Although this year’s holiday season will be anything but typical, Seattle families can still cut down their annual tree at a neaby U-Cut Christmas tree farm. These lots are decked for the season and offering as much holiday cheer as possible (outside of a 6-foot bubble, of course). Keep reading to find the perfect spot where you and the kids can make like a lumberjack.

Editor’s note: We’re making every effort to give you the most up-to-date information, keeping in mind that things change quickly. In light of Gov. Inslee’s most recent health and safety guidelines, many of these farms are still working out the details. Please be sure to call ahead or check website or Facebook information before packing the kids in the car to pick out a tree this year.

McMurtrey's Red-Wood Christmas Tree Farm

In the Christmas tree-growing business since 1974, McMurtrey’s Red-Wood Christmas Tree Farm provides all the Christmas cheer—free cocoa and cider, candy canes for the kids, wreaths and other decorations for purchase—and lots of assistance getting that noteworthy Noble fir onto your car! You cut it (with saws they provide) and if you (and your tree) need a lift back to the bailer, just hop onto the wagon and go for a ride. If you’re not in the mood for a trek through the forest to find your Douglas Fir, pre-cut trees are also available from small tabletops to 15' trees. By the way, Fido can come too as long as he is on a leash.

Good to know: McMurtrey’s Red-Wood Christmas Tree Farm sells Noble, Grand, Douglas and Fraser Firs. U-cut trees usually sell out quickly, but the farm brings in beautiful pre-cut trees weekly, so you're guaranteed a fresh one. The farm will sell some of them for the same price as the U-cut trees and fresh-cut Douglas firs to 7.5' are priced lower than their U-cuts. Extra tall trees are available with local delivery referrals upon request. 

13925 Woodinville-Redmond Rd.
Redmond, WA
425-482-6795
Online: red-woodfarm.com

Opening day: Nov. 27, 2020
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. U-cuts close at dusk.

Trinity Tree Farm

Established in 1982, located on a picturesque Issaquah hilltop 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. Making the trip is way better than heading to a local hardware store to find the perfect tree. They feature complimentary hand saws and twine, assistance loading your tree into your vehicle and free tree tie downs. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the log cabin gift shop is closed and they won't be able to offer complimentary hot cocoa this year. However, they still operate a full espresso bar, and the food court will offer to-go items on the weekends. Plus, families will still be able to ride the train ($3) as a group (masks required). Just be prepared for a bit of a line. All aboard!

Good to know: Trinity is a pooch-friendly farm. Please make sure to keep Fido on a leash and clean up after him.

14237 228th Ave. S.E.
Issaquah, WA
425-391-8733
Online: trinitytreefarm.com

Pre-season open: Nov. 21 & 22, 2020 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Regular season opening day: Nov. 27, 2020
Hours: Nov. 27, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–6 p.m; Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.–6 p.m.

Hunter Farms

Hunter Farms makes no bones about it. They have been growing Christmas trees since 1948 "in the heart of the Christmas tree capital of the U.S." They offer sheared and unsheared trees with sizes that range from table top to 20 feet. All of them are grown at their u-cut lot farm in the hills on the Olympic Peninsula, but they also offer two other convenient locations featuring a mix of fresh, pre-cut trees in Seattle.

Good to know: If you want the adventures of cutting down your own tree, visit the farm in Union, WA and don't forget to bring your saw or you'll have to haul the tree—roots and all—like the Griswolds.

Hunter Farms
W. California Rd.
Union, WA
360-898-2222
Online: hunter-farms.com
Opening day: Nov. 27, 2020
Hours: By appointment only

General Store
1921 Washington 106
Union, WA
Opening day: Nov. 27, 2020
Hours: 9:30 a.m-5:30 p.m.

Wedgewood Tree Lot
7744 35th Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA
206-525-2222
Opening day: Nov. 27, 2020
Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Crystal Creek Christmas Tree Farm

Of course you want the best and prettiest Christmas tree this side of the North Pole, but the Littles just want to run through the trees, stomp in the mud puddles and—wait, did someone say train? A one mile train track runs through Crystal Creek Farm’s picturesque 23-acre farm. This was an 18 year project in the making, and you can experience a ride for $5/person. In addition, the farm’s train coach flat car as well as a kiln cart from 1895 will all be ready for kids to climb on and push along the tracks, a perfect setting for your holiday family photo. 

Good to know: Crystal Creek owners Harvey and Janet Hawken have been growing gorgeous Noble and Nordman (Turkish) Firs for over 25 years and Harvey hand trims all the trees himself. Psst! Harvey tells us the Turkish firs hold their needles 'til Easter—one less thing to clean up on Christmas morning! All trees, all sizes are $89. 

Holiday hint: Check their website for a $3 coupon off any tree. 

23604 S.E. 192nd St.
Maple Valley, WA
425-432-1111
Online: crystalcreektreefarm.com

Opening day: Nov. 27, 2020
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Coates Christmas Trees

With 70 acres of land and over 40,000 Christmas trees to choose from (including Korean, Turkish, Noble, Douglas, Grand, Fraser, White Pine and Blue Spruce) you better have a good excuse to not find your perfect tree. Although Christmas will be a little different at Coates Christmas Trees this year (no hay rides or prepared food) one tradition is still happening – visits with Santa! (We’re sure that he’ll be masked up as well.) You can warm up with hot cider and cocoa too. Coates are dog-friendly too as long as they are leashed up and poop bags are at the ready.

Good to know: All Douglas Fir and White Pine Trees are $55.45, and all others are $79.09. Pay with a credit or debit card for $3.64 more.

17225 S.E. Green Valley Rd.
Auburn, WA
253-709-6293
Online: coateschristmastrees.com

Hours: Nov. 27, 2020 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m; Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Santa Days and hours: Nov. 27-29, Dec. 5 & 6, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

photo: iStock

Christmas Creek Tree Farm

With a name like Christmas Creek, how can you go wrong? This tree farm offers a variety of five to 14-foot trees tucked into an idyllic Cascade Mountain and Snoqualmie River setting. The farm sells Noble, Nordman, Grand and Douglas Firs and you can view all of the farm's tree varieties online. After finding the perfect tree, make your way to the cozy log cabin, complete with a roaring fireplace that makes an ideal setting for family holiday pictures. You can also warm up with a cup of hot apple cider or coffee and chomp on some delicious finds straight from the North Bend Bakery.

Good to know: Pre-cut trees are also available and located in the lower field under the tent.

15515 468th Ave. S.E.
North Bend, WA
206-637-1415
Online: christmascreektreefarm.com

Opening day: Nov. 27, 2020
Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

photo: iStock

Carnation Tree Farm

The Carnation Tree Farm land has been in owner Roger Thorson’s Norwegian family for over 100 years, and his pride shows in the beautifully restored Hjertoos House and barn located on his picturesque 24-acre farm. The farm is awash with beautiful trees, including Douglas, Grand, Nordmann, Fraser and Noble Firs and Norway and Blue Spruces up to 12 feet (with a few 30 footers in the bunch). All varieties are available for cutting, or take home a pre-cut tree and some garland, mistletoe or a wreath to round out your holiday decorating. They have tree stands too!

Good to know: For your convenience, the Carnation Tree Farm provides free on-site parking, twine, tree shaking and baling and tree recycling with every Christmas tree purchase. To view this year's trees and prices, check their website

31523 N.E. 40th St.
Carnation, WA
425-369-7999
Online: carnationtreefarm.com

Opening day: Nov. 27, 2020
Hours: Fri.-Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

photo: Joseph Gonzalez via unsplash

Farmer Brown's Christmas Tree Farm

Have you ever gone to a tree lot and wondered if they had any other "better" trees in the back? At Farmer Browns, you can drive through the entire 32-acre farm to find the best tree out there. You will be handed a saw upon arrival and instructions to drive until you see your perfect tree. Christmas music plays festively while you wander through the fields and once tree nirvana is obtained, a short jaunt to the cashier reveals that there’s no need to worry about breaking the bank, because all trees, with the exception of a small area behind the house (we KNEW there was a place!) are the same reasonable price. The catch? You won’t know what that is until you get there! "U-cut, u-dig, u-enjoy" they like to say. The staff will happily bail your tree and help you attach it to your car. Then you can park in their large lot and enjoy complimentary cider and hot chocolate and a bonfire for warming those chilly feet of yours.

Good to know: The farm has Douglas, Nobel and Grand Fir trees as well as Colorado Blue and Norway Spruces and Fraser Fir trees. All trees are hand pruned and sheared to shape.

12017 109th Ave. N.E.
Arlington, WA
360-659-6686
Online: brownxtree.com

Opening day: Nov. 29, 2020
Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Stocker Farms

Stocker Farms is a Seattle family favorite during the holidays, starting at Halloween and running straight through to Christmas, because of their friendly, helpful staff. Their Fraser, Grand and Douglas Fir trees (ranging in height from 5-9 feet) will be ready for you to pick and cut starting the day after Thanksgiving. Stocker Farms will provide the saws, twine and help with loading the tree onto your car along with lots of holiday cheer, including a roaring fire to warm little fingers and toes. Just look for the Big Red Barn off Highway 9.

Good to know: Stocker Farms has hundreds of pre-cut trees from 4-12 feet including Fraser, Grand and Douglas Firs as well as Noble and Nordmann Firs. Stocker Farms will also shake and bail your tree for free and offers wreaths and gift items for sale. 

8705 Marsh Rd.
Snohomish, WA
Online: stockerfarms.com

Opening day: TBD, check their website for updates.
Hours: Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

photo: iStock

Cut Down a Tree in a National Forest

Have you ever been on a hike somewhere in the beautiful Northwest and spied a conifer that you thought would make the perfect Christmas tree? It’s your lucky day, outdoorsy parent, because during the holiday season, you can trek into your local wilderness to find that tree! The U.S. Forest Service sells permits to cut down a tree in designated locations (maps provided when you buy the permit). They offer a lot of tips too! We suggest the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest for the closest drive to find your perfect pine. Permits can be purchased online and at numerous Ranger Stations.

Good to know: Permits are good for one tree, with a tree height limit of 15 feet. Depending on where you decide to go, prepare to pay for a parking permit in Sno-Park lots. If you have a fourth (or fifth) grader, you might be able to get your forest pass for free. Happy hunting!

Snoqualmie Ranger Station
902 S.E. North Bend Way
North Bend, WA
425-888-1421
Online: fs.usda.gov/main/mbs/passes-permits/forestproducts

A few things to consider when you visit during the age of COVID-19:

1. While mask wearing isn’t necessary when looking for trees in the fields, you will be required to wear masks in all other locations.

2. Some locations require credit card purchases only, so please call ahead before you go.

3. All of these farms open Thanksgiving weekend, but the trees sell out quickly. The sooner you visit, the better.

 

—Jeffrey Totey, Kristina Moy & Erin Cranston

Feature photo: iStock

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