If you’re hoping to cut your own Christmas tree this year, best to get an early start.
It appears that many of the popular u-cut spots are dealing with a tree shortage in a variety of ways: closing for the season, shortening hours, and/or limiting the size of trees available. The growth cycle for Christmas trees is anywhere from 7-12 years from seedling to harvest so growers and harvesters like us have to be patient.
Below you’ll find a roundup of Christmas tree lots and farms (both u-cut and pre-cut) in and around Lake Oswego. I’ve tried to list the restrictions here but best to call ahead and/or check their Facebook page for the latest updates.
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 in George Rogers Park. Over the course of about 2½ weeks that the lot is in operation, they will get three fresh shipments for a total of 700 trees, and usually sell out by the end.
Address: George Rogers Park, 611 S. State Street, Lake Oswego
Hours: Opens the weekend after Thanksgiving from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday November 26 through Sunday, November 28. Following that, hours are: Wednesday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. through Sunday, December 12. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Varieties: Pre-cut Noble Fir
Other: Scouts make a fresh cut, carry it to the car and tie it on. Wreaths and garland by the foot are also for sale.
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: Opens the day after Thanksgiving, November 26. Hours TBD. Check their Facebook page.
Varieties: Noble, Douglas, and Nordmann Fir.
Other: In the past, they have also offered handmade fresh wreaths, fresh cut greens, pine cones, and centerpieces also available.
Stroupe Christmas Tree Farm. This year, the family is selling pre-cut trees (probably Noble and Douglas Fir) from their other family business: S&H Landscape. Check online for recent updates as plans were still in the making at publication time.
Address: 20200 SW Stafford Road, Tualatin
Varieties: Noble and Douglas Fir
Cost: Check online and/or call S & H: 503.638.1011
Other: Handmade wreaths and swags
Ron’s Christmas Tree Farm. There is no address posted but look for the sign that says, “Christmas Trees.” It’s at roughly 4400 Borland Road, between Stafford and SW 65th. And it’s worth seeing out if you’re looking for a bargain. Ron is the cheapest guy in town!
Address: See above. (about 3 miles from Lake Oswego) Phone: 503.475.7576.
Hours: Open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily starting November 26 until about the week before Christmas
Varieties: All Nobles, more on the natural-looking side
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 and service. This year trees ranging from eight feet to eighteen feet tall are available for purchase and are mainly the classic tapered Noble Fir variety; however, there are also Nordmann, White, Shasta, Fraser, and Douglas Firs. There will also be a good supply of pre-cut 6-9 foot Douglas Fir. Tree preview and tagging day is Saturday, November 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Address: 842 Rosemont Rd., West Linn. 503.453.0573 (about 4 miles from Lake Oswego)
Hours: Opens Friday, November 29 at 9:00 a.m. through December 22. Hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a full crew on hand to help you, especially needed for trees taller than 10 feet and Wednesdays through Fridays from noon to 4:30 p.m. with a skeletal crew on hand. Cost: Price varies, but generally $10/foot
Other: The Zerkels run a u-pick, they cut farm so once you’ve selected your tree, they will cut down your tree with their chainsaws, carry it to your car, and load it or tie it down.
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. This year there is a 8-foot minimum on u-cut to preserve their field trees. No minimum on already-cut trees. Trees will go fast this year, so come early (starting November 19) for the best selection!
Address: 21975 SW 65th Avenue, Tualatin. (about 4 miles from Lake Oswego). 503.638.1869.
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; noon to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday (closed Mondays) beginning November 19 through December 23. Closed for Thanksgiving.
Varieties: Fresh cut and u-cut Noble, Grand, Nordmann & Douglas Firs
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.
Frog Pond Farm. Out goes the pumpkin patch, in come the trees. The Farm is closed November 1 through the 18th to make the transition. Lots to take in here if you make the short trek down to Wilsonville.
Address: 2995 SW Advance Road Wilsonville; 503.475.5997
Hours: Opens November 19. Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Fridays through Sundays 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Varieties: Pre-cut Noble and Douglas Fir
Cost: Call ahead
Other: The animals will be on hand to greet you: camel, llamas, goats, donkeys. Garland and wreaths are also available. On the weekends enjoy the bonfire, farm store and coffee shop and check the social media pages for updates on when Santa will be visiting.
Sleighbells. This is a one-stop-shop for Christmas with a gift shop packed with holiday décor and Santa on hand on weekends starting after Thanksgiving.
Address: 23855 SW 195th Place, Sherwood. 503.625.6052 (10½ miles from Lake Oswego)
Hours: 7 days a week, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Varieties: Noble/Nordmann and Douglas/Grand Fir and some Frazer
Cost: Prices vary so check online.
Other: Pre-tagging is currently being offered. Pick out your tree, mark it, pay for it, and let them know when you want to pick it up. For an extra $10, they’ll have it cut, shaken, and baled for you when you arrive. Food carts are open on Saturdays and Sundays. Complimentary cocoa and coffee.
Merrywood Farm. Plans were to have a “no-frills” opening the weekend before Thanksgiving but call to be sure. Luckily many of Merrywood’s trees bask under the shade of some of the more mature trees, sheltering their crop from much of the burn that damaged other farms. In addition, they have three other tree-growing fields which will supply freshly pre-cut options for visitors.
Address: 12328 South Casto Rd., Oregon City. 503. 307.2495 (20 miles from Lake Oswego)
Hours: Open 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends. May open the weekend before Thanksgiving, November 20-21, for a “no-frills” opening but be sure to call first. Open while supplies last.
Varieties: Normally The Keysers grow a variety of trees including Noble, Nordmann, Grand, White Pine and Douglas.
Cost: Check online.
Other: Complimentary hot cider and warm fire. Twine and hand saws are provided but no baler. Free pony rides for the kids on weekends.
Mt. Hood Tree Farm. Head here on a clear day and get a view of Mt. Hood as an added bonus.
Address: 17472 S. Harding Road, Oregon City
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays; 11:00 a.m.. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays from November 29 through December 15.
Varieties: Douglas, Grand, Noble, Nordmann and Turkish up to 12 feet. Some pre-cut.
Cost: Check online or call ahead: 503.932.7967.
Other: They’ll provide help cutting, transporting and loading your tree. Saws, baler and shaker available. Enjoy hot cider, candy canes and cookies around a warm fire. Wreaths and garlands also available.
Hemphill Farms. This farm opens for business the day after Thanksgiving, November 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and offers carefully harvested trees along with a lot of other holiday festivities to make your trip out memorable.
Address: 20324 S. Redland Rd., Oregon City; 503.307.0181
Hours: After opening day hours will be 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Varieties: Noble, Douglas and Grand Firs
Cost: Noble $12/foot; Grand $10/foot; Douglas $8/foot; Limited selection of pre-painted trees for an additional $25 fee
Other: You can also enjoy complimentary hot drinks, train rides, hayrides, a warming fire, Santa visits, handsaw and knee pads and free shaking and baling.
Misty Ridge Tree Farm. Owner Allison Bruns is considered a “youngin’” in this industry, entering her sixth season as a grower but she has created the holiday experience that visitors rave about. She’ll be open for business the weekend after Thanksgiving but indicates that u-cut supplies are limited.
Address: 19400 and 19304 S. Mosier Road, Oregon City; 503.789.3511
Hours: Weekend after Thanksgiving 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After that 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Weekends and 12;00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Weekdays.
Varieties: Noble, Nordmann and Turkish
Cost: check online or call
Other: Visit the farm animals – pig, miniature donkey, cattle and horses. They will bale, wrap and help load your tree. This year’s “Cowboy Christmas” will feature Western-style rope wreaths, Western art and ornaments.
Furrow Farm. The trees here are celebrities having appeared in several episodes of Grimm’s TV series and also Better Homes & Gardens and Fred Meyer ads. Due to this summer’s heat, the selection of u-cut Nobles and Grands will be limited this year but as always, reflect the loving care by third-generation owners, Matt and Dana Furrow. Be sure to check out their fresh-cut Nobles that they grow in higher elevation (Nobles do best higher up) and harvest daily for your convenience.
Address: 25877 NW Union Rd, Hillsboro (20 miles from Lake Oswego) 503.647.5288
Hours: Opening Friday, November 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Then hours will be Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. while supplies last. Please do not enter for u-cut after 4:30 p.m.
Varieties: Noble, Nordmann, Grand, Douglas
Cost: All trees are $10/foot except for Douglas Fir which are $8/foot
Other: Free tree baling and twine provided. Mistletoe, wreaths, garland and tree stands also available. Farm animals will be there to greet you. Tractor rides TBD.
Plumper Pumpkin Patch and Tree Farm. This popular pumpkin patch has done a quick transformation and will be ready for Christmas tree seekers starting Saturday, November 20 and Sunday, November 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You’ll find lots of seasonal fun to enjoy here.
Address: 11435 NW Old Cornelius Pass Road, Portland (about a half-hour away from Lake Oswego) 503.645.9561
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fridays through Sundays beginning the Saturday before Thanksgiving, November 20 for three to four weekends.
Varieties: Noble Douglas, Grand , Nordmann and a few Blue Spruce
Cost: Douglas are $9/foot; All other varieties are $12/foot
Other: Saws provided. Free shaking and baling. Visit the store for hot drinks and pumpkin donuts, garland, wreaths and mistletoe. Feed the animals and rent a firepit for ½ hour complete with a s’mores kit to enjoy.
Helvetia Christmas Tree Farm. This popular spot was also hit hard by the summer heat, losing 1/3 of its seedlings. As a result, it will only be open for one weekend this year, November 26, 27 and 28 but it may be worth the trip because it looks like quite the experience. They will also have a selection of natural untrimmed pre-cut Christmas trees to choose from also.
Address: 12814 NW Bishop Rd., Hillsboro; 503.334.0905.
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. November 26, 27, and 28 only
Varieties: Noble Fir, Grand, and Turkish
Cost: U-cut $65 any size; Pre-cut $50 any size; Douglas Fir $40 any size
Other: tractor-train rides, tree field pick-up, an open fire pit with free marshmallows, snow (artificial) every five minutes, photo-op with The Grinch in his sleigh, a shop full of unique gifts and lavender products.
JTB Christmas Trees. This is another farm that is looking at a shortened season due to limited supply of trees, so once, again, the early bird gets the tree! Check their website after closing on Sunday, November 28 for updates going forward.
Address: 18124 SE Richey Road, Gresham
Hours: Opens November 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and then weekends only
Varieties: Noble, Grand and Douglas Fir
Cost: U-cut $60/Noble and Grand any size; $50/Douglas
Other: They will shake, bale them and supply saws and twine to tie down the tree to your car. Candy canes for the kids. Cash or Checks with ID only!
Christmas Mountain Choose and Cut
At 1500 foot elevation, you may get a little dusting of snow along with your Christmas tree at this farm. Last year Christmas Mountain instituted a reservation system that worked well to manage traffic flow so they are bringing that back this year. Tickets are $4.95 per vehicle Monday-Friday and $8.95 per vehicle Saturday and Sunday for two-hour visits.
Address: 25470 NW Dixie Mountain Rd. in Scappoose. 503.621.3169.
Hours: Opening November 27 through December 12. Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with last time slot at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with last time slot at 3:30 p.m.
Varieties: Noble, Nordmann, Alpine and White Pine ($11/ft. up to 11 feet; $13/ft. for 12-14 and $16/ft. for 15-17) Douglas and Grand Fir $8/ft. up to 11 feet Other: Santa will be visiting from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on November 26,27,28 and Decem ber 4,5,11 and 12. The farm has wagon rides and beverages on-site for purchase. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at Christmas Mountain on November 27, 28, 29 & December 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 13 until 3 p.m. Wagon rides, gift shop, saws provided, free shaking and baling and twine provided for tying the tree to your car.
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