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
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 Phoenix and Surrounding Counties in Arizona'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! Help me keep this page complete and up to date, by reporting any corrections needed or suggesting farms to add!
And beware the copycat websites - from Mommy-bloggers to out-and-out plagiarists, they simply copy my work and rarely update; they are just out to make a quick buck. Since 2004, I've made updates and corrections every day!
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August 2021: In a normal year, most Christmas tree farms are open up to Christmas Eve; but this year many farms are selling out of trees and closing early for the season, and some decided not to open at all, due to all the COVID19 restrictions. Some are only open on weekends, or only have hayrides, Santa visits and events on weekends. Demand will be high since people have been locked down and not allowed to do much - but you CAN go to farms. And a farm may be the only place you can take your kids to see Santa. Of course, check with the farm BEFORE YOU GO!
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 - (www.EasterEggHuntsAndEasterEvents.org) . It's the ONLY website that is updated every Easter for all Easter Egg hunts in the U.S.
To my knowledge, since 2018, there now NO commercial cut-your-own Christmas tree farms in Arizona. But, don't despair, there are several National Forests that allow you to cut your own tree, IF you plan ahead and get one of the limited number of permits in advance. Here's what you need to know! In all cases, you need to call the ranger stations to get up to date information. The permits sell out fast andf weather or other conditions may result in a cancellation.
For information call the Supervisor's Office at (928) 527-3600.
Christmas tree permits are available over the counter at many Forest Service offices. Supplies are limited. Since not all offices offer Christmas tree permits, and some offices may be sold out, call ahead for more details and to be sure the local office responsible for the area in which you are interested offers permits, and still has them available. Please contact the forest where you intend to cut for availability and details.
UPDATE for 2020: keep in mind that some of the forests may not allow cut your own Christmas trees after forest fires have wiped out large tracts of the forest.
Here are certain restrictions:
You must have a permit to cut a Christmas tree. A limited number of permits are granted each year . In 2018, the permits went on sale for $10 to $15 each on October 10 at 12 Big Five Sporting Goods in Arizona. They allow residents to legally cut down their own tree. (Note: Forest officials announced in September 2008 they were dropping the decades-old lottery that decided who got to harvest trees for a statewide sale of permits on a first-come, first-serve basis at the stores.)
Other conditions and restrictions:
For more information you may call the Christmas tree hotline at 602-225-5258 or see these pages:
For details please visit the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest Passes & Permit page .
The Coconino National Forest Christmas tree issues about 1,000 permits each year, beginning in mid-November. The permits cost $15 and are limited to one per household.
Where to get permits:
The Flagstaff Ranger Station sells about 200 permits for Pinyon and Juniper trees. You must choose and cut within thedesignated Christmas tree cutting areas.
Flagstaff Ranger Station, 5075 N. Highway 89, Flagstaff, AZ.
Call the Flagstaff Ranger District at (928) 526-0866,
There are about 900 permits for Fir, Pinyon, Pine and Pondersa Pine in Mogollon Rim in the designated areas.
Mogollon Rim Ranger Station, 8738 Ranger Road, Happy Jack, AZ.
Call the Mogollon Rim Ranger District at (928) 477-2255.
Visit the Coconino National Forest Christmas Tree Permits page for additional details.
The Coronado National Forest will begin selling Christmas tree permits on Tuesday, in mid-November, at the Douglas Ranger District.
Please contact the Douglas Ranger District at (520) 364-3468 for additional information.
The Kaibab National Forest will begin selling Christmas tree tags in mid-November, at three locations:
Visit Kaibab National Forest Christmas Tree Permit page for additional details.
The Prescott National Forest will begin selling Christmas tree permits on Saturday, in mid-Novemberat two locations:
Visit the Prescott National Forest Christmas Tree Permit page for additional details.
Tonto National ForestChristmas tree permits also cost $15. Each Christmas tree permit allows permit holders to cut a tree up to 10 feet tall. Cutting dates are typically from mid-November through December 24
Starting in mid-November, permits permits aresold at the Phoenix, Mesa, Payson and Cave Creek Tonto National Forest offices.
Unlike the Cochino forest, you may puchase up to 4 permits (for four households), and each permit is only good for one tree.
Phoenix office, 2324 E. McDowell Rd. Phoenix, AZ.
Mesa office, 5140 E. Ingram St. Mesa, AZ.
Payson office, 1009 E. Highway 260 Payson, AZ.
Cave Creek office, 40202 N. Cave Creek Rd Scottsdale, AZ
The Tonto National Forest usually has permits in these quantities at the following locations:
Visit the Tonto National Forest Christmas Tree page for additional details.