The annual search for the perfect Christmas tree is almost upon us and our family will be looking elsewhere since our traditional tree farm has closed. Thought I’d share my research with you.
Luckily in Lake Oswego, we live in one of the counties with the highest production of Christmas trees in the Pacific Northwest. And in a state that is considered one of the top tree producing states in America. So, when it comes to Christmas trees, we live in the land of abundance. Whether you want pre-cut, u-cut, or delivered, there’s a tree farmer nearby who can make it happen. Take a look.
Boy Scout Troop 127. Local Boy Scouts have been selling trees as a fundraiser since 1947, starting at the local Piggly Wiggly before moving to George Rogers Park. Once again, Scouts will be on hand but in a new section of the park—next to the Iron Smelter. Over the 2½ weeks the lot is in operation, they will get six to seven fresh shipments of 100 trees each, traveling from a farm near Estacada.
Address: George Rogers Park, 611 S. State Street, Lake Oswego
Hours: Opens Wednesday, November 29 until December 9. Closed December 4 and 5.
Wednesday-Friday: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Varieties: Pre-cut Noble Fir
Cost: $35 to $100+
Other: Scouts make a fresh cut, bale if wanted, carry it to the car and tie it on. Wreaths, garland by the foot, free cookies and hot chocolate
Parsons Farms. The family that brings us local produce also brings us trees. Pre-cut and close-in makes this spot very convenient.
Address: Lake Bible Church (Tree Lot), 4565 Carman Drive, Lake Oswego
Hours: Monday-Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., except for Friday, December 8, closes at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., except for Saturday, December 9, closes at 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Varieties: Noble and Nordmann Fir. The second weekend after Thanksgiving they’ll be bringing in Doug Fir and Grand Fir.
Other: Handmade fresh wreaths, fresh cut greens, pine cones, and centerpieces also available.
Stroupe Christmas Tree Farm. This is the closest spot for u-cut trees. It’s located right across from one of the family’s other businesses: S&H Landscape.
Address: corner of Stafford and Borland Roads
Varieties: Douglas, Grand, Nordmann and Noble
Other: Handmade wreaths and swags
Ron’s Christmas Tree Farm. This place is a bit off the radar–it has no name but Ron operates it and there is no address posted. But you’ll see a sign that says, “Christmas Trees.” It’s at roughly 4400 Borland Road, between Stafford and SW 65th.
Address: See above. (about 3 miles from Lake Oswego)
Hours: Opens November 24 and then Fridays through Sundays from 9:00 a.m. until dark.
Varieties: Mostly Noble Firs, a few Douglas and a couple Blue Spruce. Sizes range from 3 feet to 30 feet.
Other: This place is u-pick, Ron-cuts. He has rope to tie it on to your car.
Little Z Christmas Tree Farm. This family farm prides itself on quality, variety and service.
Address: 842 Rosemont Rd., West Linn. 503.453.0573 (about 4 miles from Lake Oswego)
Hours: Opens Friday, November 24 and then Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by appointment.
Varieties: U-cut Noble, Douglas, Fraiser, Nordmann, Shasta Fir
Cost: Price varies, but generally $10/foot
Other: The Zerkels are ready to serve you, including cutting down the tree you want with their chainsaws, carrying it to your car, and loading it or tying it down. If you’d rather cut your own, they recommend bringing your own hand saw.
Lee Farms. Talk about tradition! The Lees have been farming in Tualatin since 1869 over seven generations with three generations currently involved in the family farm. This is a year-round operation so if you want to get out there early to tag your tree, you can.
Address: 21975 SW 65th Avenue, Tualatin. (about 4 miles from Lake Oswego). 503.638.1869.
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. seven days a week. Closed for Thanksgiving. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on December 24.
Varieties: Fresh cut and u-cut Noble, Grand, Douglas, Nordman and Fraser
Cost: Price varies. Check website.
Other: They will cut, shake, bale and load your tree free of charge. Will also install Davis Tree Stand. Also available: wreaths, garlands, swags, centerpieces, custom wreath and centerpiece orders, ornaments, decorations. Visit the bakery for donuts and espresso and place an order for a Christmas pie.
Nob Hill Christmas Trees. If sloshing through the mud to find your perfect tree isn’t your idea of fun, visit this indoor seasonal lot located in the historic JA Freeman and Sons building on Northwest Wilson in Portland. Radiant heat and hot apple cider will keep you toasty.
Address: 2638 NW Wilson Street, Portland. 503.770.0493 (14 miles from Lake Oswego)
Hours: Friday-Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., starting November 24
Varieties: Pre-cut Noble and Grand Fir and Nordmann, from 2 to 12 feet
Cost: Prices vary so check website.
Other: You can pre-order a tree through November 27. Special events include: Black Friday special late night hours, closing at 10:00 p.m., so you can pick up your tree after shopping and party to the music. Christmas movie night on December 5 at 5:00 p.m. with a small donation for Red Dress Portland. PopUp Happy Hour and Holiday Bazaar on December 8 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ($25)
Sleighbells. This is a one-stop shop for Christmas with gift shop packed with holiday décor and Santa on hand from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for photo opps.
Address: 23855 SW 195th Place, Sherwood. 503.625.6052 (10½ miles from Lake Oswego)
Hours: 7 days a week, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for trees; gift shop stays open until 5:00 p.m.
Varieties: Noble/Nordmann and Douglas/Grand Fir
Cost: Prices vary so check online. Example: 8 ft. Noble is $65; 8 ft. Grand Fir is 53.
Other: You can pre-tag for additional fee. Food carts are open on Saturdays and Sundays. Complimentary cocoa and coffee.
Sunny Days Tree Farm. If you want a tree with a view, this is your place set atop 80 hilltop acres in Tualatin and overlooking the Willamette wine country.
Address: 25100 SW Neill Rd., Sherwood. 503.860.1562 (15 miles from Lake Oswego)
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ; Friday-Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. starting November 18 (closed for Thanksgiving) through December 22
Varieties: Turkish Fir, Nordmann Fir
Cost: $50 u-cut all trees; $55 pre-cut
Other: Saws and twine provided, but you might want to bring your own handsaw in case it’s crowded. No baler or shaker. Also available: wreaths, garland, log reindeer and snow people
Historic Kirchem Farm. This natural, no spray farm has a very limited cutting season this year to allow for regrowth.
Address: 19723 South Bakers Ferry Rd., Oregon City (19 miles from Lake Oswego)
Hours: Weekends through December 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Varieties: 5-6 foot Douglas Fir and 9-20 foot Noble Firs u-cut. There are some pre-cut Nordmanns and Grands while supplies last.
Cost: $30 for Douglas Fir; Tall u-cut nobles are $10/foot. Check their website
Merrywood Farm. Christmas trees-have them your way at Merrywood: u-cut, pre-cut or they-cut. The “Men of Merrywood” are at your service.
Address: 12328 South Casto Rd., Oregon City. 503. 307.2495 (20 miles from Lake Oswego)
Hours: Opens Friday, November 24 and then Tuesday through Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Varieties: The Keysers grow 10 varieties of trees including Noble, Nordmann, Grand, White Fir, White Pine and Douglas from table toppers to 14 footers. Tall trees can be reserved in advance as they go fast.
Cost: Prices vary.
Other: Complimentary hot cider. Twine and hand saws are provided but no baler. Free pony rides for the kids on weekends.
Redland Family Farm. This Oregon City farm is only open three days this season: November 24, December 2 and December 3 but it has a lot to offer so if you’re in the market this coming weekend, you might want to head over.
Address: 19400 S. Redland Rd., Oregon City (19 miles from Lake Oswego)
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. November 24, December 2 and 3.
Cost: $55 for both u-cut and pre-cut
Varieties: Call to confirm 503.462.4636
Other: Warming fire with free hot cocoa, s’mores, wagon rides, petting zoo, bounce house, kids’ craft station and Santa visits. Free shaking and baling.
Furrow Farm. These trees are celebrities–they’ve appeared in multiple Christmas episodes of Grimm.
Address: 25877 NW West Union Rd., Hillsboro (20 miles from Lake Oswego) 503.647.5288
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to dark; Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to dark
Varieties: Noble, Nordmann, Grand, Balsam, Douglas
Cost: All trees are $7/foot except for Douglas Fir which are $4/foot
Other: Enjoy a warming fire and free hot cocoa and candy canes as well as tractor rides. Tree baling is $2 extra. Mistletoe, wreaths, garland and tree stands also available.
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