It is November 23rd and I already feel late to the party. If you have noticed all over your Insta and FB feed, people are already decorating for the holidays. Diwali kicked off the season of lights and now it is in full swing.
I was trying to think of new and fun ways to create holiday traditions as some of our local favorites won’t be happening. Not sure if the kids are sad or excited that we won’t be seeing Oakland Ballet Company’s: The Nutcracker this year…but I digress. Either way, 2020 has been all about the pivot in so many ways. So this year I thought it would be fun to go and cut our own Christmas tree at a local farm. Make a day trip out of it, get some cocoa, and get OUT of the house.
Below I have provided some local-ish Christmas Tree farms that are OPEN! Please see the suggestions for planning this day below….
- Keep in mind that state government COVID dictates may force many farms to cancel Santa visits, hayrides, etc. this year. Click on the farm name for a link to their website for the most current hours and information.
- ALWAYS call the farm or store BEFORE YOU GO – many farms and lots are selling out of trees early this year or have COVID-19 requirements – Call to confirm their supply, their hours and whether they have trees, are allowing choose-and-cut or just precut trees; and which attractions or winter activities are available. All three can change during the short Christmas season, due to weather, demand and the farmer’s business conditions! Farms get sold, shut down or run out of trees, and they don’t all update me every day, let alone every year.
- DON’T DRIVE OUT THERE IF YOU CAN’T REACH THEM (by phone, email or find current information on their website or Facebook page!
Within 30 minutes of Pleasanton
Castro Valley Christmas Tree Farm Family owned and operated since 1965, it will be open November 27th. Please call them directly to confirm their hours and tree inventory, as they are not posted as of this blog post. Phone: 510-634-2186
Alhambra Christmas Tree Farm Since 1969 this farm is a family run Christmas Tree farm located in Alhambra Valley. They have trees, wreaths and garland! Open starting November 22nd! Please call them to confirm U-cut inventory (looks like they only have Monterey Pine for U-Cut in 2020) and hours. They will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Phone: 925-372-7274
Day/Afternoon Trip from Pleasanton
Crest Ranch Christmas Tree Farm This farm suffered damage form the CZU Lightning Complex fire earlier this year, they will be open for ONE WEEKEND ONLY! So if you are looking for a farm to support that really needs it! They will be open Thanksgiving Day through the weekend only from 8am-4pm. Please call them to confirm, 831-423-8733
Four Winds Christmas Tree Ranch Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, this farm has trees up to 16ft! They provide the twine and saw and have a picnic area if you want to pack your own food. They open Thanksgiving through Christmas, but always call first to confirm hours! Phone: 408-399-9020
Mountain Charlie Ranch Located in Los Gatos this farm will be open the day after Thanksgiving. Enjoy an eco-friendly, choose-and-cut Xmas tree farm nestled high up in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Be greeted by fresh clean air and a gorgeous mountain setting with old Oak trees and a tranquil pond. From thousands of natural and sculpted Firs and Pines, you’ll find that perfect Christmas Tree for your home. We provide the saws and twine to tie the tree to your vehicle. Handmade wreaths and freshly picked mistletoe are also available for sale.
Patchen Christmas Tree Farms What an incredible farm with SO much history! They actually have TWO locations to choose from in the Los Gatos area; please visit the website to make sure you know where you are headed! They have a calendar that shows their busy times so you can plan accordingly. Choose & Cut farms are all about the “experience”. Breathe in some clear, cool mountain air and take home a tree full of that pungent forest aroma. They also have a gift shop for additional décor items and stocking stuffers! Phone: 408-353-1615 (text only please)
Battaglia Ranch Located a little bit south in San Martin this farm still offers U-Cut but also has a drive by pre-cut Christmas Tree selection. New for 2020 you can also Order your Tree Online with a wonderful selection of our pre-cut trees. This is for people who would prefer as little interaction with the public as possible. You simply order a tree online, select a pick-up date/time, and we will have your tree all ready to go. This option has no additional pick up services available. Phone: 408-683-4730
Black Road Christmas Tree Farms They are opening the weekend after Thanksgiving and even allow photography sessions on their farm! So if you need a spot to take family photos, this may be the one! They recommend visiting midday during the week, as weekends and evenings are peak times and could cause delays and parking issues. All the trees are cultured and free of chemicals. More than 40,000 trees are now grown in the fields of Black Road Christmas Tree Farms. The three farms are located in a scenic area west of Los Gatos, California, a pleasant holiday drive from many nearby cities.
-Written by Katie Moe, Arrive Real Estate Group