Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest
810 State Route 20
(360) 856-5700 Ext. 515
From mid-November to December 24, Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest is open for tree cutting with cutting areas located in the eastern parts of Snohomish, Pierce, Skagit, King and Whatcom counties. Permits are just $10 each (one permit per tree) with a tree height limit of 12 feet. Need something taller? Throw in an extra $10. Permits can be purchased at the REI store in Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood or at the local ranger stations and the Verlot and Glacier Public Service Centers. Pick up a map of cutting areas while you’re there and plan also for a parking permit if you’ll be parking at a designated Sno-Park lot. While it might seem romantic to travel through snowy weather to find the perfect tree, it is recommended that you travel before the snow falls for better access on forest roads.
3125 280th St. N.W.
Stanwood, WA 98292
Up north and tucked away in Stanwood lies the Holiday Forest providing a good variety of trees including Nobles, Frasers, Grand, Turkish and Douglas Firs. It also offers Norway Spruce, Blue Spruce, Nordmann and Shasta. The Hoskins family provides saws for cutting and they will help you cut, shake and bale it up too. The kids will enjoy the nutcracker and hay wagon rides and everyone will enjoy the free hot chocolate, apple cider and candy canes while warming up to the fire pit. You might even pick up a few presents at the gift shop too.
Carnation Tree Farm
31523 N.E. 40th St.
Carnation, WA 98014
This 20-acre Norwegian tree farm has served tree hunters for over 30 years growing Douglas, Grand, Nordmann, Fraser, Korean, Norway Spruce and Noble Firs up to 30 feet in height. In addition, the Carnation Tree Farm also offers freshly harvested trees, hand-made wreaths, garlands, swags and mistletoe. It is happy to help assist with cutting, shaking and netting trees and even delivers. While there, enjoy complimentary cider or visit the espresso stand, sample homemade baked items and fresh kettle corn. To complete the experience, visit the barn for special tree ornaments, tree stands, gifts and stocking stuffers. The kids can settle in for a picture with Santa too.
Farmer Brown’s Christmas Tree Farm
12017 109th Ave. N.E.
Arlington, WA 98223
At Farmer Brown’s Christmas Tree Farm, there’s a saying: “You dig, you cut, you enjoy.” Farmer Brown’s offers up thousands of trees including Nobles, Frasers, Grand and Douglas Firs as well as Norway Spruce and Colorado Blue Spruce. They can be sheared or unsheared and custom flocked if you like. While there, munch on a hot dog or kettle corn or both while enjoying the bonfire and music.
Mountain Creek Christmas Tree Farm
6821 440th Ave. S.E.
Snoqualmie, WA 98065
Found at the bottom of Mount Si, Mountain Creek Farm has been owned and operated by the same family since 1946. In addition to a variety of Nobles, Grand, Fraser, Turkish and Douglas Firs, it also offers custom wreaths, swags and garland. The gift shop offers many holiday items including tree skirts, table runners, ornaments and decorations. The views are free.
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