Find local Christmas tree farms here!

Whether you want to cut your own tree, pick a live tree and have it cut for you, buy a tree already cut or buy a living tree you can plant, this page provides detailed listings of Santa Cruz County, California's choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms, places to buy pre-cut (also called pre-harvested and fresh-cut) trees, stands, sleigh rides, hay rides and related winter events and fun. Some listings are for tree farms, others are tree lots, and some only offer hay rides, sleigh rides or other winter events. READ EACH LISTING to know what each facility offers. The farms are listed further down this page, so scroll down the page! Since this service is free and open to ALL Christmas tree farms, not just those who belong to an association or pay for an ad, like almost all other websites do, this is the most complete and current listing available! I'm always looking for more to add, and to correct any inaccuracies or errors, so if you encounter any, please email me!

Tips:

  • If the name of the farm is blue with an underline; that's a link to their website. Click on it for the most current hours and information.
  • ALWAYS call the farm or store BEFORE YOU GO to confirm their supply, their hours and whether they have trees, are allowing choose-and-cut or just precut trees; and which attractions or winter activities are available.  All three can change during the short Christmas season, due to weather, demand and the farmer's business conditions! Farms get sold, shut down or run out of trees, and they don't all update me every day, let alone every year. For more tips to make your trip fun and successful, click here!
    DON'T DRIVE OUT THERE IF YOU CAN'T REACH THEM BY PHONE OR EMAIL!
  • The dates indicate when I last received an update, no date means it may be years old!
  • And please tell the farmer you visit in Santa Cruz County, California that you found their farm here! I need the farmers to realize that you found them here so that they will keep their information up to date!

And if you know of one I missed and want to add it or correct the information, please let me know!  

Updates for December 2016

December: Most Christmas tree farms open on the Friday right after Thanksgiving and are open up to Christmas Eve.Some are only open on weekends, or only have hayrides, Santa visits and events on weekends.

And next Spring, you'll want to take your children to a free Easter egg hunt - see our companion website to find a local Easter Egg hunt.

Christmas tree farms, lots and activities, sorted by county

Click on Resources above, if you need a county map

Santa Cruz County

  • Arrowhead Farms - Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Precut Christmas trees, Christmas wreaths, mistletoe, trees bagged, free tree trimmings, saws provided,
    24261 Loma Prieta Avenue, Los Gatos, CA 95076. Phone: 831-406-7020. Alternate Phone: 831-722-4740. Email: avoaday@icloud.com. Open: Friday after Thanksgiving and weekends; 8am to 5pm, weekdays 12pm to 5pm. Directions: From highway 17 take Summit road east 3.5 miles. From Soquel take Soquel San Jose road to Summit road. Signs for Arrowhead Farms posted along both routes. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. U-cut trees $30-$59 (tax and netting included). Pre cut trees $20 and up. All pre-cut trees displayed in water. Don't miss the opportunity to view a spectacular grove of 1000 year old redwood trees, while enjoying a cup of our hot spiced cider. We also grow and sell certified organic avocados. Arrowhead Farms would like to offer a discount to those in the service and wish to extend a 50% discount on u-cut trees, given to active military personnel or their spouses.
    Christmas tree varieties:
    You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Douglas Fir, Scotch Pine.
    PreCut varieties: Noble Fir, Nordmann Fir, White Fir (Concolor Fir).
    (UPDATED: December 05, 2016, JBS) (UPDATED: November 30, 2014)(UPDATED: November 13, 2013) (ADDED: September 23, 2010)
  • Crest Ranch - Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Precut Christmas trees, Christmas boughs, mistletoe, trees bagged, saws provided, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, picnic area (bring your own food), school tours
    12200 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Phone: (831) 423-8733. Email: Crestanch@ymail.com. Open: 8 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week beginning the weekend before Thanksgiving, including Thanksgiving day; We usually close the weekend before Christmas; Please call or see website for specifics. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: From Santa Clara Valley, San Lorenzo Valley, Santa Cruz and the San Francisco Bay Area please click on our link. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Free - no payments needed for anything. Click here for our Facebook page.
    Christmas tree varieties:
    You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Arizona Cypress, Austrian Pine, Blue Spruce, Deodara Cedar, Douglas Fir, Eastern Red Cedar, Leyland Cypress, Scotch Pine, Sequoia Redwood, Sierra Redwood, Turkish Fir, White Fir (Concolor Fir).
    PreCut varieties: Noble Fir, Nordmann Fir.
    (UPDATED: August 20, 2015)
  • Four Winds Christmas Trees - Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Christmas wreaths, mistletoe, saws provided, farm animals
    19679 Skyline Blvd., Los Gatos, CA 95033. Phone: 408 399-9020. Email: glahann@yahoo.com. Open: See our website for current hours; Open Thanksgiving day till Christmas. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Cut your own Christmas Tree, just minutes from Los Gatos and the Silicon Valley. Come to one of the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains' finest choose-and-cut tree farms. We have many types and sizes of trees - up to 16 feet and some bigger! Bring breakfast or lunch and enjoy our picnic area. We provide the saw and twine, and a lot of fun.
    Make it the new Family Tradition.
    PLEASE NOTE: Our busiest times are from 11:00 till 2:00 on Weekends, so come early and avoid the crowds!
    Christmas tree varieties:
    You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Blue Spruce, White Fir (Concolor Fir), Douglas Fir, Noble Fir, Sequoia Redwood, White Fir (Concolor Fir), White Spruce.
    (UPDATED: December 05, 2016, JBS) (ADDED: September 16, 2009)
  • G.H.J. Tree Farm - Tall trees are also available, wreaths, free tree trimmings
    16765 Skyline Blvd., Los Gatos, CA. . Open: CLOSED - we are officially handing the keys to our dad's place over to the new owners, effectively retiring the GHJ Tree Farm apples and firs. Thank you so much for your support and kindness before our parents died on through to today. We were so blessed to have such a community. We are very sad to see the farm go, but are also hopeful for this new chapter in the life of the propert
    (UPDATED: December 05, 2016, JBS) (UPDATED: November 17, 2010)
  • Hester Creek Farm - Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Christmas wreaths, mistletoe, Christmas decorations, trees baled, saws provided, gift shop, restrooms
    25507 Soquel San Jose Road, Los Gatos, CA 95033. Phone: 408-353-1511. Open: the day after Thanksgiving to December 24; Monday thru Thursday, 12 pm to 5 pm; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm. Directions: From Los Gatos, Highway 17 South to Summit Road overpass, right onto overpass, at stop sign turn left on Summit Road. Summit Road 5 and 1/2 miles. Right on Soquel San Jose Road Farm 2 and 1/2 miles on right. From Santa Cruz, Highway 1 South to Bay Street exit. Left on Bay to Old San Jose Road. Farm 9 miles up Old San Jose Road on left. Watch for signs. Click here for a map and directions. Open for Choose and Cut Christmas Trees the day after Thanksgiving until December 24. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Christmas tree varieties:
    You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: White Fir (Concolor Fir), Douglas Fir, Incense Cedar.
    (UPDATED: December 05, 2016, JBS)  (ADDED: November 15, 2009)
  • McKenzie Ranch - Click here to see their listing (on the border with Santa Clara County).
  • Mountain Charlie's - Choose and cut your own Christmas trees, wreaths and garlands, saws provided, restrooms, concession stand (drinks, snacks and/or food), picnic area
    23100 Mountain Charlie Road, Los Gatos, CA 95033. Email: click here to email. Open: After Thanksgiving until thru December 24, from 9 am to 5 pm, daily; click here for current hours.  Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, Check .Enjoy an eco-friendly, choose-and-cut Xmas tree farm nestled high up in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Be greeted by fresh clean air and a gorgeous mountain setting with old Oak trees and a tranquil pond.From thousands of natural and sculpted Firs and Pines, you'll find that perfect Christmas Tree for your home. We provide the saws and twine to tie the tree to your vehicle. Handmade wreaths and freshly picked mistletoe are also availabe for sale.  No credit cards pleaseCash or check only.
    (UPDATED: December 05, 2016, JBS)  (ADDED: November 23, 2012, suggested by a visitor)
    Comments from a visitor on November 23, 2012: "Love it - we've been going for years. Our friends have been going there for 30 years. We pack a picnic lunch, hot cocoa and tailgate.They have a huge selection of pines and spruces.  "
  • Patchen California - No pesticides are used, Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Christmas trees- you choose and we cut, Precut Christmas trees, Living Christmas trees (to plant later), Christmas wreaths, Christmas boughs, garlands, mistletoe, trees bagged, trees tied, tree shaking provided, trees baled, saws provided, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area
    17430 Old Summit Road, Los Gatos, CA 95033. Phone: 408-353-1615. Fax: 800-878-9710. Email: jim@patchencalifornia.com. Open: Thanksgiving until Christmas eve Daily from 8 am til 7:00 pm (under the lights). Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates: Click here for updates. Directions: Highway 17 From Santa Cruz Exit Summit Road to the right, then exactly 0.6 miles to corner of Old Summit Road (just past Melody Lane). Click here for a map and directions. Open for Christmas trees from Thanksgiving until Christmas eve. We do not use pesticides on the crops. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Open November 19 thru Christmas Eve
    Both Farms Offer The Same Features, Only Choose & Cut Ranch Open Day & Night. Bonfire Daily at 4 pm. Wine Tasting Friday Afternoons. Lots Of Picnic Areas. Dogs On Leashes Welcome. Many Varieties to Choose From. Stands Guaranteed. Forever. Mistletoe & Handmade Holiday Wreaths. Biodegradable, Made-In-USA Products. Gift Shop Open Daily. Gift Cards - Any Denomination. Free Hot Mulled Cider. Free WiFi. Free Photos With Santa. Free Candy Canes from the REAL Santa
    Christmas tree varieties:
    You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Arizona Cypress, Douglas Fir, Incense Cedar, Leyland Cypress, Monterey Pine, Sequoia Redwood, Sierra Redwood, White Pine, and other varieties (call!).
    You Choose and We cut varieties: Arizona Cypress, Douglas Fir, Incense Cedar, Leyland Cypress, Monterey Pine, Sequoia Redwood, Sierra Redwood, White Pine, and other varieties (call!).
    PreCut varieties: Arizona Cypress, White Fir (Concolor Fir), Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Grand Fir, Incense Cedar, Leyland Cypress, Monterey Pine, Noble Fir, Sequoia Redwood, Sierra Redwood, White Fir (Concolor Fir), White Pine, and other varieties (call!).
    Living, rooted tree varieties: Douglas Fir, Incense Cedar, Monterey Pine, Sequoia Redwood, Sierra Redwood.
    (UPDATED: December 05, 2016, JBS) (ADDED: September 12, 2009)
    Comments from a visitor on October 30, 2010: "It's 7 acres of beautiful firs, pines and redwoods. They will be open from Thanksgiving through the last weekend before Christmas. They have trees, custom made wreaths and serve hot cider. Each tree root system produces several generations of trees, so the owners make the most of the land they have. They shape each tree once or twice a year and let the ends grow back for a natural look."
  • Roaring Camp Railroads - Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train
    Felton, CA 95018. Phone: (831) 335-4484. Open: See their website for the current schedule (2016 dates NOVEMBER 25 - 26, DECEMBER 3 - 4, 10 - 11, 17 - 23). Ride a beautifully lit holiday train through the streets of Santa Cruz as you sip hot-spiced cider, sing holiday carols and meet Santa Claus. Reservations suggested. Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train. Departs from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Choo, Choo, Santa Claus is coming to town, not by sleigh, not by snow but by Train! Vintage excursion cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights, roll through the streets of Santa Cruz as passengers lend their voices to holiday carols, sip hot spiced cider and listen to musical entertainment while Santa visits the little ones, or the young at heart! Continue the merriment with a $6 MyBoardwalk card good for attractions, arcades and games in Neptune's Kingdom. Bring the whole family for festive fun. Happy Holidays! Buy tickets online - select date for Holiday Lights Train and click 'Purchase'
    (UPDATED: December 05, 2016, JBS) (ADDED: March 11, 2009)
  • Summit Christmas Tree FarmSummit Christmas Tree Farm - Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Precut Christmas trees, Christmas wreaths, mistletoe, saws provided, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area
    Corner Of Summit Road And Morrel, Los Gatos, CA 95033. Phone: 408-391-4893. Email: dmjtstone@aol.com. Directions:  surrounding CT English school, Highway 17 to Summit Road, East on Summit Road approximately 3 miles to farm entrance on right. And for a map to our farm, click here. Open: Day after Thanksgiving, Monday to Friday 9:00 to 4:30, Saturday and Sunday 8:00 to 4:30; Open for Christmas trees from Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Christmas tree varieties:
    You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Douglas Fir, Scotch Pine, White Fir (Concolor Fir).
    PreCut varieties: White Fir (Concolor Fir).
    (UPDATED: December 05, 2016, JBS) (UPDATED: September 27, 2014) (UPDATED: November 10, 2011) (ADDED: November 09, 2008)
  • Ward Ranch - Features: Choose and cut your own Christmas trees, tall trees are available, picnic area,
    4820 Bonny Doon Road, Santa Cruz, CA. Phone: (831) 423-6975. Directions: From Half Moon Bay: Go South on Highway 1 about 40 miles to Bonny Doon Road, (2 miles south of Davenport). Turn left onto Bonny Doon Road,. Go 3 miles and the road splits around Big Redwood Trees. Turn left again to stay on Bonny Doon Road at the Bonny Doon Vineyard Tasting Room, Go 7/10 of a mile to 4820 Bonny Doon Road and turn right into driveway. From Santa Cruz: Go North on Highway 1 about 8 miles to Bonny Doon Road, turn right onto Bonny Doon Road. Go 3 miles and the road splits around Big Redwood Trees. Turn left again to stay on Bonny Doon Road at the Bonny Doon Vineyard Tasting Room, Go 7/10 of a mile to 4820 Bonny Doon Road and turn right into driveway. Open: Friday after Thanksgiving and weekends through December 23rd from 9 am to 5 pm.
    Christmas tree varieties:
    U-Choose & Cut your own: Douglas Fir, Incense Cedar, Sierra Redwood, White Fir, Scotch Pine and Grand Fir
    (UPDATED: December 05, 2016, JBS) (UPDATED: November 21, 2011)

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