There’s nothing like a real Christmas tree. Luckily for us in the South Sound, many Christmas tree farms are only a short drive away—this is the Evergreen State after all!
So whether the lights on your artificial tree have burned out, or you’ve been a traditionalist through and through, here are a few local tree farms offering a wide variety of sizes, styles, and shapes for just about every household.
Green Branch Ranch Christmas Tree Farm
Stan Catchpole and family have been running the Green Branch Ranch since 2008. Green Branch Ranch prides itself on a low-key sales environment, a wide selection, and reasonable prices. They provide saws and mats. Varieties of Christmas trees include Grand Fir, Noble Fir, Fraser Fir, and Nordman Fir.
Aside from trees, Green Branch Ranch also offers coffee, cocoa, hot cider, tree skirts, bags, and custom-created Christmas cards. Most recently, they offer family Christmas portraits by Prissy Piggies Photography (by appointment only). The tree farm opens on November 25. Its hours are Friday through Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and Monday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
7111 Waller Road E.
Tacoma WA 98443
Denise Roosendaal and family offer more than 20 acres of Christmas trees to choose from, including Douglas Fir, Grand Fir, Balsam Fir, Turkish Fir, Danish Fir, Nordmann Fir, Noble Fir (both full and open varieties), Shasta Fir, Corkbark Fir, and Fraser Fir. All trees are shaken and baled free of charge. They provide saws and knee pads. Ohop Ridge also has a retail shop full of Christmas gifts and wreaths, as well as complimentary coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Roosendaal says that deer and elk regularly visit the farm, so keep your eyes open to catch some wildlife. They also have an area they named “Tractorland,” where children eight and under can pedal their own tractor. Ohop Ridge opens on November 25, 2016, and is open only on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to dusk.
40707 Ski Park Road E.
Eatonville, WA 98328
A member of the Puget Sound Christmas Tree Association and the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association, the Double 4 Tree Farm has been in business since 1981. The Double 4 boasts more than 20,000 trees to choose from on their 22 acre farm. Amenities include a gift shop, free coffee and cider, and hot dogs, chili, and hot chocolate available for purchase. Varieties of trees include Douglas Fir, Grand Fir, Nordmann Fir, and Noble Fir. If you don’t have the time to cut the tree yourself, the farm also has pre-cut trees available. While the farm isn’t open for cutting until November 25, preselection hours are the first three weekends in November from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Claim your tree and then return to cut it down after Thanksgiving. The farm stays open until December 17, on weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
4217 72nd Street E
Tacoma, WA 98443
For more than 20 years, Mel and Sybil Cox have supplemented their retirement with growing and selling Christmas trees. Tree varieties include the Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Grand Fir, Turkish Fir, Noble Fir, and Norway Spruce. There are visits from Santa Claus between 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the weekends with an on-site photographer. Visitors can expect free candy canes, coffee, and hot cider. Tree stands, cones, and homemade wreaths are available for purchase. Keeping with the season of giving, the Cox Christmas Tree Farm will also donate $5 to non-profit organizations like the Alzheimer’s Association, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and World Vision with the purchase of a Christmas tree. The farm is open from November 25 to December 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends, and noon to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.
40605 Meridian E
Eatonville, WA 98328
Jeff Coates and family started Coates Tree Farm in 2004. They offer a wealth of tree varieties, including Noble Fir, Douglas Fir, Grand Fir, Fraser Fir, Turkish Fir, Korean Fir, White Pine, and Blue Spruce. And visitors get complimentary cocoa, cider, and hay rides for the whole family. There is a gift shop, a covered picnic area with a hot dog stand, as well as a play area for the kids. Santa Claus also shows up on the weekends. They provide saws, carts, and knee pads and every tree comes with complementary tree shaking and baling. The farm opens on November 25, and is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekends, and noon to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.
17225 SE Green Valley Road
Auburn, WA 98092