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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!

My Christmas Tree guide has photos and descriptions of more than 2 dozen varieties of Christmas trees, along with a simple comparison chart!

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!

If it has just snowed; see this page about how to make snocones from real snow! Your kids will love it!

Pandemic Tips:

  • Keep in mind that state government COVID dictates may force many farms to cancel Santa visits, hayrides, etc. this year. 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 or have COVID-19 requirements - 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 Phoenix and Surrounding Counties in Arizona 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! There are affiliate links on this page. Read our disclosure policy to learn more.

Updates for August 2021

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.

Christmas tree farms, lots and activities, sorted by county

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.

  • Apache-Sitgreaves - Permits may be purchased at all five ranger districts October 10 - December 24.
  • Coconino-Permit sales start Friday in mid-November through December 24 for designated cutting areas in designated areas of the Flagstaff and Mogollon Rim ranger districts.
    928-527-3600
  • Coronado- Christmas tree permits for Douglas Ranger District on the Coronado National Forest go on sale in mid-November. No other districts offer Christmas Tree Permits.
    Douglas Ranger District: 520-388-8436
  • Kaibab-The Kaibab National Forest is selling over-the-counter and through-the-mail Christmas tree tags on a first-come, first-served basis beginning mid-November through December 24.
    North Kaibab Ranger District: 928-643-7395
    Tusayan Ranger District: 928-638-2443
    Williams Ranger District: 928-635-5600
  • Prescott- Permits will be available beginning Saturday in mid-November on the Bradshaw and Chino Valley Ranger Districts, and on the following Monday at the Verde Ranger District.
    928-443-8000
  • Tonto- Permits go on sale in mid-November. Each Christmas tree permit is $15 (2018 price) and can be purchased at one of four locations on the Tonto or online.

Here is the main page on the Forestry website

  • Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest (any species of tree)
  • The Kaibab National Forest (pinon or juniper)
  • Prescott National Forest (any species of tree)
  • Tonto National Forest (pinon or juniper)

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:

  • Trees may be cut between mid-November and December 24th. BUT GO EARLY -DO NOT WAIT TO GET YOUR PERMIT!
    (The Tonto National Forest sells out of Christmas Tree Permits by the end of November every year. Once all 2,000 permits available have been sold, the Payson Ranger District Office will not be open)
  • The permit allows you to cut one tree under 10 feet tall, per residence, per year.
  • You may harvest a tree for someone else if you have their permit with you
  • No tree harvested under this program may be sold.

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 .

Coconino National Forest

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 stations.

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,

Mogollon Rim ranger station

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.

Coronado National Forest

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

The Kaibab National Forest will begin selling Christmas tree tags in mid-November, at three locations:

  • 800 tags will be available at the North Kaibab Ranger District
  • 500 tags will be available at the Tusayan Ranger District
  • 500 tags will be available at the Williams Ranger District.

Visit Kaibab National Forest Christmas Tree Permit page for additional details.

The Prescott National Forest

The Prescott National Forest will begin selling Christmas tree permits on Saturday, in mid-Novemberat two locations:

  • 300 permits available at the Bradshaw Ranger District
  • 100 permits available at the Chino Valley Ranger Station
  • 100 permits available at the Verde Ranger District (starting on a Monday in late November )

Visit the Prescott National Forest Christmas Tree Permit page for additional details.

Tonto National Forest

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:

  • 500 permits at the Tonto Supervisor's Office
  • 500 permits at the Mesa Ranger District
  • 500 permits at the Cave Creek Ranger District
  • 475 at the Payson Ranger District, and
  • 25 at the Pleasant Valley Ranger District.

Visit the Tonto National Forest Christmas Tree page for additional details.

Useful Tips for all locations:

  1. Call the ranger office the first week in November and get your permit as soon as it is allowed.Bring an old tarp or blanket to wrap your tree in.
  2. Cut your tree early in the season before the higher elevations are snow bound.
  3. Keep your tree fresh by cutting 2 inches off from the bottom of your tree when you get home and stand it in water.
  4. Keep the tree outside in a cool, shaded spot until you are ready to bring it into the house.
  5. Then when you drag your tree out of the forest, the tarp protects the tree and helps you avoid breaking branches. The tarp can also help avoid wind damage on the way home.