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Christmas tree farms

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

Cutting your own Christmas tree is a classic holiday tradition and a fun family outing.

Update, Dec. 3, 2021: Time is running out!

When we talked to these farms, many indicated that this weekend (Dec. 4-5, 2021) will be the last for this season.

Pro tip: Call or check online first to make sure the place you want to go is open and has trees.

More holiday fun: Events around the Seattle area, best and brightest light displays, Family Event Calendar

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Picking out and decorating a Christmas tree is one of the quintessential family traditions of the season. 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 the rest of the month. (Pro tip: Measure your living room space ahead of time, because outdoor trees look deceptively small.)

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 mid-section of the tree as we haul it up front. And they get a real kick out of the “tree shaker,” which wobbles loose needles right out.

Bring warm boots and gloves on your tree farm visit. It can be muddy, and their hands will get cold while handling the tree.

In normal years, candy canes and hot apple cider await chilled little hands at many farms. And some offer wagon rides, Santa appearances and other cheerful holiday events. The pandemic has many farms cutting back on these extras this year. Also, in most places everyone over 2 needs to wear a mask.

Cutting Your Own Tree on Forest Service Land

With a $10 permit, you can head up to the mountains and cut your own Christmas tree. You can get a permit online here. Getting a tree early, before snow falls, usually means better access on forest roads. Most trees are reached by narrow, unplowed mountain roads.

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 intended destination’s website or call ahead of time to check on their hours and whether they still have trees. Many sell out quickly.

Before you go, check if the farm’s mask policy and other COVID-19 precautions are compatible with your family’s needs. Here’s a list of farms, with information about their extras and mask policies. It was compiled before Thanksgiving, and in the coming weeks, some things may shift.

Christmas tree farms: King County

Carnation Tree Farm

Will be open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4-5.

31523 NE 40th St, Carnation. 425-333-4510

Christmas Creek Tree Farm

Open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 and 9 a.m.-1 p .m. Sunday, Dec. 5.

15515 468th Ave SE, North Bend. 425-888-2099

Coates Christmas Trees

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

17225 SE Green Valley Rd, Auburn. 253-709-6293

Crystal Creek Tree Farm

open noon-4 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

23604 SE 192nd St, Maple Valley. 425-432-1111

Enchanted Winds Tree Farm

open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday

18021 Issaquah-Hobart Rd, Issaquah. 425-432-4573

Fall City Farms

3636 Neal Rd, Fall City. 425-222-4553

Keith & Scott Tree Farm

open 9 a.m. to dusk Saturday and Sunday

42999 SE 120th St, North Bend. 206-909-6954

McMurtrey’s Red-Wood Christmas Tree Farm

Open by appointment only

13925 Woodinville-Redmond Rd, Redmond. 425-482-6795

Papa’s Tree Farm

Not open for 2021 because of storm damage

26429 SE 200th St, Maple Valley. 425-433-8117

Serres Farm

open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 and Sunday, Dec. 5

20306 NE 50th St, Redmond. 425-868-3017

Trinity Tree Farm

open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

14237 228th Ave SE, Issaquah. 425-391-8733

Wilson Hill Tree Farm

SOLD OUT FOR 2021

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

Extras: Wreaths and other decorations available, Santa may be around, but at a distance.

Mask policy: Wear a mask at all times.

20241 SE 232nd St, Maple Valley. 425-432-2805

Christmas tree farms: Snohomish County

Big Lake Trees

open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4-5

19117 State Rte 9, Mount Vernon. 360-422-5124

Bowen Tree Farm

open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

19301 95th Ave NE, Arlington. 360-435-9260

Lochsloy Acres Christmas Tree Farm

Lochsloy Acres is by appointment only this season.

5511 State Rte 92, Lake Stevens. 425-308-0355 (leave a message)

Paterson’s Lazy Acres Tree Farm

Open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

1315 188th St NE, Arlington. 360-652-7661

Pilchuck Secret Valley Christmas Tree Farm CLOSED FOR 2020

open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily

9533 Mose Rd, Arlington. 360-435-9799

Stocker Farms

Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday through Sunday; through Dec. 12

8705 Marsh Rd, Snohomish. 360-568-7391

Christmas tree farms: Pierce County

Cox Christmas Tree Farm

open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4-5

40605 Meridian Ave E, Eatonville. 360-832-6673

Double Four Tree Farm

Open noon-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through Dec. 12.

4217 72nd St ., Tacoma. 253-535-9267

Harvey’s Harvest Christmas Trees CLOSED FOR 2020

open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4-5; and noon-5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6

7315 166th Ave E, Sumner. 253-863-0533

Snowshoe Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm U-Cut closed for 2021

10716 State Rte. 162 E, Puyallup. 253-845-5199