December 1, 2020

Silicon Valley's Best Christmas Tree Farms

There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than by setting up the Christmas tree. Around this time of the year, families are getting together and heading out to the nearest lot to select the perfect tree. Why not start a new Christmas tradition? This year head to one of the many tree farms in the Bay Area to cut your own. It’s a great chance to be outdoors, breathing in the fresh pine scent. And when you’re done, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate with family and friends while creating new memories!

Here is my list of best Silicon Valley tree farms. Find your perfect Christmas tree, while getting into the holiday spirit! Most tree farms supply the saw, and the hot chocolate or apple cider. Why not make a day of it? Pack a picnic, roast marshmallows by the fire, ride the holiday train, and bring out your inner lumberjack! Don’t forget to dress warmly and bring boots, because it can be a little muddy.

Covid-19 Response

In response to the coronavirus, all venues have implemented protocols to maintain the health and safety of their guests, including wearing personal protective equipment and physical distancing. Some may require that you wear a mask when on the property. Please check the venue website for more information.

SOUTH BAY / PENINSULA

ABC Tree Farms

Telephone: (408) 393-6303

Locations:

2501 Tully Road
San Jose, CA 95122
OPEN

450 N. Capitol Ave
San Jose, CA 95133
OPEN

1832 Hillsdale Blvd
San Jose, CA 95124
OPEN

605 Blossom Hill
San Jose, CA 95123
OPEN

2610 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95051
OPEN

3590 Benton Street
Santa Clara, CA 95051
OPEN

1863 S. Norfolk Street
San Mateo, CA 94403
OPEN
900 El Camino Real
San Carlos, CA 94070
OPEN

Email: info@abctreefarms.net

ABC Tree Farms is a family-owned and operated farm that has been in operation for over 70 years. They offer a variety of Christmas trees ranging in height from from 2 feet to 12+ feet including Noble/Nordmann/Balsam Fir, Douglas Fir, Grand Fir, and Silver Tip, as well fresh Christmas wreaths, garlands, and tree stands. Select your tree, and have it trimmed, and loaded onto your vehicle at no additional charge by one of the helpful staff. 

Open now to Christmas Eve or until sold out. Hours: Mon – Fri from 10am – 9pm, and Sat/Sun from 9am – 9pm. All major credit cards accepted. See their website all their locations. Delivery and flocking is available at all but the Capitol Ave location. Curbside pick-up is available at select locations.

Black Road Christmas Tree Farm

20259 Black Road
Los Gatos, CA 90533
Tel: (408) 354-8472

CLOSED

Black Road Christmas Tree Farm consists of 3 farms located on Black Road in Los Gatos. They have a wide selection of trees (Douglas Fir, Grand Fir, White Fir, Sierra Redwood, Scotch Pine) for $65, as well as fresh wreaths and free firewood. Farm 3 is open seven days a week until Christmas Eve from dawn to dusk. Farms 1 and 2 are open on weekends only. Check their Facebook page for the latest information on hours and weather conditions. They only accept cash and checks. You are welcome to bring your dog.

Four Winds Christmas Trees

19969 Skyline Blvd
Los Gatos, CA 90533
Tel: (408) 399-9020
Email: glahann@yahoo.com

Four Winds Ranch provides the saw and twine, and you choose and cut your perfect Christmas tree on their 60-acres farm. They have many types and sizes of trees, including Douglas Fir, White Fir, Grand Fir, Spruce, Blue Spruce, Silvertip, Noble, and Sequoia. All trees are $65. Bring a picnic lunch, and make it a new family tradition! On the weekends, Four Winds provides candy canes, hot chocolate, apple cider, and firewood while it lasts.

Open now until Christmas: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm on weekends, and 11:00 am – 3:00 pm on weekdays. Outside those hours you may visit the farm by appointment by contacting glahann@yahoo.com. Cash and checks only.

FROSTY’S Christmas Tree Farm

19965 Skyline Blvd
Los Gatos, CA 90533
Tel: (408) 395-3789
Email: info@frostystrees.com

CLOSED DEC 5th

Frosty's is just a picturesque 15 minute drive from Los Gatos. When you enter the farm gates, you will be given a small handsaw. You may either drive or walk through the rows of Christmas trees to find your ideal pesticide-free, naturally-grown Douglas Fir, Monterey Pine, Noble Fir, Sierra Pine or Scotch Pine. All trees are $70 regardless of size or variety.

Open now from 8 am – 5 pm, seven days a week. Due to COVID-19, the hot chocolate and coffee plus free candy canes usually served on the weekends will not be available year. Credit cards are not accepted; cash or check only.

McKenzie Ranch Tree Farm

19970 Skyline Blvd
Los Gatos, CA 90533
Tel: (408) 867-5693
Email: mckenzieranch1@aol.com

McKenzie Ranch is a family-owned and operated choose-and-cut tree farm. They will hand you a saw, and send you off to pick one of their thousands of trees, including Douglas Fir, White Fir, Grand Fir, and Red Fir. Trees are $60 – $70 depending on the variety up to 10 feet. Pack a picnic, and enjoy their scenic pond, crackling campfire and holiday tunes. Don’t forget the marshmallows!

Open now through to the Sunday before Christmas: Mon – Thurs: 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Fri – Sun: 8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Cash only. The ranch is dog-friendly.

Mountain Charlie Christmas Tree Ranch

23100 Mountain Charlie Rd
Los Gatos, CA 95033

Mountain Charlie Ranch is a choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm on the smaller side in the Santa Cruz Mountains. They supply the saw and twine, and you select from a selection of natural or trimmed firs and pines. All trees are $63.70 + tax each. $5 discount coupon here. Handmade wreaths and freshly-picked mistletoe are available for sale.

Open now until sold out for the season. Hours are Friday, Saturday, Sunday 8am - 5pm, and closed Monday to Thursday. Credit cards are not accepted; only cash or check. Check their Facebook page for updated hours and weather conditions.

Patchen Christmas Tree Farms

Tel: (408) 353-1615 (text messages only)

Locations:

Patchen "Rancho"
17430 Old Summit Road
Los Gatos, CA 95033
OPEN
Patchen "Old Town"
22217 Old Santa Cruz Hwy
Los Gatos, CA 95033
CLOSED

Email: Jim@PatchenCalifornia.com

The Patchen farms consist of two farms “Old Town” (Old Santa Cruz Hwy) and “Rancho” (Old Summit Rd). The farms have something for everyone. Either search the hillsides for your perfect tree and cut it yourself, or choose from one of their freshly-cut trees. They have all varieties, including Douglas Fir, Sierra Redwood, Coast Redwood, Monterey Pine, Noble Fir, and more. Trees are $75 – $95 up to 7 feet, depending on the variety. If you prefer, you can purchase a live tree from the gift shop. Varieties vary from year to year, and this year they have Miniature Alberta Spruce, Douglas Fir, and Incense Cedar in one gallon pots. They also have Mistletoe, Holy and handmade wreaths for sale.

Make a day of it by packing a picnic. Enjoy the bonfire, free hot-mulled cider and candy canes. During the week, there is free wine tasting, and on the weekends, you can have your picture taken with Santa in a 200 year old sleigh. Open from now until Christmas eve (“Old Town”) or the day before Christmas Eve (“Rancho”) from 9 am – 6 pm. Check their website for Santa’s schedule and wine tasting hours. Delivery available. Some trees are discounted by $5 on weekdays. Sales tax is covered for those paying cash. Competitors’ discount coupons accepted up to $5 or 10%.

FARTHER AFIELD

Battaglia Ranch Christmas Tree Farm

13580 Murphy Ave
San Martin, CA 95046
Tel: (408) 683-4730
Email: battagliaranch@sbcglobal.net

Battaglia Ranch is a choose-and-cut Christmas Tree Farm located about 15 minutes south of San Jose, CA. You will know it by the 35-foot-tall Santa Claus off U.S. 101 between Morgan Hill and Gilroy. Choose between three varieties of choose-and-cut trees including the Monterey Pine, Monterey Cypress or Leyland Cypress, or pre-cut Fir trees from Oregon.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the many things to do at the ranch to get you into the spirit of the season have been cancelled. This includes the 10-minute, narrated train ride around the 20 acres of ranch, and the reindeer ride for $4. Also Santa Claus will not be making his annual trip to the farm this year. You can still enjoy the outdoors if you choose to cut your own tree.

New for 2020, you can order your pre-cut tree online, select a pick-up date/time, and they will have your tree all ready to go. Delivery and contact-less pick up available. They also have a drive-thru option where you can stay in your car and drive-thru the Christmas lot to select your tree from the many varieties and sizes.

The farm is open from 9 am - 7pm from Nov 27 to Dec 13, and from 9am - 6pm from Dec 14 to Dec 20. Flocking is available, and these guys have taken it to a whole new level. You can have your tree colored, or flocked, in almost any color you can think of, like light pink, hot pink, purple, etc. Print these coupons or show them at the cashier to get $5 off a 6 – 7" or larger tree, and $10 off the price of flocking. Credit cards accepted.

Castro Valley Christmas Tree Farm

7001 Miller Road
Castro Valley, CA 94546
Tel: (510) 634-2186
Email: cvtreefarm@gmail.com

CLOSED DEC 4th

Castro Valley Christmas Tree Farm, located in the East Bay Hills just north of Castro Valley, is a choose-and-cut tree farm.  They have a large selection of trees of all varieties and sizes including Douglas Fir, White Fir, Monterey Pine and Sierra Redwood for $49.95 –$69.95 plus tax, and pre-cut Noble & Nordmann Fir for $79.95/84.95 plus tax.

Open now from 11 am – 5 pm on Wed & Thu and 9 am – 5 pm from Fri – Sun; closed Mon & Tue. Credit cards are accepted; however, cash or check is preferred.

Lemos Farm

12320 San Mateo Road (Hwy 92)
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Tel: (650) 726-2342
Email: lemosfamilyfarm@gmail.com

CLOSED

Lemos Farm has lots of activities for kids. Make a day of it with a picnic on the farm, and take hay and train rides. This kids will enjoy the pony rides and petting the animals in the petting zoo. Have your picture taken with Santa Claus, and meet Mrs Claus and Jingle The Elf. But don’t forget to pick out your Christmas tree!

Open Weekends 9 am – 5 pm. Photos with Santa will take place in the barn until December 22 from 1 pm – 4 pm. Lunch and snack items, sweet treats, and beverages are available for purchase.

Santa’s Tree Farm and Village

78 Pilarcitos Creek Road (Hwy 92)
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Tel: (650) 726-2246
Email: info@santastreefarm.com

Santa’s Tree Farm and Village a 487-acre choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm with 6 different kinds of Christmas trees, all growing right there on the farm. They give you a saw, and send you off to choose and cut your Douglas Fir, White Fir, Noble Fir, or Monterey Pine. Choose-and-cut trees are from $65.25 – $83.47 for any size. Click here for $2 off any choose-and-cut tree . Flocking and fire retardant are available for an additional $10 per foot, plus the cost of the stand if not provided. Also available for purchase are handmade wreaths, garlands, and tree stands. On weekends, enjoy holiday activities such as train rides, visits with Santa, and Mrs Claus’ Kitchen and gift shop.

Open now until December 23rd from 8 am – 5 pm on weekends, and from 9 am – 5 pm on weekdays. Complimentary cider, candy canes and visit with Santa with every tree purchase, while supplies last. Delivery is available, but you still must make the trip to the farm to select your tree. Credit cards are accepted. Dogs are welcomed.

Ward Ranch Christmas Tree Farm

4820 Bonny Doon Rd
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Tel: (831) 423-6975
Email: ward-ranch@comcast.net

Ward Ranch is a small, family-owned and operated choose-and-cut tree farm. They offer a large variety of trees including Douglas Fir, White Fir, Incense Cedar, Sierra Redwood, Grand Fir, Monterey Cypress, Arizona Cypress, Leyland Cypress, and Coastal Redwood. All trees are $85 including all taxes and cleaning and netting of the tree. Pre-cut trees are available, and are individually priced depending on the species.

Open every Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday through December 23rd, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Due to COVID-19, they are not offering the usual complimentary hot tea or hot chocolate, a kids’ craft table or the hay pyramid. Dogs are welcomed, but must be on a leash. Cash only. ATM available onsite.

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