Bay Area Christmas trees
Generations of San Franciscans return each year to partake in the lively, charitable tradition of picking out out a Christmas tree at the Guardsmen, which donates large parts of their proceeds to help at-risk youth in San Francisco. The 70-year-old Guardsmen is an all-volunteer organization, so feel free to lend a hand this holiday season fastening Christmas trees onto strangers’ cars.
Brent’s Christmas Trees has served the city of Oakland for over five decades. Their evergreen varieties include noble, douglas and grand firs, silver tips, nordam evergreens, scotch and ponderosa pines, cedars and sequoias. After you’ve picked out your tree, the warm, friendly staff will be more than happy to help sling and strap it to your car.
Peninsula locals and passing visitors can visit one of the Bay Area's best tree farms right off San Mateo Road in Half Moon Bay. Yerba Buena Nursery is lined with already pre-cut Christmas trees ready to be fastened atop your car. Be sure to peruse through the greenhouse isles as well—Yerba Buena Nursery is famous for their holiday poinsettia arrangements and wreaths too.
Douglas, Noble, Grand firs, oh my! Santa’s Tree Farm, right off Highway 92 in Half Moon Bay, is a winter wonderland populated with a bounty of both pre-cut and self-cut evergreen trees. Average prices range between $59.63 and $73.39 if you're paying in cash; credit card purchases vary between $61.63 and $75.39.
East Bay families love Wonderland, which brings a bounce houses, a petting zoo and food trucks to the heart of Emeryville. Plus, they offer online ordering and delivery!
Morning Glory Farms has long been an East Bay staple. Owner Jerry is serious about offering his clientele the best pre-cut trees around—he hauls his PNW grown trees all the way down Oregon each year. Trees are generally all less than $75, covering over 20 evergreen varieties.
Offering a wide array of high-quality pre-cut trees, Christmas Tree Jampore is your friendly neighborhood holiday stand. Aside from helping tie your purchase to your car, the staff also offers flogging and fireproofing services. And, with prices starting at just under $40 for a fully-fledged Christmas tree, your evergreen won't break the bank.
Want a Christmas tree but don't want to deal with the constant watering and needle shedding? Well, that’s where Rent A Living Christmas Tree comes in. The white glove service will deliver a potted Christmas tree to your door and then pick up the tree after the holidays. This way, your tree lives a happy, healthy and well-watered life all year round. Deliveries can be scheduled in the South Bay and the Peninsula, but East Bay residents and San Franciscans will have to make the drive out to pick their tree up.
This centrally-located evergreen hub still has an old-school country vibe that's equal parts charming and cheery. Pony rides for the kids and a parking lot for adults make this spot a family favorite too. Clancy's will custom-flock your chosen tree as well.
Well-known for putting on one of the Bay Area’s best pumpkin patches every autumn, ABC Tree Farms also grows and cuts sublime pines, offering over ten tree varieties. Be sure to ask your tree-helper for some tips and tricks on how to keep your holiday tree hydrated in the weeks to come.
Nestled in the East Bay foothills, Castro Valley Christmas Tree Farm will let you chop down your own tree, courtesy of their guided “choose and chop” sessions. Whether you decide on self-cut or pre-cut, trees go for about $80.
Anyone who wants to to grab an axe and chop down their own Christmas tree will need to head out of the city and into Petaluma's 97-year-old family farm. Chop down any tree on the farm for $44 and Larsen's friendly staff shake, net and tie it to the roof of your car.