Favorite East Bay Christmas Tree Lots & Farms - 510 Families

Favorite East Bay Christmas Tree Lots & Farms

Thank you to Wonderland Trees for sponsoring our guide to East Bay Christmas tree lots and farms.

Looking for fun family-friendly Christmas tree lots in the East Bay? Look no further, there are lots and lots (heh, see what I did there?). Here are a few noteworthy Christmas tree spots, lots, and farms.

Christmas tree lot
Find a beautiful fresh cut Christmas tree to fill your home with that unmistakable smell of the holidays.

Find Your Christmas Tree at Wonderland Trees’ Four East Bay Locations

Speer Family Farms Wonderland Trees opens for the season the week before Thanksgiving, 2020. With five Bay Area locations, your kid is bound to have loads of extra fun while you choose the perfect Christmas tree. Speer specializes in Nobles and Silver Tips but also carry rare varieties. The Alameda Point location has a four story tall mega ship slide (with tree purchase). Emeryville has a carousel bounce house. You will find all types and sizes of trees as well as flocking services. Delivery available.

Opens the week before Thanksgiving for the 2020 season. Locations are open from 10am to 9pm daily. Masks required.

Telegraph Ave., Uptown: 1911 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
Emeryville Wonderland Trees: Bay Street Shopping Center 5600 Shellmound St., Emeryville
Alameda Wonderland Trees: 2453 Hancock Street, Alameda
Tracy West Valley Mall: West Valley Mall at 3200 Naglee Rd., Tracy
Westfield Mall San Francisco: Fourth Floor Under Dome, 835 Market Street, San Francisco

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Christmas Tree Lots in Berkeley and North

Berkeley Christmas tree spots

East Bay Nursery offers your pick of evergreens: living and cut trees, garlands, wreaths, and that natural piney smell along with a festive Christmas Shoppe filled with all the trimmings. Limited hours for 2020, Tuesday-Saturday 9:30am-5pm. Trees are expected to be available starting Thanksgiving week.

Not a Christmas tree lot per se, Berkeley Bowl often sells trees. Pick up a tree with your groceries and be done.

Outdoor Supply Hardware has live and artificial trees as well as holiday decor. Located at 1025 Ashby Ave, Berkeley, California, 94710.

Albany & El Cerrito Christmas tree favorites

Rafael’s Albany Christmas Trees is a convenient little lot on Solano Avenue in Albany. Open the day after Thanksgiving from 11am to 8pm. Pop on over to Five Little Monkeys just down the street and get Christmas done.

Flowerland Nursery & Store in Albany has a more relaxing vibe. They sell Christmas trees, wreaths, cuttings and ornaments while Highwire Coffee serves up at the vintage airstream trailer on the grounds. For 2020 appointments are required for the Christmas tree shopping area. Appointments can be made for shopping 9am-6:30pm Tuesday-Sunday on their website.

Delancey Street Trees El Cerrito supports the community in a positive way. Find mistletoe, indoor tree lights, decorated wreaths, living potted pines, tree removal bags and water bowls. No frills. 10496 San Pablo Blvd.

Home Depot El Cerrito carries a variety of Christmas trees, as well as loads of lights, decorations and that tree stand you’ve been meaning to replace.

Richmond Christmas tree spots

Richmond ABC Tree Farms is part of a large chain of Christmas tree lots with four locations in the East Bay (Fremont, Hercules, Concord, Antioch). Delivery and flocking available. Opening November 25, 2020 until December 24 or until sold out.

Martinez Christmas tree farm

Alhambra Tree Farm in Martinez is off the beaten path, but not too far away, and is a small family-owned operation that sounds very sweet. Opens November 22 with both pre-cut and u-cut trees. Open weekends 9am-7pm, Monday-Friday Noon-7pm. Closed Thanksgiving.

Christmas Tree Lots in Oakland and South

Oakland Christmas Tree Spots

Bayfair Mall has a lot located in the parking lot across from Kohl’s. The Lot at Bayfair is open daily from 10 am-9 pm, Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve. They also have some cute holiday backdrops for the perfect holiday card picture.

Brent’s Christmas Trees: Conveniently located across from the Grand Lake Theater at 503 Lake Park Way. They open around November 17 through December 24. Open daily 9 am to 9 pm.

Delancey Street Tree in Temescal & Trestle Glen 5601 Telegraph Ave. & 3600 Park Blvd

Emeryville: Visit Bay Street to pick up a Wonderland Trees Christmas Tree and a day of fun along with your holiday shopping. See Wonderland Trees website.

Castro Valley Christmas Tree Farm is open Friday November 27, 2020. Open Friday through Sunday 8 am to 5 pm. They offer many kinds of trees that you can choose and cut yourself. Enjoy an old-fashioned walk in the woods in the East Bay hills. Credit cards allowed this year. {Sold Out for 2020 as of December 4th}

ABC Tree Farms at 4311 MacArthur Blvd. (at High Street), Oakland, CA 94619 will open on November 26  for the 2020 season.

Christmas Tree Lots in Alameda

Alameda Wonderland Trees

Visit Alameda Point and Wonderland Trees Christmas Tree for a super fun outing along with your Christmas tree. Includes bouncy slides and more. See Wonderland Trees website.

Brent’s Christmas Trees: Their Alameda location is at the Corner of Doolittle Drive & Harbor Bay Parkway, Alameda, CA 94501. They open around November 17 through December 24. Open 9 am – 9 pm daily.

Christmas Tree Lots Further East

Walnut Creek: Clayton Valley Farm is closed for 2020 due to Covid-19. Their online shop is open though, so why not send a gnome gift box or apple cider box for those far away cousins you won’t get to see this year?

ABC Tree Farms has two additional locations at 1550 Solano Way, Concord and 4650 Delta Fair Blvd, Antioch

Best Bay Area Christmas Tree Farms (Worth the Drive)

If you’re hoping to cut your own Christmas tree or get lost on a farm or field with easy social distancing, there are some special Bay Area Christmas Tree Farms that offer a big day out.

Reindeer Ridge Tree farm
Sally’s family loved their day trip to Reindeer Ridge and choosing a tree | Photo: Sally Mason

Sebastopol’s Frosty Mountain Tree Farm has 12 acres of trees to choose from and all the saws and carts you need to help you bring it home. Hayrides and other farm fun only available on weekends. Open the day after Thanksgiving until December 20th. Open weekdays 12 pm – 5 pm, weekends 9 am – 5 pm. Read about our hunt for the prefect tree here. 

Sebastopol’s Reindeer Ridge (directly next to Frosty Mountain) includes family activities and tools for cutting your own tree. Pre-cut trees also available if you can’t handle the saw. Open November 22 all day, then 9 am-5:30 pm weekends, 11 am to 5 pm weekdays from November 27 to Christmas every day but Wednesdays. [Read about Sally’s family’s trip to Reindeer Ridge for Christmas trees!]

Santa Cruz’ Patchen Tree farm promises a mountain adventure complete with free wifi, cider, Santa Claus and rugged good times. Two locations: Old Town and Rancho, which they’ve made easy to Find Fast Here. Old Town is open November 21 through December 24, while Rancho opens November 26. See hours, busy times and prices in this handy grid printable.

Pescadero’s Rancho Siempre Verde Christmas Tree Farm is a joyful day. Heather went with her family and loved it. Choose your Christmas tree, picnic overlooking the Pacific Ocean, make wreaths, enjoy the giant swing, roast marshmallows by the fire, ride a tractor, and enjoy the woods. All activities free with purchase of a tree; otherwise $25 per car. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting November 20, 2020. Note for Covid sensitive groups – Fridays November 20, December 4, 11, and 18 (excluding Friday, Nov. 27) will have a limited numbers of visitors to the farm and better suited to meet the needs of Covid sensitive people and pod groups.

Rancho Siempre Verde kid on tree swing
Rancho Siempre Verde has enough tree swings for everyone! | Photo: Heather Flett

An Outing to Tahoe to cut from a National Forest?

This year, we learned that brave and bold families can get permits to cut their own Christmas tree from the National Forest for only $10 (limit two trees). Would you do that with children? It could be amazing or terrible. Permits are available to the public from Nov. 6 to Dec. 31 in four areas:

  • American River Ranger District
  • Sierraville Ranger District
  • Truckee Ranger District
  • Yuba River Ranger District

What’s your MO when choosing a tree with your family? Fun and games? Price? Tradition? Something to do with an ax? Did we miss your favorite? Share in the comments. Find more to do in our East Bay Holiday Guide.

Thank you to Wonderland Trees for sponsoring our guide to East Bay Christmas tree lots and farms.

[Photos used with permission; deposit photos and Sally Mason]

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