If you have the desire to make Christmas tree hunting extra special for the kids this year, why not go to a "Cut-Your-Own" Christmas tree farm for an all-out, chop your own tree down with brute force to show the kids how Grandpa used to do it? All it takes is a little drive to one of the Christmas tree farms listed below and you'll give the kiddos a Christmas they won't soon forget.
Sand Haven Pines
19255 Wood Road
Perris, CA 92570
Sand Haven Pines calls itself a Christmas tree resort where family traditions grow like the trees themselves. You'll have your pick of Monterey Pine trees if you want to cut down your own Christmas tree this season. You'll also have access to muscles if you need help loading it in the car. In addition to free candy canes and coffee, Sand Haven Pines is also throwing in a free balloon and a bag of popcorn. The best part about Sand Haven Pines is the free bouncy-house for kids.
Hagle Tree Farm
3442 Somis Road
Somis, CA 93066
Located about an hour's drive from Los Angeles, Haggle Tree Farm is another good place to start a new family tradition or upgrade from an old one. You may want to get there early before the choose-and-cut selection of Monterey Pines and Leyland Cypress trees go out of stock. Haggle Tree Farm has everything you need to cut down your own tree from saws and wheelbarrows to tree netting and twine. On designated weekends, Haggle Tree Farm offers an array of family attractions like a petting zoo, pony rides and tri-tip barbecue.
Christmas Ranch Tree Farms
3800 Cochran St.
Simi Valley, CA 93063
With a second location in Thousand Oaks, Christmas Ranch Tree Farms has everything you could possibly need for an ideal family outing and for more than 40 years has been delighting homes with its trees throughout the valley. This full-service tree farm provides you with bow saws, transport carts, netting machines and even twine to make getting your freshly-cut tree home in one piece as convenient as possible. Choose among Leyland Cypress, Monterey Pines and Aleppo Pines. The best part about Christmas Ranch Tree Farm is the free hot chocolate, coffee and candy canes. Delicately preserved pre-cut firs are also available.
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Peltzer Pines - Brea Tree Farm
3400 Rose Drive
Brea, CA 92823
While Peltzer Pines has another location in Silverado, you'll find the best and largest quantity of trees at its Brea tree farm. Choose from a traditional Monterey Pine or Leylandia tree. Size, height and overall quality determine the pricing of the tree. Choose your Christmas tree, pay for it advance and a staff member wearing an orange vest will help you cut it down or supervise as you cut it down yourself.
Chamberlain Choose and Cut
3436 Padua Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711
Located in the Claremont area, the historically beautiful landscape makes it natural ground for traditional pine and cypress trees. Offering healthy, well-aged holiday trees that reach more than 11 feet, this family run farm is the perfect place to cut down your tree this year. Reservations can be made on individual trees, but visitors come from far and wide annually to cut their own. If you do not have tree-cutting equipment, Chamberlain provides saws without extra charge.
Casazza Christmas Tree Farm
6231 East Ave., Etiwanda
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
This cash-only farm promises to pay the sales tax on every tree while still managing to promote a $5 online coupon. Maps and brochures about the farm are available upon request, which is convenient for those who'd like to reserve a tree. Free garland and boughs are also available with the purchase of a tree. Leave the pups at home for this visit as they're not allowed on this farm.
11334 Beech Ave.
Fontana, CA 92337
Also located about an hour's drive from the heart of LA, Fontana Pines grows more than eight acres of Monterey Pines for families throughout Southern California to enjoy. You can cut it down yourself using provided saws and supplies, or you can watch them cut it down for you right before your very eyes. Nothing captures the essence of Christmas quite like a tree coming out the ground rather than out of a box.
25039 Magic Mountain Pkwy
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Make it a family tradition and head down to Nancy's Ranch in Santa Clarita to get your Christmas tree this year. Located in Santa Clarita, Nancy's Ranch offers acres of lush Monterey Pines as well as a large selection of pre-cut fir trees from Washington state. At Nancy's, Monterey Pines are the one selection that they allow you to cut down yourself, but they also offer Grand Firs (all sizes), Fraser Firs (all sizes), Noble Firs (big), Nordman Firs (all sizes) and Douglas Firs (all sizes).
Frosty's Forest Christmas Tree
25235 Orchard Village Rd
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Open from the day after Thanksgiving until December 24th, Frosty's Forest Christmas Tree farm offers cut your own Monterey Pines and pre-cut Christmas wreaths. Call ahead to confirm tree availability.
Peltzer Pines Brea Tree Farm
3400 Rose Drive
Brea, CA 92823
Choose your very own Christmas tree this holiday season at Peltzer Pines where pricing is determined according to the quality, size and height of the tree. The Brea farm has a large quantity of beautiful trees with more than 3,800 available to purchase. Offered at the farm is the dark green long-needled Monterey Pine trees which are very fragrant and take four years to be ready for a holiday season. Additionally, the Leyland Cypress are available on the farm and bring an "Old World" charm to the holidays.
5392 Richfield Road
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas over at the Richfield Pines. AChristmas tradition for many local families since 1977, the farm has more than 10 acres of fresh and fragrant Monterrey Pines. Offering trees in all sizes that range from 15 feet to 26 feet, you are free to roam the farm to find the right tree for your holiday cheer. The family-owned farm was an inspiration from a family that was looking to keep the connection between the father and his children.
Mountain Pines Christmas Tree Farm
29932 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Located just off the 5 freeway between Avery and Junipero Serra, Mountain Pines is a tree farm that is a great place for a family to choose the right tree for their home. The family-owned business offers trees including the Leyland Cypress and the Monterey Pine. The Leyland Cypress is popular and sought after with its various shades of dark and light branches, while the California native tree, Monterey Pine, comes with long needles with a pleasant fragrance and proves to be a favorite among the locals in the Orange County area. Pre-cut trees are also available and provided from a farm in Oregon.
Richfield Pines Christmas Tree Farm
5392 Richfield Rd
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
With acres of live, fresh, fragrant Monterrey Pines, Richfield Pines sells trees up to 26 feet tall and is the place to go in Orange County for live, fresh and fragrant Christmas Trees. Trees can be reserved by calling in advance, or you can pick out your tree early and ask to have it cut at a later date when you are ready for it. This family-friendly farm is best experienced with children in tow, as candy canes are happily offered. Homemakers always enjoy the bonus of free boughs and other fresh green trim with the purchase of a tree.
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