Bay Area’s “Cut Your Own” Christmas Tree Farms 2022
Love the smell of pine and got a hankering for a real Christmas tree? Ditch the paved asphalt lot for a real Christmas tree farm with plenty of charm and festive activities to really get you into the holiday spirit.
2022 Bay Area Christmas Tree Farms
Confirmed for 2022
Los Gatos | Head into the Santa Cruz mountains to breathe in the cool mountain air and pick out your own Christmas tree on the site of a famous ghost town turned Christmas Tree ranch. Pack a picnic and eat amongst the pine trees at their many picnic tables or enjoy your lunch by the pond. Plus, they have a daily afternoon bonfire, weather permitting, in addition to free hot mulled cider, free photos with Santa (weekends only), free WiFi and free wine tasting.
They’ll provide the saws if you want to chop down your own tree, but they’re happy to cut it down for you for free if you like. They’ll also carry it, wrap it, put it on the stand and load it for you. Looking for a discounted tree (who isn’t)? Come on a weekday; some trees are discounted $5, and if you pay in cash, they’ll cover the sales tax. – Updated 11/29/22
Sebastopol | Those looking for an Insta-worthy atmosphere will be overjoyed at Grandma Buddy’s Christmas Tree Farm which has hosted many professional photoshoots, including being featured on the cover of Pottery Barn plus it was rated as “The Best Christmas Tree Farm in CA” in The Pioneer Woman. The family-owned farm features amazing backdrops like a picturesque Victorian farmhouse with a wraparound porch, a large whitewashed barn and a smaller redwood barn, plus an intermittent creek that runs throughout the property with bridges. There’s also a mini Christmas village with a train. Plus, you can enjoy free* hot cocoa and candy canes, and of course pick out your own Christmas tree. Please note that the hot cocoa was free in previous years and we expect the same for 2022, but don’t have an official confirmation of its pricing. – Updated 11/29/22
Castro Valley | Located in the beautiful East Bay hills, just north of Castro Valley, the family-owned Castro Valley Christmas Tree Farm has been offering a unique outdoor experience since 1969 where you can not only cut down a fresh “Choose & Cut” Christmas tree, but also enjoy nature at its finest. You’ll be provided with site maps, saws, and twine upon your arrival. – Updated 11/29/22
Pescadero | While you hunt for your favorite tree to take home at this quirky family-owned U-cut Christmas Tree Farm, be on the lookout for their swings overlooking the Pacific Ocean including big swings, small swings, tire swings, rope swings, double swings, triple swings, and more hidden all over the farm. Pack a picnic and climb up the hill to take a ride on their giant swings, play their two large xylophones (unconfirmed for 2022), and enjoy your picnic with gorgeous ocean views. Plus, they offer free tractor rides, fresh greens and boughs to take home, haystacks for the kids to climb, and all the free marshmallows you can roast over the warm fire that’s always going. Also, bring some cash to make your fresh wreath (just purchase the ring; materials are free or bring embellishments from home). – Updated 11/29/22
Half Moon Bay | Select from an array of gorgeous firs and spruces at affordable prices. Thye have trees on 3 small sections of the farm this year, so come early in the season to select your favorite. Choose to chop it down or get a pre-cut tree. Saws are provided, and the staff is even willing to help with difficult chopping jobs by whipping out their electric saw. 678-698 San Mateo Road (Hwy 92), (650) 726-9614. – Updated 11/30/22
Half Moon Bay | Santa’s Tree Farm will be inviting customers to cut down their own Christmas tree. Grab a saw and head out amongst the 487-acre farm to choose from six different kinds of trees. Picnic tables for family lunches have been placed throughout the farm. Costumed characters such as Frosty the Snowman or Rudolph the Reindeer wave to tree shoppers from the trackless train that winds its way along some of the tree fields. As added bonus, everyone who purchases a tree will receive complimentary hot cider and candy canes. Be sure to stop by the Sleigh Bells Gift Shop, open on weekends to pick up festive holiday decorations. Santa will pay a visit on weekends starting Nov 25 through Dec 18, from noon – 3 p.m. (except Dec. 3). There’s also weekend train rides and Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen will be serving up some goodies. Plus, little ones will enjoy the complimentary puppet show and the storytime with Mrs. Claus*. Show the coupon for a $2 off any Choose-and-Cut tree. *Please double check with the farm for the most up-to-date activity schedule. 78 Pilarcitos Creek Road, (650) 726-2246. – Updated 11/30/22
Half Moon Bay | If you’re looking for a festive holiday day out for the family, Lemos Farm offers not only Christmas trees, but a mini amusement park experience with pony rides, train rides, a haunted house, farm slide, car barn ride, a Dig Zone, and a petting zoo. When you’re ready to pick out your tree, hop on a hay ride to their Christmas tree field where you cut down your own tree or select a pre-cut one. Don’t miss Ol’ Paint, the family’s big painted horse statue which is repainted to sport a new theme monthly to match the season. The farm is open year round, so you can enjoy their attractions or seasonal events like their Halloween pumpkin patch and haunted houses or their Easter Egg Hunt. – Updated 11/30/22