26, 2021
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Anna M. via Yelp

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/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 a 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 Nordman (Turkish) Firs for over 25 years and Harvey hand trims all the trees himself. Psst! Harvey tells us the Turkish firs hold their needles 'til Easter—one less thing to clean up on Christmas morning! All trees, all sizes are $89. 

Holiday hint: Check their website for a $3 coupon off any tree. 

23604 S.E. 192nd St.
Maple Valley, WA
Online: crystalcreektreefarm.com

Opening day: Nov. 26, 2021
Hours: Mon.-Fri., noon-4 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Stacey W. via yelp

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. Although Christmas will be a little different at Coates Christmas Trees this year (no hay rides or prepared food) one tradition is still happening–visits with Santa! (We’re sure that he’ll be masked up as well.) 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.

Good to know: Coates offers one price for all tree sizes. Their website has all you need to know.

17225 S.E. Green Valley Rd.
Auburn, WA
Online: coateschristmastrees.com

Hours: Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m; Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Santa Days and hours: Nov. 26-28 and Dec. 4 & 5, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.


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, Nordman, Grand and Douglas Firs, and you can view all of the farm's tree varieties online. New this year: Charlie Brown trees! Ranging in height from 4'-12', these Douglas Fir trees have a "wild" look to them. These are in addition to the many premier quality pre-cut trees, wreaths and garland. 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.

Holiday Hint: If you can't wait until after Thanksgiving, this farm is open on Nov. 20, 23 & 24 by appointment only.

15515 468th Ave. S.E.
North Bend, WA
Online: christmascreektreefarm.com

Opening day: Nov. 26, 2021
Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


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. 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.

31523 N.E. 40th St.
Carnation, WA
Online: carnationtreefarm.com

Opening day: Nov. 26, 2021
Hours: Fri.-Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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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.

12017 109th Ave. N.E.
Arlington, WA
Online: brownxtree.com

Opening day: Nov. 26, 2021
Hours: Thu.-Mon., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (dusk) through Dec. 20

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Stocker Farms

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) will be 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, with proceeds donated to the Snohomish Food Bank. 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. 

Holiday Hint: Stocker Farms will open pre-season on Nov. 20 & 21 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (U-Cut only)

8705 Marsh Rd.
Snohomish, WA  98296
Online: stockerfarms.com

Opening day: Nov. 26, 2021
Hours: Mon,-Thu., 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Fri.-Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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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. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the log cabin gift shop remains closed, Santa is still social distancing and they won't be able to offer complimentary hot cocoa this year. With that said, this is still 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. 

Good to know: Trinity is a pooch-friendly farm. Please make sure to keep Fido on a leash and clean up after him.

14237 228th Ave. S.E.
Issaquah, WA
Online: trinitytreefarm.com

Pre-season open: Nov. 20 & 21, 2021, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Regular season opening day: Nov. 26, 2021
Hours: Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–6 p.m; Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.–6 p.m.


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
Online: fs.usda.gov/main/mbs/passes-permits/forestproducts

Good to Know:

1. While mask wearing isn’t necessary when looking for trees in the fields, masks may be required indoors.

2. Some locations require credit card purchases only, so please call ahead before you go.

3. All of these farms open Thanksgiving weekend, but the trees sell out quickly. The sooner you visit, the better.


—Jeffrey Totey, Kristina Moy & Erin Cranston

Feature photo: iStock


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