The 13 Best Christmas Tree Farms in the West
Where to go for trees (and free treats!) across the region.
There are essentially two types of people: The ones who keep the Halloween pumpkins out and count the seconds until Thanksgiving, and others who start blasting holiday tunes and take all of their holiday decor out of storage on November 1. If you belong to the latter group, you are likely preparing to bring home the main festive focal point: the all-important Christmas tree. Before you head out to pick or even cut your own, we’ve curated a list of the best places to shop for one out West.
Alaska: Dorman Tree Farm in Kodiak, Alaska
While you can purchase Christmas trees at lots all over the state, there’s only one Christmas tree farm in Alaska. Located in Kodiak, this family-owned farm sells locally grown trees and handmade wreaths. Starting November 24, you can shop every Saturday or Sunday leading up to Christmas.
Arizona: Mortimer Farms in Dewey, Arizona
Mortimer Farms has it all. There’s an onsite market and deli, wedding venue space, and you can even become a season ticket holder. But in the wintertime, it’s known for its Christmas trees. You can start purchasing trees as early as November 20, plus you can order pies, participate in the Christmas Walk, and more.
Northern California: Santa’s Tree Farm and Village in Half Moon Bay, California
Up north, you can experience holiday magic at Santa’s Tree Farm and Village. The 487-acre choose-and-cut tree farm has been running since 1972, so it’s no wonder Northern Californians recommend it. Bonus: Each purchase comes with complimentary candy canes and a visit with Santa. Tree cutting kicks off November 18.
Colorado: Covered Bridge Ranch in Montrose, Colorado
Don’t be surprised if you feel the need to double-check that you didn’t navigate to the North Pole when you arrive at Covered Bridge Ranch. Walk through the Christmas tree fields, visit their gift shops, head over to the wreath decorating barn, and make sure to acquaint yourself with all of the farm animals. You can also choose and cut your own tree, starting November 24.
Hawaii: Kula Botanical Garden in Kula, Maui, Hawaii
Did you know there are locally grown Christmas trees in the heart of Maui? In December, this family-owned Hawaiian winter wonderland offers trees between 3 and 12 feet, as well as wreaths, centerpieces, and more. Fair warning: They run out of trees quickly, so try to snag yours during the first weekend.
Idaho: Forever Green Tree Farm in St. Maries, Idaho
Just one day after Thanksgiving, this family farm opens up for all of your holiday needs. You’ll find everything from the perfect Christmas tree to award-winning tree stands for purchase at the Holiday Shop.
Montana: Ray Robinson’s Christmas Trees in Kalispell, Montana
For more than 70 years, Ray Robinson’s has been a hub for holiday trees. The family-owned business also gives back, and serves as a Toys for Tots drop-off location and collects pantry goods for local veterans. They typically open toward the end of November, but you can check their Facebook page before planning your tree-picking day.
Nevada: Gilcrease Orchard in Las Vegas, Nevada
Just north of the Las Vegas Strip is this scenic orchard, which promises wagon rides, a Santa appearance, delicious apple cider donuts, and more. Last year, they were open during the first two weekends of December, but check their Instagram for more up-to-date details.
New Mexico: Adam & Kim’s Christmas Trees in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Even though the trees here are sourced from Oregon, everything else about Adam & Kim’s is local to New Mexico. For more than a decade, they’ve sold trees, wreaths, garlands, and one New Mexico staple: fresh Sandia chile ristras. The sun-dried peppers were first developed at New Mexico State University in 1956, and they’re also known to bring good health and good luck to your home.
Oregon: Plumper Pumpkin Patch & Tree Farm in Portland, Oregon
You can choose or cut your own Christmas tree, visit with Santa, and shop for other decor items (including mistletoe!) Friday through Sunday, starting November 18. If you have extra time, you and your family can also purchase a s’mores kit to use at their fire pits or feed farm animals in their 133-year-old barn.
Utah: Peterson Trees in Elk Ridge, Utah
Peterson Trees has three types of Utah-native to choose from: White Fir, Black Balsam, and Pinion Pine. For more than 20 years, these nationally certified arborists have specialized in all things related to Christmas trees. Even more, they provide hot cocoa and plenty of photo ops.
Washington: Enchanted Winds Tree Farm in Issaquah, Washington
The Ulrich family Christmas tree farm includes 15 acres of trees. To make it a party, you can even plan a U-cut event for a small group. And don’t forget to stop by the gift barn, where you’ll find complimentary hot cider and cookies. The festive fun begins on November 24.
Wyoming: Riverbend Nursery in Cheyenne, Wyoming
Discover cut, live, and cathedral trees at this unique family-owned nursery. For extra comfort, the lot is indoors, so you can stay out of the cold during your picking process. Wreaths, garlands, ornaments, and more decor are also on sale—and you can snack on free popcorn while you’re shopping.