North Bay Christmas Tree Farms and Lots 2013

November 29, 2013

Christmas tree farm

The day after Thanksgiving is when many families start to think about getting their Christmas tree. To many, there's no better way to get one than to take the trip to one of the many North Bay Christmas tree farms and cut one down themselves! If playing lumberjack isn't your thing, there are plenty of local lots in Marin that offer quality trees for your holiday.

We've linked to our Christmas tree farm reviews where appropriate. Keep in mind that, unless otherwise indicated, Christmas tree farm reviews were written last year or earlier and some information may be out of date. We'll be hitting the road to check out this year's Christmas tree farms in person, so make sure you check back for updates.

Although we make every effort to make sure our information is up to date, please keep in mind that Christmas tree farms and lots do go out of business (there used to be many more in Petaluma and Sebastopol, and even one in Olema), and may be closed due to weather or other conditions. Make sure you call, email, or check their website before you go.

Marin County Christmas Tree Lots

There aren't any cut-it-down-yourself Christmas tree farms in Marin, although there are a number of well known Christmas tree lots where you can pick out that perfect tree and immerse yourself in that holiday spirit. Here are some of our favorite Christmas tree lots (if you have your own favorite you'd like to share with us, let us know).

Cousins' Christmas Trees
7416B Redwood Boulevard
Novato
Daily, 9 am–8 pm
This family-run Christmas tree lot in Novato offers quality Noble, Douglas, and Grand firs, as well as wreaths, garlands, and other holiday products. Cousins' also offers a goat petting zoo; arts and crafts; bake sales; free hot cider, cookies, candy canes; visits with Santa on select weekends; and more. Cousins' Christmas Trees is partnering with Novato School Fuel, the foundation that supports Novato public schools. Open daily starting November 29 from 9 am to 8 pm. They're at 7416B Redwood Boulevard in Novato (next to Chianti restaurant). More info at www.cousinschristmastrees.com or (415) 250-6117.

Don's Christmas Tree Lot
399 Entrada Drvie
Novato
Daily, 9 am–9 pm
Don's Trees has been a Marin County tradition for 30 years! They offer Douglas, Grand, and Noble firs, as well as flocked and fire-resistant trees. Located in Ignacio off 101 near Doll Houses, Trains & More. More info at www.donschristmastreelot.com at (415) 382-1231.

Pronzini Christmas Trees
San Rafael and Greenbrae

This local, family-run company owns its own Christmas tree farms in Oregon and trucks them down to its retail operations in Marin and Sonoma counties starting. We've bought our trees from their large lot on Civic Center Drive, across from Marin Center (3501 Civic Center Drive), several times. They always have a great selection of fresh Noble, Douglas, and Grand firs, as well as ornaments, wreaths, tree accessories, and holiday decor. Santa Claus often makes an appearance, too. Make sure you pick up one of their commemorative coffee mugs when you buy your tree. In Marin you can find their lots at 3501 Civic Center Drive (across from Marin Center) in San Rafael and at 50 Bon Air Center (off Sir Francis Drake Boulevard) in Greenbrae. www.pronzinitrees.com or (707) 778-3871.

Rotary Club of Novato Sunrise Christmas Tree Lot
St. Vincent Drive and Highway 101
Marinwood

Weekdays 4–6 pm, weekends 9 am–6 pm
The Rotary Club Christmas tree lot at St. Vincent's is a holiday tradition in Marin. They offer freshly cut fir trees, wreaths, and garlands.They're open November 29 through December 22 on Fridays from 3-6 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10-6 pm. Sales benefit the St. Vincent's School for Boys, local Boy Scouts, the North Bay Children's Center, local schools, and more worthy causes! For more info, call (415) 883-0800 or visit their website.

San Rafael High School Christmas Tree Lot
185 Mission Avenue
San Rafael
Monday–Thursday, 11 am–9 pm & Friday–Sunday, 9 am–9 pm
Help support academic, sports, and safe graduation programs at San Rafael High School! A tradition since 1990, the lot is student and parent operated, and offers trees, garlands, misteltoe, tree stands, wreaths, and more. It's located at the school's football field and is open starting November 29 Monday through Thursday 11 am to 9 pm and Friday through Sunday 9 am to 9 pm. San Rafael High School is located at 185 Mission Avenue in San Rafael. (415) 460-5268 or sanrafael.srcs.org/treelot

Sausalito Christmas Tree Lot
Dunphy Park, Bridgeway and Napa Street
Sausalito
Daily, 9 am–9 pm

Offering Douglas, Noble, and Grand firs, this Christmas tree lot helps raise funds for the City of Sausalito Robin Sweeny Park Fund. Enjoy a free cup of apple cider as you look for that perfect tree. Flocking available. Cash and check accepted. Open November 29–December 24. (415) 377-9678 or mttamadventurecamps.com

Petaluma and Sebastopol Christmas Tree Farms

To get that real Christmas tree farm experience, you're going to have to get in the car and head north on Highway 101 to Sonoma County. Petaluma and Sebastopol are both convenient to Marin families, and have many Christmas tree farms to choose from. At many you'll also find holiday boutiques and gift shops, as well as farm animals, crafts, and maybe even Santa himself!

Petaluma U-Cut Trees

The rural area of west and north Petulama is home to a few Christmas tree farms, mostly offering Monterey pines as well as fresh-cut Douglas and Noble firs. Photos are shown above each location.

Larsen's Christmas Tree Farm

Larsen's Christmas Tree Farm
Marshall Avenue, Petaluma
Fridays 10 am–dusk, Saturday–Sunday, 9 am–dusk

Larsen's is close to downtown Petaluma, and offers Monterey pines, redwoods, cypress, and Douglas firs to cut down, along with pre-cut Noble and Douglas firs. . Free coffee and hot cider; baked goods for sale. Located on Marshall Avenue between Skillman Land and Magnolia Avenue. For more info, call (707) 762-6317. Read about our visit to Larsen's.

Liberty Christmas Tree Farm

Liberty Christmas Tree Farm
Liberty Road in Northwest Petaluma
Friday–Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

Liberty Christmas Tree Farm has Monterey pines and pre-cut Douglas and Noble firs. Free hot apple cider in the shed, and baby farm animals to visit and pet For more info, visit www.libertychristmastreefarm.com or call (707) 490-6011. Read about our visit to Liberty Christmas Tree Farm.

Little Hills Christmas Tree Farm

Little Hills Christmas Tree Farm
961 Chapman Lane off Wester Avenue
Monday-Friday, 10 am–6 pm & Saturday–Sunday, 9 am–5 pm
Little Hills Christmas Tree Farm can be found in west Petaluma. This is one of our favorte u-cut locations.They grow choose-and-cut Monterey pines, redwoods, and cypresses, and offer a selection of pre-cut Noble and Douglas firs and flocked trees. They also have farm animals to visit, a gift shop, tree accessories, and more. Santa visits on weekends, including the day after Thanksgiving, from 10 am to 4 pm. You can also print out a coupon for $3 off any tree. More info:(707) 763-4678 or www.littlehillschristmastree.com. Read about our visit to Little Hills.

Sebastopol U-Cut Trees

Located north of Petaluma, the western Sonoma County town of Sebastopol offers a number of great Christmas tree farms, as well as its famous Gravenstein apples and more.

Frosty Mountain Tree Farm

Frosty Mountain Tree Farm
3600 Mariola Road, Sebastopol
Monday–Friday, noon–5 pm & Saturday–Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

Frosty Mountain Tree Farm grows Douglas firs, Monterey pines, and Sequioa redwoods to choose and cut. You can also go on a tractor-drawn hay ride and visit Santa's Workshop, a large Christmas boutique in an old apple-packing barn. Mrs. Klaus' Kitchen is there, too, serving up hot cider, popcorn, apple fritters, and cookies. For more info, call (707) 829-2351 or visit www.frostymountaintreefarm.com. Read about our visit to Frosty Mountain Tree Farm.

Garlock Tree Farm

Garlock Tree Farm
2275 Bloomfield Road, Sebastopol
Friday, noon–5 pm & Saturday–Sunday 9 am–5 pm

Garlock Tree Farm has been growing trees in Sebastopol since 1966. They can be found in the southern part of Sebastopol. Garlock's grows Douglas and White firs, Monterey and Scotch pines, and redwoods, and has pre-cut Noble firs for sale, too. They also offer free horse-drawn carriage rides through their 10-acre farm, as well as free coffee, candy canes, and a gift shop. For more info, call (707) 823-4307 or visit www.garlocktreefarm.com. Read about our visit to Garlock Tree Farm.

Grandma Buddy's Christmas Trees

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Grandma Buddy's Christmas Trees
8575 Graton Road, off Highway 116
Daily, 9 am–5:30 pm
Growing trees since 1982, Grandma Buddy's is open daily from November 29 through December 23 . They offer mostly choose-and-cut Douglas firs, but white and grand firs, Bishop pines, and blue and white spruce are also grown. They also offer pre-cut noble firs and flocked trees. There's a wreath barn with complimentary hot chocolate and candy canes, a miniature Christmas village, and tree accessories. For more info, call (707) 823-4547 or visit  www.grandmastrees.com.

Reindeer Ridge Christmas Tree Farm

Reindeer Ridge Tree Farm

Reindeer Ridge Christmas Tree Farm
3500 Mariola Road, Sebastopol
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday, 11 am–6 pm & Saturday–Sunday, 9 am–6 pm

Reindeer Ridge Christmas Tree Farm is located literally right around the corner from Frosty Mountain Tree Farm. Choose and cut your own Douglas, White, and Grand firs, sequoias, and Monterey pines, or buy a fresh cut Noble fir. There are also hay rides, a gift shop, a big tractor tire swing, a children's train ride, weekend Santa visits on weekends, and a snack bar serving grilled sausages, popcorn, and hot cider. Closed Wednesdays. For more info, call (707) 829-1569 or www.reindeerridge.com
Read about our visit to Reindeer Ridge Christmas Tree Farm

Victorian Christmas Tree Ranch

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Victorian Christmas Tree Ranch
1220 Gravenstein Highway North
Wednesday–Friday, 3:30–7 pm & Saturday–Sunday, 9 am–7 pm

Victorian Christmas Tree Ranch has been growing trees in Sebastopol for 40 years. They offer choose-and-cut Douglas firs and incense cedars, as well as pre-cut Noble firs. They also sell wreaths, garlands, ornaments, and tree stands. They're open November 29 through January 7. They also offer a petting zoo, haystack, free pumpkin bread and hot cider, and natural pasture-raised meats from Victorian Farmstead Meat Co. for sale. Santa visits December 7 and 15. Make sure you download their coupon for 10% off your tree. For more info, call (707) 823-0831 or visit www.victrees.com. Read about our visit to Victorian Christmas Tree Ranch.

Graton Fire Christmas Tree Farm

Graton Fire Christmas TreesFisher Farm

Graton Fire Christmas Tree Farm
3750 Gravenstein Highway North (at the Graton Fire Station)
Thursday–Sunday, 9 am–5 pm.
Nine acres of trees on the old Del Davis Christmas Tree Farm (now owned by the Graton Fire Protection District). All proceeds support Graton firefighters. Choose-and-cut Douglas firs and pre-cut Noble and Nordman firs are available. Cash and check only. Print out their tree farm web page and get 10% off. www.gratonfire.com or (707) 332-2091

Celesta Farms
3447 Celesta Court
Friday–Sunday, 9 am–5 pm; weekdays by appointment

Choose-and-cut Douglas and Noble firs and Scotch pines. They also offer wreaths, garlands, and mistletoe. Complimentary cookies, hot chocolate, cider, and coffee. Well-behaved pets welcome. www.celestafarms.com; (707) 829-9352

Santa's Trees
11389 Barnett Valley Road

Saturday and Sunday, 9 am until dark
This seven-acre family-run tree farm has been around since 1956! Choose-and-cut your own Douglas or white fir. It's low-key and simple, with no gift shop, bounce house, train rides, or flocked trees. (Just Christmas trees, amazing views, wildlife, and ponds.) They have picnic tables in cas you want to bring your lunch or snacks. More info: (707) 823-6635 or www.santastrees.biz

Wallinfarm
840 Ferguson Road
Daily, 9 am–5 pm
Wallinfarm offers choose-and-cut Douglas firs on six acres. (707) 823-6973

Fisher Farm
2870 Canfield Road
(707) 823-4817

Spirit of Christmas Tree Farm
3660 Gravenstein Highway North
(707) 620-3104

Sonoma Tree Farm

Moon Mountain Christmas Tree Farm
1550 Moon Mountain Drive
Friday–Sunday, 9 am–4:30 pm

The historic town of Sonoma is home to one Christmas tree farm: Moon Mountain Christmas Tree Farm. They grow Douglas and Noble firs and Scotch pines, and do not offer pre-cut trees. You choose your tree, and they cut it and carry it back to your car for you. You can find them on 1550 Moon Mountain Drive, off Highway 12. Open Friday through Sunday, 9 am to 4:30 pm, the day after Thanksgiving through December 15. (707) 996-6454 or www.moonmountainchristmastreefarm.com