Cutting your own Christmas tree might seem like a far-fetched idea when you enjoy year-round beach living like we do here in San Diego, but actually there are several places not too far away where you can do just that!
So round up the family, jump in the car, and head to one of these Christmas tree farms. Maybe it will become one of your new family Christmas traditions!
620 Haverford Road in Ramona, CA 92065
Open: Day after Thanksgiving until December 14th
Just a short jaunt from San Diego, Pine Tree Acres is a full service Christmas tree farm that has been in business since 1986. They have hundreds of native Monterey pines you can wander through to find the perfect one to cut. Trees range up to 12 feet tall and fragrant smell of pine trees is heavenly!
If you’d rather choose a potted tree to enjoy for years to come, choose from 1 – 15 gallon Aleppo, Monterey Pine, Italian Stone and Deodar Cedar trees.
Family activities include: ornament and cookie decorating, bean bag toss game, jump house, face painting, and pony rides.
Santa visits on weekends from noon to 4:00 pm through December 12th!
300 Pepper Dr.
El Cajon, CA 92021
Open: Nov. 25th from 9am-8:30pm 7 days a week until the trees run out
Photo: Family Christmas Tree Farm website
Family Christmas Tree Farm is a family-owned, ten-acre farm growing the native-California Monterey Pine for you to cut. If you haven’t cut your own tree before, not to worry. They provide the saw for cutting and twine for you to tie it on your car.
In addition to a Christmas tree, they also sell loads of other items that you definitely need to decorate your home for Christmas, including:
- Handmade Wreaths
- Door Swags
- Wreath Crosses
- Cinnamon Brooms and Scents
Most kids have a blast running through the trees, but they also have hay wagon rides and farm animals that are also a hit with the kids!
This spot is a little farther away, but worth the trip. Make it a fun weekend day trip and your kids won’t be disappointed!
Greenspot Farms grows Cedars, Monterey Pines, and Redwoods. They are all beautiful, ranging in all sizes from table top to sixteen feet. If you are looking for a pre-cut Noble or Douglas Fir, they will be arriving the first week of December. If you like your tree flocked, they can do that with a 24 hour notice.
If you plan your trip for later in the day, you’ll be able to enjoy a 20 minute Christmas hayride with thousands of lights (bring your own blanket to stay warm!) Christmas movies will be shown while you wait, you can meet Cowboy Santa, and warm up by the fire pit with marshmallow kits, coffee, and hot cocoa.
The Christmas Hayrides start Dec. 2nd and run every weekend through the 23rd. Super fun!