U-Cut Christmas Tree Farms in California

Christmas tree farm | Photo by <a href="http://www.peltzerpines.com/">Peltzer Pines</a>

Did you know that if you venture a little further afield than the grocery store parking lot, you can fell your own Christmas tree? It's a fun family adventure: everyone gets to feel outdoorsy and strong, and a thermos full of hot chocolate is a delicious reward.

These u-cut Christmas tree farms all offer acres of trees to run through -- at some, you can wander around with a saw, whereas others prefer to have an employee do the cutting for you. While they specialize in cut-your-own trees, some farms also sell pre-cut trees (typically firs shipped in from Oregon or Washington), garlands, wreaths, and firewood. A few of these places also offer coffee, cookies and candy, bonfires and picnicking areas, so make a day of it, pack a lunch, and head out for a new (or old) holiday tradition.

A few tips before you go:

  • Always call the farm to confirm their business hours, tree availability, and payment methods accepted.
  • Ask the farm if you need to bring your own saw, or if they have employees to cut the tree down for you.
  • Bring work gloves, a tarp to cover your car if needed, and some sturdy straps to secure your tree to the roof or trunk.

Los Angeles County

Nancy's Ranch - Santa Clarita
(661) 255-6943
25039 Magic Mountain Parkway
Santa Clarita, CA 91355-4675
Tree variety: Monterey pine

Frosty's Forest Christmas Tree Farm - Santa Clarita
(661) 259-6450
25235 Orchard Village Rd
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Tree variety: Monterey pine

Chamberlain Choose and Cut - Claremont
(909) 626-0243
3436 Padua Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711
Tree varieties: Monterey pine, Leyland cypress


Orange County

Peltzer Pines - Brea (larger location)
(714) 649-9251
3400 Rose Dr.
Brea, CA 92823
Tree varieties: Monterey pine, Leyland cypress

Peltzer Pines - Silverado
(714) 649-9251
7851 Blackstar Canyon Rd.
Silverado, CA 92676
Tree varieties: Monterey pine, Leyland cypress

Richfield Pines - Yorba Linda
(714) 253-7581
5392 Richfield Rd.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
Tree variety: Monterey pine


Riverside County

Wickerd Farm - Menifee
(951) 672-3020
26852 Scott Rd.
Menifee, CA 92584
Tree variety: Monterey pine

Sand Haven Pines - Perris
(951) 789-8450
19255 Wood Rd.
Perris, CA 92570
Tree variety: Monterey pine


San Bernardino County

Greenspot Farms - Mentone
(909) 794-7653
10133 Ward Way
Mentone, CA 92359
Tree varieties: Monterey pine, cedar, redwood


Ventura County

Christmas Tree Ranch Farms - Thousand Oaks (larger location)
(805) 501-0874 or (805) 527-6412
1586 Pederson Rd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Tree varieties: Monterey pine, Leyland cypress, Arizona cypress, Aleppo pine, Italian stone pine, Coast redwood

Christmas Tree Ranch Farms - Simi Valley
(805) 501-0874 and (805) 527-6412
3800 Cochran St.
Simi Valley, CA 93063
Tree varieties: Monterey pine, Leyland cypress, Arizona cypress, Italian stone pine, Sierra redwood, Coast redwood

Santa Paula Christmas Tree Farm - Santa Paula
(805) 933-9569
18540 E. Telegraph Rd.
Santa Paula, CA 93060
Tree variety: Monterey pine


Fresno County

Hillcrest Farm - Reedley
(559) 638-2762
6943 S Reed Ave.
Reedley, CA 93654
Tree variety: Monterey pine


San Luis Obispo County

Hidden Springs Tree Farm - Atascadero
(805) 466-2220
3202 Monterey Rd.
Atascadero, CA
Tree varieties: Monterey pine, Scotch pine, blue spruce, white spruce, Douglas fir, white fir, redwood, incense cedar


Monterey County

Wiley's Christmas Tree Farm - Greenfield
(831) 674-5371
36770 Elm Ave.
Greenfield, CA 93927
Tree varieties: Monterey pine, Leyland cypress, Arizona cypress, redwood


San Diego County

Highland Valley Christmas Tree Farm - Ramona
(858) 336-0663
18425 Highland Valley Rd.
Ramona, CA 92065
Tree varieties: Monterey pine, Leyland cypress

Family Christmas Tree Farm - El Cajon
(619) 448-5331
300 Pepper Dr.
El Cajon, CA 92021
Tree variety: Monterey pine

Once you've brought your tree home, keep it fresh and green through the New Year with our five simple tips!

Additional reporting by Katherine Spiers.

About the Author

Linda Ly runs the award-winning blog Garden Betty, which chronicles her adventures in the dirt and on the road. Her first book, The CSA Cookbook, will be out March 2015.
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