There’s no better way to get in the spirit of the Holiday season than with a freshly cut (or put together) Christmas tree. Whether you’re a cut-it-yourself or a faux-it-and-forget-it kind of family, there are plenty of places where you’re sure to find the perfect-for-you tree. We’ve rounded up the best of the best so that all you have to do is deck the halls.
photo: Jason Lander via Flickr
Frosty’s Forest Christmas Tree Farm
If you’re dying to recreate childhood memories of tromping through the snow to cut your own tree, Frosty’s Forest is the place for you. No, there isn’t any snow (this is Southern California after all), but they offer everything else: hot cocoa, free candy canes, festive Christmas music, and gorgeous cut-it-yourself trees. The friendly service here makes you feel instantly like part of the Frosty’s family. You won’t get sticker shock (all u-chop trees are the same price) and if you don’t feel like swinging a saw, they’ve got freshly cut trees in all sizes to choose from. This might just be the start of a beautiful family tradition.
Extra Trimmings: Pets on a leash are totally welcome here so your fur babies can also get in on the holiday (nature) action! Kids will love tramping along to help pick out a tree and may just enjoy the complimentary candy cane and cocoa treats even more.
Hours: Open daily from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve, weekdays they open at noon., weekends at 9 a.m. The cut-your-own farm closes at dusk but you can purchase a pre-cut till 9 p.m.
25235 Orchard Village Rd.
photo: Shawn W. via Yelp
Shawn’s Christmas Trees
If you’re looking for a no-frills Christmas tree lot with quality options to choose from, look no further than Shawn’s. After 37 years of selling trees on LA’s Westside, these guys know their stuff and you’re pretty much guaranteed to come home with a beauty. The trees (6 different varieties including Fraser Firs) are brought in from North Carolina and kept very well maintained so quality and freshness are never an issue. They also offer delivery (and removal) service, so if you’re not into strapping a noble fir to your car roof, Shawn’s will deliver and set up your tree for a small fee.
Extra Trimmings: Both locations offer fire retardant treatments but only the La Cienega spot provides tree flocking. If your door needs some love, Shawn’s also features 6 different size wreaths for your Christmas decoration pleasure so be sure to check those out as well.
Hours: Open daily from Nov. 24 through Christmas; 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
La Cienega & Centinela / Palms & Sepulveda
photo: Anna Lane
Tina’s welcomes families with a warm, friendly atmosphere, and you can choose your perfect tree from their assortment of Noble, Douglas, and Grand Firs. Feeling overwhelmed by all the options? Don’t hesitate to ask for Tina’s help in finding the perfect tree–after 41 years of growing a successful Christmas tree business, she’s truly the matchmaker of trees. Describe what you need (size, smell, how long you want it to last, etc.) and she’ll match you with the perfect variety for you. Didn’t know that with your tenacious three-year-old pulling on branches you might want to try a durable Fraser Fir this year? Now you do.
Extra Trimmings: If you’ve got tall ceilings or big rooms to fill, this is the place for you. Tina’s stocks an impressive selection of massive 14’ to 15’ trees, and they offer delivery (for an extra fee).
Hours: Open daily after Thanksgiving through Christmas from 9 a.m.–9 p.m. (The Calabasas location opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 8 p.m. on weekdays.)
Sherman Oaks and Calabasas
photo: Fillmore & Western Railway via Facebook
Fillmore and Western Christmas Tree Train
Bundle up the kids and take an honest-to-goodness real train ride on Fillmore and Western’s Sugarplum Express. The three-hour train adventure includes a stop at Holiday Village, where you can pick a pre-cut tree, shop for unique Holiday gifts and take a hayride. Bring your tree back with you on the train, and then tie it on the car for the ride home. Santa may even be on board to visit with kids of all ages making it impossible to feel anything less than festive! That’s a holiday memory that will last forever.
Extra Trimmings: Bring a jacket as it gets chilly, and your own rope if you plan to purchase a Christmas tree. The train tickets ($12-$26) do not include the cost of the tree. Snacks and drinks (including beer and wine for the parents who aren’t driving!) are available on the train for purchase.
Hours: Trains depart at 10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun.from Nov. 24–Dec. 23.
364 Main St.
Underwood Family Farms / Big Wave Dave’s
Christmas comes to Underwood Family Farms (that place you go for all-things fall) with fresh cut trees from Big Wave Dave’s Christmas Trees, as well as mistletoe, wreaths and all of the fixings. Big Wave Dave’s tree lot is set up in Underwood’s parking area and features gorgeous fresh cut trees from the Pacific Northwest. You can also enjoy the regular fun the farm’s animal center has to offer, from tractor rides, animal shows, pony rides, the petting corral, farm stand fresh fruits and veggies and other activities. Finding that perfect Christmas tree has never been so family friendly!
Extra Trimmings: Underwood’s animal center is only open on weekends (weather permitting) so be sure to call ahead before you head out with your car full of eager beavers. Don’t miss visits with Santa Claus on Dec. 1, 2, 8 & 9 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Hours: Christmas trees are available daily starting Nov. 23-Dec. 18 from 9:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m. Underwood’s animal center and market are open (weekends only) from Nov. 24 – Dec. 17 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
3370 Sunset Valley Rd.
photo: Anna Lane
Delancey Street Holiday Trees
Score a beautiful holiday tree and advocate for a great cause at the same time: with every tree (or tree-related) purchase, you’re supporting Delancey Street, a leading residential self-help organization for former substance abusers, ex-convicts, homeless and others who have hit bottom and need a helping hand. In addition to trees, you can also stock up on mistletoe, indoor tree lights, decorated wreaths, living potted pines, tree removal bags and tree water bowls. The Christmas trees aren’t cheap, but they’re always fantastically fresh and you’re doing a good thing in the season of giving.
Extra Trimmings: Let this bout with philanthropy remind you to sign up to volunteer somewhere this holiday season.
Hours: All lots open Nov. 23 and close Dec. 24. Check the website to find the hours and location nearest you.
Delancey Street Holiday Trees has lots in Culver City, Pasadena, Los Feliz, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, and Manhattan Beach.
photo: John W. via Yelp
If you’re feeling so fa-la-la-la-la that you can’t imagine only getting a tree, we’ve got the spot for gorgeous trees, wreaths, boughs, holly and more. Mr. Greentrees goes above and beyond by providing delivery and installation services, as well as custom orders. Choose from their elegant and fragrant selections of Noble, Grand, and Douglas Fir trees (handpicked from family farms in Washington and Oregon), and add merry home accents of juniper, noble, red cedar, incense cedar, mistletoe, and holly-green decorative, fresh greenery.
These trees are pampered throughout their journey to Los Angeles and are kept humid and happy until they leave the lot. Rumor has it that celebs like to frequent this spot, so keep your peepers peeled if star sightings float your boat. Just keep in mind that these are high-quality trees, so expect to pay a little more.
Extra Trimmings: For every tree Mr. Greentrees cuts, two saplings are planted in the same location. They also donate a portion of each year’s profits to environmental charities.
Hours: Open daily beginning Nov. 23 from 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
1030 S. La Cienega Blvd.,
photo: Living Christmas Tree Company via Facebook
Living Christmas Tree Company
Why not start an eco-friendly holiday tradition this year by renting a living Christmas tree? At Living Christmas Tree Company, you can choose between several varieties of locally grown trees, and then they will deliver a live, potted tree to your doorstep. After Christmas, your sweet tree can avoid a sad, curbside demise, because staff will pick it up from your house and return it to their nursery.
Extra Trimmings: If you get attached to your tall fir, you can adopt it and get back the same tree year after year. And if the prices look too steep, ask them about their “misfit trees.” These are guys with a little bald spot (that you can always decorate around) that come a bit cheaper.
photo: Mr. Jingles Christmas Trees via Yelp
Mr. Jingles Christmas Trees
All of the Mr. Jingles lots are staffed with friendly tree-huggers and have plenty of fresh cut firs from both Oregon’s Cascade Mountains and North Carolina to choose from. If you want to choose a festive tree in person (or even on-line), but not wrestle it onto your car, they’ll deliver your selection and set it up for you, too. Fees depend on the distance of delivery and size of the tree.
Extra Trimmings: To keep kids occupied while you select the perfect tree, they have free candy canes, and plenty of Christmas boughs (also free) so you can take them home and craft up some wreaths. Make a family day out of it at the Farmer’s Market location and spend some time soaking up the holiday cheer at the Grove before heading home with your beautiful tree!
Hours: Open daily Thanksgiving through Christmas. Open 10 a.m.–9 p.m. daily.
Hollywood, Westwood & The Farmer’s Market (3rd & Fairfax)
photo: Santa and Sons Christmas Trees via Facebook
Santa and Sons
How lovely are their branches? Very. All of the trees at Santa and Sons come from a family-run Oregon farm, using sustainable farming methods that have been certified by the Coalition of Environmentally Conscious Growers. Their trees come with a big price tag, but you’re getting a super fresh tree that’s environmentally sound and gorgeous to boot.
You and your tiny tree people can choose from an array of Douglas Fir, Nordmann Fir, Grand Fir, and Noble Fir Christmas trees, with these gentle giants ranging anywhere from 6’ to well over 12’ tall. With a name like theirs, it wouldn’t be right if the big man himself didn’t pay a visit every now and again. Most weekend afternoons you can find Santa visiting with the tree shoppers, but best to call ahead and check his jolly ol’ schedule before making the trip!
Extra Trimmings: Not only do they offer home delivery but they also offer online ordering and their signature “U-Pick Webcam” Service. Simply call the lot, tell them what kind of tree you’re looking for, and they’ll live stream your options!
Hours: Open daily Nov. 23-Dec. 24 from 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
12901 Burbank Blvd.
Home Depot Christmas Tree Lots
If you don’t need the “getting-a-tree” experience or you’ve decided to go with a faux fir this year, make Home Depot your first stop. They’re everywhere, they’re easy to get to and the trees are inexpensive and plentiful. Plus if you need extra lights or décor (or you know, paint chips or anything) you’re in luck. We feel almost like the Grinch to promote something so hum drum, but sometimes as parents we need fast, cheap and easy. Merry Christmas!
Extra Trimmings: Since they deal in high volume, most of the trees are pretty fresh. It can get crowded so bring along some work gloves and scissors of your own to open up the tree nettings so you can get a good look at your tree before buying, as the Home Depot elves can get spread very thin at these lots. Also worth noting: bring a couple of bucks to tip the guys who will tie your tree to your car if you’re not planning to do this yourself.
Hours: Check your local store for hours and availability of trees.
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—Beth Shea, Jenifer Scott & Anna Lane