There’s no better way to get in the spirit of the holiday season than with a freshly cut Christmas tree. (Well, maybe a freshly cut tree and a little egg nog.) Whether you’re looking to chop your own or prefer something a little more low-maintenance, there are plenty of evergreen options in and around Los Angeles—and most of them open the weekend after Thanksgiving. From genuine tree farms to local lots, here are our favorite spots for fir-shopping with the fam.
Cut-Your-Own Tree Farms
Frosty’s Forest Christmas Tree Farm
Pining 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 (most importantly!) cut-your-own trees. If you don’t feel like chopping, they’ve also 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.
25235 Orchard Village Rd.
Sand Haven Pines - Perris
Located just over 60 miles from downtown LA, this Riverside farm offers an authentic tree-picking experience with a huge selection of cut-your-own pines (plus potted options, just in case). Staff on the farm will help you shake your tree (too shed any loose needles), wrap it and add a stand. While you're there, kids can sneak in a visit with Santa and take advantage of the free bounce house, too!
19255 Wood Rd.
Christmas Ranch Tree Farms - Thousand Oaks
This family-owned, 15-acre farm has plenty of trees for you and your crew to peruse before choosing just the right one. Their cut-your-own offerings include fragrant Monterey Pines, hardy Aleppo Pines, classic Coast Redwoods and more. As with other u-chop spots, they also offer pre-cut trees, along with wreaths and more evergreen decor.
Extra Trimmings: Feeling adventurous? The farm has a vintage army Jeep to take customers over a steep hill to the far end of the farm where you'll find more trees to choose from.
1586 Pederson Rd.
Hagle Tree Farm - Somis
Make the trip to this festive Somis farm early in the season for the best selection of choose-and-cut Monterey Pines. (They've also got a large supply of pre-cut Noble and Nordmann Firs, if you don't want to get your hands dirty.) For even more holiday fun, come on the weekends of Nov. 30. & Dec. 1, or Dec. 7 & 8, when there'll be pony rides, farm animals to meet, music and pics with Santa!
3442 Somis Rd.
Local Tree Lots
Santa & Sons Christmas Trees - Van Nuys
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 fire that’s environmentally conscious and stunning 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!
12901 Burbank Blvd.
Burbank YMCA Christmas Tree Lot - Burbank
There's plenty of cheer at this neighborhood lot, run by members of the Burbank Y Service Club. Friendly volunteers will help you find the perfect fir for you. Opening Nov. 30, the lot stock trees up to 16 ft., along with wreaths, gardens and mistletoe. And there are free candy canes for kiddos!
George Washington Elementary School
2322 N. Lincoln St.
Shawn's Christmas Trees - West LA
If you’re looking for a no-frills Christmas tree lot with quality options to choose from, look no further than Shawn’s, opening Nov. 29. 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.
La Cienega & Centinela / Palms & Sepulveda
Tina's Trees - Sherman Oaks & Calabasas
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).
Sherman Oaks and Calabasas
Underwood Family Farms - Moorpark
For something in between the neighborhood tree lot and a cut-your-own farm, consider a trip to Underwood Family Farms. The kid-friendly u-pick farm doesn't actually grow its own trees, but they offer plenty of fresh-cut options by Big Wave Dave’s Christmas Trees, as well as mistletoe, wreaths and all of the fixings. Big While you're there, you can also enjoy the the farm’s tractor rides, animal shows, pony rides and more.
Extra Trimmings: Don’t miss visits with Santa Claus on Dec. 7 & 8 and 14 & 15 from 11a.m.-4p.m.
3370 Sunset Valley Rd.
Mr. Greentrees - West Hollywood
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.
8950 Sunset Blvd.
Mr. Jingles Christmas Trees - Hollywood & West LA
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, Mr. Jingles offers free candy canes and plenty of Christmas boughs (also free) so you can take them home and craft up some wreaths.
Hollywood & West LA
And for something a little different…
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.
—Beth Shea, Jenifer Scott & Anna Lane