Finding the perfect Christmas tree is an important part of many family holiday rituals. Whether looking for a pre-cut tree or wanting to cut one down, there is something for everyone at these fun and festive tree farms.
Loch Lolly Christmas Forest
Picking a tree at Loch Lolly Christmas Forest is a holiday tradition for many families in the Portland area. In 2017 they are celebrating 35 years of providing Christmas trees. They offer u-cut and pre-cut trees in the following varieties: Douglas fir, Frasier fir, Grand fir, Noble fir, and Nordmann fir on 28 acres of forest. In addition to trees they have pre-made wreaths and all kinds of greenery for decorating the house. Full size trees range in price from $25 to $45. On the weekend Santa sits in his sleigh on the front porch of the gift shop, waiting for visiting children. Loch Lolly Christmas Forest is open November 27 through December 23 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. They are located at 28366 NW Dorland Road in North Plains, Oregon. For more information call Loch Lolly at 503-647-5349.
Just over the bridge into Vancouver, Washington is Thorntons’ Treeland. Explore the farm on and old-fashioned hayride while enjoying hot chocolate or coffee from the old barn. The barn is filled with crafts and activities with animals to view outside. They have Douglas Fir, Noble Fir, Fraser Fir, and Nordmann Fir trees available. Thorntons’ Treeland provides a saw as well as coffee or hot chocolate to keep warm. They also have Noble fir wreath’s and swags available. Thorntons’ Treeland is located at 7617 N.E. 119th Street in Vancouver, Washington. They are open daily starting on Friday, November 27 with hours from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Call ahead with any questions at 360-573-TREE (8733).
Parry’s Tree Farm
Parry’s Tree Farm offers six different varieties of trees: Grand, Douglas, Nordmann, Fraser, Blue Spruce and Noble Fir. The trees can be cut by Parry’s, or a saw is provided. They offer free tree shaking, cutting assistance, greens with tree purchase, and a warming shed with free hot cocoa, water, coffee and spiced apple cider. Parry’s Tree Farm is open from November 15 to December 23, 8:00 am until dark. They are located at 45627 NW David Hill Road in Forest Grove, Oregon. For questions, call 503-348-9601.
Tips for Tree Cutting
- Once the perfect tree is found, saw as close to the ground as possible. This will allow more tree stem to put in the tree stand, as well as allowing new planting for future trees.
- Bring gloves and wear clothes to get dirty in.
- Most tree farms will provide a saw and twine to tie the tree to the top of the car, when in doubt call ahead!
- Leave plenty of time to pick the perfect tree.
There are many tree farms in the greater Portland area, with many beautiful Christmas trees to pick from. Choose a farm close by, or one that has the most appealing attractions for the family.