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 Saturday, November 26 through December 11, or until they sell 750 trees
Saturday/Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday-Friday: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Varieties: Pre-cut Noble Fir
Cost: $35 to $100+
Other: Scouts make a fresh cut, bail if wanted, carry it to the car and tie it on. Wreaths, garland by the foot, free cookies and hot chocolate
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 25 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 25 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 25
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. Festival of brass is offered November 26, December 3 and 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
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: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. seven days a week, starting November 19 (closed for Thanksgiving).
Varieties: Turkish Fir, Nordmann Fir and limited Noble Fir
Cost: $40 u-cut all trees; $45 pre-cut
Other: Santa will be there December 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 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 100 acres for you to roam so you could be a while.
Address: 19723 South Bakers Ferry Rd., Oregon City (19 miles from Lake Oswego)
Hours: Weekends, November 25 through December 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Varieties: U-cut Noble, Douglas and Grand Fir and Norway Spruce
Cost: Prices vary so check website
Other: Free wagon rides on the weekends (weather permitting). An early season is expected. Enjoy the fire in the warming shed with hot cocoa and cookies. Visit the horses in the barn.
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 25 and then daily until Christmas 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 but an average 7 foot Noble/Nordmann is about $45; Douglas Fir is $30
Other: Complimentary hot cider. Twine and hand saws are provided but no baler. Free pony rides for the kids on weekends.
Becks’ Farms. Added bonus here is the kids can feed the sheep!
Address: 16700 S. Gerber Rd., Oregon City. 503.631.7947 (22 miles from Lake Oswego)
Hours: Wednesdays-Fridays from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., except for November 25 when they will open at 9:00 a.m. Saturday/Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Open through December 18.
Varieties: Excellent selection of Noble Fir, good selection of Douglas and Grand Fir. Also Nordmann and Serbian Spruce.
Cost: Prices vary so check website. To give you an idea, a 6 to 7 foot Douglas Fir is $25; Grand Fir is $35; Noble/Nordmann for $45.
Other: Hot cocoa/coffee and candy canes are offered. Also available: wreaths and greens, handmade ornaments and other decorations. Cutting assistance is offered as well as tree shaking, baling and loading.
Pollard Ranch. The beautiful natural setting provides an opportunity to look for resident wildlife: elk, deer, raptors and bobcats.
Address: 13225 NW Skyline Boulevard, Portland, 971.238.9799. (22 miles from Lake Oswego)
Hours: Opens Friday, November 25. Wednesday-Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Varieties: U-cut, pre-cut Douglas and Grand Fir and Nordmann
Cost: $20 for 3 feet and under; $8/foot for up to 6 feet; $9/foot for 7 feet plus.
Other: Saturday home delivery is also available through December 17. Hot cocoa and warming fire.
Christmas Trees West. This Christmas tree farm’s tradition dates back 43 years.
Address: 45619 NW David Hill Rd., Forest Grove. 503.939.5511 (32½ miles from Lake Oswego)
Hours: Opens Friday, November 25 and then daily from 9:00 a.m. until dark
Varieties: Noble, Grand, and Douglas Fir and Blue Spruce
Cost: Prices still being determined when I spoke with owners but 8 ft. Noble Fir will be about $50; Grand Fir $35.
Other: Free hot coffee, cocoa and candy canes. On weekends tractor trailers will take you to your trees and there’s a warm bonfire to make s’mores. Free shaking and baling. Tree mounting on a stand is available at additional cost. Visit the Tree Top Cottage for holiday décor.
Closed Tree Farms. Three popular local tree farms will not be open this season: Larsen’s at 490 SW Borland Road in West Linn, Regis’ U-Cut at 1090 S. Station Lane in West Linn, and Wheeler Tree Farm at 19538 S Central Point Road in Oregon City.
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