Thank you to Rancho Siempre Verde for sponsoring our guide to East Bay Christmas tree lots and Bay Area Christmas tree 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.
**Be sure to check websites and social media posts for updates on your favorite lots and farms since hours/days/availability can change!**
Find Your Christmas Tree at Rancho Siempre Verde in Pescadero
After a road trip with a view of the Pacific, find a Christmas tree during a memorable, magical day on a relaxed, beautiful, rural farm, staffed by the friendliest of people. For over 55 years family and friends have made Rancho Siempre Verde a lively and beautiful place to enjoy Christmas. So come join the fun and bring your children, parents, friends, dogs, good cheer and make a beautiful wreath, swing to your hearts’ delight, find the perfect tree, take a tractor ride, drink deep of the fresh coastal air, and take the time to really enjoy this holiday tradition. No plastic Santas, no parking lot style Christmas trees.
Location: 2250 Cabrillo Hwy (Highway 1), Pescadero, CA (a couple of minutes from Costanoa and Año Nuevo State Park)
Christmas Tree & Wreath Season: November – Sat & Sun – 19 & 20; November – Fri, Sat & Sun – 25, 26 & 27; December – Fri, Sat & Sun – 2, 3 & 4; December – Fri, Sat & Sun – 9,10 & 11; December – Sat & Sun – 17 & 18. 9 am to 5 pm, rain or shine.
Rates: Self-cut trees of any kind are $120; pre-cut trees are $130 (for 6′-9′ Noble Fir and Silvertip Fir). Make your own wreath for $20 or purchase one for $35. All other activities are free including parking, tree swings, tractor rides, and roasting marshmallows. The staff will wrap and tie trees to your car. If you come to enjoy the slides, swings and generally frolic and do not purchase a tree or wreath they just ask that you pay $30 per car.
Wreaths made by the pros are $35 (medium) and $40 (large) when available. But making your own wreath is super fun, and you should give it a try. Metal wreath rings may be purchased for $20 (medium) and $25 (large).
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. Tuesday-Saturday 8:30 am-5 pm; Sunday-Monday 9 am – 5 pm. 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 11 am to 8 pm. 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 hot beverages at the vintage airstream trailer on the grounds. Shop 7 days a week 10 am-5 pm. Check their Instagram for holiday updates.
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.
Location: 10496 San Pablo Blvd., El Cerrito
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. Pro Tip: If you wait until Christmas Eve, you can get a tree for super cheap (sometimes free!).
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 19, 2022, 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 Sunday, November 20 for the 2022 season with both pre-cut and u-cut trees. Open weekends and Black Friday 9 am-7 pm, Monday-Friday 1 pm-7 pm.
Christmas Tree Lots in Oakland and South
Oakland Christmas Tree Spots
Brent’s Christmas Trees: Conveniently located across from the Grand Lake Theater at 503 Lake Park Way. They open around November 18 through December 24. Open daily 9 am to 9 pm. Check their Facebook page for updates.
Delancey Street Tree in Temescal & Trestle Glen 5601 Telegraph Ave. & 3600 Park Blvd
Castro Valley Christmas Tree Farm is open Friday, November 25, 2022. Open Friday through Sunday 8 am to 4:45 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 are allowed this year. They sold out by early December last year, so go early!
Christmas Tree Lots in Alameda
Wonderland Trees at Alameda Point offers a super fun outing along with your Christmas tree. Includes bouncy slides and more. Located at 2453 Hancock, Alameda.
Brent’s Christmas Trees: Their Alameda location is at the Corner of Doolittle Drive & Harbor Bay Parkway. They open around November 18 and go through December 24. Open 9 am – 9 pm daily. Check their Facebook page for updates
Pagano’s Hardware South Shore Center is offering fresh trees this year, along with all your lighting and tree trimming needs. If you happen to be in Sacramento, they’ll also be selling trees at that store as well.
Christmas Tree Lots Further East
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.
Pescadero’s Rancho Siempre Verde Christmas Tree Farm offers a joyful day. Heather went with her family and loved it. Choose your Christmas tree, have lunch overlooking the Pacific Ocean, make wreaths, enjoy the giant swing, roast marshmallows by the fire, ride a tractor, and enjoy the woods. All activities are free with the purchase of a tree or wreath; otherwise $30 per car. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting November 19, 2022.
Sebastopol’s Celesta Farms is a family run farm that allows you to choose and cut the perfect Douglas Firs, Scotch Pine, Monterey Cypress, Deodar Cedar, or White Fir to bring home. They also have larger pre-cut Noble Firs and Nordman Firs, handmade wreaths, garland and mistletoe. A great perk is that you also get complimentary home baked cookies, hot chocolate, and hot apple cider while you hunt for your perfect Christmas tree. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 5 pm beginning November 25 through December 18 – while supplies last.
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 are only available on weekends. Open the day after Thanksgiving through December while supplies last. Open weekdays 12 pm – 5 pm, weekends 9 am – 5 pm. Read about our hunt for the perfect tree here.
Sebastopol’s Garlock Christmas Tree Farm is back this year with 10 acres of family fun. You can cut down your own tree, take a tractor hayride and visit with the farm animals. Open Friday November 25 for the 2022 season, with hours Tuesdays – Fridays – 12pm – 5pm, Saturdays – Sundays – 9am – 5pm. Santa is back this year (on the weekends)! If you go on a weekday, you can mail your letter to the big guy at the farm.
Sebastopol’s Grandma Buddies Christmas Trees, Pioneer Woman’s best Christmas Tree Farm in California, opens the day after Thanksgiving through December 23, 2022. Open daily from 9 am – 5:30 pm. Cut your own tree and then check out their wreath barn with complimentary hot chocolate and candy canes, a miniature Christmas village, and tree bling.
Sebastopol’s Reindeer Ridge (directly next to Frosty Mountain) includes family activities and tools for cutting your own tree. Pre-cut trees are also available if you can’t handle the saw. Opening Thanksgiving, from 9 am-5:30 pm weekends, 11 am to 5:30 pm weekdays through to Christmas every day but Wednesdays. ProTip: They closed their cut-your-own-trees by early December last year, so go early! Read about our trip to Reindeer Ridge>
Santa Cruz’s 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 for the 2022 season from November 19 through December 24, while Rancho opens on November 24. See hours, busy times, and prices in this handy grid printable.
Santa Cruz’s Crest Ranch Christmas Tree Farm is the oldest existing choose and cut Christmas tree farm in the Western United States. They are located above Santa Cruz at the top of 2,600-foot Ben Lomond mountain overlooking the village of Boulder Creek. They survived the CZU complex fire and now have 9 acres of Christmas trees to choose from with many tree varieties. Opening Thanksgiving day for 2022, from 8 am – 4 pm.
Petaluma’s Larsen’s Christmas Tree Farm has been offering cut your own Christmas trees since 1965, and they’re open again this year starting November 25, 9 am – 5 pm, Friday – Sunday. Peruse a variety of trees, pick up a wreath, some garlands, free boughs, and enjoy free coffee and candy canes.
Petaluma’s Little Hills Christmas Tree Farm is back this year with cut your own and pre-cut trees (but Santa is staying home again this year). Opens the day after Thanksgiving, located at 961 Chapman Lane, Petaluma, open Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm, Sat-Sun 9 am to 5 pm. Print out this coupon before you go.
Petaluma’s Mickelson’s Christmas Trees south of Petaluma offers pre-cut Douglas, Noble, Silver Tip, and Nordmann firs. They also have tons of kid-friendly attractions like a winter wonderland tractor ride, a bounce house zone, a giant slide, farm animals, food and drink for sale, and more. Open daily starting November 19. Sunday–Thursday, 10 am–8pm, Friday & Saturday, 10 am–9 pm.
Petaluma’s Pronzini’s Christmas Trees, operate tree lots in Marin and Sonoma counties, also offer cut your own trees on their farm just east of Petaluma. They have Douglas firs, noble fir, grand fir, Nordmann fir, and Monterey pine. Wreaths and garlands are also available, and they’ll even take you on a hay ride.
An Outing to Tahoe to cut from a National Forest?
Did you know 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. 7 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 out where to see Bay Area Christmas Tree Lightings.
Thank you to Rancho Siempre Verde for sponsoring our guide to East Bay Christmas tree lots and farms.
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