December 04, 2020
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Trimming the branches, finding a suitable spot in your living room, hanging ornaments and lights, placing presents underneath, and dancing merrily to holiday tunes—all of these things are irrelevant unless you find the one. What are we referring to? The perfect Christmas tree, of course.
If you’re still unsure whether you want to get a real Christmas tree or order a plastic one online, we’re here to change your mind. First, plastic trees are super wasteful and rarely ever biodegradable. Second, the plastic version never looks as good as the real deal (regardless of how life-like the ads may suggest). And finally, going Christmas tree hunting at a California Christmas tree farm is an experience in itself that you wouldn't want to miss.
Whether you're trying to start a new family tradition, take Insta-worthy photos surrounded by gorgeous California Christmas trees, or simply add one more stop to your winter skiing road trip, we have something on our list for you. So, clean out your trunk and bring your strongest friend along; you’re going to need a helping hand or two to bring your favorite tree home from these top Christmas tree farms in the Bay Area.
Christmas Tree Farms in the Bay Area
Castro Valley Christmas Tree Farm
Location: 7001 Miller Road, Castro Valley
Established in the 1960s by a University of California, Berkeley forestry professor, this Christmas tree farm in the East Bay has provided guests with a wonderful outdoor experience for decades. The farm is located just north of Castro Valley and gives customers everything they need—saws, maps, and twine—so they can have an extraordinary Christmas tree shopping experience. Almost all of the tree varieties displayed at Castro Valley Tree Farm are grown on-site; the trees are always fresh and of top-notch quality. After finding your ideal tree, warm up by heading to one of the best East Bay coffee shops.
Location: 2453 Hancock Street, Alameda
Once you step foot on the Wonderland Trees farm, it won’t be long before you decide to make shopping for organic Christmas trees an annual family tradition. Wonderland Trees is a family-owned Christmas tree farm in San Jose that offers a wide variety of sustainably harvested trees from Oregon, servicing guests in five locations. A few examples of the types of evergreens offered include noble fir, Nordman fir, silvertip, and Fraser fir. You can also shop for other holiday decorations such as wreaths. Worried your little ones might get bored? They won’t. The farms feature four-story ship slides and jump houses that’ll keep the children entertained for a while.
Silveyville Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Farm
Location: 6248 Silveyville Road, Dixon
If you’re looking to make a day out of visiting a farm and choosing a tree, Silveyville Christmas Tree Farm is the place for you. The 20-acre Dixon property offers not only more than 15,000 fresh trees, but also a variety of activities that kids and adults alike can enjoy. Sip on warm apple cider or a cup of joe while you search for the perfect tree in this lot. Once you've picked your one and only, munch on popcorn around the firepit. If you’re bringing the youngsters, they’ll love going for a ride on Santa’s sleigh and visiting the animal farm to pet adorable goats.
Christmas Tree Farms in San Francisco
The Guardsmen Tree Lot
Location: 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco
Since 1947, The Guardsmen Tree Lot has sold Christmas trees in San Francisco, donating a large portion of profits to help at-risk youth in the Bay Area. So, while you're driving around admiring beautiful Christmas lights and decorations in San Francisco, make sure to stop by this lot and feel the holiday cheer. Are you in the mood to give back and lend a helping hand this holiday season? Contact the team at The Guardsmen Organization (or any other Bay Area nonprofits) and join the all-volunteer staff at your desired location. You'll also find wreaths, decorations, stands, and more at this San Francisco Christmas tree farm.
Christmas Tree Jamboree
Location: 531 Bayshore Boulevard, San Francisco
A go-to Christmas tree farm in San Francisco—the Christmas Tree Jamboree—has become a quintessential part of many Bay Area families’ holiday routine. The family-owned Christmas tree farm has serviced the City by the Bay for over five decades. The farm focuses on quality over quantity and offers curbside pickup, tree flocking, and fireproofing. Pay a visit and pick out a tree; you’ll feel like you’ve known the friendly faces at Christmas Tree Jamboree forever.
Delancey Street Holiday Trees
Location: Safeway at 2020 Market Street, San Francisco
Trees, mistletoe, lights, wreaths, and pines—Delancey Street Holiday Trees has it all. With multiple locations in S.F. (and Los Angeles), this Bay Area Christmas tree farm is quite accessible. There's also more to the Delancey Street lot than meets the eye: Delancey Street is the country's leading residential self-help organization for the underhoused, former addicts, ex-convicts, and other vulnerable groups of people. Founded in 1971, Delancey Street has helped thousands of residents get back on their feet. The Crossroads Café and Delancey Street Restaurant are two other beloved San Francisco eateries and are run by residents. Visit one of the locations this season and pay it forward by purchasing a beautiful Christmas tree.
Christmas Tree Farm in San Jose
ABC Tree Farm
Location: 2501 Tully Road, San Jose
ABC Tree Farm has a convenient Christmas tree farm to visit regardless of where you live in the Bay Area. There's a location on Tully Road in San Jose, but don’t worry if you don’t find your ideal tree there. Blast your favorite California playlist as you browse one of the other 19 other locations around the Bay. Almost all of the farms offer four types of trees—Douglas, noble, grand, and Turkish. Soon, contactless curbside pickup will be available at all locations as well, so you can make your Christmas tree shopping experience as safe as possible.
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