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 East-Central Iowa'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 ! And beware the copycat websites - from Monny-bloggers to out-and-out plagiarists, they simply copy my work; they are just out to make a quick buck. Since 2004, I am make updates and corrections every day! (let me know if you see copycats!)

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  • 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 - many farms and lots are selling out of trees early this year - Call 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, email or find current information on their website or Facebook page!
  • And please tell the farmer you visit in East-Central Iowa 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!
  • After Christmas, click here to find how how and where to easily recycle or dispose of your Christmas tree! And to recycle used, broken or old Christmas lights and electronics See this page for local options to easily recycle your Christmas holiday lights

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Updates for July 2020

July 2020: Most Christmas tree farms open on the Friday right after Thanksgiving (Black Friday, Nov 29, 2019) and are open up to Christmas Eve.Some are only open on weekends, or only have hayrides, Santa visits and events on weekends. A few open Saturday Nov 23rd.

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Christmas tree farms, lots and activities, sorted by county

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Benton County

  • 2-Jo's Farm & Western Town - UPDATE for 2019, Their website is gone; and there's nothing current about them on the internet, so I assume they have closed. If you have any information to the contrary, please write me. Santa appearances, live reindeer, sleigh rides, winter hay rides, winter wagon rides, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours, events at your location (call for info)
    2253 73rd St Hwy 30, Van Horne, IA 52346. Phone: 319-551-3660. Email: Directions: 18 miles west of Cedar Rapids on highway 30. Printable map on website. And for a map to our farm, click here. Open: Call to book for parties and camp Visit Santa and his Reindeer, Parties, Photographs, Sleigh Rides, Unique Family Photos, Company Christmas Photos, Have the most unique Christmas Cards with photos of your family, Santa and his reindeer. December Special Events: Horse Drawn Bobsled, Dinner Runs, The Magic Phone Booth - Call the North Pole, Open Campfire for Winter Treats, Crafts, Caroling and Pony Rides. Payment: Cash, Check. Day Camp in Summer, Campouts in bunk houses, teepees, cabins. Chuck wagon cookouts, Stage coaches, Ye Old Broom Barn Theater Santa, Bobsled/sleigh rides, live Reindeer Pony/other parties.

Black Hawk County

  • Kris Kringle's Tree Farm at Wapsie Pines - Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Precut Christmas trees,
    5220 W Bennington Rd, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613. Phone: (319) 277-8596. Email: Open: from the Friday after Thanksgiving for two to three weeks;  weekdays from 1 pm to 5 pm and weekends from 9 am to 5 pm. Kris Kringle is a "cut your own" Christmas tree farm located just north of Cedar Falls, Iowa just off Highway 218. We are open Santa Claus is a frequent visitor on the weekends. Cookies and hot drinks are available to enjoy as you warm your toes by the fire pit. There are lots of helpers available to help you cut and load your tree! Pre-cut trees are also available. We have white pines, scotch pine, and Frazier fir. They start at $35 and go up from there depending on size and type of tree.Click here for a link to our Facebook pag
    Christmas tree varieties:
    You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Scotch Pine, White Pine.
    PreCut varieties: Fraser Fir
    (UPDATED: November 11, 2019, JBS) (ADDED: November 24, 2018, JBS)

Buchanan County

Cedar County

Clayton County

Clinton County

Delaware County

Dubuque County

Iowa County

Jackson County

Johnson County

  • Barnes Tree Farm - Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Christmas wreaths, Christmas boughs, trees bagged, tree shaking provided, saws provided, free hot cider, porta-potties
    4439 Dane Road, Southwest, Iowa City, IA 52240. Phone: 319-341-9351. Email: Open: November 29, 9 till 5 November 30, 9 till 5, Sunday December 1, 10 till 5; December 7, 9 till 5, Sunday December 8, 10 till 5; December 14, 9 till 5, Sunday December 15, 10 till 5. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Christmas tree varieties:
    You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Canaan Fir, Douglas Fir, Scotch Pine, White Fir (Concolor Fir), White Pine.
  • Kelly Tree Farm - Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Precut Christmas trees, Living Christmas trees (to plant later), tree shaking provided, saws provided, farm animals
    1045 Stone Mill Rd, Tipton, IA 52772. Phone: 563-452-4300. Email: Open: from the day after Thanksgiving (November 29th), 30th and December 1st from 9am to 5 pm
    ), then every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5 pm
    until December 15th or sold out; If the weather would turn bad and we cannot be open we will notify you here. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, only. We have over 1000 White Pine, Scotch Pine and Canaan Fir up to 8 feet tall, ready for your choosing. Here at KTF you can choose and cut your own fresh Christmas trees and we furnish the saw to do it. We also have a large selection of fresh cut trees if you prefer not to cut your own tree. We also sell potted evergreen trees to plant this fall. Evergreen wreaths from $12.00 to $35.00. The Scotch and White Pine trees are priced at $40 each, any size, and that includes sales tax. The Canaan Fir trees are priced at $40.00, any size, and that includes sales tax.
    Comments from a visitor on November 21, 2013: "They have several types of Christmas trees, which you can cut your own or buy one pre-cut. They also have potted Christmas trees, so you can plant it later. This will be my first year going there"

Jones County

Linn County

Muscatine County

  • D & J Tree Farm - Christmas trees- you choose and we cut, Precut Christmas trees, trees tied, tree shaking provided, trees baled,
    1333 200th Street, Nichols, IA 52766. Phone: 319-723-4415. Email: Open: Friday, Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving Day and weekends til Christmas; Open Hours: 10 am to 4 pm. Directions: From Iowa City: Take highway 218 south to exit 80 toward Nichols. Turn right at Catfish place on to hwy70. Cross bridge on to Davis Avenue Go 1.5 miles to 200th Street. Turn left. Place on left. From Quad Cities:I280 to highway 61 south to Muscatine bypass then right to highway 22 toward Nichols then turn left at catfish place onto highway 70. Go across bridge to Davis Avenue Go 1.5 miles to 200th Street turn left. First place on left. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. We also have pre-cut Douglas Fir inside for your convenience.
    Christmas tree varieties:
    You Choose and We cut varieties: Balsam Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, Eastern White Pine, Scotch Pine.

Scott County