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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. Here are some places to go — and some tips to read first!

No sooner have we settled our full Thanksgiving bellies than local businesses are getting ready to open for Christmas sales.

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. Complimentary candy canes and hot apple cider await chilled little hands at most farms. And 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 up to the mountains and cut your own Christmas tree. Pick up a map of permissible cutting areas and the permit at most ranger or public service stations as well as at REI stores in Seattle and Lynnwood. Getting a tree early, before snow falls, usually means better access on forest roads. Most trees are reached by narrow, unplowed mountain roads. For more information, look it up on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest website.


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.



Carnation Tree Farm

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

Christmas Creek Tree Farm

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

Coates Christmas Trees

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

Country Tree Farm

18225 116th Ave SE, Renton. 425-255-5172.

Crown Christmas Tree Farm

805 SE 12th St, North Bend. 425-888-1836

Crystal Creek Tree Farm

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

Enchanted Winds Tree Farm

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

Fall City Farms

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

Honeytree Farm

21606 SE Green Valley Rd, Auburn. 253-333-8934

Keith & Scott Tree Farm

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

McMurtrey's Red-Wood Christmas Tree Farm

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

Mountain Creek Christmas Tree Farm

6821 440th Ave SE, Snoqualmie. 425-888-1770

Papa's Tree Farm

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

Serres Farm

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

Three Tree Farms

28033 SE 216th St, Maple Valley. 425-432-4372

Trinity Tree Farm

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

Wilson Hill Tree Farm

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



Big Lake Trees

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

Bowen Tree Farm

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

Lochsloy Acres Christmas Tree Farm

5511 State Rte 92, Lake Stevens. 425-308-0355

Paterson's Lazy Acres Tree Farm

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

Pilchuck Secret Valley Christmas Tree Farm

9533 Mose Rd, Arlington. 360-435-9799

Stocker Farms

8705 Marsh Rd, Snohomish. 360-568-7391



Cox Christmas Tree Farm

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

Double Four Tree Farm

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

Harvey's Harvest Christmas Trees

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

Holiday U-Cut Christmas Trees

39908 Dean Kreger Rd E, Eatonville. 360-832-8733

Snowshoe Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm

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


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