Choose and cut your family Christmas tree from a Santa Cruz Christmas Tree Farm can become a cherished family memory and a wonderful family tradition!
The Santa Cruz Mountains are home to many wonderful choose and cut Christmas tree farms. If the weather outside is “too frightful” or you aren’t that adventurous, you can purchase a pre-cut tree from a number of reputable Christmas tree lots in Santa Cruz.
A word of caution – many of the Santa Cruz Mountain Christmas tree farms have been impacted by the August 2020 wildfires. This could greatly impact the quality, quantity and selection of trees that they are able to offer. Be sure to call the Christmas tree farms before you go and ask about their tree health, quality, and selection.
Some Santa Cruz Christmas tree farms offer extras such as bouncy houses, hot cider, hay rides and more. Visit the Christmas tree farm links below to see which one will best meet your specific needs.
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Black Road Christmas Tree Farms
During the holiday season, they will be busy assisting visitors at their farms, so they may be unable to answer phone calls or respond quickly to questions submitted via the Contact Us page. For updates on hours, tree availability, and other timely information, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/blackroadchristmastreefarms/.
Open: Day after Thanksgiving – December 24th.
Hours: Daily 8am until Dark
Varieties: Douglas Fir, Grand Fir, White Fir, Scotch Pine, Sierra Redwood, and Scotch Pine.
Additional Features: Picnic area, and Christmas supplies.
Major rating websites rate Black Road Christmas Tree Farms 4 to 4.4 stars out of 5.
Directions: See Web Site for directions.
Address: 20259 Black Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95033
Phone: (408) 354-8472
Crest Ranch Christmas Tree Farm — Choose and Cut
Crest Ranch will be open for a limited time this year and they appreciate your continued support. While their field sustained a lot of damage from the August 2020 wildfires, they do have several sections of beautiful trees that were saved and are ready for you to choose & cut
Open: Weekend before Thanksgiving – Seven days a week.
Hours: Daily 8:00 am to 5:00 p.m.
Varieties: Douglas Fir, White Fir, Scotch Pine, Austrian pine, Arizona Cypress, and more.
Additional Features: Picnic area, snack bar on the weekends.
Major rating websites rate Crest Ranch Christmas Tree Farm 4 to 4.9 stars out of 5.
Address: 12200 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (831) 423-8733
Four Winds Christmas Trees — Choose and Cut
Located just a short drive from Los Gatos and the Silicon Valley, you can go to one of the best choose-and-cut tree farms in the Santa Cruz Mountains. They have many types and sizes of trees – up to 16 feet or larger! During your visit, you can enjoy your breakfast or lunch in their picnic area. They provide the saw and twine.
Varieties: Mostly Douglas Fir but they also have some Grand Fir, Spruce, and White Fir.
Open: They hope to open between Thanksgiving until Christmas
Hours: Weekdays: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Weekends: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Major rating websites rate Four Winds Christmas Trees 4.4 to 4.5 stars out of 5.
Directions: Take Hwy 17 south to the Black Road/Bear Creek Road exit at Lexington Reservoir. Left on Black road 1.9 mi to Gist. Left on Gist 1.7 mi to Skyline, left on Skyline ¼ mile to Four Winds ranch on the right.
Address: 19679 Skyline Blvd., Los Gatos, CA
Phone: (408) 399-9020
Frosty’s Tree Farm
Just a short and picturesque 15 minute drive from Los Gatos to a serene world of forests and wildlife. Frosty’s Christmas Tree Farm strives to keep a low key, natural environment for your family to enjoy.
Price: Any size, any variety $70.
Varieties: Douglas Fir, Monterey Pine, Noble Fir, Scotch Pine, and Sierra Pine.
Open weekends starting Saturday, November 14 from 8 am to 5 pm
Open everyday starting Thanksgiving Day from 8am to 5pm
Major rating websites rate Frosty’s Tree Farm 4.5 to 5 stars out of 5.
Address: 19965 CA-35, Los Gatos, CA 95033
Phone: (408) 395-3789
Hester Creek Farms
Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, choose and cut your perfect Christmas Trees. They have Douglas Fir, Incense Cedar, and White Fir. They also have a large selection of Ornaments and Decorations from around the world. Fresh Wreaths, Mistletoe, and Cones.
Open: They hope to open Thanksgiving Day at 9AM, accepting cash or checks only.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 12PM to 4:30PM, Friday-Sunday 9AM – 4:30PM. Netting and Tree Fresh available for sale. We welcome your well behaved dogs, on leashes.
Major rating websites rate Hester Creek Farms 3.5 to 4.7 stars out of 5.
Address: 25507 Soquel San Jose Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95033
Phone: (408) 353-1511
Lone Star Tree Farm — Choose & Cut
They sell pre cut Christmas trees based on size, and their choose and cut Christmas trees are sold based on one price no matter how tall or small. They also have fresh wreaths made weekly.
Open: Day after Thanksgiving
Hours: Weekdays: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, Weekends: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Varieties: Douglas fir and White fir
Major rating websites rate Lone Star Tree Farm 4.5 to 4.9 stars out of 5.
Directions: Highway 17 to Bear Creek Rd exit. Take Frontage Rd. north to Black Rd.- – 2 miles to Gist Road – – 7/10 of a mile to farm.
Address: 20514 Gist Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95033
Phone: (408) 395-0337
They offer thousands of trees of different varieties including Douglas, White, Grand, and Red firs. The Douglas firs and Grand firs are sheered to shape and all trees are pesticide free.
Open: Friday after Thanksgiving, through Sunday before Christmas
Hours: Mon – Thurs: 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ♦ Fri – Sun: 8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Directions: See website for directions.
Varieties: Douglas fir, White fir, and Grand fir
Additional Features: Large picnic areas with benches, Duck pond, Bonfire, Free candy canes (weekends only)
Major rating websites rate Mckenzie Ranch 4.4 to 4.7 stars out of 5.
Address: 19970 CA-35, Los Gatos, CA 95033
Phone: (408) 867-5693
Mountain Charlies Ranch
Choose from thousands of natural and sculpted Fir and Pine trees. They provide the saws and twine. Handmade wreaths and freshly picked mistletoe are also available for sale.
Open: Thanksgiving Day until sold out for the season
Hours: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 8am – 5pm | Closed: Monday – Thursday
Varieties: Firs and Pines
Major rating websites rate Mountain Charlies Ranch 4.6 to 5 stars out of 5.
Patchen Old Town Christmas Tree Farm — Choose and Cut
22217 Old Santa Cruz Hwy., Los Gatos, CA (408) 353-1615
Open: Check their website
Hours: Check their website
Directions: From Highway 17, exit on Summit Road, cross over the overpass, then turn left on Summit Road for 50 feet, then left again on Mt. Charlie Road for 3/4 miles.
Varieties: Douglas Fir, Sierra Redwood, and Monterey Pine.
Major rating websites rate Patchen California 3.5 to 4.7 stars out of 5.
Located in: Patchen Old Town Christmas Tree Farm
Address: 22217 Old Santa Cruz Highway, Los Gatos, CA 95033
Phone: (408) 353-1615
Peacock Tree Farm
They grow White Fir, Douglas Fir, Grand Fir, Sequoia Redwood, Incense Cedar, Scotch Pine, as well as some Nobles Fir and Blue Spruce. Sizes: 4′ to 20′ pre-cut Noble Fir while they last.
They accept cash, check or Credit Cards ($3 fee)
17950 Mountain Charlie Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95033 (408) 353-6465
Opens on: Friday 11/27/15
Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8:00am – 4:30pm
Monday – Thursday 12:00pm – 4:30pm
Directions: They are less than one minute from the intersection of Hwy 17 and Summit Road. Take the Summit Rd. Exit off of Hwy 17 and follow the signs to Peacock Tree Farm.
Major rating websites rate Peacock Tree Farm 4.5 to 5 stars out of 5.
Address: 17950 Mountain Charlie Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95033
Phone: (408) 353-6465
Summit Tree Farm — Choose and Cut
Choose and cut your own Christmas Tree. They supply the saw! They have 100 acres of Fresh and naturally grown Douglas Fir, White Fir, and Scotch Pine.
They also sell snacks, sodas, mistletoe, and wreaths. Free twine is available to tie the tree down. Picnics are encouraged.
Open: Day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve.
Weekends: 8:00am – 4:30pm
Weekdays: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Directions: See website
Varieties: Douglas Fir, White Fir, Scotch Pine
Major rating websites rate Summit Tree Farm 4.5 to 4.8 stars out of 5.
Address: 23868 Summit Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95033
Phone: (408) 354-3595
Ward Ranch is a small family run choose and cut farm in the Santa Cruz Mountains. They also have pre-cut trees. Cash only, all choose and cut trees are $80. Pre-cut trees are priced as marked.
They will not offer their usual complimentary popcorn, hot beverage, craft table, or hay pyramid.
Dogs are allowed, but must be on leash at all times.
Handsaws will be sanitized after each use.
Open: They open the day after Thanksgiving and are open every Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday through December 23rd, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Major rating websites rate Ward Ranch 4.2 to 5 stars out of 5. (Only 21 reviews recorded.)
Address: 4820 Bonny Doon Rd., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (831) 423-6975
They are a locally-owned nursery and lifestyle shop specializing in houseplants, cactus & succulents, tropical plants, home goods, and gifts with two locations on the coast of California.
Major rating websites rate Dig Gardens 4 to 4.8 stars out of 5.
Address: 420 Water St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (831) 466-3444
Address: 7765 Soquel Dr., # A, Aptos, CA 95003
Phone: (831) 688-7011
Post Street Farm
Farm store is OPEN. Staring in late November through late of December, you can choose from 12 types of pre cut Christmas trees and snow flocking in many colors. They also sell wreaths, garlands, beeswax candles, honey, apples, walnuts, garlic, and more!
Major rating websites rate Post Street Farm 4.8 to 5 stars out of 5.
Address: 122 Post St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (831) 251-2946
One of their annual fundraisers is a Christmas tree lot.
Address: 14969 Los Gatos Almaden Rd., Los Gatos
Phone: (408) 626-9200
Address: 16035 Los Gatos Almaden Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032
Phone: (408) 356-3211
Santa Cruz: The Great Christmas Tree
Their trees are hand selected from small farms in Oregon that grow only Premium #1 Grade trees. Each tree is guaranteed to last the Christmas season.
Varieties: primarily Noble and Nordman trees.
Major rating websites rate The Great Christmas Tree 4.2 stars out of 5. (Only six reviewers are recorded.)
Open: They are open everyday between Thanksgiving and Christmas 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Address: 2124 Soquel Dr., Santa Cruz, CA 95065
Phone: (831) 479-4152
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