There’s nothing better than the smell of a fresh pine tree in your home this time of year. Sure, you can pick up a pre-cut tree at any number of lots around Portland. But did you know there are dozens of family-owned and operated u-cut and fresh tree farms, all within 30 miles of Portland? Read on to learn where to find the perfect tree for you.
photo: Sauvie Island Farms via Facebook
This is your one-stop spot for gorgeous trees with all the trimmings (think mistletoe, wreaths, and garlands)—plus a whole lot of festive holiday fun to boot. Choose from a variety of both pre-cut and u-cut firs up to 15 feet tall. Enjoy free candy canes, hot cocoa, warming fires, and a free tractor ride around the farm. This is a beautiful third-generation family farm that raises hazelnuts, cattle, and horses alongside their seasonal trees.
Nov. 29-Dec. 24
Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. to dark, Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m. to dark
Prices: $5/foot for Douglas firs; $7/foot for Noble, Nordman and Grand
25877 NW West Union Rd.
With a gift shop filled with handmade wreaths and lavender products, tractor-train rides, an open fire pit with free marshmallows, and visits with Santa Claus, you can make a whole magical afternoon of it at this family farm. Noble and Turkish trees are available for u-cut, at heights of up to 10 feet, with free shaking and baling. For a sneak peak (but no trees), check out the gift shop pre-opening event on Nov. 23 & 24, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Nov. 29-Dec. 1; Dec. 7-8
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Prices: $52/tree for u-cut; pre-cut trees also available, $35-$52. Cash, checks and credit/debit cards
12814 NW Bishop Rd
photo: FrankGuido via flickr
Just minutes off the 205 in Oregon City, this family farm provides a wealth of free amenities to make your Christmas tree-cutting adventure an immersive holiday experience. After you pick out the perfect Noble or Douglas fir, take the kids to visit with Santa, then explore the country store to stock up on stocking stuffers. There are free s’mores and hot cider, wagon rides, even a petting zoo! Visit the website for the full list of all the impressive options.
Dec. 7 & 8
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Prices: $75/tree for u-cut and pre-cut trees in all sizes.
19400 S Redland Rd.
Oregon City, Or
For a memorable family outing, head to Sandy for assistance from friendly staff in cutting, carrying, and tying a tree to your vehicle. This family farm offers Nobles and Grands up to six feet tall, plus free chili and hot cocoa to warm you up after your efforts. Then, sit down together at the craft booth and put together a special ornament for your tree.
Nov. 30- Dec. 1; Dec. 7-8
9:00 a.m. to dusk.
Prices: $35/tree, any size. Cash, checks or credit/debit cards accepted
36731 SE Hauglum Rd.
photo: via Helvetia Christmas Tree Farms
After the berry-picking crowds of summer have dispersed, it’s time for fir trees at this popular third-generation family farm. U-cut Douglas, Grand, and Noble fir trees are available, alongside fresh wreaths and cedar garlands. Psst! Visit the website to “clip” a Christmas Tree coupon for $5 your tree purchase of $25 or more.
Nov. 29-Dec. 21
Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Sun.
Prices: $4/foot for Douglas firs; $5/foot for Grand firs; $6/foot for Noble firs; cash, check and credit/debit accepted
19818 NW Sauvie Island Rd.
This family-owned farm has been raising fresh Christmas trees since 2004, and they’re a local favorite for good reason. With Nordmann firs (no Nobles), and beautiful views of the Willamette Valley, this 80-acre farm offers a unique experience for families in search of the perfect tree. All trees are spray-free, and priced the same, not by the foot. Enjoy the wood stove in the barn, cocoa and coffee, and a selection of beautiful wreaths and gifts. Insider tip: Head out on a weekday to avoid the crowds. This farm is a popular choice!
Nov. 23-Dec. 22
Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Mon.
Prices: $60/tree for u-cut; $65/tree for pre-cut. Cash and check only (ATM on site)
25100 SW Neill Rd.