By Megan Knight, Examiner.com
Christmas is fast approaching and nothing brings the season into focus like the perfect holiday tree. Each year, family traditions are born with people hiking out to cut down their own fresh Christmas tree. There is no better way to fill your home with the smell and look of the holidays than with a live tree. Stop by one of these Seattle-area farms that allow you to cut your own while drinking some hot cocoa. Most u-cut farms only stay open until they run out of trees, so make sure that you plan your trip soon.
8705 Marsh Road
Snohomish, WA 98296
Travel time: 40 minutes from Seattle
In the Christmas tree business for more than 20 years, Stocker Farms is just a quick drive north on I-5 in Snohomish where Noble, Grand, Douglas, and Fraser Firs await. During the fall, the farm offers a corn maze, haunted ride, and pumpkin patch, but come late November it specializes in u-cut Christmas trees. Stocker will provide free shaking and bailing complete with a fire pit to warm your toes. It will have saws for the cutting and also offers twine to secure the tree for the car ride home. Just remember to bring proper footwear––Stocker is a working farm.
Trinity Tree Farm
14237 228th Ave. SE
Issaquah, WA 98027
Travel time: 35 minutes from Seattle
Trinity Tree Farm offers so much more than just a selection of some of the best Christmas trees near Seattle. Trinity will provide customers with complementary cocoa or cider, free train rides for the kids, a hot dog stand, kettle corn, and a bon fire to keep the family warm. On site is also a full holiday-themed gift shop selling wreaths, ornaments, tree toppers and tree stands to get the whole house outfitted. Many days on the farm include a visit from Santa––check the website for scheduled stops.
McMurtrey Red-Wood Christmas Tree Farm
13925 Woodinville-Redmond Road
Redmond, WA 98052
Travel time: 28 minutes from Seattle
This third generation, family-run farm offers both pre-cut and u-cut Nobels and Frasers in nearby Redmond, just a quick drive from the city. Kids brought along for the trip can enjoy free candy canes, wagon rides, and hot chocolate or cider. Making things a bit easier on customers, the staff will shake, bale, and deliver the tree right to the car. In addition, the farm offers a debugging service just to make sure there are no surprises when the tree arrives home. The whole family will surely enjoy the trip out to this full service tree farm.
Pfaff’s Christmas Trees
29204 124th Ave SE,
Auburn, WA 98092
Travel time: 35 minutes from Seattle
Just about a half hour outside of Seattle, Pfaff’s Christmas Tree farm offers everything from quaint “Charlie Brown Christmas trees” and “Snoopy trees” for $10 to giant Noble, Grand and hand-sheared Douglas firs. Be sure to bring the kiddos, because Pfaff’s has a great alpaca farm they’ll enjoy, and Santa has been known to show up at this old time Christmas tree farm. Tree hunters will also find goodies like hot cocoa, cookies, hot cider, homemade jams, and fresh garlands and wreaths made daily. Pfaff’s is cash or check only.
Misty Meadow Nursery
16809 Jordan Road
Arlington, WA 98223
Travel time: 1 hour from Seattle
In business for over 25 years, Misty Meadow Nursery is a family-owned nursery specializing in evergreens, so Christmas time fits right in to their wheelhouse. It offers plenty of u-cut trees in a variety of heights perfect for any home and pre-cut trees for those a bit less adventurous. Cider, coffee and cookies will be on site to keep bellies full and warm. Santa has also been known to stop by and greet the children to make the day even a bit more special.