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Where and how to cut your own Christmas tree in the Seattle area

A tradition for many families starts after Thanksgiving

Christmas tree farms, updated November 2023:

Picking out and decorating a Christmas tree is one of the quintessential family traditions of the season for those who celebrate in this way. When you visit a U-cut tree farm, you get to enjoy the cold, pine-scented air as you find a special tree that will bring your family joy for the rest of the month. (Pro tip: Measure your living room space ahead of time, because outdoor trees look deceptively small out in the field.)

My kids love our annual tree farm outing because they get to be involved in all tasks. Once we’ve chosen our tree, with Dad’s help, they each get a turn with the farm-provided hand saw. Both clutch the midsection of the tree as we haul it up for wrapping and loading. My kids also get a real kick out of the “tree shaker,” which wobbles loose needles and bugs right out.

Bring warm boots and gloves on your tree farm visit. It can be muddy, and little hands will get cold while handling the tree. At some farms, candy canes and hot apple cider or cocoa await. Some offer wagon rides, Santa appearances, and other cheerful holiday events.

Cutting your own tree on forest service land

With a $10 permit, you can head to the mountains and cut your Christmas tree down, on designated areas of forest land (see maps online). Before you drive over though, don’t forget to purchase your permit online. Getting a tree early, before heavy snow falls, usually means better access on forest roads. If this is your first time on forest service land, don’t expect to find a traditional full-bodied tree. Families will find trees with plenty of character, making them a lovely addition to your decor.

Finding a U-Cut Christmas tree farm

Locate a nearby Christmas tree farm on the Puget Sound Christmas Tree Association website, which also features directions, hours and other holiday happenings at the farms. The list below has numerous U-cut locations, but visit your destination’s website or call ahead of time to check their hours and whether they still have trees. Many sell out quickly.

Christmas tree farms: King County

Buttonwood Farm

By appointment only.

Here’s where you should go if you’re looking for an organic tree. Book your appointment online. While you’re there, pick up a handmade wreath.

Location:  14500 NE 116th St, Redmond, WA 98052

Phone: 425-606-9506

Carnation Tree Farm
Opening on Friday, November 24, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. then open Friday-Sunday until sold out

Listed as a national historic site, this farm is celebrating 40+ years. Take a stroll to pick your perfect tree. The Farm also offers garland, wreaths and a gift shop full of locally-made products.

Location: 3851 Tolt Ave Carnation, Wa 98014

Phone: 425-369-7999

Christmas Creek Tree Farm

Opening day November 24; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and then every weekend until sold out

Preseason appointments are available on November 18th and 22nd.

Pre-cut and choose/u-cut trees are available for purchase. A variety of trees are listing on the website.

The farm also offers complimentary hot cider, cocoa, and smores (for purchase), fire pits and a small gift shop. A hay ride is also available this year. Join the evening of December 1, 2 and 3 for a visit with Santa. This event requires tickets.

Location: 15515 468th Ave SE, North Bend.

Phone: 425-888-2099

Coates Christmas Trees

Open Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

A pet-friendly place (as long as they are on a leash) where you can choose from a variety of trees. Santa visits November 24, 25, 26 then December 2, 3, 9, 10 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m..

Location: 17225 SE Green Valley Rd, Auburn

Phone: 253-709-6293

Crystal Creek Tree Farm

Opening day is November 24 and then Monday to Friday 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday open 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Not only does this place have trees but a train too! Choose your tree then ride the rails. At $5/person enjoy a cool ride around the farm.

Location: 23604 SE 192nd St, Maple Valley

Phone: 425-432-1111

Enchanted Winds Tree Farm
Opening day is Friday November 24 and then Friday through Sunday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. through December 10 or sold out

Pick your tree and then head into the red barn for cookies and hot cider. Browse the assortment of gifts while you’re there, warming up.

Location: 18021 Issaquah-Hobart Rd, Issaquah

Phone: 425-432-4573

Keith & Scott Tree Farm
Opening day is November 24  – Mt. Si Road will only be open November 24-26

Thrashers Corner will be open from November 24 and then open 9 a.m. to dusk, Saturdays and Sundays or until sold out.

Choose from two farm locations, each carrying different types of trees. Check the website to choose which one you’d like to visit. Note: Cash and check only.

Location: 42999 SE 120th St, North Bend

Phone: 206-909-6954

McMurtrey’s Red-Wood Christmas Tree Farm

Open daily 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., however U-cut is only open until December 2. No appointment required, like in past years. Look for pre-cut tree is you miss the u-cut experience.

Location: 13925 Woodinville-Redmond Rd, Redmond.

Phone: 425-482-6795

Papa’s Tree Farm

Opening day will be November 24, 8 a.m. by appointment only

Tour the farm on the Christmas train then stop at the gift shop for some decorations. Finally choose your tree, bundle it up, and take it home.

Location: 26429 SE 200th St, Maple Valley

Phone: 425-433-8117

Serres Farm

Open in December. Check website for recent updates.

Pre-cut and u-cut trees are available for picking. Trees are tagged with prices and all are above 6 feet.

Location: 20306 NE 50th St, Redmond

Phone: 425-868-3017

Trinity Tree Farm
Open for the preseason on November 18 and 19, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and then again on November 24 at 8 a.m.

For the season this farm is open every day in December until sold out. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and weekends, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Check out this farm for the trees and the photo ops, special events and more! See the website for more details.

Location: 14237 228th Ave SE, Issaquah

Phone: 425-391-8733

Wilson Hill Tree Farm

Open November 24-26, Dec 2, 3, 9, 10, and 16 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

This farm has a system whereby you pre-tag the tree you want as early as November 18, then make an appointment to pick it up later.

Don’t miss Santa, wreaths, garlands and the gift shop too.

Location: 20241 SE 232nd St, Maple Valley

Phone: 425-432-2805

Christmas tree farms: Snohomish County

Big Lake Trees
Open November 24-26 and December 1-3 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Choose a tree from one of three fields, then sit down to write and post a letter to Santa. Grab a hot cider and sit by the fire in the farm’s warming hut.

Location: 19117 State Rte 9, Mount Vernon

Phone: 360-422-5124

Bowen Tree Farm

Open Friday-Sunday starting November 24 until sold out. Hour of operation: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Check out the gift shop after choosing a hand-sheared tree.

Location:19301 95th Ave NE, Arlington

Phone: 360-435-9260

Lochsloy Acres Christmas Tree Farm

Lochsloy Acres is by appointment on November 17- December 4, then optional December 9-11. Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Location: 5511 State Rte 92, Lake Stevens

Phone: 425-308-0355 (leave a message) or book online

Pilchuck Secret Valley Christmas Tree Farm
Open November 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Enjoy a wide selection of trees. Plan accordingly if you want to get something large. Extras include locally-made wreaths, trim, decorations, table runners and more. Note about pets: Clean up after your animal and no leg-lifting onto the trees.

Location: 9533 Mose Rd, Arlington

Phone: 360-435-9799

Stocker Farms

U-cut only November 18-19 and pre-cut and u-cut November 24-December 10, Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m and Friday-Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Kettle corn, hot cocoa, photo ops, and more. Spend the day at Stocker picking the perfect tree and enjoying a holiday outing.

Location: 8705 Marsh Rd, Snohomish

Phone: 360-568-7391

Christmas tree farms: Pierce County

Shining Start Tree Farm
Open November 24-26 and Decemeber 2-3 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., also Novemebr 27- December 1, 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

Don’t miss a musical light show and the gift shop.

Location: 40605 Meridian Ave E, Eatonville

Phone: 360-832-6673

Double Four Tree Farm
Pre-reserve on November 18 & 19

U-cut or pick-up November 24- December 16

Pre-reserve your tree in November so you can come back and cut it yourself. Otherwise, go to the farm to choose from a variety that are left or from the pre-cut section.

Location: 4217 72nd St ., Tacoma

Phone: 253-535-9267

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