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Cutting down your own Christmas tree can be a fun family tradition that leaves lasting memories, and a kid-friendly activity which propels your family into the holiday spirit.
As a helpful tip, always call the farm before you go. This is a seasonal business with small operations; supply, and hours can change. Farms can be either teeny-tiny or large and amusement park-like, but typically you can expect that saws and equipment will be provided, shaking (getting rid of those pesky spiders that might be living inside) and tree wrapping. Most farms will either sell or provide for free cut branches for greens along with wreaths and garland along with hot cider or chocolate and perhaps some holiday crafts.
In order to transport your tree home, don’t forget a sheet of plastic or an old blanket to cover the roof of your car, as well as rope or a bungee cord to secure the tree.
San Diego County
The House Evergreen Forest Tree Farm
Location: 3036 N. Victoria Drive, Alpine, CA
Open: 11/28 – 12/24; 8am until sunset 7 days a week.
Mission Pines Christmas Tree Farm
Location: 4062 Mission Rd in Fallbrook
Phone: 760-5262 for more information
Open: 11/27 -12/18; noon until sunset on Weekdays and from 9am – 5pm on Weekends.
Los Angeles County
Chamberlain Choose & Cut
Location: 3436 Padua Ave., Claremont, CA 91711
Contact: (909) 626-0243; firstname.lastname@example.org
Open: 11/28; 3pm – 5pm on Weekdays and from 10am – 5pm on Weekends.
Three locations: Yorba Linda, Silverado & Irvine
Contact: (714) 649-9251 (Yorba Linda & Silverado Farm); (949) 727-4699; email@example.com
Open: 11/21 – 12/24; 11:30am – 5pm on Weekdays; 9am – 5pm on Weekends
San Bernardino County
Live Oak Canyon
Location: 32335 Like Oak Canyon Rd. Redlands, CA 92373 ( Corner of I-10 & Live Oak Canyon Rd)
Contact: (909) 795-8733; firstname.lastname@example.org
Open: 11/27 – 12/13; daily 9am – 8pm; 12/14 – 12/21; daily 9am – 5pm
For a more wintry experience, head to Big Bear Tree Farm in Big Bear. In the mountains your tree may have a dusting of snow.
Big Bear Tree Farm
Location: 3100 Spape Lane Big Bear City, CA
Contact: (951) 505-2945
Open: 11/28 – 12/24; noon – 5pm Monday thru Thursday; 8am -5pm on Friday, Saturday & Sunday
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Christmas Tree Farms in San Diego County, California