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10 Tree Farms We Love

Nothing starts off the holiday season quite like the scent of a fresh-cut Christmas tree. We’ve got you covered with a list of our favorite local tree farms.

Burnett’s Secret Ravine Farm is a choose-and-cut farm with white firs, as well as limited blue spruce, silvertips, and cedars. They also sell fresh Christmas wreaths, handmade crafts from local and renowned artisans, hot beverages, and snacks, along with a warming fire surrounded by log seating, a coloring station for little ones, and complimentary candy canes. 2740 Mace Road, Camino, 916-817-7388

Flower Farm

The Flower Farm’s Christmas tree lot benefits Del Oro’s track and cross-country teams and features fresh, premium quality noble and Nordmann fir trees.  Plus, Santa will visit the Flower Farm Café on weekends this month; there’s no charge but you’re requested to bring canned goods to donate to Placer County’s needy. Author Erin Dealey will also share her books—including the new Snow Globe Wishes—with children on December 15 between noon and 2 p.m. 9280 Horseshoe Bar Road, Loomis, 916-652-5661,

Carson Ridge Evergreens. Photo by Amy Rangel

Carson Ridge Evergreens has white and Douglas firs and a limited supply of silvertip, swift silver, Nordmann, and Canaan trees waiting for you. Open on weekends, they recommend that you just yell “Cutter!” when you’ve found the perfect tree and they’ll be there to cut it for you or show you where you or the kids can cut it down. 3041 Carson Road, Placerville, 530-644-1490,

Little Bear Tree Farm. Photo by Melinda Minyard

Little Bear Tree Farm is open Thursdays through Sundays and you can cut your own silvertip, white, or cedar trees. There are also other varieties of pre-cut trees for sale. They have fresh wreaths and swags in addition to a gift shop full of holiday ornaments, gifts, treats, and specialty items. Concessions are available, too, including fresh cookies, hot cocoa, coffee, cider, and Nonna Donna’s fudge. 960 Meadow Road, Alta, 530-389-8989,

Indian Rock Tree Farm is open daily and offers silvertip, white, incense cedar, Douglas, blue spruce, and specialty firs. Once you’re done tree shopping, visit the Indian hut for a glimpse into the lives of the land’s original inhabitants, stop by the haunted Broken Handle Mine of Gold Rush glory, or check out the artifact museum. 3800 North Canyon Road, Camino, 530-622-4087,

Frosty Fir Tree Farm is located across Lava Cap Winery in Placerville and boasts white, Douglas, silvertip, blue spruce, sequoia, and cedars. They’re open on weekends and take appointments during the week. Also for sale? Fresh wreaths, cider, crafts, persimmons, and preserves. 2240 Frosty Fir Drive, Placerville, 530-622-1966

Hillside Tree Farm has 30 acres of 25,000 trees—from Nordmann and noble to swift silver and white. They’re open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and have hot cider ready for you. On the weekends you get to ride the Apple Ridge Railroad train around two lovely ponds, and if you’re lucky, Santa might even make an appearance. 2881 North Canyon Road, Camino, 530-621-2053,

Twin Pines Tree Farm

Twin Pines Tree Farm has all sizes of French pine, Douglas, sequoia, white, and blue spruce trees to choose from. Once you’re done picking “the one,” you and your family can settle down at one of their picnic tables. They’re open daily and if it’s not raining, head to the fire pit with s’more packs (for sale). You can also enjoy hot chocolate, apple cider, and candy canes. 5150 Twin Pines Loop, Georgetown, 408-499-9179

Photo by Chris Clauson

Sierra Magnifica Tree Farm is open daily and offers choose-and-cut varieties of silvertip, Douglas, white, and swift silver firs. They also have fresh wreaths available for purchase and hot drinks to warm up with after all the activity. 2500 Hassler Road, Placerville, 530-622-0203,

Silver Forest Tree Farm features easy walking trails, a picnic area, boughs, coffee, and “kiddie treats” aside from numerous white, Douglas, and Silvertip pine firs. Go for the tree and stay for a nice day outing. 4041 Rontree Lane, Somerset, 530-620-6261

By Tara Mendanha