Christmas Tree Farm (credit: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Whether you want a lush and beautiful tree that you personally choose and cut, or a fresh and healthy one already cut and ready to take home, Bay Area Christmas tree farms are waiting to serve you. As members of the California Christmas Tree Association, tree farm members are trained in optimum scientific techniques of tree care. CCTA members follow a Code of Ethics to ensure healthy trees, along with providing answers to consumer questions. Generally speaking, the farms are open from the day after Thanksgiving until December 23. With holiday tree farms throughout the Bay Area, read on to locate the one most convenient for you.

North Bay
Little Hills Christmas Tree Farms
961 Chapman Lane
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 763-4678

For more than 20 years, families have been coming to Little Hills Christmas Tree Farms to begin their holidays with beautiful, healthy trees they cut down themselves. A day at Little Hills Christmas Tree Farms is a family event, engaging everyone in a delightful holiday experience. While the idea of cutting your own Christmas tree revs everyone up, the reality may be more challenging than expected. Not to worry. Little Hills Christmas Tree farms provides helpful “Lumberjacks” to assist with the whole process, including cutting, hauling, netting the tree if you want – wrapping plastic netting around the tree, making transporting easier – and loading the tree into your car. Each of the choose-and-cut trees features distinctive qualities, and the staff at Christmas Trees Farms can help select the tree that fits your family best. Choose from Monterey Pine, Sierra Redwood and Leyland Cypress. If your prefer an already cut tree, Little Hills Christmas Tree Farms also carries fresh-cut firs, shipped from Kintigh’s Mountain Home Farm in Springfield, Oregon, that are kept hydrated for freshness until purchase. Cut firs are priced from $29.95. Visit the website for complete information on all tree options and for the address of the second location.

Grandma Buddy’s Christmas Trees
8575 Graton Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 823-4547

Grandma Buddy’s Tree farm has been around since 1982 offering a large selection of choose-and-cut Douglas Fir, the main crop that grows in the field here. Other tree varieties are here as well, including Blue and White Spruce, Bishop Pine, Balsam and White and Grand Fir, plus custom wreaths and garlands. Don’t want to cut your own? Not to worry. Grandma Buddy’s Christmas Trees is ready for you with pre-cut Nobel Firs and Silvertip Firs, shipped in fresh from Oregon immediately after harvesting and ready for you to transport home in water to keep them fresh. Grandma Buddy’s is a magical place for many families to return to year after year. Sip a complimentary cup of hot cocoa or tea as you and the kids wander around the Christmas Village, with its holiday train and cozy atmosphere. Look around this charming farm setting and you just might recognize the place as the backdrop for Pottery Barn catalogs and other commercial shoots.

San Francisco
Christmas Tree Jamboree
574 Bayshore Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94124
(541) 778-9922

Although San Francisco does not offer a cut-your-own-tree location option, the city does have Christmas Tree Jamboree, a family business that began nearly 50 years ago. With three generations of Christmas tree know how, the folks here know where to get the best trees possible. Christmas Tree Jamboree carries memory-making fresh Noble Fir, Douglas Fir and Grand Fir trees in just about any size you could want, and will deliver too ($25 and up). Visit the website for tree size and price information.

East Bay
Black Road Christmas Tree Farms
20259 Black Road
Los Gatos, CA 95033
(408) 354-8472

Black Road Christmas Tree Farms are real working farms, where you can choose and cut your own tree from a vast selection of more than 40,000 organically grown trees. To complete the holiday greenery, Black Road also sells freshly made wreaths and mistletoe, just to keep the season merry. There are three farms that all together make up Black Road Christmas Tree Farms. Each farm grows specific types of trees that are carefully matched to the environment where they grown best. Farm owner Robert Criswell, who goes by the friendly tag Robbie, started the three farms in 1966 when he decided to put his degree in Biology with an emphasis on Botany – plus his naturally green thumb – to work, and began to cultivate the beautiful holiday trees. Before selecting your family’s tree, Black Road Christmas Tree Farms welcomes you to bring along a picnic lunch to enjoy in the picnic area at Farm #3. All trees are $50, including tax.

Santa’s Tree Farm and Village
78 Pilarcitos Creek Road (Highway 92)
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 726-2246

Family owned and operated since 1972, Santa’s Tree Farm is a 487-acre choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm offering six types of trees, all grown right on the farm. You will be given a saw and sent off to choose and cut down the tree you want to take home. Make your selection from Douglas Fir, Grand Fir, Concolor (White) Fir, Noble Fir, Redwood and Monterey Pine. After cutting your tree, the helpful folks at Santa’s Tree Farm can add flocking, fire retardant and netting if you want, and will of course help secure the tree to your car for a safe trip home. Not in the mood to cut your own tree? Not a problem, since Santa’s Tree Farm will help out and cut one for you, or you can simply select a pre-cut tree available for purchase in the barn. Trees can also be delivered for an additional fee. There are tons of things to see and do here for kids and their families. Visit the Elves Workshop where children can decorate their own Christmas stocking, or go on a holiday treasure hunt. Hop on the train in Dickens Square for a slow ride around the tree farm and enjoy the views. Young children will enjoy story time with Mrs. Claus, while sipping hot apple cider. All activities can be preordered at the website. Visit the website for complete details and pricing information.

Melanie Graysmith is a writer, artist and educator based in San Francisco. She writes on adult education, art and lifestyle topics, and enjoys writing short stories and poetry. She is also a member of an independent filmmaking group. Her work can be found at