Among the lush redwoods of Santa Cruz is terrific cut-your-own Christmas tree farms. These farms are perfect for bringing the entire family for lasting Christmas memories. Heading into Santa Cruz and the surrounding area is excellent for finding your perfect tree to light up the house and celebrate a Christmas tradition.
These pick-your-own Christmas trees in Santa Cruz and Los Gatos are the best farms to check out. While Los Gatos isn’t on the PCH, it’s a short drive from Santa Cruz, worth the drive to find the best tree.
Christmas Tree Farms in Santa Cruz
- Address: 12200 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz CA
Crest Ranch offers cut-your-own trees with saws provided to make your tree cutting easier. Besides finding a fun tree, your family can enjoy picnic tables, concessions, tree bagging, and a mistletoe from Crest Farms as well. They’re open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 8 am to 5 pm and Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm. Opening day is the weekend before Thanksgiving.
- Address: 4820 Bonny Doon Rd, Santa Cruz CA
The Friday after Thanksgiving is the opening day for Ward Ranch. Here you can cut down your own tree and enjoy lunch at one of their picnic tables. Tree options include Douglas fir, incense cedar, sierra redwood, white fir, scotch pine, and grand fir. They’re open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.
Christmas Tree Farms in Los Gatos CA
Four Winds Christmas Trees
- Address: 19679 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos CA
Grab all your holiday needs from the Four Winds Christmas Trees, including cutting down your own tree. They offer wreaths, mistletoe, snacks, and refreshments while you’re looking for your tree. The farm opens the Friday after Thanksgiving from 8 am to 2 pm. Their regular business hours are weekdays, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, and weekends, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Hester Creek Farm
- Address: 25507 Soquel San Jose Rd, Los Gatos CA
Explore the gift shop and chop your own tree down at Hester Creek Farm. You can find incredible Christmas decorations while your own, and they also offer holiday wreaths and saws. Tree varieties include Douglas fir, incense cedar, and white fir. Find your own tree the day after Thanksgiving from 9 am to 5 pm. On weekdays they’re open from 12 pm to 5 pm.
Mountain Charlie Christmas Tree Ranch
- Address: 23100 Mountain Charlie Rd, Los Gatos CA
Mountain Charlie Christmas Tree Ranch offers an Eco-friendly, choose-and-cut-your-own tree farm. Sitting in the Santa Cruz Mountains, this farm offers saw and twine to secure your tree, and you can bring your own lunch to enjoy at their picnic tables. They have handmade wreaths available and freshly picked mistletoe. Their trees include Douglas fir, Monterey pine, noble fir, scotch pine, and others. You can check them out on weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm and on weekends from 8 am to 5 pm.
- Address: 17430 Old Summit Rd, Los Gatos CA
Pick your own unique tree to cut down and bring home at Patchen California. They’re open from November 19 until Christmas Eve, giving you plenty of time to find the perfect tree for your house. They have a ton of varieties, including Arizona cypress, Douglas fir, incense cedar, Leyland cypress, Monterey pine, sequoia redwood, sierra redwood, white pine, and more. Check them out daily from 8 am to 7 pm.
Summit Christmas Tree Farm
- Address: Corner of Summit Road and Morrel, Los Gatos CA
Summit Christmas Tree Ranch has a little bit of everything, including cutting your own trees. Varieties you can choose from include Douglas fir, scotch pine, and white fir; they have handmade wreaths as well. Saws are provided to make tree cutting effortless, and they have a refreshment stand. Their hours are weekdays from 9 am to 4:30 pm and weekends from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Your family will have an incredible time cutting down their own Christmas tree and bringing it home. All of these farms have great options for trees, and you can’t go wrong with choosing one of them.
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