Ahh yes, the age-old debate: real or fake tree? No matter where you stand on this polarizing topic, there’s no denying the fact that there is nothing quite like the smell, look and feel of a real tree. And here in the Pacific Northwest, we are surrounded by lush forests and sprawling tree farms packed with Douglas Firs, Blue Spruces and other evergreen tree varieties.
Plus, cutting down your own tree is an experience. You get to carefully select the perfect silhouette amongst hundreds of contenders, work hard to cut it down with a saw, and transport your prize to your living room where it can be displayed proudly for all to see.
This holiday season, head to one of the many Christmas tree farms in the Portland area, which have endless trees to choose from and other festive activities and attractions, like hot chocolate, hayrides, petting zoos and more.
COVID NOTE: Due to the pandemic, some attractions at area farms may not be available this year. Check the website or call ahead for the latest information regarding COVID-19.
Opens November 21
Dutcher’s Farm in Boring is open every day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting as early as November 21 for the 2020 season. They are selling white flocked trees and you-cut green trees, including Noble Firs, Grand Firs and Douglas Firs. Their you-cut green trees have fixed prices, which means you pay the same amount no matter the size ($50 for Nobles, $40 for Grands, and $30 for Douglas Firs)! Plus, Dutcher’s Farm has fresh-made goodies for sale, including mini loaves of chocolate zucchini bread, raisin zucchini bread, pumpkin bread, salsa, raw honey, wreaths and more.
COVID NOTE: Please remember to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Dutcher’s Farm is accepting cash or checks only, as they have no wifi at the barn.
Open November 27–December 23
Photo Courtesy of Frog Pond Christmas Tree Farm
Frog Pond in Wilsonville is a popular destination for all things pumpkin during the fall and again for Christmas trees during the holiday season. Frog Pond is open Monday through Thursday from noon to 6 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They’ll have a selection of pre-cut Christmas trees available, alongside beautiful wreaths and a variety of items for sale in their gift shop.
Open November 27
A visit to Furrow Farm is a holiday tradition for many families in the area — and this year is no exception! Choose from their wide selection of Noble Fir, Nordman Fir, and Grand Fir trees, priced at $9 per foot, and Douglas Fir trees, priced at $7 per foot. Plus, they have a variety of other items for sale, including mistletoe, wreaths, garland, tree stands, candles, and more. Starting the day after Thanksgiving, Furrow Farm in Hillsboro is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and weekdays 10 a.m.–5 p.m. until supplies last!
COVID NOTE: Please wear a mask when unable to keep a 6-foot distance and at all baling stations, the fresh cut area and when paying your cashier. Pay attention and read all signage indicating changes to exiting the farm, pay lanes, and other COVID-19 guidelines. If you are sick, please stay home. Furrow Farm encourages you to visit on weekdays to help lessen the crowds on weekends.
Open November 28–29 + December 5-6
Hamburg 4D Tree Farm is a family-owned tree farm in Sandy selling Nobles, Grands, Balsams and a few other varieties, all hand-tip sheared for you. This year, the tree farm will only be open for two weekends: November 28–29 and December 5–6. They have a limited stock up to 7 feet (which will likely be sold early) and most are between 5–6 feet tall. No matter the size, every tree is just $35 each. Saws are provided and will be sanitized regularly.
COVID NOTE: Enjoy hot chocolate and hot apple cider, and candy canes for children! Unfortunately, Hamburg 4D Tree Farm is not serving their typical cup of hot chili and ornament craft supplies this year. Plus, their deck area will be closed off to discourage gatherings.
Open November 27–29 + December 5–6
Photo Courtesy of Helvetia Christmas Tree Farm
Head to Helvetia Christmas Tree Farm in Hillsboro for an one-stop-shop Christmas experience on the two weekends immediately following Thanksgiving. This year, they are open for you-cut from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and have pre-cut trees also available. Choose from a selection of Noble Firs, Grands and Turkish trees, reaching up to 10 feet tall, which are $60 (for you-cut) no matter the size. Pre-cut trees are $50 and Douglas Fir trees are $40, for any size. Plus, Helvetia Christmas Tree Farm has a variety of beautiful handmade wreaths ranging from $25–40. Once you find the perfect tree, be sure to visit the gift shop, see the snow machine, roast marshmallows around a fire pit, pose for a photo with The Grinch, and go on a tractor train ride!
COVID NOTE: Masks are required, except when in the field. The following changes are in place for the 2020 season: customers will pay for their tree at the farm exit, there is no tree shaking or baling allowed, no live Santa, and no train display.
Oregon City, Oregon
Open November 27–Early December
Historic Kirchem Farm in Oregon City grows trees for an average of 7–11 years before they’re cut, which results in tall, healthy, well-established trees for your home. This year, they’re open Thanksgiving weekend through early December, and will have a selection of Grand Firs and Norway Spruce, as long as supplies last. They have both open pastures and tree fields ready to explore!
COVID NOTE: Kirchem Farm has made the decision to only be partially operating this year. Reservations are required in order to visit their fields, and masks and social distancing are required. There will also be no wagon rides this year. Call 503-539-8602 to make an appointment.
Open November 27
Wander through the fields and pick out your tree at JTB Christmas Trees in Gresham. They have more than 4 acres of Noble, Grand and Douglas firs to choose from and provide all the tools you need to cut down and transport your tree. Plus, they offer free shaking and baling to clean out the debris and make it easy to install in your home. Keep an eye on their website, as JTB Christmas Trees anticipates a shorter season due to a shortage of wholesale precuts.
COVID NOTE: Masks and social distancing are required in their fields and when your tree is being shaken, baled and paid for. Hot cider, soda and popcorn will not be available this year (but candy canes are!), and their public restrooms are closed for the 2020 season. Please wipe down your blade with provided wipes and stay home if you are not feeling well!
Open November 20–December 23
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As this popular fall destination closes for the pumpkin season, they gear up for a long Christmas tree season, starting as early as November 20. They are open for you-cut and already-cut trees Monday–Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They have an extensive selection of trees, including Nobles, Nordman, Grand Firs and others, ranging in size all the way up to 25-foot-tall giants. The staff at Lee Farms will even shake, bale and load your tree on your car for free!
North Plains, Oregon
Open November 27
In the foothills of the northern Oregon coast range lies Loch Lolly Christmas Forest, a magical 28-acre tree farm that comes to life each holiday season. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day starting on November 27, Loch Lolly is offering both you-cut and pre-cut Christmas trees, if you would rather spend less time cutting your tree and more time enjoying the many attractions at the farm. Next to a scenic lake, the Loch Lolly warming shelter has a cozy fireplace, where they serve hot chocolate and coffee, and a holiday store with ornaments and gifts. Plus, Santa sits in an antique sleigh on the front porch, waiting for a visit and a photo.
COVID NOTE: New this year, there will be a $10 cash per vehicle entry fee. Mask wearing and social distancing are required, and there are a number of other COVID-19 guidelines in place for the 2020 season.
Portland + Oregon City, Oregon
Open December 4 (With Delivery Only Starting November 27)
With two locations, including one conveniently in the heart of Portland’s Northwest District, Nob Hill Christmas Trees does things a bit differently. They source their trees from small farmers in Estacada, Molalla, Oregon City and surrounding areas, and recycle all of their waste at the end of the season — using it for ground cover, mulch, and wreaths! Both locations are only open on the weekends, and they offer delivery to Nob Hill, The Pearl, South Waterfront and Downtown SW Portland for a flat fee of $20 (or $40 for enhanced delivery services, which includes bagging the tree and setting it up in your home).
Open November 27–December 23
Photo Courtesy of Oxbow Rim Tree Farm
Gresham Rim Tree Farm is a family-owned and -operated farm and business founded in 1974 (with the first you-cut in 1978) in Gresham. This year, they are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting the day after Thanksgiving, offering trees, wreaths, ornaments, garlands and many more decorations in their Christmas Treasures shop.
COVID NOTE: This year, Oxbow Rim Tree Farm has a few precautions in place, including mask wearing inside the building, social distancing and more. Plus, their food section, also known as Mrs. Claus Kitchen, will be closed this season. Click here for their full list of COVID-19 policies.
Open November 27–December 22
Pick the perfect tree at Plumper Pumpkin Patch and Tree Farm, a family-owned and -operated farm just northwest of the city near Helvetia. They are open from the day after Thanksgiving through December 22 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Choose from a selection of beautiful trees, including Douglas, Noble, Grand and Nordman, which are available you-cut or pre-cut. Take a break from the cold and enjoy a hot drink or spend some time in the 1890 barn feeding the animals. In addition to wreaths, garland and mistletoe, they have a variety of things for sale, including tree stands, local honey, jams, apple cider, alpaca socks, stuffed animals, lavender sachets, candles, candy, nuts and more.
COVID NOTE: This year, Santa is staying home to social distance, but hopes to return next year!
Open November 27–December 23
Since 1970, Thornton’s Treeland has been a trusted source for Christmas trees and holiday fun for Vancouver and Portland area residents. They are keeping the tradition alive in 2020, offering a wide selection of Douglas Fir, Noble Fir, Nordmann Fir, Fraser Fir and Grand Fir trees. Plus, Thornton’s Treeland has a lifelike nativity scene in the barn, hot chocolate and coffee, an old-fashioned hayride through the trees, and more. The tree farm is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with shorter hours later in the season (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting December 14).
Open November 27–December 23
Washougal River Christmas Trees is a 160-acre family-owned farm nestled in the upper Washougal Valley. They’re proud to announce that one thing has stayed the same this year: your experience at their farm! You’ll find the same great trees (Noble Fir, Grand Fir, Douglas Fir and Nordmann Fir), same great prices ($44.95 for any tree and $19.95 for a wreath), same great services (tree shaking, baling, drilling, etc.), same free cocoa, candy, coffee and candy canes, same covered animal viewing areas (don’t miss Elvis the mini donkey!), and the same you-cut and pre-cut areas, made easy with their tree carts. Washougal River Christmas Trees is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from November 27 all the way through December 23.
COVID NOTE: Washougal River Christmas Trees is complying with state regulations by requesting that masks be worn in their warming area and animal viewing barns.
Happy Tree Hunting!
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