The holiday season is a time for traditions and cutting down the annual Christmas tree is certainly at the top of the list. That’s why we rounded up our favorite places to score your family’s holiday centerpiece. From Charlie Brown-style saplings to White House-worthy grand firs, flip through the gallery for eight tree farms that offer cut-your-own trees and holiday extras like warm beverages, cookies and a jolly ol’ Saint Nick to keep the tots busy.
Best Tree Farm to Make a Day of It
Let’s face it—sometimes a road trip with kids just sounds too daunting, leading us to the local Home Depot for their best pre-cut tree instead of braving the wet roads and muddy fields to cut down the perfect pine. But what if your u-cut destination included colorful, covered train rides, complimentary hot beverages, complimentary hand saws and twine, assistance loading your tree into your vehicle, free tree tie downs, a food court serving breakfast items such as pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal and pastries and espresso as well as lunch items such as hot dogs, kettle corn, nachos, pretzels and other refreshments and welcoming fire pits (to dry those inevitable wet feet)? And did we mention Santa is there on weekends? Look no further than Trinity Tree Farm, located on a picturesque Issaquah hilltop. Established in 1982 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, way better than a trip to the aforementioned hardware store.
Good to Know: Trinity Tree Farm accepts cash, credit (Visa & Mastercard) and debit cards. Save $5 on your tree purchase when you pay with cash. Train rides are also free for kids under 16 with the purchase of a tree. Just be prepared for a line on the weekends. And Trinity is pooch-friendly farm; just make sure to keep Fido on a leash and clean up after him.
Open: Nov. 24, 2017–TBD (until trees are sold out, check website for updates)
Hours: Nov. 24 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Mon.–Fri.,10 a.m.–6 p.m; Sat.-Sun., 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
photo: Trinity Tree Farm Facebook page
Where is your family’s favorite place to cut down your Christmas tree? Tell us in the comments below!
— Erin Cranston & Kristina Moy