Cut Your Own Christmas Tree at These Family-Friendly Farms
When the leaves start changing and thoughts turn to roasting turkeys, baking pies, and pulling out those stretchy pants to accommodate all the delicious sides you’ll be gorging on during the Thanksgiving holiday, remember that Christmas Tree Farms here in Thurston County will begin welcoming the public to browse row after row of their Noble, Grand, and Douglas firs.
Not sure where to begin your search? We’ve done the heavy lifting for you! We might not help you tie your tree to the roof of your car, but we’re here to suggest some of our favorite local farms, as well as a number of additional family-fun activities that will for sure make the day a memorable one.
Know Before You Go
Reach Out to Your Farm
Keep in mind, Christmas Tree Farms are seasonal and are usually small operations. Most farms open up the weekend following Thanksgiving, but it’s ALWAYS a good idea to CALL before you head out to the farm to make sure they’re open the hours you expect, and that they still have trees available.
- Most farms will provide saws and/or equipment to cut down your tree (and some farms may even cut your tree for you) but it’s always a good idea to bring equipment with you if you have it. Not sure? Refer to our first recommendation and CALL the farm for details.
- Protect the Car – if you’ll be strapping your tree to the roof of your car, it’s a good idea to bring a sheet of plastic or an old blanket to protect the pain and finish. You’ll also want to bring ropes or bungee cords to secure the tree to your vehicle.
- Bring the camera – we’re making memories here!
- Pack for a Day Trip – if you’re making an effort to head out to the farm, make sure everyone is comfortable by dressing warmly, bringing some extra snuggly blankets, and stocking up the car with snacks and beverages. Feel like leaving the picnic basket at home? We’ve got some yummy recommendations for local libations after you’ve secured your tree.
Read more about the list of local Christmas Tree Farms.