Christmas Tree Farm Magic at Rancho Siempre Verde in Pescadero - 510 Families

Christmas Tree Farm Magic at Rancho Siempre Verde in Pescadero

Almost two hours from Berkeley, my family discovered a new favorite Christmas tradition: playing at the Rancho Siempre Verde Christmas Tree Farm! We drove past MANY other places to find a Christmas tree on our way to Pescadero, where this special destination is located. Luckily my children (ages 8, 12, 14) don’t pay attention to such things if they’re holding onto their tablets.

When we arrived at the tree farm to the fresh air smell and muddy ground, the long drive was instantly forgotten. Our day trip was so much fun that my husband suggested we make it a weekend trip next time.

Note to self for the future: Book a hotel in Moss Beach and combine with a jaunt to Ano Nuevo State Park to see the elephant seals which arrive at the same time as the Christmas trees each year.

Rancho Siempre Verde kid on tree swing

Choosing a Christmas tree at Rancho Siempre Verde

Choose a cut tree or cut your own. Hike around or hop on a tractor. Wander through the growing baby trees getting ready for future seasons or wrestle your brothers in the mud.

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November 20, 2020 is the opening day for the tree farm with plans to be open every following Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until Christmas, rain or shine, or until the trees are gone.

What to do at Rancho Siempre Verde besides choosing a Christmas tree

Shhh, don’t tell the nice tree farmers at Rancho Siempre Verde that we have a fake tree at home. We wanted to indulge in farm family fun so we came anyway and explored. The first thing you’ll notice when you step out of the car and run up the muddy driveway is the amazing tree swings.

There are glorious tree swings for one kid, two kids, big adults, spinning kids, flying high, and just about every other scenario you need want to see. Yes, we all had to take turns, but there were plenty for everyone.

Rancho Siempre Verde kids on tree swing
We maxed out at two parents or three kids on this swing | Photo: Heather Flett

Christmas magic at Rancho Siempre Verde

Ten wreath-making tables are set up so that many people can create at the same time. Purchase a wreath frame for $15 or $20 and you’re good to go. The super friendly staff will teach you how to do it. Use their hand tools, table clamps, and many tree scraps to build your masterpiece. Some experienced folks brought extra doodads and ribbons to insert into their wreaths from home.

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Rancho Siempre Verde kid making wreath
My older son and I made one wreath together, but everyone in our family got to take a turn with the way cool clamping machine | Photo: Heather Flett
Rancho Siempre Verde kid pretending to making wreath
Rancho Siempre Verde kid pretending to making wreath, Sawyer grabbed the sharp snippers and cut things up for $0 | Photo: Heather Flett

More fun activities: Tractor rides are available to those hunting for trees deeper in the farms or to families wishing for a ride. You’ll also find a bonfire for roasting marshmallows and a giant xylophone at the top of the hill.

Plan your visit to Rancho Siempre Verde in Pescadero

Hours and dates

In 2020, Rancho Siempre is open Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays Nov. 20 through Dec. 20 from 9 am to 5 pm rain or shine* but closed for any big storms.

November 20, 21, 22
November 27, 28, 29
December 4, 5, 6
December 11, 12,13
December 18, 19, 20

Note for Covid sensitive groups – Fridays the 20th, 4th, 11th & 18th (excluding Friday, Nov. 27th) will be more limited numbers of visitors to the farm and better suited to meet the needs of Covid sensitive people and pod groups.

Parent tips

  • Muddy. Bring towels, wear rain boots, bring extra clothes, don’t wear anything too precious. Do all the stuff!
  • Allow plenty of time. Let the magic unfold.

Prices

Trees are about $95 no matter what size you choose. Wreaths are $20-$30. Other activities are free.

If you come to play and not buy anything, they will ask for $20 parking fees, so go on, buy a wreath and make some ornaments — it’s fun!

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[Photos were taken by Heather Flett, pre-covid, please wear a mask this year!]

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