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 Washington State Christmas Tree Permits for National Forests'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 if you know of one I missed and want to add it or correct the information, please let me know!
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.
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On the busiest Christmas tree hunting and bough gathering weeks of the year, Washington's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking for the public's help to protect school trust land trees. Trees and boughs are not available from trust lands, but private you-cut and national forest permits are available. "Cutting a Christmas tree is a great family tradition," said Doug Sutherland, Commissioner of Public Lands. "But people need to remember that cutting trees or boughs from a state forests isn't allowed."
For a $5 fee, you can cut a tree in a national forest. Permits are available for different forests at different locations and with different conditions and restrictions, so be sure to scroll down the page to find the forest closest to you:
Forest Service Christmas Tree permits go on sale in mid-November.
Permits are $5.00 each and are good for one U-cut tree on the Olympic
National Forest. Permits may be purchased at any
Olympic National Forest office. Credit cards are now accepted as well
as cash and checks.
Permits can also be purchased through the mail with this Christmas Tree- Mail Order Form (PDF). Please mail check for $5 for each tree permit, payable to Forest Service, to the district office for the area where you plan to cut your tree. See office locations/hours.
There are many other National Forests that also participate in the Permit Cutting program.
The main information phone number for Christmas tree cutting permits is (425) 783-6000 for Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and the Seattle - Tacoma area.
The main information phone number for Christmas tree cutting permits is (360) 891-5000 for the Gifford Pinchot and the southern part of the state. Visitors can purchase Christmas tree permits at the following Gifford Pinchot National Forest offices and vendor locations near you. All Forest Service offices will be closed Thanksgiving Day.
Christmas tree cutting permits are now available to purchase at the Naches Ranger Station. Tree permits sell for $5.00 each and allow you to cut up to a maximum tree size of 15 feet or dig a tree to remove as a transplant. Each permit is for one Christmas tree and only two permits can be issued per household. Permits are not refundable. Instructions are given when purchasing a permit along with tree care and transportation tips.
For your convenience, the following businesses are also selling tree permits:
Slim's Market, Many's Chinook Center, Gold Creek Station, Whistlin' Jack Lodge, and Rimrock Grocery Store in the Naches area; Helms True Value Hardware and Save-On Foods in Selah, and at Right Hardware and Hyperspud Sports in Yakima. District Ranger Randy Shepard. Naches Ranger District 10237 U.S. Highway 12 Naches, WA 98937 The office phone number is (509) 653-1400.
Permits are available at all Forest Service offices and various
businesses in Okanogan, Chelan, Kittitas, and Yakima Counties. Permits are
Christmas tree permits are on sale for $5 each at all ranger stations and the forest headquarters in Wenatchee. The $5 permit allows a family to cut a tree or dig a live transplant tree. Permits may be purchased in person or by mail. For those who can't make it into any of our offices during daily business hours many local businesses are also selling Christmas tree permits. See the bottom of this page for local vendors selling Christmas tree permits.
The main information phone number for Christmas tree cutting permits is (541) 278-3716 for the Umatilla National Forest and the eastern southern part of the state area around the tri-cities.
Please be careful when you cut a tree or some boughs. Cutting boughs can destroy decades-old trees that are well on their way to becoming forests. When the top branches are cut off a young tree, it is more vulnerable to disease that ultimately can destroy it.
As always, DNR officials are asking private citizens to help thwart theft by calling the county sheriff or a toll-free DNR hotline, 1-800-527-3305, if they suspect trees or boughs are being cut from trust lands. Penalties for damaging or stealing trust land evergreens can include fines and jail time. The more serious cases are turned over to a county prosecutor who cooperates with DNR
In addition to the information above, check out additional rules for these areas:
Naches Ranger District